I had been using a version of a weekly cleaning list on paper for myself, but I found that Eric and I were doubling up on some tasks while leaving others completely undone. I wanted to find an easier way to keep up with what tasks we had completed each week. When we saw this silver dry erase board at Bed Bath & Beyond for $6, we picked it up right away. It’s magnetic, and it came with 2 magnets and a dry erase marker with mini eraser.
It blends in nicely with our Caledonia granite and stainless steel appliances. No need for a cleaning list to stand out too much.
Here is our current cleaning list (with checkboxes for how often each tasks is done each week):
With the dry erase method, we can easily check off each task as it’s completed. For tasks that rotate each week, such as the floors and the thorough cleaning of particular rooms, we use a magnet as a marker for where the focus is for that week.
Yes, there are chores and entire rooms that are not covered by this list. But these are the tasks that we strive to do every single week to help keep our household running smoothly. Your cleaning list may look very different from that of our 2-adult, 2-dog, 2-cat, no-kids household. One good thing about using a dry erase board is that we can add or edit tasks anytime as our needs change.
I thought about sticking a strong magnet on the back of the board and hanging it on the fridge, but we like being able to take it down easily and write on it. Also, it would be less visible hanging on the fridge, since it would be on the side, where we would have to look for it specifically. For now, we like the board next to the “landing pad” in our kitchen where we put our keys when we come home.
How do you keep up with your cleaning tasks? How do your priorities for chores differ from ours? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.