How to Organize your Chores so they ALL get Done

I am good at my weekly cleaning dust, vacuum, clean bathrooms, mop floor, etc. But I am not so good at the “deep cleaning” or things that need to be cleaned, but not every week. So, my sister and I created this system on how to organize your chores to hep us stay up with cleaning all the other stuff. We call this “The Cleaning Box”. Here is how the system works!

We found the tins at Roberts Craft and then used scrapbook paper, buttons, flowers, ribbon and mod podge to make them cute.

Inside we made dividers with card stock, paper and ribbons. Then we just wrote on plain index cards all the things we needed to stay up on. They were different for both of us, but looked something like this:

Wipe front of kitchen cabinets
Clean out kitchen cupboards
Clean out kitchen garbage can
Clean lights
Clean vents
Wipe baseboards
Wash windows inside and out
Clean out master bath cabinets
Clean out kids bath cabinets
Clean fridge inside and out
Clean microwave
Clean out oven
Clean out garage
Clean out garage Freezer
Mope behind fridge and under oven
Wash light switches
Clean lamps
Clean planter shelves
Sanitize remote controls and phones
Clean kitchen blinds
Clean family room blinds
Clean bedroom blinds
Under kitchen sink
Wash walls
Vacuum under couch and cushions
Move furniture in rooms and vacuum under
Vacuum out window sills
Base boards (wash and vacuum them)
Flip mattresses over
Washer and dryer
Wash doors, frames and handles
Wash shower curtain, clean rod and hooks
Clean out car
Computer keys, monitor, and printer
Organize and type up new recipes
Dust/wipe artificial plants
Dust curtain rods, clean curtains
Clean out junk drawer in kitchen
Sanitize toys

How it works:

We divided all the jobs into 3 categories:
-Easy and needs done often: We pick one to do a week
-Easy and needs done less often: We pick one of these to do a week also
-Harder and takes more time: Jobs that need some planning to get done. We pick one of these to do per month.

So, to recap. You do 2 weekly easy jobs a week and one harder one per month.

After you have done the job you move it to the back of the section and then do the first one the next time. It seems to work pretty well so far. I am realizing that the easy jobs are so easy. And wonder why I don’t do them more often. They are also good for kids to help with! The big jobs like cleaning out the garage or cleaning the blinds I still dread, but at least I am getting them done and don’t keep putting them off. Last week, I got my husband to help me with the garage. It was so nice! Maybe this will give you some ideas. Happy Cleaning!

For more ideas from Whitney and Alish, visit Sister’s Stuff

(This post originally published on Crazy Domestic in July 2010)organize chores

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  1. What a cute idea, thanks for sharing!


  2. Just like a book from my era called "Sidetracked Home Executives" written by two sisters. I'm glad to see the idea is still around!

  3. Absolutely love this idea! Thank you! :) It is something you can use your whole life! :)

  4. This is such a great idea! I have one of those tin boxes from Roberts that I’ve been wondering what to do with. I have used another method, but I haven’t kept up with it. I’ll be giving this a try.



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