J is in charge of vacuuming. He gets home from work earlier than I do on Fridays and does this as soon as he is home. We vacuum every week. This is usually necessary as I make a mess with projects and cooking. Also, after our bed bug incident in 2009, we both like to regularly vacuum. I will spot-clean vacuum every once in a while. J is much better at this than me because, although our vacuum is really nice, it is very heavy.
Taking out the trash and recycling (which I obviously do if he is out of town).
Doing the dishes. I am so thankful to J's parents for this one. His mother cooks and his father does the dishes. This 'norm' got passed down to J such that he just gets up from dinner and starts cleaning. :) I love it.
Organizing. While I like things to be clean (i.e. 99.99% germ-free), I don't always put things away. As my parents know, I have never been particularly good at this. J is the opposite. He doesn't wipe things down with Clorox, but he gets in organized moods (usually on Saturday or Sunday mornings), where he puts a lot of things away and organizes them.
TV and media maintenance.
Bathrooms. I can't say that I particularly love this task, but I do love a clean bathroom. And when J lived a bachelor life with his roommate, his bathroom was not clean. Bathrooms have the ability to get nasty pretty easily. I usually break up my tasks so that I am not cleaning a whole bathroom at once. It becomes a monumental task. Here's what usually happens (along with some tips).
Toilets: about once a month, I visit all the toilets with a scrub brush and Clorox toilet cleaner
Sinks: The sinks we use a lot get cleaned at least once a week with whatever all-purpose cleaner is closest and a paper towel or sponge. If you want to make your sinks really shine, use some Windex on them after the cleaning to make them really pretty. Another tip: if you have soap scum buildup, use a fabric softener sheet (slightly damp) to scrub the soap scum away. It really works.
Showers: I would love to say that these get cleaned more often, but it is usually more like once a month for our shower and whenever it is going to be used for the other ones (showers not in use and dry stay pretty clean). Deep cleaning the shower like I shared in this post happens around annually (at least that's the plan). Normally, I use a shower cleaner and sponge or scrub brush to wash the shower.
For the shower doors, I use a fabric softener sheet right after my shower when the doors are still damp. I then rinse them off. After squegee-ing the water off them, I use some Windex on the glass. This really works, even if you have build up on your doors.
Dusting. I usually do this when I notice a bunch of dust on stuff. Neither of us like dusting, so this will definitely be handed off to our future offspring (someday) when they are old enough. (That's what kids are for, right?)
Floor cleaning. After J is done vacuuming, I will occasionally use wood cleaner on the hardwoods and clean the kitchen and bathroom floors. This happens around once a month. But we do not eat food that falls on the floor either.
Watering plants. Usually when they look droopy. I am astonished I haven't killed any.
Wiping down the counters. Although J does a great job with cleaning and organizing dishes, the counters usually need a wipe down about once a day (or more).
Cleaning jewelry. Obviously, since it's mostly mine. I mention this because I wanted to share an amazing tip. If your jewelry needs some TLC, try this link. It really works.
Laundry. This is usually done by the person who notices it is needed. Sometimes one of us will start it and the other finishes it or puts the clothes away. I
Running the dishwasher. We share starting the dishwasher and putting the dishes away.
Problems. Things break. We usually have to deal with this together.
Anyway, this is what has worked for us. And keeps us sane. I still sometimes think about getting a cleaning lady, but I would like to try to hold off until we have kids. I think it would be totally worth it at that point. How about you? What cleaning schedule has worked for you? Do you divide tasks to make them more manageable?
Hope you are all having a great weekend!