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Make Cleaning A Breeze! {Free Printable Cleaning Calendar}

I hate house cleaning.

I love the effect, of course. And I actually like organizing. But when it comes to chores like mopping, vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom, I’m always unmotivated – I don’t have allowance dangling in front of me like I did back in high school.

Since I don’t enjoy cleaning, I put it off until the weekends, when it then becomes a long list of tasks that take a huge chunk out of our down time. Or sometimes (ahem – very very rarely, of course) we slack on things like dusting until company comes, which of course is always the best motivator.

While surfing StumbleUpon the other day I came across a list of how to clean your house a little each day. I immediately zeroed in on this approach, because who doesn’t like the idea of minimizing effort? The list didn’t account for weekends (when I might have more time for a detailed task, for instance) but it gave me the idea to create a calendar for myself.

And I had to make it cute. Because somehow that makes cleaning seem more pleasant.

In the belief that I’m not alone in my distaste for cleaning, I’ve created a PDF of this calendar that you can download and print out for yourself. Just click here to start the download.

I’m sure there are some of you who keep immaculate homes and love to clean. If so, you are absolutely invited over.

If you’re like me, though, I hope you can use this to help make a clean house seem achievable. Between work, kids, and all sorts of other commitments that pop up, it can seem overwhelming. But by taking it a little at a time (and recognizing that perfection isn’t required) you can keep on top of things and still have plenty of time left for everything else.

One note – you’ll see that two Sundays are designated as laundry days. I’m not suggesting you hold off and just do laundry two times a month. If we tried that I think we’d be barricaded into our house. Do a light schedule of laundry throughout the month; enough to keep your family clothed. But then do towels, linens, and other clothes in bulk twice a month to get the “heavy lifting” of laundry over with.

Do you like the calendar? I want to get feedback on this one to see if I should post next month’s calendar too. I’m going to create one each month for my own use, but let me know if you’d like it posted for you, too!


  1. Very cool. Going to send it to myself so I remember to print it when I get down to my desktop computer.

  2. We’re adopting this calendar exactly. Please continue to post for all months.


  3. I was literally just thinking about doing this yesterday, planning on using my google docs to make a big list of simple daily tasks to do around the apartment. I’ve been contemplating my New Year’s Resolution (I usually never make one), and have been thinking I need help to keep up with housework now that I work full-time and have a 3 month old baby! So this is perfect; basically like you’re reading my mind. :) And this is so much cuter than a simple Google spreadsheet list of tasks!

    • Haha – glad we’re on the same page! It is so hard working and taking care of kids AND finding time for anything else at all, isn’t it?

  4. Great idea! Yes, please continue to post each month. :-) Thanks for sharing and Happy 2012 cleaning!

  5. I do remember how your allowance was a great motivator to get chores done. I don’t think I ever had to say anything to you in high school. You automatically did your chores. However, in recent years when you told me the “under the bed” story, I thought that was funny! :)

  6. Love it! It’s going on my fridge tonight! Can’t wait to use this! Thanks for taking the work out of it for me! Now if I can just follow it!!!

    • Thanks for letting me know, Abigail! You’ll do great – and if you do miss a day or two, it’s easy to combine days since most tasks are pretty quick.

  7. Rachel Marquardt says:

    This is a great idea to break down cleaning into smaller steps!! So much better than spending an entire day cleaning your house and then a week later doing it all over again. I better get some ink so I can print this one out.

  8. Mabel Jacobsen says:

    I love, love, LOVE, this cleaning calendar! OMG! I agree with the part of putting everything off for the weekend. Ugh! It can get real tough to do a whole list of tasks and disappointing when they are all not finished. I am going to start on this right away! Thank you!

  9. Love this! I will definitely be printing it. Please continue for the rest of the year. Also, it would be great if I could print all of the months at the same time, since I have to go get it printed at my husbands office.

  10. Nice schedule, except for doing the laundry for me. I only need to do it once a week now. But to get back to doing certain things each day, this is good.

  11. Was wondering if you have any plans to make anymore calendars? I wouldn’t mind having a new one for 2014.

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  13. COULD I have the cleaning schedule for each month?