I have tons of time to clean my home said no woman ever. Keeping a clean house is work. If you’re a mom, let’s face the facts: you’re already out numbered. I struggled for a long time trying to keep a clean home. I thought I had to clean my whole home in one day to be a great housekeeper. Big mistake! I finally discovered the secret to having a clean home is a good house cleaning schedule and some great cleaning supplies. Armed with those…your house doesn’t have a chance to get cluttered and dirty!
Let’s start by taking a look at the schedule, then I’ll give more details and even share few tips and tricks I’ve learned.
As I mentioned before the secret is to do a little each day. My schedule breaks down to a few daily tasks along with “special” tasks for specific days. No clean the whole house in one big, long exhausting day. Nope. A few minutes spread throughout your day can keep your home clean and organized with minimal effort. That’s why I love this schedule. 😉
It only takes a few minutes in the morning to make a bed and instantly you’ve created a look of organization. Sneaky, right? Same thing with doing the dishes in the kitchen. I usually fill my dishwasher and set it to clean before I go to bed. Then in the morning I can empty and be ready for the days dishes. Throughout the day, I can take a few minutes to rinse and load. It keeps the kitchen clean and I never have a HUGE stack of dishes at the end of the day when I have the least amount of energy.
I also do a load of laundry every day. Sometimes two loads depending on how much time I have in the day. I hate having to do laundry all day long. So if I do a load a day, I can stay on top of those dirty clothes and no one goes to school naked. Seems like a win/win! 😉
The weekends is when I strip everyone’s bed sheets. I know Oprah mentioned that she changes her sheets every other day. Well, in this house with no maid…we go a week. I also clean bathrooms on the weekends. But it doesn’t take that long because of a little trick I have in each bathroom. TIP: Keep all your bathroom cleaning supplies in every bathroom. You’ll save time gathering your cleaning supplies and you can do a quick mini-clean up each time you visit the bathroom. For the shower I like to use Lemi Shine Shower + Tile cleaner. It has natural citric extracts that dissolve soap scum and grim.
I also have certain tasks I do on specific days. I’ve found that adding a few of these to your day throughout the week helps your home stay cleaner and doesn’t feel so overwhelming. Plus you don’t forget to clean something for like six months! 😉
The microwave is a place that can get pretty messy depending on who’s using it. Not gonna mention names here but I’m talking about my hubby. 😉 But it’s cool cause I have a neat trick to cleaning it fast. TIP: Spray the inside of the microwave with some Lemi Shine Glass + Surface Cleaner then place a bowl of water inside. Close the door and microwave for 1 minute. Cautiously remove the bowl and then simply wipe the surface clean.
I try to vacuum little messes every day , but on Thursday…the whole house get a good vacuum. I also try to get all my dusting done immediately afterwards because I hate dusting. Loathe. This is the reason for very few nick nacks in my house.
I saved my favorite extra tasks for Friday….organize and declutter. It’s a great time to tackle anything that needs some special attention. Like reorganizing a pantry shelf or clearing out some old magazines.
I know cleaning is not very fun but hopefully this house cleaning schedule will help keep you on track. Oh, did I mention it’s yours for FREE!
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