You wake up, the sun is shining, and you head downstairs to grab a nice, hot cup of coffee and BAM all you see is mess. Dishes piled up in the sink, toys everywhere, 7 of your husband’s hats because he just can’t seem to take them upstairs where they belong (love you, honey!), and you start to question when was the last time you mopped and vacuumed.
I get it. I’ve been there. Heck, I’m still there from time to time. Let’s keep it real, sometimes a girl’s gotta sleep. But let me let you in on a little secret – it doesn’t have to be this way! It is possible to have a clean home AND get your beauty rest sis. Allow me to introduce you to your new, favorite cleaning routine:
Basically I got tired of spending every weekend doing nothing but cleaning, only to have the house wrecked by the next day. I felt like I was constantly behind and was so overwhelmed by all of the cleaning I would need to get done that sometimes, I just avoided it all together. Which made it even more fun when I finally decided that it had been way too long without our bathroom being clean. I’m just keeping it real for you. I was at my breaking point and knew that there had to be a simpler way of being able to keep up with the house, along with everything else that we have going on. I had tried to follow along with a thousand different Pinterest cleaning schedules but none of them fit with my 9-5 full time work schedule. So, I decided to create my own routine.
The routine is simple, but there is a little bit of homework involved in order to truly make this work for you.
- Pick 5 Areas of Daily Importance:
Meaning, what are the 5 areas that you feel need attention each day. These should be quick and easy tasks that take no more than roughly 10 minutes of hands-on time each. For me, those areas are:
- Counters – Wiping down the kitchen counters (and stove) and bathroom counters
- Dishes – Unloading and loading the dishwasher
- Floors – Doing a quick spot sweep and mop in the Kitchen
- Decluttering of Living Spaces – Putting things away such as toys, clothes, bags, etc that can quickly clutter up an area. I focus on the Bedrooms and Living Room
- Laundry – Doing 1 load each day, as needed
- Pick Your Main 3:
This is usually where you select your most time consuming tasks that should be done weekly. The idea is that you do them each week so that they aren’t taking hours to get done, but are not things you could necessarily do throughout the week, quickly. For me, those are:
In order to achieve cleanliness success, you have to set yourself up the right way! Now that you have done the homework, you have to commit to these things. I don’t necessarily do all of my daily 5 at the same time. I break it up in the morning and evening to make sure it all gets accomplished. So that looks like:
- Starting a load of laundry as soon as I wake up and putting it in the dryer before I leave for the day. Then all that’s left is folding/hanging it in the evening, which can be done while watching tv 🙂
- Unloading the dishwasher while I’m making breakfast or while Sarai is eating, so that when I get home in the evening and start making dinner, I can easily load all of the dirty dishes right into the dishwasher and start it before going to bed.
- I typically batch items that are related together so that I can quickly accomplish them all at once. For example, in the evening I do a nightly tidy after I get Sarai down for bed. I load the dishes into the dishwasher, quickly wipe down the kitchen surfaces, and check the floor for a quick sweep or mop. Lastly, I will tidy up the living room, putting away any toys, or picking up any random clothing or miscellaneous items that need to go upstairs. I then do the same for the Master Bedroom. This takes all of 15 minutes.
- For the bathroom counters, it’s usually the Master Bath that gets the dirtiest and most cluttered, so after my shower and skin care routine, I will put all of the products away and do a quick wipe down of the skin and counters. This takes maybe 3 minutes.
Since I spend maybe 30 minutes each day doing a few small tasks, I can focus on the larger items first thing Saturday morning and can do so without having to clean before being able to clean! Usually, I will clean during Sarai’s first nap of the day and since I do this weekly, it only takes me about 45 minutes to get everything done. That’s right, I can mop, vacuum, and clean 2 ½ bathrooms in about 45 minutes. All because I do the simple things continuously throughout the week!
So there you have it! Your new favorite cleaning routine that helps you keep your home clean and your sanity intact. Comment below if you have tried this out and if it’s helped you! I would love your feedback 🙂
Until next time,