OK, let’s get real for a second. Life with kids is messy.
Gone are the days of just you, your husband and a house that magically stays clean.
One thing that has helped keep me a little more sane is having a weekly cleaning routine in place. This way, I know exactly what major task gets done every day, as well as my non-negotiable, “daily” tasks.
On Sunday evenings, I dust, vacuum and mop the floors. I know what you are going to say, cleaning on the weekend? Hear me out… The reason I do it on Sundays is because it helps start the week off on the right note. The house just feels so sparkly and clean after its been dusted and vacuumed.
Now realize, I am not spending hours doing this on a Sunday. I do this in the evening, and it takes me about 45 minutes to complete. We currently live in a 1,300 SF apartment. If your home is larger, separate this task into two days. In my personal opinion, you should only be cleaning for 45 minutes or less every day.
On Monday morning, I wash all the bed linens and towels. Once again, this helps set the tone for the week and helps everything feel “fresh” and new.
On Tuesday, I tackle our two bathrooms. I do this quickly while the kids are eating lunch, and it takes me 20 minutes or less.
On Wednesday, I deep clean the kitchen. This includes: wiping down the counters, cabinets and appliances. I also clean the oven on the inside if necessary.
Thursday doesn’t “technically” have a major cleaning job, but it is my weekly grocery shop. I will scour the weekly ads, create a meal plan and go grocery shopping. Afterwards, I wipe down and reorganize the refrigerator. If there are any leftovers, I try to incorporate these into next week’s meal plan.
On Friday, I wipe down the windows and glass doors, getting rid of all those sticky, little boy fingerprints!
Saturday is my “catch-up” day. If I wasn’t able to get to something during the week, it gets done on Saturday. Whenever possible, I like to leave this day free to focus on my family and enjoy the weekend.
I make the beds every day.
If there is laundry in the dryer from the night before, I fold and put it away immediately. I do a load every other day, depending on how much has gathered.
I make sure the kitchen is clean and the dishwasher is running at the end of the day.
With the help of my boys, I tidy up the toys and anything that got moved during the day.
Finally, I vacuum the main area on a daily basis. This includes the kitchen, living room and dining room. When my kids snack, they get food everywhere.
I hope this list helped you begin to think about a weekly cleaning routine that will work for you. Your schedule may look different than mine, and that’s OK!
Before creating your weekly cleaning routine, take the time to write down all your tasks. Separate your list into daily and weekly tasks. Also, take into account your other weekly obligations. With your schedule is in place, you will feel so much better knowing what needs to get done everyday. Gone will be the stressful days of cleaning the entire house in one go!