Moment of truth: I haven’t always been the best at keeping up with the house. Despite my best intentions, our lives get crazy and a clean house is the last thing on my list to take care of after work, babies, my husband, and myself. Now that Nora is into EVERYTHING and we’ve added a new tiny human to our tribe I’ve been determined to do better, but in all honesty it’s just gotten harder. Over the past few months I have made a deliberate effort to do better and I can honestly see something inside me changing. The fundamental part of myself that I thought was destined to be a total slob has begun turning into the complete opposite and I’m sure that Wes is just as excited for this new change as I am.
And it all started with a plan. The best way to stick to something and actually make it happen is to have a plan in place that will help you to accomplish just that. So, today I am sharing what we do to ensure that things don’t get totally out of hand over here. I’ve found that for myself a complete “cleaning day” normally ends up as a total failure. Instead of dreading Saturday because I know I’ll spend the whole day cleaning every square inch of this house (and probably deciding to just lay on the couch instead) I started following a day by day plan that keeps me on task, doesn’t overwhelm, and still gives me a feeling of total satisfaction each day. So, here it is:
+ Bathrooms || Every inch of the bathroom gets a good scrub. Once a month I will take down the outside shower curtain to give it a good wash as well. I clean the WHOLE toilet. Inside, outside, base, ALL of it. I clean all the mirrors/glass in there and make sure fresh towels and wash rags are readily available. Any empty bottles in the shower get dumped, and I also check our bathroom closet (maybe your “under the sink”) to make sure it stays organized. This is also a great time to see what needs replacing as far as hair products, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. [I instantly add this to my Walmart grocery app so I can pick them up that weekend with our groceries!] I wash the floor mats in the bathroom and I normally will throw in the two small rugs I have in our kitchen with this. Empty the trashcan, sweep and I’m done!
+ Dusting || Any surface that collects dust gets a good wipe down. I also clean all of our mirrors, picture frames, etc. at this time. I wipe down door nobs and handles to keep the germs at bay. I also use this time to water houseplants since I’m making contact with each of them. I’ve put together a “cleaning caddy” using a shower caddy I picked up at target to keep all my cleaning supplies and microfiber cloths in one place. It makes traveling room to room much easier and I always know that anything I may need in any given room is right there! I spray our linen spray in all the closets, on any cloth furniture, and on all of our bedding to freshen things up. (I do this many times in a given week. It always makes me feel like a room is much more clean when it has the sweet smell of lavender involved!)
+ Vacuum/Kitchen || All the floors and furniture. I vacuum our couch and chairs in the living room (because I have a toddler who gets crumbs EVERYWHERE) If your house is toddler-free you can probably get away with doing the furniture once a month. That just isn’t an option for us right now! I also like to use this day to clean out our fridge and pantry (adding things to my grocery app as I go). Every few weeks I will deep clean the fridge as well.
+ Floor Washing || On Thursdays I wash all of our floors. Truly there’s nothing better in my opinion than a house full of clean floors. Seriously, Thursdays are my favorite. Its a great workout and the payoff is beautiful! Our house is 99% hardwood floors so we have lots of floors to wash! The hardest part about this day is making sure everything is off the floors the night before or first thing in the morning so I can be sure to get every floor (again, toddlers are the biggest deterrent for this so I have my work cut out for me!).
** Don’t sweat it if you don’t get every room each week. Just save it for Friday or don’t worry about it until the next week. Don’t get stressed about all the stuff you have to do to keep the house looking nice. Don’t let the list work you! Make sure it’s working FOR you!**
+ Catch-Up Day || Friday is the day I catch up on any tasks I didn’t get done during the week. I also menu plan for the following week and work on my online grocery order to pick up on Saturday. If I’m home all day on Friday I will also pick a “deep clean/organizational project”. If the bathroom sink got really out of hand, If my closet needs some love, if the “catch all” areas are piling up, etc. Just one project to make me feel like I really made a difference in one area of the house.
+ Sheets + Towels || On Saturday I launder all of our sheets and towels so we can start our week with clean sheets and clean towels! The rest of the day is spent relaxing, napping, and enjoying my family. I also pick up our groceries for the next week that afternoon.
+ On Sunday we rest and relax! I do a few tasks such as sweeping any major messes (there’s normally at least one!), pick up toys and clutter, and 1 load of laundry.
Every day I have a few tasks I run through:
+ Make Beds
+ Sweep Floors
+ Wipe Kitchen Counters
+ Empty Dishwasher
+ Pick up Clutter
+ 1 Load of Laundry
+ Take out the trash
A lot of this is something I have adapted from the Clean Mama Blog but with things that fit my specific needs added in or taken out! Hopefully you can do the same!
So, that’s it! I’m working on a post of the natural cleaners we use as well as some recipes for the home made/natural cleaners I use on our home so part 2 of this post will be coming soon! In the meantime, get to cleaning! I hope this lightens your own load and makes life a little easier for your family!