Our house is built so that all the bedrooms are upstairs, and the guest room/office/playroom are on the bottom floor, so naturally, I congregated those rooms together.
This post was originally written in Jan 2014, and was updated in August 2017.
There is no weekly Thursday job, I rotate between
- Organizing in the office
- Organizing the playroom
(cleaning-up the play room is a daily task — so that clearly can’t be done weekly)
I find that both of these jobs don’t need to be done weekly and by taking “small bites” each week I slowly rotate through what needs to get done.
I also really try to set a timer and clean up as much as I can for the time I have allotted down there.
I think I care very least about our downstairs rooms. I’m not hoping for a pottery barn life, and I know my kids live down in that playroom so I need to let stuff go.
And I’m fairly good at it. 🙂
In CA I had a serious obsession with toy rotation as we had a VERY small playroom with not much room for toys. Here we have a lot of room for toys. Although, toy rotation can still be VERY helpful to give “new” toys to play with sometimes.
My kids are old enough now that they don’t play with toys too frequently. But, by rotating through these areas it allows me to weed out what we really don’t use/need and what is useful.
We are slowly turning our toy cabinets into household storage, so I can also go through that.
Plus, we have a computer desk area that needs some straightening up from time to time.
I file papers, as well as go through the filing cabinet (very slowly) and take out papers that we no longer need. We just sold a car, so we no longer need the maintenance records for that, etc.
I used to be a BIG scrapbooker, and I have a goal to go through those items and pick out what I can use, or my daughter can use….
**Clearly, both of those areas is more organization than cleaning — but SO helpful!
Each child is responsible for what they get out in the playroom.
I’ve had kids in charge of organizing the bookshelf in there once a week – -but at this point, I would hope we are all old enough to take care of what they get out.
On Wednesdays we vacuum in there — so we do all try to go down and get things put away.
Are you sensing Thursdays are fairly light? I often work on Thursdays so I plan it that way. On days I don’t work I really try to give that area a good hour of my time (mostly because I don’t have anything else planned).
**This is a good tip for you as you plan YOUR weekly cleaning schedule — if you have one day that is busier with carpool or work — try to schedule less to give yourself a break!**
You can also sense that I do my largest amount of cleaning on Monday and it tapers as the week goes on. Maybe you want to ramp it up? You need to figure out what works for you! This just happens to work for me.
My hope is that this weekly cleaning schedule might inspire you to make your own. I know my own OCD schedule won’t work for everyone, but I really think that cleaning schedules help you stay on top of your life without being overwhelmed with all of you have to do. You can read more about weekly cleaning schedules and you can get the free printable right here:
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