Day 1: Schedule time!

Once again, I’m taking on the challenge by The Nester to blog for 31 Days on one topic. Last year I blogged about 31 Days of New Uses for Old Things.

This year it’s 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine. I REALLY need a cleaning routine. I started working on building one for the month of September so I can start sharing my experiences for October.


31 days to building a cleaning routine

I will be taking you through my process of:

– how I came up with a routine & what it is

– how I made it work by streamlining by cleaning routine

– how I stuck with it

greening my home cleaners

– narrowing down what cleaners to use and recipes for homemade cleaners I’ve used

Day 1 task: Write out a Schedule

Some of you may know your schedule pretty well, some of you may not. I found it very helpful not only to write out my schedule, but, yes, I’m excessive and made a table of what my schedule is like weekly:

I try to have a similar routine each morning.  If you can read the small labels on the bottom:

Purple – Personal

Pink – Homemaking

Light green – Ministry

Green – Time with my husband

Yellow – Blog

Everything white is open for others things I want to schedule it or need to accomplish.

The goal

Whatever way you accomplish it, figure out what margin time you have and when it is. Then you can start building your cleaning schedule. If you feel like you don’t have any margin time, try this exercise.


Step 1: Roughly block out how much time you spend doing each of your main activities.

Step 2: Evaluate if you want to rearrange your schedule based on your priorities. (You may have to ‘steal’ time from another activity or drop an activity.)

Step 3: Keep 2 hours of margin time per day free, if you can.

If you were only able to accomplish step 1 & 2 but not 3, that’s okay. Over the next few days I will show you how I streamlined my cleaning routine. Then you can have more time for the other things that matter.



Day 2 task: Create a Cleaning List

On Tuesday I will talk about a cleaning list I came up with and how I matched my cleaning tasks with my daily activities. If you have time, get a head start by writing down everything you want to and need to clean daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and periodically.

See you Tuesday!



  • claygirlsings

    I so need to learn from you on this one! I’ll be following along!
    claygirlsings recently posted…31 Days of Prayer for the Hurting

    • Betsy Pool

      Thanks so much – I’m so glad you visited and commented. I’m going to go check out your blog. :)

  • Cindy

    I’ve tried and struggled, tried and struggled with cleaning routines! Can’t wait to learn from your experiences and hopefully be motivated to stick to one this time 😉
    Cindy recently posted…31 Days: Enjoying Children’s Books

    • Betsy Pool

      I’m glad you will be following along. I’m doing this series to help me stay motivated to continue this learning process. :)

  • Debra @ September Acres

    What a great idea! I look forward to seeing your posts this month.

    Thank you for the nice comment. :)
    Debra @ September Acres recently posted…31 Days of Home Organization- Day One

    • Betsy Pool

      Thanks Debra – glad you will be following along.

  • Carrie @ In the sweet sunshine

    Ooo this is going to be a great topic. :) I often get started on creating a schedule but don’t stick to it… I’ve used the Calendar and Tasks parts of Microsoft Outlook for mine!
    Carrie @ In the sweet sunshine recently posted…Teaching colors and sorting using CandyLand

    • Betsy Pool

      That’s a great idea. I’m using this series as a motivator and a form of accountability, to keep me on task with this cleaning routine.

  • Britney {Jesse's Girl}

    I’m such a schedule person! Love this!
    Britney {Jesse’s Girl} recently posted…The Hiding Place

    • Betsy Pool

      I’m glad I’m not along in being a schedule person. I’m not the only “weird one” according to my husband.

  • Amanda

    Sounds good girl! I will be following this :).

    • Betsy Pool

      So glad you will be following, Amanda!

  • Beth

    Schedules are so helpful! I have followed along with Flylady’s schedule and I also bought an app for my iTouch called Home Routine. It’s similar to Flylady but it also lets you customize it. It’s a very handy app.

    My mom was very clean, so I’ve learned so much before I married from her example which has helped make things easier (habits) but I still have room for improvement.
    Beth recently posted…How to Plan for Overnight Guests

    • Betsy Pool

      I have seen FlyLady’s site and I love it, but I’ve never been able to follow along her schedule. It just seems to be jumping into too many things at once. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  • Zoe

    the whole set in stone schedule doesn’t work for me because my paid work hours vary from week to week. Mine has to be more flexible than that. It actually makes scheduling certain things more important though.
    Zoe recently posted…31 days of Children’s Ministry

    • Betsy Pool

      Well, even though my work schedule is consistent, I don’t necessarily clean at the same time everyday. I try to, but the most important thing is that you just find 15 minutes a day to set the timer and do as much as you can! And work other things into your schedule when you can.


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