Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Revamping The Cleaning Schedule {Giveaway!}

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One of the ways I'm starting the new year off fresh is by revamping my cleaning schedule. When my hubby and I sat down to think about goals for 2011, I made three homemaking goals:

1. Continue monthly meal planning.
2. Continue having a monthly freezer cooking day.
3. Figure out a cleaning schedule that works for me.

Previously, my cleaning schedule consisted of a brief list of weekly chores, such as mopping, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, laundry. It was far from comprehensive, and lately I had fallen into a "system" of simply cleaning whatever looked dirtiest first and almost ignoring the bathrooms (and the *ahem* microwave) altogether.

So, I was excited when my blogging friend, Christine (from iDreamOfClean) offered to let me review her new ebook, Creating Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule.


In this ebook, Christine walks you through the why, what, and how of creating a cleaning schedule. One that is appropriate for your house and your current scheduling method in general. My favorite part about this easy read is the master cleaning list that has an all-inclusive list of cleaning tasks, broken down into categories of how frequently they should be performed (what a time-saver)!

Using that master cleaning list, I formed my own schedule, which includes daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and bi-annual cleaning tasks.

Um, yeah. I couldn't have done that without some help! :D I used the blank printable chore sheets from Money Saving Mom for plugging the different chores in, but Christine also includes printables you can use in the ebook.

My sheets are tucked into my Household Binder, which stays open on my kitchen table during the day as a visual reminder. And guess what lovely thing happened yesterday? The oft' neglected bathroom received a nice shining! Today, in addition to my daily chores, my tasks are to change/wash the sheets, vacuum, and do a load of laundry.


*This Giveaway is now closed*
Would you like to win a copy of this helpful ebook? Christine is giving a copy of Creating Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule away here!

To enter: Leave a comment with your email and tell me if you have a cleaning schedule/system that works for you. :)

Extra entries:
Tweet about this giveaway!
Follow iDreamofClean on Facebook.
Follow Alicia's Homemaking on Facebook.
(leave a comment for each entry)

Giveaway will end on Jan 26th.

If you don't want to wait to put your cleaning schedule together, you can go ahead and purchase Creating Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule. Christine is offering a 30% off discount to my readers only (the regular price is $7.99). Use the discount code AliciasHomemakingJan11. If you buy the ebook but subsequently win this giveaway, your money will be refunded. :D



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Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Creating Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule to review. I am now an affiliate for this ebook. All opinions are 100% mine. 
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62 comments:

  1. I'd love a copy! I sort of have a schedule, but it definitely needs re-vamping. One thing that I do though is one load of laundry per day, including the folding and putting away! This helps tremendously! I also make sure my kitchen counters are clean each evening. So much better to begin my cooking for the day on counters that don't need to be cleared and wiped first!

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  2. I've only really been trying to use a strict schedule for a few weeks. My main problem is that if I have a day when I can't be home to clean, playing catchup gets tiresome and I'm tempted to just put it off until next week.

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  3. I don't have one at all and that's the reason my house is such a mess.
    annwwins@yahoo.com

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  4. I'm following Alicia's Homemaking on Facebook
    annwwins@yahoo.com

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  5. I tweeted this giveaway
    annwwins@yahoo.com

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  6. I do have a cleaning schedule, but not for the deep down stuff. Like, I always forget that windows need to be washed and baseboards need to be cleaned and curtains need to be vacuumed. Stuff like that is hard for me to remember.

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  7. Stumbled upon this blog while looking for a cleaning schedule. I SO need one. *sigh*

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  8. I liked idream of clean
    hornsfamily@gmail.com

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  9. I liked Alecia's Homemaking
    hornsfamily@gmail.com

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  10. I liked idream of clean on facebook

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  11. I liked your blog on face book also...I love getting tips from others and what works for them. It's so helpful: ) Thanks!

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  12. I try to stick with cleaning schedules but nothing lasts more than a few weeks. I think this book would be a great guide to making a permenant cleaning schedule!
    shannonodonnell24@gmail.com

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  13. I don't really have a cleaning schedule but I work full time so I actually do have someone come every 2 weeks and clean the main rooms. I could use some help getting a schedule for the other stuff together though!
    shannonsnail@hotmail.com

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  15. Oh this would be so helpful! I'm always trying to make some kind of schedule for myself, failing miserably, and putting it off until the next Monday. :)
    cclifton83@gmail.com

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  16. Your entry just came at the right time for me :D
    My goal for the next few weeks is to develop a cleaning schedule that fits my needs :D
    At the moment I'm doing things quite randomly whenever I see something that needs to be done
    So I'd love to win the ebook
    mary.hausberger@web.de

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  17. Thanks for posting. I really love your site.
    From the Raising Homemakers link up.

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  18. I don't have a cleaning schedule, but desperately need one. I have a five year old and a 2 month old, and I can't seem to get it done since I have had the baby. My house is really bothering me, so this would be wonderful! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  19. I have a schedule, but I need to re-do it...I have a 7 month old daughter and I still haven't figured out how to get much of anything done with her in tow. I'd love a copy of this!

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  20. Alicia, I would love a copy! I do have a cleaning schedule, but having just added responsibilities to my part-time work-from-home job, I'm having to revamp it, and could really use some help making it more efficient. As it is, I'm following your sort of schedule, of seeing a dirty spot and making time to clean it, but letting the other stuff go til it becomes un-ignorable. Thanks for offering this giveaway, and as always, I just love coming over to your blog for inspiration and smiles. :-)

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  21. I'm definitely working on this area in our home too. It's a process, but we're slowly making progress. I'd love to have a copy of this book and hope that it would help clarify some things! Thanks for the chance to win! amber_wiggins(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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  22. I "liked" iDreamofClean on facebook. amber_wiggins(at)hotmail(dot)come

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  23. I don't have a cleaning schedule at all... I need one, though~. I could really use the book! sehein7@yahoo.com

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  24. I liked iDreamofClean on Facebook. sehein7@yahoo.com

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  25. I liked Alicia's Homemaking on Facebook, sehein7@yahoo.com

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  26. I am working on time management this year (and always and forever, it is not my strong suit), so I could really use this ebook. I am a mess! THanks for the chance!
    shannonhowl (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  27. I like Alicia's Homemaking on Facebook.

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  28. No schedule for me but honestly I need one and (more honesty)my heart is totally fighting that. It's been very hard for me to treat being at home as my job as in making a schedule. But I often feel inefficient and frustrated so a schedule may be in order. I'm definitely in prayer about this-wow that's a lot of sharing on a comment ; )

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  29. I do about the same thing as you...using what Rachel Anne went over on Home Sanctuary. It has helped me out a lot these past 2 years. I would love to win this for my little sister who just got married and trying to get a system going.

    joycelau319 at yahoo dot com

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  30. I have a bit of a lax schedule, but it works. it's more of a routine. I'd love a copy of the ebook!

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  31. i dont have a cleaning schedule that works for me. I saw this e-nook the other day and wanted it but its not in the budget right now. i'd love to win it

    amandadaleis at hotmail dot com

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  32. i follow AH on FB

    teareanna at gmail dot com

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  34. right now, i do spot pickup on the days i work, SO does the dishes and my 2 days off during the week i do the laundry and do a more thorough cleaning of other rooms.

    teareanna at gmail dot com

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  35. follow IDC on FB

    teareanna at gmail dot com

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  36. http://twitter.com/#!/freebeequeen/status/28077300280991744

    teareanna at gmail dot com

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  37. Heather WilloughbyJanuary 20, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    I like the idea of a printable and customizable list. I am always rewriting the same list and just putting a different persons name by the chore...well, on a good week the kids and rotate...then everything gets really cleaned every few weeks and "kid cleaned" other weeks. However...the flaw to that system is that I'm really not content with kid cleaned toilets or the kitchen....I would love some good tips for doing it easily but well that I could teach to them.

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  38. and twitter (sorry if this one shows up twice)

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  39. Sadly, I do not have a cleaning schedule at all, let alone one that works. This ebook would be a great thing to have

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  40. I just liked you on facebook. I use flylady's daily e-mails to help keep my house in order!

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  41. I don't really have a set plan. I try to make one weekly, but it doesn't seem to work out the way I envision it at the beginning of the week. LOL!

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  42. I currently don't have a good cleaning plan. A long time ago I wrote out a daily planner for cleaning, but never seemed to stick to it. If I would, things would get cleaned a lot more regularly!!

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  43. I'm following Alicia's Homemaking on Facebook!

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  44. I'm following idreamofclean on Facebook!

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  45. I NEED a copy! :) I have recently told my husband just that...I want to maintain my house, but I don't have a schedule. Like you, it was clean whatever looks worst. With 5 busy children, help is welcomed!

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  46. I have a cleaning schedule that works for me when I actually DO it :P mirigard(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. And I follow you on Facebook!! I love it :) mirigard(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. I so need a copy of this!!! I clean as needed!! I have been thinking about creating a cleaning schedule, but just don't know where to start!!! This might be just what I need! Thanks for the opportunity!! stampwithkaren@aol.com

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  49. I am a "try to clean whenever I can" kind of gal. With 3 little ones 3 and under...it is hectic! Thanks for the chance!

    OurSuburbanCircus@hotmail.com

    (And thanks for the visit!)

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  50. I use to have a great schedule I used but have gotten away from it since fall. I am looking forward to getting back into a rhythm.

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  51. I "liked" I Dream of Clean on FB.

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  52. I "liked" Alicia's Homemaking on FB.

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  53. I would love this book. I don't have a schedule that works for me. Or maybe I'm just not deciplined enough to follow my schedule? It sounds like this book would be a big help.

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  54. This looks like a great book!
    I sort of have a schedule, but it needs tweaking!
    snapzshotz(at)aol(dot)com

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  55. I don't have a schedule that I seem to be able to keep. Some one gets sick or I have extra hours at work and we fall off the wagon.

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  56. I'm trying to implement the FlyLady's cleaning schedule b/c so far I HAVEN'T found something that works! :) I sure hope I win!!!

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  57. AND I tweeted. :) See? I'm determined!

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  58. I do NOT have a cleaning schedule and I'm falling extremely behind! This could also be due to the fact that I had my third child in December. My house is making me crazy - let alone the extra time/energy that goes into a new baby. I could really use a way to create a schedule that would work for me. I've tried other people's plans but they just never seem quite right. I'd love to win!

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  59. I do something similar which is to consider what needs to be done, and how frequently, and then use that to help me determine how often to clean, and on what days. I take into consideration my schedule for the day too, so some days are lighter on cleaning, and others are heavier because I am home more.

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