Over the years I have come to realize that maintaining a clean house is among motherhoods greatest challenges.
House cleaning is also something that makes me very overwhelmed. The overwhelm is so strong that most of the time I can’t even decide where to start…
So I don’t…and then before I know it the house has exploded the contents from every nook and cranny imaginable all over the floor.
Or maybe the kids do that…I digress…
This is why I NEED a cleaning routine. My cleaning routine tells me EXACTLY what to do and when to do it.I have tried so many different methods and none of them really helped me.
For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why I had such a hard time keeping up with stuff or make these other methods and schedules work. At one point I even resigned to accepting that this was just something that I just wasn’t good at.
Yep, I made peace with that fact that I would be hopping a daily ride on the struggle bus.
But, after a few weeks my sanity began wavering. I really did want to have a clean house and it not be a total struggle.
So I started analyzing why no home cleaning method or schedule worked for me. Turns out the answer was REALLY simple.
Those other methods were written by someone else. You see, every household has its own unique challenges that need to be taken into consideration. What works for someone with a single child and no pets will vary from someone that has 10 kids and 5 dogs.
Do you see how that could be a problem?
I myself have 3 kids and 3 dogs in the house. Because of this I have to do certain cleaning tasks more often, such as daily sweeping and vacuuming. After much experimentation I came up with a routine that works for me.
That is what I want to share with you today.
No, not my actual cleaning routine but the formula I used to create a cleaning routine that I have grown to love.
First I need you to make yourself a promise, okay?
You have to promise to KEEP YOUR ROUTINE SIMPLE!!!!!
One of my greatest past downfalls was trying to do way too much in a single day. I would start out gung-ho and spend all day cleaning and before I knew it my newly found gusto had fizzled out.
Let’s get started
1. Figure out what tasks need to be done on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Remember to be realistic here the idea is to spend time doing stuff that will really make a difference in your home. For instance, do you really need to scrub out your fridge every. single. week.???
Baseboards don’t need to be cleaned weekly either.
Here are some examples of things I do daily, weekly and monthly.
Daily: Sweep, vacuum high traffic areas, dishes, laundry and general tidying (you know, picking stuff up and putting away).
Weekly: Scrub Bathroom, Scrub kitchen, mop, dust, thorough vacuuming and washing sheets.
Monthly: Ceiling fans, inside appliances, wiping down cabinets, vacuuming behind furniture (and the furniture itself) and baseboards.
2. Determine your cleaning style.
What is a cleaning style? It is pretty simple. Are you a person that would rather spend a couple of days a week cleaning or would you rather break the cleaning up throughout the week, doing an hour or two each day?
I am a do-a-little-each-day-er spending about 2 hours each day tackling chores. This also includes the time I spend doing laundry. I absolutely cannot get behind on laundry because of how easily I get overwhelmed.
Perhaps you work and can’t dedicate an hour or two every day to cleaning and would rather tackle it all on the weekend (or whatever your days off are). This is what my mother always did. She worked all week and then spent the weekend doing chores, laundry and grocery shopping.
3. Nail down the days and times that you are going to clean.
This is important because you are going to protect your cleaning time at all costs. You are going to start planning life around your cleaning routine the best you can.
My dedicated cleaning hours are from 9am to 11am. I try my best not to schedule anything during that time block. Sometimes there is no choice in the matter but for the most part I have been able to stick with this really well.
Your cleaning hours may be totally different. I know someone who cleans her house at midnight while her kids are sleeping. Remember this is YOUR cleaning routine plan things according to YOUR life.
4. Assign specific tasks to specific days you are cleaning.
Take the list you made in step one and apply it here. Here is how I break up my week:
Monday– all daily tasks plus bathrooms
Tuesday– all daily tasks plus kitchen
Wednesday– all daily tasks plus dusting (I dust the house as a whole)
Thursday– all daily tasks plus thorough vacuuming and mopping.
Friday– all daily tasks plus sheets and a chore from my monthly list
Saturday– just daily tasks
Sunday– just daily tasks
If you are doing 2 heavy cleaning days, then plan those out.
Make sure you write it all down and don’t try to do anything fancy. Most times when we scour the internet for the perfect chore planning printable we are just procrastinating.
Don’t get me wrong I love printables just as much as the next gal, but until you nail down a solid routine don’t worry about it.
Plain ol’ notebook paper will do. You will likely be tweaking your routine considerably over the next few weeks.
5. GET TO WORK!!!
Seriously though, this is it. You should have a solid cleaning routine in place, but think of this as a starting point. You may find that you need to rearrange things or that some tasks don’t need to be done as often as you thought.
Soon enough you will have a cleaning routine perfectly adapted for YOUR home.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that you find it helpful! I would love to hear any comments and suggestions you may have.