And I mean nobody likes to clean. It is the one task everyone dreads doing! Even those who can’t function without their house being spotless, still don’t enjoy doing it.
As horrible and dreadful as it is though, it has to get done (unfortunately).
Those pile of dishes in the sink have to get washed and those wrinkly clothes in the dryer have to be folded (after you refluff them a third time).
So, in order to get EVERYTHING done, you have to have motivation, of course, but also some sort of structure.
The cleaning and weekly routine I have created for myself has helped me maintain a clean home (when I actually follow it…you know how life is..)
For me, spending time with my family is more important than keeping my house clean. What I like to do is try to clean the best I can, but make sure I make time to play with my toddler.
The only way to keep your house clean is to find a routine that works for you and stick with it. This particular routine works best for me, since I’m a stay-at-home mom, but it can still give you ideas or inspiration to create a routine of your own!
Daily Cleaning Routine
My main focus of my cleaning daily routine is the areas that we spend the most of the day in. The only cleaning products I use are equal parts vinegar and water for all surfaces. For the tub and toilet, I use baking soda and vinegar.
Daily Top Priorities:
If I don’t have time that day, these are the things I try to make sure get done no matter what.
1. Make bed
2. Empty out the dishwasher and maintain an empty sink
3. Keep dining room table clear and wiped down after eating
4. Pick up the toys before bed
5. Quick bathroom wipe down
My Daily Cleaning Routine
1. Make bed
2. Unload dishwasher after breakfast while Noah listens to music
3. Quick house pick up: I take about ten minutes to pick up the things that aren’t in their place and put them back where they belong.
4. Laundry: I’ll start a load, or switch clothes over from the washer to the dryer, or fold a load while Noah is playing
*Time with Noah
While Noah naps:
1. Clean the two rooms I have for that day
2. Quick bathroom wipe down
3. Quick kitchen wipe down
4. Get mail and sort
5. Work on any special tasks on to-do list
*Noah wakes up and we spend time together
Before Adam gets home:
1. Vacuum areas the dogs are the most
2. Quick house pick up
3. Start on dinner
*After dinner Adam gives Noah a bath, while I clean up the kitchen from dinner
(The reason for dog hair EVERYWHERE…)
After Noah goes to bed:
1. Pick up around the house
2. Sweep kitchen floor
3. Start dishwasher
4. Remove dog hair from couch
Weekly Cleaning Routine
For my weekly cleaning, I try to clean two rooms a day starting on Monday, so by Friday I have the whole house clean and I have the weekend to spend time with my family.
Monday: Master Bathroom and Guest Bathroom
Tuesday: Master Bedroom and Noah’s Bedroom
Wednesday: Kitchen and Laundry Closet
Thursday: Living Room and Lydia’s Room
Friday: Den and Storage Room
Weekend: Family Time
If you break down your cleaning and schedule in certain times of the day, or when you get home from work, your house can get clean! I certainly hope I gave you some ideas to add to your own cleaning routine.