There always seems to be more that needs to be done in the day then there is time to do it. This is never truer than when it comes to housework. At the same time, a neat and tidy home has so many benefits. When your home is regularly kept neat and tidy it allows you to relax. It gives your home a sense of peace and order and your home is generally more comfortable and inviting.
The feeling of knowing your home is clean just plain feels good and sets you in a positive frame of mind. If we want to enjoy these benefits of a neat and tidy home, we need to be effective with our time management. The only other alternative is a perpetual messy home or spending every day cleaning.
I know this because for years when I worked full-time outside of the home, I would be forced to spend my entire Saturday just cleaning. It was a constant struggle, and I felt like I was constantly cleaning. After spending hours and hours of my Saturday cleaning, the piles, like weeds, would re-grow to their same height by weeks end. I tried the Fly Lady method, but it didn’t work for me, I found it too much to focus on in a single day.
Then I read an article on Living Well Spending Less about making your bed every day. This was a great habit and I was so glad I implemented it. I came home from work every evening and at least one room felt clean. While I was building the habit of making my bed each day, I came across this cleaning schedule from the Time Warp Wife. I printed it out and placed it in a page protector in my calendar binder.
This schedule is so simple, it allows me to maintain my home, while only cleaning one room each day. I have tweaked it a little to better meet my family, but once I started following this cleaning schedule I no longer had that overwhelmed feeling.
House Cleaning Schedule
Make your bed first thing
Throw in a load of laundry
Wash the dishes
Spend 15 min straightening up and putting things away
Focus on the bathroom give it a good clean, clean the tub showers floors mirrors.
Spend 15 minutes straightening the other rooms. Done! The rest of the week, I keep a container of disinfectant wipes in the bathroom give it a quick wipe down as soon as I am getting ready in the morning and it stays pretty neat and tidy the whole week.
Focus on the bedrooms, change the sheets, vacuum floors, put away clothes and clear off dressers. Spend 15 min straightening other rooms. Done! During the rest of the week, just make sure to make your bed and hang up clothing.
Spend 15 minutes straightening up. Focus on paperwork and meals. This is the day I plan meals for the week, make my grocery and household items list, take care of any filing and bill paying that needs to be done. I try and run all my errands and appointments on this day.
Focus on the kitchen and dining room. I clean out the fridge, wipe down the counters, all surface areas, and all small appliances. Sweep and mop the floor. Done! During the rest of the week, I just make sure to keep up with the dishes and cleaning up after myself as I cook.
Clean the living room. I dust, vacuum and clean mirrors. Done!
This simple routine has allowed me to effectively manage my time and maintain a clean home.
Of course, there are still those days I find myself behind or falling off schedule, but I simply pick up where I left off and in no time, I am caught up. Having a doable routine has increased that sense of peace and joy in my home.
What about you? Do you have a cleaning routine that you love? Share in the comments!
As always, live simply, live intentionally and make today your favorite day!