Daily Cleaning 101 – Step 7 “Your Schedule”

February 24, 2013

Welcome to the final step of Daily Cleaning 101 here at A Bowl Full of Lemons. Today I am sharing my last step to “keeping a clean home”, your schedule.  You may think “thats not a cleaning task”, but if you don’t have good time management skills and a schedule set in place, there will be no time left in the day to clean. Your time will be wasted on nothing and anything, if you don’t manage your time efficiently.    This step is especially important if you work out of the home.

A Bowl Full of Lemons Daily Cleaning 101 Series


To recap, here are my 7 Steps to keeping a clean home…

Step 1 – Kitchen

Step 2 – Floors

Step 3 – Bedrooms

Step 4 – Bathrooms

Step 5 – Laundry

Step 6 – 10 Minute Pick ups

Step 7 – Time Management – Your Schedule




Step 7 – “Time Management – Your Schedule”

  • Before bed, check your planner & prepare for the next day.
  • As needed:  Set things out, pack lunches, write school checks, pack backpacks, lay out clothes, etc.
  • Plan/prep for tomorrows dinner. Does anything need thawed out?  Will you cook something in the crock pot?
  • “Think” about what you need to do tomorrow.  Be productive and be prepared.
  • Use a family command center.


Our Family Command Center




  • Find a good planner and write out your daily tasks, menu planning, cleaning schedule, etc.  Use it daily.
  •  Use the crock pot.  Its so simple to create a well balanced meal all at once.  It also saves a lot of time.
  • Menu plan.  Write out the entire week’s meals and go to the grocery store every week (with that plan). This will save you so much time & money.
  •  Make sure you have a calendar for the family to use so they can prepare for upcoming days as well. A Family command center works great.


Free Printable

Click on the picture below to print the Daily Cleaning 101 checklist out. It will remind you of what needs done and how little time it takes. Please do not redistribute. Personal use only.

Daily cleaning checklist


My favorite cleaning products

  1. Cleaning Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin (My “go to” book for cleaning tips, how to’s & recipes)
  2. Get Clean Starter Kit (Contains everything in my cleaning kit minus Scour Off)
  3. Scour Off (To clean my sink weekly)
  4. Real Simple microfiber cloths
  5. Oreck Magnesium Vacuum (Giveaway at the end of the Series)
  6. Fresh Laundry Concentrate
  7. Basic H (Floor cleaner)
  8. Reisenthel Carry bag





Following these 7 steps daily will ensure your home is always picked up and kept clean.  If you have to skip a day, its not going to be the end of the world.  Do your best and leave the rest!  Thanks for joining me this week. I hope some of my tips have helped you to bless your home every day.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for a fun GIVEAWAY… 🙂



29 comments on “Daily Cleaning 101 – Step 7 “Your Schedule”

  1. Michelle H says:

    Love this series. I got tons of great ideas to implement when I get home. I’m traveling, so I can’t put them to use just yet. I have the Thirty-One organizer pictured above, and like how you printed your own calendar (that’s what I planned to do).

  2. kelly Freye says:

    I have the Dyson animal…and after reading your blog I really want the Oreck. I want to be amazed as well 🙂

  3. Karen says:

    Thank you for all your great daily steps. It has helped so much. I feel more productive at the end of each day. Do a little each day cut down on what I had to do on the weekend, which let me spend more time with my family. 🙂 The steps were simple and didn’t bite off too much at a time. It is so nice to wake up in the morning and know what to expect for the day and that there is time to get it all done. Thank you again so much.

  4. Heather H. says:

    loved this series – thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Tiffany says:

    Thank you for these tips. My home seems to be in much better order. And my day starts and finishes so much better. I don’t have that “ugg I need to clean the house” feeling. I actually enjoy cleaning. And the kids enjoy helping as well.

  6. Kristin says:

    I really love your cleaning schedule. I think it is great idea to take the cleaning to what you do daily and not by the week. I started to divide my cleaning by days of the week and I’m having a hard time sticking to it. I’m going to try your cleaning schedule and see how it works for me 🙂 I’m also in LOVE with your planner and the filler pages. It is so hard to find a planner that has the layout you do. I hope the website re-stocks them soon!

  7. Pat F. says:

    My goal for this year is to get organized and you inspire me to finally get motivated enough to do it! Thanks for all the tips, information, products, experience and knowledge to be able to achieve my goal!

  8. Emily Irish says:

    I love my 31 Hanging Organizer. Do you feel a paper planner works better than an online calendar/organizer?

  9. Shari Ellingson says:

    Toni, someone from Organizing 101 on FB sent me here to check out this series! I just printed off what I could to take with me this week…I’m heading out of town. This is exactly what I was looking for! Also, I have the 31 Hanging Organizer, as well and couldn’t think of how to use it! Thank you for sharing how you are using yours! And, thank you for your blog…and sharing all your knowledge. I know now that I have the power to do this…get organized and STAY organized! I’ve struggled for over 25 years with this. Enough!! Love you!

  10. I love your daily cleaning checklist and linked to it in my blog post today about cleaning! Thanks so much for making such a helpful list! 🙂

  11. Casey Paulin says:

    I feel like you have saved my life!!! LOL At 37 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I am a stay at home mother with 2 children, 11 & 6. While I was going through treatment my house kinda fell apart. LOL It is so overwhelming and I continue to ask myself “How did I keep up with everything”? I’ve been so overwhelmed with dr appts, homework and kids activities that I just shut down when it comes to getting my house back together. A disorganized home causes so much stress because I can never find what I need & I don’t have the energy to waste searching for it. I started your Cleaning 101 and I am in heaven. Next on the list in Organization 101 🙂 2 of my girls friends wanted to know my secret. I simply told them Googel A Bowl Full Of Lemons….you are a blessing from God for me!

    • Admin says:

      Cassey, Im so glad you are liking ABFOL. Its amazing that with small steps, we can conquer just about anything!! 🙂

  12. Eloise says:

    Really loved these tips. I’ve adjusted my mindset for daily cleaning tasks recently and have been inspired to include some of the tips above. You make it seem so effortless. I think key for me is having all the ‘tools’ I need to do a quick clean up close by. For example, have disinfectant spray in both the kitchen and each bathroom now. So what if I’ve doubled up – I’m more focused and in the moment when I’m trying to clean. I’m also a big fan of the 10minute clean up before bed. I love coming out to a clean and tidy living area first thing in the morning – even though I know my little boys will mess it up pretty quickly! I have a few fave blogs for getting organized and ABFOL is now one of them! Thanks so much.

  13. Ellen says:

    I became really excited reading your blog & jumped right in. The only problem is I jump around instead of following your schedules. A couple of Daily Cleaning Tips here , a week organzing project, a deep clean there…. I have seen hanging command centers before & could not picture one in our home. Until I saw your photo of the Thirty-One product (love their stuff) and the Command hangers. Duh! Pantry door leading to garage; the main in/out door in our house. Now to convince the hubby & kid to actually read the stuff that’s on it!

  14. Rachel T says:

    I was hoping you could tell me what is in the clear portion of the command center hang up. Is that your menu for the week? And also, what are the colored dots you use and how are you using them?

    • Rachel says:

      I believe I remember Toni saying it was a schedule for his child’s activities (sports or dance, I can’t remember the specifics). The colored dots are used for re-occurring activities. In her planner, she uses them for daily cleaning tasks or which day of the week to take the dry cleaning to be done.

  15. Amanda Tohn says:

    I was wondering what room in your house is the family command center.

    • Rachel says:

      the 31 organizer is kept in the hallway closet. Use the back of your doors! It’s a great spot that is frequently forgot about

  16. Meri G says:

    Love it! So helpful!

  17. Meri G says:

    I’ve used so many of these ideas in my own home! Thank you!

  18. Dana says:

    I ove your blog! So awesome! I was wondering why you prefer the Filofax planners as opposed to the Franklin Covey. Just curious.
    Thanks for all you do!

  19. Amy says:

    Can you tell me how to make the daily cleaning list smaller to fit into my planner?? Than you for this amazing blog!!!

  20. emma says:

    hey im having issues opening the link to the printable, im in a mac?

    • Rachel says:

      Try refreshing your page or opening in a new server. I just tried it and had no issues, on a PC.

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