Do you struggle with designing a house cleaning schedule you can stick to? Who says keeping house had to be a difficult or time consuming thing?
I’m here to tell you it doesn’t. We’re all busy, but most of us know keeping a clean house isn’t optional.
Basically, it’s all about having the right house cleaning schedule.
Follow these few tips and see if they can help you maintain a cleaner home without adding stress to your life:
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1. 30 Minutes a Day is Key to a New House Cleaning Schedule
If you want to keep a clean home, it takes daily effort. You can’t clean the house one day a week, not touch it the other six days, and expect to maintain a clean home.
Instead, set a timer and take 30 minutes each day to pick-up any messes. Make your bed, empty the bathroom or kitchen trash cans, do the dishes, and sweep the main floors when necessary.
These minor tasks don’t take much time but can be the difference between a tidy home and one that’s frequently messy.
2. Kitchen and Bathrooms Are Essential to a House Cleaning Schedule
No one wants their family to get ill, but when you’re raising a larger family it’s even more important to keep everyone healthy.
Otherwise, the illness can become overwhelming in a bigger household. I learned this the hard way when all my kids were living at home.
After we spent our trip to Disney World with vomiting and diarrhea, I learned an added 10 minutes of daily tidying can go a long way towards keeping a stomach bug from spreading.
Now, I wipe down my kitchen and bathroom every day. These are areas that are prone to a lot of traffic and unclean hands tend to touch these surfaces more frequently.
Instead of letting germs get the upper hand in my home, I use disinfectant wipes to sanitize the most frequently touched surfaces such as:
- Kitchen sink
- Kitchen counters
- Stove and refrigerator
- Bathroom sink
3. Stay on Top of Laundry
When I first started keeping house with a larger family, laundry was my downfall. I began by trying to wash a load a day, but the problem is laundry is never finished when you use this method.
Instead, you find yourself washing, drying, folding, and putting laundry away on a daily basis.
If you have a day where things don’t go as planned, it’s easy to fall behind. I decided to have designated laundry days.
Now, I wash clothes two days per week. We did away with each bedroom in our house having a laundry hamper.
Instead, I put one laundry sorter in the bathroom. If you have multiple bathrooms, you may want to create a rule where everyone brings their dirty duds to the laundry room to place in the sorter.
When the laundry sorter is overrunning, it’s time to wash. In our case, I wash sheets, towels, and all clothing on Mondays.
I do a second load on Thursdays where I wash towels and dirty clothes only. On these days, I have the mindset that all laundry must be complete before anyone goes to bed.
It helps me avoid feeling overwhelmed. The feeling of being overwhelmed is how many houses end up (and stay) in disarray. Avoid it by developing a laundry routine which works for you.
4. A Room a Day
Most people stay busy on a regular basis. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that we over schedule ourselves, or if there’s constantly too much to do.
Either way, I fall in this category of staying busy.
Having one day to clean my entire house is great in theory, but it doesn’t work for me.
Instead, I have a house cleaning schedule which allows me to clean a room or two each day. This takes about an hour, but it ensures my home is cleaned every week.
If you don’t have a full hour to devote to cleaning, divide it up. Wake up 30 minutes earlier to clean one area and clean another area for 30 minutes in the afternoon or evening.
By tackling a room or two in your house every day, you have the potential of keeping and maintaining a clean home on a regular basis.
5. Cleaning Day
If you aren’t someone who feels they can devote time each day to clean your home, or you prefer having a clean house all at once, stick to it.
However, make sure you designate one day per week to clean your entire home.
By recognizing one day as your “cleaning day” you won’t schedule things for this day, and you’ll know this is an item that must be completed.
Having a schedule will help you develop cleaning routines, use better time management, and can help you lead a more productive life.
6. Get Everyone to Help
From the time my children were toddlers they’ve had chores. It wasn’t a punishment because I made it fun.
However, it develops the mindset to take care of what we’ve been given.
They now have a positive attitude towards routine chores, and they know that helping around the house is expected.
As toddlers, I let them help with sorting clothes (it helped with color recognition too!) They helped sort socks, and I’d even put old socks on their hands and let them help with dusting.
They also helped by picking up their toys and other items out of order in their room.
As they’ve grown, their chores list have changed. They now wake-up every day and make their beds first thing.
My kids get dressed, brush their teeth, and pick-up their rooms before we start our day.
They help with taking out the trash, feeding our pets and livestock, and help with the dishes. If everyone pitches in it makes for lighter work.
If you teach everyone in your home that picking up after themselves and maintaining the home is a part of life, and a shared responsibility, keeping a clean home isn’t nearly as difficult on one person.
7. Clutter Makes It Harder to Keep a House Cleaning Schedule
I’m a clutter-freak. When I’m in a space filled with too many items, I feel claustrophobic.
Allowing items to pile up around you or even having too much decor can make keeping a clean house a difficult task.
Start by decluttering your entire home. Once the clutter is gone, maintain it by having a 15 minute period every day to declutter any trouble areas.
I set a timer each day where we declutter as much as we can in 15 minutes. When the time is up, we stop. We pick-up where we left off the next day.
This will help maintain a clutter-free home. It feels better and will make dusting a much easier task.
You now have seven tips for keeping your home clean on a regular basis.
We all have rough-patches, but if things start to get out of sorts again, jump back on the bandwagon of your cleaning routine.
If this list has left you feeling overwhelmed, whether you have a large family or not, I recommend you read the book Large Family Logistics. My mom gave it to me years ago, and it helped me a great deal.
I didn’t use every tip in the book, but I still recommend it to any of my mom-friends who are struggling with keeping up with both their home and family life.
In the meantime, take the tips you love from the list above and formulate your own house cleaning schedule to make managing your home a little easier.