Stay Moore Organized System – Determining the Frequencies of your Chores

Congratulations on creating your master chore list!  Creating the master chore list, and setting the frequencies of those tasks is the most overwhelming part of this process!  You may already feel overwhelmed just thinking about what you need to do, but rest assured, this is completely normal!

When you start thinking about the frequency of how often you need to complete tasks you need to focus on how often you really need to do them, realistically how often you will do them, and what things would take a much shorter amount of time if you did them more frequently.

For example … I don’t really need to pick up things from every room, every day … However, if I do them every day, it is a very very short part of my cleaning routine.  Now, if I had a toddler in the house, picking up may not even be included in parts of my cleaning routine because picking up after playing with toys was part of play time – not cleaning time.  I am also aware if the majority of things I am picking up are left by teenagers, and I may need to pass that chore off to them!

Below is an example of my frequency assignments:

  • Kitchen –
    • Dishes – Daily
    • Sweep – Daily
    • Mop – Weekly (daily spots as needed)
    • Wipe Counters – Daily
    • Clean Fridge – Monthly
    • Wipe Cabinets – Quarterly
    • Clean Food/Spice Cabinets – Quarterly
    • Vacuum under fridge – Quarterly
    • Clean out Freezer – Quarterly
    • Clean Oven – Annually
    • Clean Microwave – Weekly
    • Clean toaster – Weekly
    • Dust – Quarterly
  • Dining room –
    • Wipe Table – Daily
    • Sweep – Daily
    • Mop – Weekly (daily spots as needed)
    • Dust – Quarterly
  • Master bedroom –
    • Vacuum – Weekly
    • Pick up – Daily
    • make bed – Daily
    • dust – Quarterly
    • wash linens – Weekly
  • Master bathroom –
    • Sweep/mop – Weekly                               <—- Notice that I have started grouping tasks that I do together
    • clean sinks/mirrors/toilets – Weekly
    • clean showers/tubs – Weekly
    • wash shower curtains – Monthly
    • dust – Quarterly
  • Hall bathroom –
    • Sweep/mop – Weekly
    • clean sinks/mirrors/toilets- Weekly
    • clean showers/tubs – Weekly
    • wash shower curtains – Monthly
    • dust – Quarterly
  • Living Room –
    • Pick Up – Daily
    • Vacuum – Weekly
    • Dust – Quarterly
    • Vacuum computer – Quarterly
  • Studio –
    • Pick Up – Daily
    • Vacuum – Weekly
    • Dust – Quarterly
  • Disinfect phones/door handles – Monthly
  • Pet Meds – Monthly
  • Replace Air filter – Monthly
  • Change Water filter – Quarterly
  • Vacuum baseboards/window sills – Quarterly
  • Wash windows – Quarterly
  • Change Toothbrushes – Quarterly

Notes about frequencies – Some of these tasks, especially dusting, I did much more frequently when I started this system.  However, I have found that as I increase the frequency of things like vacuuming, changing air filters, sweeping/mopping, and wiping down counters/tables that I was able to reduce the frequency of dusting significantly.   I also tend to wipe down big dust collectors during other cleaning tasks, and therefore dedicated dusting is not required nearly as often.

Congratulations on completing this task!  You have now completed the most overwhelming parts of setting up the Stay Moore Organized system!

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