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My Cleaning Schedule

If you’ve been reading the past few weeks then you’ll know that I’ve been busy doing some organizing and purging.  But I haven’t exactly been keeping up with my normal cleaning.  The laundry has piled up, the dust has been settling in, and it has gotten to that overwhelming place where I don’t quite know where to start.

I’m somewhat OK with this and I am not going to beat myself up over it because I’m just not Wonder Woman.  I cannot do everything.

I cannot spend a few weeks going through all our stuff to organize it, be a mom who is present with her kids, teach Sunday school, workout, blog, and keep our home spotless all at the same time and with the level of perfection that I want.  I just can’t.

And so it’s OK to let the cleaning go for a while.  But now that most of the Great Re-organization and purge are over I am ready to settle back in to a normal cleaning routine again.  Here’s what my routine looks like:

cleaning scheduleYou can get a pdf of the cleaning schedule here.

To break out of the rut I spent yesterday getting our house cleaned up and back to order.  Yesterday I did everything.  But moving forward I am adjusting back to a “doing a little bit each day” model of cleaning.  I used to just clean the entire house once a week but somewhere between kid 1 and kid 2 that became too much for me and so I shifted to doing certain jobs on certain days.  You’ll notice I don’t have as much on Sundays.  I like to spend time together as a family so I just do the bare minimum.

And it’s what works for me.  It prevents me from getting overwhelmed or letting things go too long.  If I just do the items on my to do list for the day it seems much more doable and less intimidating to me.

What about you?  How do you get your cleaning done?


Thursday 11th of February 2016

I am a neatnik so I don't usually allow messes to accumulate. My younger two who are living at home are teens so they pick up after themselves and do their own laundry. The ages of your kids does affect your "mess level" but they are able to contribute with chores at any age. Maybe your boys could help sort laundry or fold or unload the dishwasher. Delegation does help. My kids don't need me every second like when they were little too. They're 16 & 18. Also, dealing with things right away instead of the mentality of "Oh, I'll just clean it up later" helps. My house is not always immaculate but there are no unidentifiable piles of papers/stuff either. Haha. Oh, and I open my mail over top of the trash can. Shred what is necessary and process bills right away. Being very selective about the volume of paper (business cards, fliers, school papers, etc.) can help a lot too.


Thursday 11th of February 2016

All excellent advice! My boys do contribute but given that one of them is only 2 I'd say the work involved in his care outweighs the contribution just a bit :)

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