It’s 1:44pm-naptime. My feet are up as I watch “Great News” on Netflix and type this post. Dishes are in the dishwasher, pre-school is done for the day, counters are wiped down, fresh blueberry muffins are cooling, bathrooms are sparkling clean, and for the first time in months, I don’t feel guilty taking a break at naptime! Did I mention I also spent time outside trying to teach my toddler to ride a bike AND my duvet is washed and back on my bed?
No, I wasn’t successful at duplicating myself. No, I haven’t had 12 cups of coffee today. I’m on a cleaning schedule!
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A little background: I legit struggle with self-discipline. Eating healthy, drinking enough water, getting up early, and keeping my house clean have been a constant struggle since becoming an adult. When finishing up my last year of teaching before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I dreamed that keeping a clean house would be so simple. All that free time would make it impossible to have a dirty home! Hahaha!
After now 3 years of constantly struggling with housework, it was time for a new approach. It all came down to the fact that even if I didn’t have a toddler to entertain all day, all the free time in the world wouldn’t get my house clean until I CLEANED IT! One week ago, I began Clean Mama’s weekly cleaning routine. I can’t remember exactly how I came across the website, but one week in, I’m so glad I did. Here is a link to her website!
Here’s how the routine works: each day, you have a cleaning task to do throughout the whole house. On Mondays, you clean all the bathrooms. Tuesdays, dust the whole house. Wednesdays, vacuum the whole house. Thursdays, mop all hard floors. Fridays (best idea ever), “Catch-all day,” meaning you catch up on any tasks that didn’t get done the past few days. Saturdays,wash sheets and towels. On top of those tasks, you do one load of laundry, pick up clutter, vacuum/sweep only areas that really need it, and wipe down counters every day.
It may sound like a lot of work, but it’s so dang efficient. In the past, I tried focusing on one room per day. That meant I had to get out the vacuum, mop, and duster every day. That didn’t last long! With this schedule, I got out my big vacuum and did the entire house in about 25 minutes. I vacuumed areas I embarrassingly admit I’ve only vacuumed once or twice in the 2 years we have lived in this house. Why? Because my task was to vacuum the whole house. The next day, I mopped all the hard floors in the house, even my bedroom and upstairs bathrooms. I’m typically to lazy to bring the Swiffer Wetjet upstairs, but I did it because that was my task for the day.
Aside from having a clean house, an amazing side effect of this cleaning routine is the momentum it gave me to get other tasks done. My junk drawer is clean. The hall closet is tidy. I got a workout in 5 days last week. I’ve spent lots of quality time with my daughter. MY DUVET IS WASHED AND BACK ON MY BED. I’m not overwhelmed by thinking I need to vacuum and wash the floors today. Why? Because that happens on Wednesday and Thursday, silly! I also love the monthly tasks Clean Mama assigns. Today, I washed all our bedding (which I probably should be doing at least once a month thanks to our two cats!).
I chose to print out this routine sheet from Clean Mama, laminate it, and post it on my fridge. It’s right where I can see it, and I can use a dry-erase marker to check off what I’ve done. (If you don’t have a personal laminator yet GET ONE! This is the laminator I have, these are the cheap laminating pouches I use!)
I only did this cleaning routine for a week and feel like a ginormous weight has been taken off my shoulders. The weight of a messy house that never feels clean. I will write another post after a month to update you all on how I’m doing, but I’d love to hear from you! Has a cleaning routine helped you out?! Share below in the comments!