A Cleaning Routine and Why You Might Need One

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Why do you need a cleaning routine? Well, YOU may not need one, but I sure do! I don’t like a dirty house, but right now, my house is in need of an overhaul. It isn’t a total disaster, but it could be a lot cleaner.

I’m behind on mopping floors and dusting and vacuuming. I don’t think I’m the only one struggling with this. With everyone thinking about new schedules and priorities, I thought this would be a good time to re-establish a cleaning routine to keep on top of the grime that comes with having three boys. (Four if you count the husband!)

How to set up a cleaning routine

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I developed a laundry schedule to help me get on top of our family’s laundry and it’s working well, so I thought a cleaning schedule might help also. But please don’t think I have it all together. As a matter of fact, I struggle daily with keeping my house clean because it is one of my least favorite things to do.

We don’t have the funds to hire a maid, so it is my responsibility to make sure things get done. But, I’m not advocating doing it all yourself either. My boys have assigned chores they do, and my husband helps when he can, but he’s at work a lot.

I’m going to share what I recently started doing to stay on top of the dirt. I developed a cleaning routine, where I do a few chores every day. This cleaning routine does NOT cover everything that needs to be done. There is no deep cleaning (baseboards, light fixtures, etc.). That will come later.

This routine is just to stay on top of the everyday chores that need to be done to keep my home running smoothly. I may not do some things as often as you choose to do them. That’s fine.  You may do some things that are not on my list. That’s fine, too. Just add them to your routine. I hope you can adapt this routine to make it work for you.

A NOTE ABOUT A CLEANING DAY

Some people choose to clean their house in one fell swoop. If this is you, bless you! If this isn’t your cleaning day, then sit down and enjoy a good book and a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, that method has never seemed to work for me. I would keep putting it off, saying “I’ll just do it tomorrow!” Only tomorrow would never come. I find it easier to do a few things each day. I try to get them out of the way early in the morning so I don’t dread doing them all day.

Here is what my current cleaning routine looks like:

CLEANING ROUTINE

Monday

  • vacuum entire house
  • run errands and buy groceries

Tuesday

  • sweep and mop kitchen floor
  • wipe down kitchen appliances
  • cooking day

Wednesday

  • clean Master bath
  • water indoor and outdoor plants

Thursday

  • clean boys bath

Friday

  • dust
  • pay bills

Saturday

  • cut grass
  • meal plan
Fall flowers make me smile when the house is clean.
Fall flowers make me smile when the house is clean.

A FEW NOTES

My boys are responsible for sweeping the floors, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping the porches, taking out the trash and the compost, and wiping down their bathroom. Also, my husband makes the bed everyday and the dishwasher is loaded and unloaded as needed. The kitchen counters get wiped down after every meal since I am a messy cook.

You will notice that on Tuesday I like to do some batch cooking. I got the idea from Stacy at Humorous Homemaking. She does a baking day every week, but my cooking day encompasses any bulk cooking I need to do. I will whip up some muffins to have on hand for breakfasts or cook a batch of beans for supper. This makes getting meals on the table so much easier. If you work outside the home, you may want to do this on the weekend. I do my cooking the day after grocery day. (You’ve gotta have the groceries to do the cooking!) THEN I clean the kitchen!

I didn’t include doing laundry in this routine. Some people prefer to do all their laundry on one day. I think that’s great if you can do it, however we have too many loads to do that. I would be chained to the washer and dryer all day! (Plus it would overload our septic tank!) You can see how I handle our laundry here.

YOUR CLEANING ROUTINE VS. MINE

Your cleaning routine will most likely look different than mine. That is totally fine. I just wanted to get you thinking about what you can do daily, to stay on top of the cleaning. I’ve noticed that if I do a little bit each day, I don’t get overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. If I’ve put off cleaning tasks for a while, it takes longer to do them (scrubbing off stuck on toothpaste anyone?) and I tend to dread it more. Therefore, I put it off even longer. It’s a vicious cycle. My plan is that if something comes up and I don’t get the daily chores done, I do them first thing the next day, before I start on that day’s chores. Here’s to a cleaner house!

How to Set Up a Cleaning Routine

To get started creating your own cleaning routine, write down all the chores you wish to get done each week. Include (or don’t) the laundry if it makes it easier. Divide the chores between your days, choosing larger tasks on days you don’t have evening activities.

You may even want to add an evening where you do one deep cleaning chore. Even doing one a week will help you stay on top of the dust and dirt.

Write down your list and keep handy by either posting it on the refrigerator where you will see it often or adding it to your planner where you can easily refer to it every evening. Even doing one little thing will help maintain the cleanliness of your house.

And once you establish a routine and stick with it, it will truly take you less time to clean your house. I always thought took over an hour to clean our master bath. Once I kept up with the weekly cleaning, I realized I could easily clean it in about a half hour.

As my mother-in-law says, “It’s called house-KEEPING for a reason!” You have to keep at it to maintain a clean house.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Do you have a cleaning routine or do you do it all at one time? Tell me the one cleaning chore you hate doing. I’d love to know how you keep your house clean.

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