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How to create a cleaning schedule that works for you

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A good cleaning routine can save you money. It’s true! Keeping your home clean and clutter free can lead to many more benefits than just the look and feel of a clean home. A clean home changes the energy of the home and creates a feeling of calm and inspiration….or at least that’s how it feels to me

Imagine how you would feel in the morning when you see your empty clean sink. I always feel less stressed and happier when I see a sink that’s empty and clean. When your home is clean you want to be there more often.  When my kitchen is clean, I want to hang out it in more.

When your sink is empty, making dinner becomes ten times easier. The dishes and cookware you need are already clean and ready to use.

There are many benefits to a clean home, but how do you actually keep it clean? The answer: a good cleaning routine you can actually enjoy. Read on for a few tips on creating your own cleaning routine.

1. Prioritize 

Decide on the top cleaning priorities that make you feel at peace in your home. This way, even if only the bare minimum gets cleaned every day, you won’t feel totally out of control. Figure out what is most important to you. What’s important to me, may not be important to you! All of us have different homes, different heavy traffic areas, different children, and on and on.

I have seven {yes, 7} people in my family, so the kitchen and bathroom tasks are always a priority.  If we don’t run at least a load of laundry every day it becomes a nightmare. I cannot begin to tell you how awful my laundry room looks if I’ve missed a week of laundry!

Consider these as starting points:

Daily

  • Make Beds
  • Unload & Reload Dishwasher
  • Complete 1 Load of Laundry {depending on your household size}
  • Run Dishwasher {I do this at the end of the night}
  • Wipe Down Bathrooms

Weekly

  • Mop Floors
  • Change Sheets
  • Scrub Bathrooms
  • Clean Out Fridge

Monthly

  • Wash Bath Mats
  • Clean Out Car
  • Wash Bedroom Blankets and Comforters

 

2. Declutter

I’ve found to keep away clutter is to keep a consignment/donation container {or two!} in my home. I have a box in my laundry room. Every time I find something that doesn’t fit, is starting to wear out, or I just don’t use anymore, I toss it in! When the bin starts to get full, I take it to my local Goodwill and it leaves my house! No major decluttering sessions needed! It’s a fantastic way to go through your kids’ clothing without them actually knowing that you are doing it.

3. Keep up with a morning and evening routine

My morning routine and evening routine are the biggest things that keep my home tidy. When I created my morning and evening routine I just took my daily tasks and separated them into time slots.

By starting my laundry in the morning and I throw it in the dryer when I get home from work; and have it folded and put away in the evening before I go to bed, usually. By unloading the dishwasher, we have a place to put the dirty dishes throughout the day and I can run it overnight for clean dishes in the morning.

If I were to have uninterrupted time (which let’s face it NEVER happens) my morning and evening routines would only take me about 20 minutes each to complete.

 

4.Gather the Right Tools

Are there any cleaning tasks you’ve been putting off because you simply don’t know how to do them? For the longest time, my stainless steel appliances didn’t get a good cleaning because I didn’t know what cleaning products were safe to use.

It wasn’t until I started using Norwex products that I and discovered the magic of an Envirocloth.16265244_1802032953153724_2026262375508263928_n

Think of the different areas of your home that need to be cleaned. Are there any you’ve neglected because you’re missing the right tools or knowledge? Feel free to message me! I can help you find the right tool or give you ideas on how you can use what you already have at home. Most cleaning problems are solved with everyday things!

5. Schedule it in

Finally, once you have prioritized your most important tasks, cleared out the clutter, created a list, begun working on a morning and evening routine, and started completing the list, you need to schedule in some time for cleaning. Look back at your weekly and monthly tasks. Decide how much time it will take you to complete those tasks and then schedule it in. This will look different for everyone.

My monthly tasks are pretty short and sweet.  I usually try to wash the bathroom rugs the last week of each month and wash the bedroom comforters sometime the first week of each month. My car gets cleaned out when the weather is nice enough for me to spend 5-10 minutes outside.

My weekly tasks get accomplished one day in the middle of the week, usually on Tuesdays.  I carve out an hour and a half either on Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the week to complete these tasks. I take out the rest of the weekly and daily tasks either early in the morning or after I’m home from work in the evening. Sometimes it all doesn’t get finished, and that’s ok once in a while.

I utilize my 8-year-old for things that he can absolutely take care of himself. He does his own laundry, cleans his own room and wipes down the upstairs bathroom that he uses.
He’s also quite proficient at mopping the kitchen and actually enjoys it. When I have the baby with me, I just put him in his highchair and he moves from room to room with me as needed.

Sometimes I’m vacuuming around my husband.

It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough for me. 

 

 

2 thoughts on “How to create a cleaning schedule that works for you

    1. I typically do most of the household cleaning at night after the kids go to bed.
      Loading up the dishwasher, wiping down all the counters..etc. I clean my bathroom at night as well. My kiddo will handle the trash and recycle each week, the compost bin and he takes a turn cleaning the guest bathroom. I save all my vacuuming for my day off, that’s also mopping day and I have a lot of hardwood floors.

      Short and simple, one step at a time without worrying about the entire house once a week.

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