Do you have a cleaning routine? Maybe I should have asked before I decided to tell you how easy it is.
Oh, and the other thing? I think what I really meant was that the stuff I do every day to keep my house presentable is easier than you think. And you can do it too.
Really. No matter what shape your house is in right now, you can put my system in place and see results. In not a lot of time.
Now of course, the less clutter and stuff you have in your home and the more organized you are, the better your house will look and the easier my system will be.
But it really doesn’t matter. You’ve got stuff piled on the tables and dirty clothes in the middle of the floor? OK. So you pick the stuff up, dump it on the floor or another surface close by, dust the table and then put it back.
Yes, you will still have a pile of stuff sitting on your table, but it will be sitting on a shiny, dust free table. And anyone who happens to come in and notice might just think, “Well, she must keep a clean house. Her table is freshly dusted. Someone must have left that stuff there.”
And really, what do you care anyway? Your clean home is for your enjoyment, and your loved ones. That’s all that matters.
The Daily Chores
I have things that I do on a daily basis. There aren’t many, and I admit, when I was working part-time, some of them didn’t always get done. Well, not on the days that I worked.
Here’s my daily cleaning routine:
- Empty the dishwasher. I try to do it early in the day, but there are days when it doesn’t get done until later. Everyone in the family is responsible for adding their dishes to the dishwasher throughout the day.
- Vacuum the downstairs. We have a dog that sheds a lot, so I need to vacuum, sweep, or Swiffer daily. Sometimes when I get done, it could stand to be touched up, but that’s for tomorrow. The bedroom could use a good vacuuming daily too, but in reality, it’s about twice a week.
- Kitchen clean-up. This happens after dinner. I put the food away, and either put the serving dishes or pans in the dishwasher or hand wash them. The garbage gets taken out and the sink and stove are cleaned. I also wipe down the counters and table.
- Around 9:00 p.m., I set the dishwasher to run in 4 hours. We’re all asleep by then so we don’t hear it and because of the hour, we get a better rate on the water it uses.
Is That All?
Well, I forgot that I make the bed first thing. We just have a comforter, nothing fancy, so it doesn’t take too long.
And the other thing I do daily (that I didn’t mention because it’s not really a chore) is that I just keep a general eye out for what needs doing. It’s such a habit I don’t even consider it a part of my cleaning routine.
Our downstairs bathroom gets the most use, so it’s easy to notice if it needs a little freshening up. I may wipe out the sink, clean the toilet, and empty the garbage. Really, cleaning the toilet isn’t that gross, especially if you check it a few times during the week.
I do the same with the upstairs bathrooms. I change out hand towels as needed and refill the soap dispensers.
Now and then the living room or family room may need a little straightening up. Certain people in my house are unaware of where the recycling bin is located, despite it being in the same place for 15 years. And I confess, my notebook and pen addiction does sometimes take over the living room.
What About the Other Stuff?
Keep in mind that all I’ve been talking about is my daily cleaning routine. Of course there’s more!
But it’s still manageable and doesn’t take that much time. Now, I will say there are only adults living here. When my grandson visits, they’re here for a few days since they’re out of state, and in that case, I just try to keep up. The house is clean when they get here and will be cleaned when they leave. And I just do the best I can while they’re here. That time is for them, not cleaning the house.
And that’s one of the biggest things that I want to stress to you: a clean home is a necessity and it’s important, but there are other important things in your life too. I have friends who weren’t allowed in certain rooms of their own home when they were kids (regardless of how old they were). Don’t be that person.
And don’t be a slave to your house, either.
So what else do I do and when?
I don’t really have a scheduled day for any of my weekly tasks, other than cleaning the bathrooms, and that’s sort of a silly one. I got in the habit of deep cleaning the bathrooms on Sundays because garbage day is Monday and I wanted all of the trash out of the house by Sunday night.
Back in the days when my husband was still working (before the virus), he worked Sunday nights and left the house around 2:00. So I had plenty of time in the afternoon to clean. Not that the bathrooms take that long; even three of them.
Remember, I do “as they need it” cleaning during the week, so my bathrooms never get too bad. Once in a while during the week, I may spray the showers down with shower cleaner. The downstairs shower never gets used; just the two upstairs. One has a tub and our tiny “master bathroom” has just a shower.
Here is my weekly cleaning routine:
- Change the sheets on our bed and wash them. Wash other bedding as needed. Our son does his own.
- Mop the floors. I hate this chore with a passion, but it has to be done.
- Deep clean the bathrooms.
- Deep clean the kitchen. Again, there isn’t much to do. I clean out the fridge, wipe down the appliances, clean out the microwave, and wipe down the cupboards and trash bins.
- Dust the furniture.
- Vacuum or Swiffer the bedroom.
- Wash towels as needed and kitchen linens. Sometimes I need to do more than one load of towels per week.
- Do my laundry.
You Can Adapt This to Your Home
Really. As I said earlier, no matter what your house looks like, you can adapt my cleaning routine to fit your home and lifestyle.
And I don’t care if you have clutter in your home and messes that need to be dealt with. You can clean around them. At some point, you may get inspired to do something about them, but until then, you just clean. And please, try really hard not to actually clean around them. I mean, at least move the pile of clothes from one side of the floor to the other when you vacuum so the whole floor has been cleaned, even if there are clothes piled on top of it.
We once looked at a very depressing house when we were looking for a home to buy. It was so sad. Someone had made an effort to make the place look nicer by painting the son’s room, but it was clear that they hadn’t moved any furniture when they painted. We had to stand in the hall to look into the room. It was awful. (And I don’t mean the mess. Yes, it was bad. My house has been messy before. But it was clear there were bad things going on in that home and that’s why it was in the state it was in.)
Anyway, you can easily take bits and pieces of this and slowly fit them into your life. Need help? Don’t know where to start? Hey, I can do that!l
As a matter of fact, I have just the printable to help you get started. You can get it by signing up below. Then either laminate it or put it in a sheet protector and put it to work for you!
And if you need more help, you know where to find me, right? I’m always happy to help. Just ask!