“C” is for Cleaning!

I have always loved to clean and organize…I appreciate my home more when it is spick and span.  Before my little one, I could clean my entire house in one day.  Now days…it takes a bit longer.  It has taken me a several months to figure out how to manage cleaning the house and running after my toddler, but I finally have it figured out. Once I created my cleaning routine and checklist, cleaning has become a breeze!

In order to keep our evenings and our weekends free of cleaning, I had to come up with a schedule of tasks we should be doing daily to maintain:

 Morning:

  1. Make Beds: I love the feeling of climbing into a clean, made bed at the end of the day, so after waking up each morning, I make our bed.
  2. Wipe Down Bathroom Counters:  Every morning after my shower, I do a quick wipe down of the bathroom counters and sink.  This helps in keeping the grossness (from toothpaste and makeup) from building each day.
  3. Empty Dishwasher: Every morning while my little one is eating or playing, I unload the dishes from the night before.
  4. Wipe Down Kitchen Counters, Stove Top, Cabinets, Coffee Pot and Kitchen Table: After breakfast, I wipe down the counters, stove top, cabinets, coffee pot and kitchen table.

During the Day/Evening:

  1. Sweep and Vacuum: We have a toddler and three cats, so we are always sweeping and vacuuming, especially after meals.  I counted yesterday…I swept the downstairs two times and vacuumed (rugs) downstairs three times. 
  2. Laundry:  I try to do one to two loads of laundry per day.  I fold and put the clean clothes away. I’m not a huge fan of laundry piled everywhere, but let’s be honest..sometimes it happens because I’m just so tired. I don’t have a specific day to wash linens or towels.  On Mondays I change the sheets (we have a couple sets) and put the dirty ones in the hamper to be washed, folded and then put away for the following Monday.
  3. Wipe Down Kitchen Counters, Stove Top, Table:  Just like after breakfast,  I wipe down the counters, stove top, and table after lunch and dinner.  Then, a quick sweep and/or vacuum to pick up crumbs.
  4. Load and Run Dishwasher: After dinner we load the dishwasher and start it, so it can be unloaded the next morning.
  5. Pick Up Toys: We are teaching our little man how to put his toys away. Before he goes to bed we put all his toys in the toy box and tell them goodnight and that we’ll play with them tomorrow.

It looks like a lot, but doing these tasks each day will keep the house feeling and looking clean. My morning/during the day routine (with no interruptions) is about 30 mins.  My evening routing is about the same if not less, because my hubby is home and helps out.

I then add in additional tasks to do once per week.

  1. Bathrooms (Mondays):  Since bathrooms are my least favorite chore and since we are home most Mondays,  I decided Monday would be bathroom and cleaning day.  It worked out great this way because it is the start of the week and if we have surprise guests come over, then bathrooms are clean and I don’t have to worry about doing a quick clean.
  2. Dust (Tuesday):  I dust over all surfaces upstairs and downstairs and clean all glass and mirrors (except for bathroom mirrors because they have already been cleaned).
  3. Mop (Wednesday): Before I mop, I sweep all hardwood floors and vacuum.  I then Swiffer just to make sure I get everything that the broom and vacuum didn’t pick up.

There you have it…my cleaning schedule for the week!  Seems easy enough right?

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I know this cleaning schedule may not work for you, so if you would like me to create one that does, please let me know! The cleaning checklist will be available in my shop soon!

Happy Cleaning!

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