Do you love a clean house and get overwhelmed or anxious trying to keep up with all the house cleaning? I love a clean house and I can’t relax unless the house is lovely and clean and clutter free. However trying to keep up with all the daily, weekly and monthly cleaning routines can be difficult especially when you have a busy lifestyle. As a working mum, I had to find a way to make a simple but complete schedule that that fits my lifestyle and would be easy to stick to. I found by following the following steps helps me to be more organised and ensure that the cleaning is up together without spending so much time on it.
It’s important to prioritise first and find out what’s important to you and this will be different for everyone. So what’s important to me, may be different for you. We all have different lifestyles, homes and families. So first find out what your main priorities are and put them at the top of your list!
Keeping the kitchen and lounge is one of my top priorities and if these areas are not clean and tidy then I start to fall apart. So I wash up and dry and put the dishes away as soon as I have finished breakfast or dinner. I can’t stand to see washing up and messy worktops. I feel the task is always easier to do it as I go along rather than coming home from a long day at work to seeing a messy kitchen,
Another two priorities are my lounge and bathroom, the lounge as it’s the first thing when I see when I come home, so I like to ensure it’s all clean and tidy when I leave the house that way when I come home from a long day at work. The bathroom I wipe down the toilets and sink daily as only takes two minutes so help the bathroom stay looking clean.
Another priority for me is the laundry and I usually do one load a day which I put on in either at night, timed to finish for when I wake up to hang out or timed to finish for when I come home from work.
Evaluate Your time
Before you create your schedule you need to evaluate what time you can spare each day. I usually do 15-20 mins in the morning and the same in the evening as I work full time and by splitting the time up it makes it less of an ardeous task. If you work and are exhausted and have no energy to put a cleaning routine into place, I would suggest starting with 5-10 minutes before you leave for work and 5-10 minutes when you get home. Do what you can in this time then leave the rest. It’s important to keep going and before long you’ll have added this step to your routine. If you feel like you can add more time, and get more accomplished, increase your time to 15-20 minutes.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
Creating your own schedule means that you can design it around what works for you and you then don’t have to think about it, just get what needs doing on what days out of the way and done.
Having a cleaning schedule that I stick to each day means that I don’t have to think about what needs to be done. This also means I can keep on top of the housework as best as I can!
I find it best to create a daily schedule for things that need to be done every day and then I split other tasks throughout the week concentrating on a room at a time.
I find that by creating a schedule of tasks, a daily, weekly and monthly one helps me to keep on track with the cleaning. You need to fit a schedule around your lifestyle so rather than try to schedule your life around your cleaning, schedule your cleaning around your life.
So here is a sample of my schedule:
- Make Beds
- Clutter – pick up clutter during the day and in the evening
- Wipe Down Bathrooms and kitchen counters
- Sweep vacuum/mop as needed
- Unload & Reload Dishwasher
- Complete 1 Load of Laundry from start to finish every day
Monday – Bathrooms
- Clean toilets
- Clean showers/ Bath
- Wipe down any cabinets and mirrors
- Check cupboards are tidy
- Empty bins
Tuesday – Living Areas
- Dust down TV and any furniture
- Vacuum sofa and underneath
- Tidy hallways
- Wipe down dining table
Wednesday – Bedrooms
- Tidy up toys and bedroom
- put away clothes
- Dust furniture and bedside table
Thursday – Kitchen & Floors
- Wipe over appliance
- Clean kitchen worktops
- Wipe down kitchen cupboard doors
- Wipe down splashbacks
- Wipe down kitchen table
- Vacuum and mop floors
Friday – Floors & Dust
- Dust Skirting Boards
- Vacuum & mop floors
- Sweep outdoor areas
Saturday – Refresh –
- Change Bedding & Sheets
- Change Bathmats
- Monthly Task – Pick a task from the monthly list
Sunday – Restock & Plan –
- Meal planning
- Clean out fridge
- Oven Clean
- Clean Windows
- Wipe marks on walls
- Clean blinds
- Clean filters in washing machine/ tumble dryer
- Spot clean any stains on furniture rugs
- Clean Light fittings
- Wipe switches
Keep up with the routine
Once I created a schedule and started using a simple routine I realised that just a little bit every day was helping me keep things clean most of the time.
By keeping up with your morning and evening routine will help you to keep your house nice and on top of the cleaning without it feeling like such an arduous task.
And, don’t forget you don’t have to do them all yourself. Keeping the house clean and tidy should be a joint family responsibility, so why not get everyone involved with the schedule. I hope this helps you with keeping up with your cleaning! Good Luck:-)