I get it—you’re an incredibly busy mom, you work full time, have three kids, and run your own small business on the side. You have plenty to do without trying to clean your house all the time! Wouldn’t it be nice to just wake up in the morning and find that yesterday’s messes have been magically cleaned away?
That would be nice, but let’s be real. You’re probably the only cleaning fairy your house will ever have. However, it’s possible to work a little magic yourself by creating a cleaning routine that will keep your home tidy without overwhelm.
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Why Create a Cleaning Routine?
Routines make everything go more smoothly. Establishing a cleaning routine that works for you will help you stay on track and make sure things don’t get out of hand. Cleaning is much less difficult when overall cleanliness is maintained all week long.
It may take a little work up front, but it will pay off in the end. Before we start developing a cleaning routine, I’d like to point out a couple of things that will help.
First, if you haven’t already, check out my posts on decluttering with the Konmari method. To keep your house clean and tidy, you’ll want to deal with any clutter once and for all so it doesn’t sneak back in and mess with your routine!
You will also want to set aside some time to deep clean parts of your home. Before you can have an effective cleaning routine, there are some areas of the house that will need to be deep cleaned. Once these areas are clean, it’ll be much easier to maintain them in a few minutes each day. Some areas you will want to deep clean include the kitchen, bathroom, and closets.
How to Create a Cleaning Routine That Works for You
You want to create a routine that will work with your busy schedule, so before you start, take a few moments to think about your day.
You will want to block out 5 to 10 minutes at the start of the day and 10 to 15 minutes at the end of the day. Some days, you won’t be able to do both, and I get it. When these days happen, try to sneak in the tasks you would normally do then at another time.
There are some cleaning tasks you will want to tackle every single day if possible. If you do, you will be able to keep the majority of your house sparkly clean most of the time. In the same way you brush your teeth after each meal, dedicate these tasks to certain points in the day and make them a part of your routine.
Daily Cleaning Routine:
- Make your bed! This one daily habit will make a huge difference in how tidy and clean your house feels.
- Sweep kitchen, bath, or living room floors—anywhere in your house that gets heavy traffic. If you do a quick sweep of these problem areas the rest of the floors stay clean longer!
- Counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom—remove anything that isn’t stored on the counter top and put it away so that cleaning the counter tops is a quick wipe-down.
- Toilet—a quick spritz with cleaning solution and a wipe down with a paper towel every day will prevent the buildup of nastiness.
- Clear off flat spaces—if you’ve already decluttered your home and designated a place for everything, this should be a quick task daily.
- Put away clothes—don’t just drop your clothes when you take them off at night. Hang them properly or put them in the hamper, not on the floor. Make sure shoes end up in their designated spots at the end of the day, not wherever you kicked them off when you got home!
- Sink—make sure your kitchen sink is empty at the end of the night. There is little more discouraging than getting up in the morning to start the day washing dishes!
- Pet areas—if you have critters, make sure their food and water areas are cleaned daily, and any caged animals that need regular cleaning.
Once you’ve developed the habit of doing these things every day, you can streamline this routine. You’ll be able to set aside 5 to 10 minutes first thing in the morning and a few more minutes at night to complete these simple tasks.
Weekly Cleaning Routine
Next, you’ll want to schedule a few longer cleaning tasks each week. Pick days when you have a few extra minutes so you don’t end up forgetting or rushing through.
- Cleaning out and tidying the fridge—do this before you go grocery shopping so you don’t buy extras that you don’t need. This will also reduce extra trips to the store, since you’ll know when you’re almost out of something.
- Wipe down appliances—fridge and oven doors, microwave, toaster, blender, or mixer. Any appliances that get used regularly will develop some buildup and need to be cleaned. Wiping these weekly is much easier than realizing after 6 months that scum is caked around your fridge handle. Yuck.
- Closets—make sure anything needing to be washed gets put into the laundry. Pick up items that have ended up on the closet floors. Tidy up the racks and move empty hangers to one location where they can be found when needed.
- Shower —spray down with cleaning solution once a week, and wipe down to prevent soap scum from building up. Wipe out soap trays and toss out empty shampoo or body wash containers.
- Unless you have a big block of time once a week, break up these tasks by assigning them to specific days. Choose times when you know you will have the extra 20 minutes it will take to do each of these tasks.
There’s nothing more daunting than going into the weekend knowing that you have to clean the whole house. However, if you do these basic tasks regularly, you will find that there are only a few things you will need to tackle on the weekend. Your house will be fresh and clean every day!
Now that’s a wonderful feeling!