Simple Tips on Keeping Your House Clean
Let’s face it, cleaning is probably one of the least favorite activities for most busy moms. But we have to do it! Or let me rephrase that….we NEED to do it! Once you’ve figured out a simple schedule that works for you, your life will become a whole lot easier. Did you hear me? Create a schedule THAT WORKS FOR YOU! There is no right or wrong schedule. The key is just to have one.
When choosing your system, you always need to base it on your personal schedule. I personally don’t want to spend my weekends cleaning my house, so I have found if I do a little bit every day it doesn’t seem like such a huge task.
When I was growing up my mom always kept our house clean and picked up. I’ve always tried to be that way myself, but I can’t say that I’ve always been successful. And it’s definitely a whole lot more challenging when you have a little kids with lots of toys. One rule that I do have, however, is that our main living area (kitchen, living room and entry way) are always picked up. I hate when we have unexpected guests and my house is a mess, so by keeping this rule in place I have a lot less anxiety.
Here are some things I do every day:
- Put all dishes in the dishwasher
- Wipe down kitchen counters, island and table
- Swifter the kitchen floors
Bedroom/Master Bath –
- Make the bed
- Wipe down bathroom counters
All other things are done on a rotating schedule:
My laundry days are Monday and Wednesday. Since I work from home, I am able to designate these days to knocking out 3-4 loads on these days. If you work away from home, this may not be possible. I know some people who choose to do a load of laundry every day. It’s really up to you.
I clean the toilets and shower/bathtubs once a week along with the mirrors and any surface that needs dusted. Because I wipe down the counters every day, they stay in pretty good shape. Vinegar and water (1 part vinegar/2 parts water) makes a great all-natural cleaning solution and won’t streak your mirrors or glass shower doors. I will also sweep/mop the floors because my daughter and I shed a lot when doing our hair.
This is just me, but I will dust about once every 2-3 weeks. I will use dusting spray and a soft cloth and actually take everything off the surface to clean. All other times I will just run through the house with a feather duster or Swifter duster. This includes all flat surfaces, as well as wall hangings and nick-knacks.
Floors (Vacuuming/Mopping) –
Because we have a dog that sheds and I am allergic to him, I Swifter our hard floors on the main level everyday. He is trained to only stay on the hard floors and not to go into the rooms with carpet such as our living room. Honestly, I vacuum once every couple weeks. High traffic areas may need it more often and I definitely did it more when the kids were younger.
Hot Spots –
These are those areas where everything seems to accumulate. When you and your family come into your house, where is the spot you tend to put things down? It may be your kitchen island, a counter top or a desk. Our kitchen island is where things tend to pile up…daily mail, school papers, purses, etc. These need to be taken care of almost daily, but if that’s not possible, then at least every couple of days. I’ve always been a “pile person” for as long as I can remember. My thought is that as long as it’s all in one neat little pile, that’s better than having things spread all over the entire surface. The Fly Lady has an awesome video for how to address these areas!
Whether you break your cleaning up into different days and create a rotating schedule or you knock it all out in one day is totally up to you. Everyone is different and has their own preferences. The key is to create a schedule that works for you and stick with it. And, remember that you shouldn’t have to do it all on your own. Assigning jobs to your kids is a great way to teach them responsibility, as well as general life skills that will come in handy down the road.
Making it fun with kids –
I’m probably dating myself here, but when my kids were little they loved watching The Big Comfy Couch! Do any of you remember it? Loonette and Molly, a clown and her dolly?? lol
I’m not sure how many of you still have littles in your house. My littlest little is 17 years old and 6 foot tall so I’m not sure he’d appreciate me calling him a little. Anyway, when my kids were little we used to like to make a game out of cleaning. Just like Loonette had her “10 Second Tidy”, we would set a timer (5 minutes or so) and pretend that a bomb was going to go off if we didn’t get the room cleaned before the buzzer went off. Everyone had a job…one had a feather duster, someone had a laundry basket to collect things that didn’t belong in that room, someone was in charge of vacuuming, another person had to straighten things up…Some rooms took a little longer than others, but they thought it was fun to “play” and I got my house cleaned in the meantime! Try it sometime! (And, no, we didn’t stuff things under the couch cushions! lol)