In the next several posts, I am going share my cleaning routines with you and help you create or tweak your cleaning routine. Make sure to check my Free Downloads page for routine charts downloads and lists to add to your Homemaking Binder.
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First things first, we need to go through each room in the house and decide what needs to be done on a daily, weekly, and monthly or seasonal basis. Print and fill out this room assessment for each room in
daily weekly, and monthly/seasonal basis.
In the bedroom for example, you may decide that the bed needs made, laundry taken to the laundry room and the room tidied every day; once a week you need to dust, vacuum, and wash the bedding and
3-4 times a year the mattress needs flipped, the bed skirt and curtains washed and the carpet shampooed.
Next, you will need to decide when you are going to do your daily chores each
day. A great suggestion I found from Hollly Pierlot's Book, A Mother's Rule of Life is to schedule daily chores around mealtimes. I make beds, tidy bedrooms, wipe down bathrooms and start laundry before breakfast. I fold and put away laundry and tidy the living room before dinner. Of course, after meals comes dishes, kitchen counters and sweeping the kitchen floor--a daily need at my house.
Once you get your daily and weekly needs figured out on paper, start following your schedule. If your house is currently in a state of disarray, please know that it will take a few days-think three or four--for you to start seeing a real difference. The first day, you may feel like you spent all day doing your daily and weekly chores and at the end of the day, it may not feel like you have much to show for it. The second day you may still spend a decent amount of time playing catch up, and you may start to wonder if this scheduled cleaning thing is really worth the effort.
BUT.... Something magical happens on day three (or four if you were really behind the ball): all of a sudden it takes no time at all to complete your cleaning activities and the house is looking great. Oh, what a day that is!
Beware: Every time you cop out on your cleaning routine for more than a day, you will have to repeat this cycle :-( So stick with it!
the Modern Housewife