It’s only taken me my whole life to come up with and stick to a cleaning schedule–haha!
I used to try to clean the whole house and it’d take most of the day. Then I had kids and if you have children, you know that you cannot do anything for 4 hours straight, let alone clean the whole house. I would try to sneak in cleaning here or there, but I’d inevitably get backed up and struggle with keeping up. I will admit that I do hire help once in awhile; I build it into our budget and it’s really great to have the whole house clean at once AND it forces me to keep up with it.
However, I don’t get help every week or even every other week, so I started this a few weeks ago. I cannot take full credit for the breakdown, as I watch YouTube and How Jen Does it uses a similar routine. I did choose my own chores on what days worked best for me.
I’ll be the first to admit that with two little kids and two dogs (especially a big one who drips water all over the floor after she drinks every single time) it’s not easy to keep the house in tip top shape. I use the Roomba almost daily and am constantly wiping the counters and table down, as my little guy is still home with me most of the time. I do feel like I found a way to keep a handle on the mundane chores that need to get done without feeling like all I do is clean.
My Top 5 Tips:
- Get everyone to help. Even my little guy loves to help vacuum, dust or wash the mirrors. Sure it’s not perfect and I usually have to re-do some things because he’s 4, but I’m teaching him how to help, he feels useful and he will have this valuable skill for life. My daughter is great at putting folding her laundry and putting it away as well as being responsible for helping with keeping the kids bathroom clean.
- Do a WHOLE load of laundry every day. We are a family of four and I swear we have too many clothes haha. It’s the never-ending chore and if I don’t keep up with it for even a day, it backs up pretty badly. If I can wash, dry, fold AND put away one single load daily, I feel like it really does help. I’m not perfect, but I do attempt to put a load in first thing every morning. If I know I’m home all day, I’ll do a couple of loads, but at the very least aim for one. I hang dry a lot of my husband and my clothes, to keep them nice, so they usually take a day to dry before I can put them away.
- Clean sheets Monday This started a few months back and I am always so grateful to start the week off fresh clean sheets! There’s nothing better than falling into bed with a nice new set of sheets, am I right? I also take time to pull the kids sheets and wash their blankets, rotating every so often. That way I’m not left wondering, wait when was the last time that happened??
- Be flexible. I’ll be honest, some Tuesdays I don’t get the vacuuming done because we had to XYZ, but the next day I’ll just make up for it. It really doesn’t take that long for each chore, but if you let everything go, it does seem next to impossible to finish. Sometimes I combine dusting & glass/mirrors too because our Friday is when Joe is off and it’s hard to do chores when we are off doing something enjoyable or working on real estate.
- Post your schedule. Routines take time to establish and get into, so the first few weeks here I had to make sure I wrote down in my planner, posted the routine on my fridge and reminded myself daily what needed to get done. It’s also great so if the kids want to play on electronics, I can quickly look and see what they can do to help out before I let them play.
Bottom line, don’t get frustrated or overwhelmed with housework, but do something! Setting a timer for 10 minutes can really help you de-clutter a messy countertop or start organizing a play area too.
Do you follow a cleaning routine?