How to FINALLY Keep a Clean House

Over the years, I've found myself accumulating quite a stash of titles and roles. Designer, business owner, wife, mother, volunteer, organizer....the list goes on. One title that up to this point has NOT found a place on that list is "housekeeper extraordinaire". It seemed like under the mountain of duties I held, I was having a hard time keeping my house in the pristine fashion I desired. I, of all people, appreciate good design.  But no matter how well designed a space is, if it isn't routinely kept after, it will soon be swallowed by the elements of life, thus destroying the peace that such well planned design brought.

For the longest time, I had my "cleaning day" each week. From morning time until the end of my day, I tackled the household cleaning. All of it. Then I stood back and marveled at the condition of my home since I knew that such a state of perfection would be short-lived. Week after week I became more and more discouraged at the feeling that I only enjoyed a clean house for a few fleeting hours. SOMETHING had to change. 

I like to make a lot of my own cleaning products (stay tuned for more of that in an upcoming blog) and one day while researching some new ideas, I also came across a 4 week cleaning rotation that included daily home maintenance  combined with deep cleaning tasks. Instead of trying to carve out an ENTIRE day for cleaning, this new way of thinking got me excited. I got started on the cleaning regimen, and have noticed a HUGE difference in how clean my house feels on a day to day basis. I've made a few tweaks to better suit my personal needs, but I would seriously recommend this schedule to anyone with a full plate who would like a cleaner house without hiring extra hands to have it. So for the next four weeks, I will be sharing my cleaning schedule one week at a time. 

In the past, I've seen quilters share their quilting pattern, then invite other quilters to join them and share their successes and ideas for said quilt.  I'd like to invite you to join me for this quilt-along-style clean-along. I'd love to hear your feedback and see if you feel like you benefit from the structure this cleaning rotation provides!

Every day, you have a list of simple maintenance tasks to do. These are constant in the schedule. In addition, each week in the rotation will highlight tasks for a specific room/rooms of focus. Each day (during whatever time you choose), you are to complete 1 or 2 tasks from that weeks' room rotation list. On moths that have more than 4 weeks, or when you find yourself having extra time, there is an additional BONUS WEEK list that outlines tasks you can consider doing that don't need done quite as often. If you are joining us mid-week or mid-month, just pick up where we are, and things will get caught up as you continue to follow the rotation. Let's get cleaning! (Also, check out my PDF files and day of the week clipboards on my Etsy shop to really get things organized!) 

EVERY WEEK

MONDAY

10 minute morning clean-up

Put away clean dishes

Make beds

ORGANIZE OUTDOOR AREAS (Garden, Sweep decks/porches, driveway)

10 minute evening clean-up

Wash dirty dishes

Tidy Kitchen/prep for any morning kitchen work

1-2 TASKS FROM THE WEEKLY TASK LIST

TUESDAY

10 minute morning clean-up

Put away clean dishes

Make beds

DUSTING IN ALL OF THE HOUSE

10 minute evening clean-up

Wash dirty dishes

Tidy Kitchen/prep for any morning kitchen work

1-2 TASKS FROM THE WEEKLY TASK ROTATION LIST

WEDNESDAY

10 minute morning clean-up

Put away clean dishes

Make beds

CLEAN OUT FRIDGE AND PANTRY

10 minute evening clean-up

Wash dirty dishes

Tidy Kitchen/prep for any morning kitchen work

1-2 TASKS FROM THE WEEKLY TASK ROTATION LIST

THURSDAY

10 minute morning clean-up

Put away clean dishes

Make beds

VACUUM, SWEEP, MOP HOUSE

10 minute evening clean-up

Wash dirty dishes

Tidy Kitchen/prep for any morning kitchen work

1-2 TASKS FROM THE WEEKLY TASK ROTATION LIST

FRIDAY

10 minute morning clean-up

Put away clean dishes

Make beds

CLEAN TOILETS AND SINKS

10 minute evening clean-up

Wash dirty dishes

Tidy Kitchen/prep for any morning kitchen work

1-2 TASKS FROM THE WEEKLY TASK LIST

SATURDAY

10 minute morning clean-up

Put away clean dishes

Make beds

LAUNDRY DAY (FIXING, MENDING, WASHING)

10 minute evening clean-up

Wash dirty dishes

Tidy Kitchen/prep for any morning kitchen work

1-2 TASKS FROM THE WEEKLY TASK LIST

SUNDAY

10 minute morning clean-up

Put away clean dishes

Make beds

REST

10 minute evening clean-up

Wash dirty dishes

Tidy Kitchen/prep for any morning kitchen work

WEEK ONE CLEANING ROTATION

KITCHEN/DINING 

clean all woodwork, molding, chair railing, baseboards

take everything off of the counters/bars and wipe clean

deep clean oven, microwave, and coffee maker

organize & clean cabinet doors and cabinet content

deep clean fridge (inside & out)

deep clean sink

clean windows

clean trash can

clean light fixtures

polish furniture

wash walls

organize command center

 

There you have it for week one! I'd love to hear from those of you joining to see if you see similar results in the improvement of cleaning up-keep. Each week this month, I'll be sharing the tasks for that week as well as other helpful cleaning tips and tricks I'm discovering along the way.  Here's to cleaner houses and reduced burdens!