There’s something about having a clean home that just makes life much less stressful, and your home more enjoyable. However, if I’m being honest, keeping up with the endless cleaning tasks a home demands can feel daunting at times.
This system has really helped me organize my time and maintain a clean home throughout the busy week.
I love this excerpt about home keeping and cultivating a beautiful and stable home environment for you and your family:
“Our family members will carry the atmosphere we create in our homes for the rest of their lives.
Homekeeping is a fine art…
As Dear Mother always used to say, organization has more benefits than mere efficiency. I heartily agree. Knowing your life and home are in order reduces strife and anxiety, and increases confidence.
In short, establishing your own routine for tackling domestic chaos makes the task less burdensome. And everyone feels the effects of that.
Homekeeping is an ongoing art, a process, not an end product. It will never be “all done.” Bathrooms, clothes, and dishes, once clean, have a way of getting dirty again. But home is meant to be lived in, in the fullest, most potentially fulfilling way for everyone in it.”
— Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping: Timeless Wisdom and Practical Advice by Miriam Lukken
Here is the exact system I use to maintain our home cleaning tasks throughout the week. I am very fortunate to be able to be home during the day to get these things done, but all in all, each task only really takes up about 1 hour of my day.
I try to use the full hour as well. If something takes less time, I might do a little extra to always try to get in that full hour. For example, if the task if vacuuming, and it only takes me 30 minutes, I will try to vacuum a bit deeper, getting cracks, under furniture, etc.
By dividing the tasks up into something small each day of the week, really makes your life much easier and makes cleaning each thing much more enjoyable and painless.
I mentioned in a previous post how I try to do a small load of laundry each day throughout the week, but sometimes that doesn’t always work. Either way, on Sundays, I really try to declutter and do all of the laundry to set us up for success throughout the week.
I really love waking up Monday morning with a fresh clean slate, a tidy home, and an empty laundry basket. I feel that it helps get me motivated and going with a clear mind and a happy heart.
On Sundays, we also try to meal plan. In this post, I talk all about how we meal plan each week, as well as how it saves us a ton of time and money throughout the week.
Meal planning on Sundays is great because each morning throughout the week, we can look at the meal plan and pull meat out of the freezer or prepare whatever needs to be prepared for that evening’s dinner, ahead of time.
On Monday’s I try to deep clean the kitchen. By doing this weekly, it never really gets that bad, so this typically only takes me about 1-2 hours and it is so worth it. Timing obviously depends on how big your kitchen is and how messy it gets throughout the week. Taking the time to do this every week though, really helps to keep it maintained and orderly, so it doesn’t get too out of hand.
Some things I try to do when deep cleaning the kitchen are clearing out the fridge and wiping it down, washing the sink, rinsing the drain and dishwasher, tidying up the drawers, cabinets, and pantry. I also always completely clear off the counters, removing EVERYTHING and then I scrub and sanitize the counters. I also wipe down appliances and the front of cabinets.
Tuesday’s cleaning tasks are my least favorite if I’m being honest. There’s just something about cleaning bathrooms that totally grosses me out. If I’m being honest though, doing this every week really is a lifesaver.
If you go too long without cleaning the bathroom, it can really get pretty nasty and be so much more difficult to clean. Cleaning it weekly though helps to maintain it much more efficiently and keep it sparkling much easier.
I always begin cleaning the bathroom by removing everything from the counters, shower, and floor. Then, I spray everything. I spray the counters, mirrors, shower, and toilet. I’m usually pretty generous with the cleaning spray so it can really get the grime off.
Pro Tip: Always turn on the vent fan and open a window if you have it while cleaning the bathroom. If you can, wear rubber gloves and a mask so you don’t have to breathe in any harsh chemicals.
You don’t really need harsh chemicals to clean the bathroom, especially not if you do it every week. But if you do prefer using bleach or other toxic fumes, just wear a mask so you don’t faint from breathing it in!
While the cleaning spray soaks and does its job, I like to vacuum ceilings, light fixtures, and vents. You can also dust or polish if needed, while you’re up there.
Next, I clean the shower, then wipe the counters, then clean the toilet. Last, I sweep and mop the floors, baseboards, and around the base of the toilet.
On Wednesday’s I take the time to mop all hard surfaces and tidy up outside. Depending on how large your home is or how many hard surfaces you have, this may or may not take you the full hour.
Either way, as I mentioned earlier, I always try to at least fill up the whole hour. It takes me about 30 minutes to sweep and mop my floors thoroughly. I use the other 30 minutes to tidy up the patio outside.
Tidying outside can include things like wiping down patio furniture, cleaning the grill, spot cleaning patio seat cushions, sweeping floors, and leaves, etc.
It really doesn’t need to be anything too in-depth, but taking this short time to straighten and wipe up outside really can make a difference in keeping your outdoor spaces feeling peaceful and inviting. After all, who wants to sit outside on furniture that has months of spider webs and debris built upon it?
Thursday’s are close to the weekend! I take this day to tidy and clean up the bedrooms. This usually entails dusting, wiping surfaces, straightening clothes in the closet, dresser, and nightstands. I also like to vacuum, corners of ceilings, baseboards, light fixtures, and vents.
I like use this day to dust the whole house, including the blinds. In addition, I dust all surfaces, shelves, nick nacks, wall decor, and light fixtures.
Keep in mind that these tasks should really only take about 1-2 hours of the day, depending on how deep you want to get. But by no means, do I go crazy and spend hours upon hours doing these tasks. That’s what spring deep cleaning is for.
I really just try to keep up and maintain all these areas on each day of the week because it helps me keep it organized in my mind (and my planner) to do the same thing each day of the week. If I cleaned more randomly, I wouldn’t remember to do certain things. Our fans would develop thick layers of dust and interrupt our allergies, and our nightstand drawers might get crammed with a ton of junk and nonsense.
By trying to do these small tasks each weekday, it helps me mentally note that it was done this week, that way I don’t forget and our home stays clean and tidy.
On Friday mornings. I strip the bed and throw the sheets in the washer first thing. I like to get this done super early, that way I can rotate and put it on the bed throughout the day.
Since throwing the sheets in the wash takes less than 5 minutes, I use the rest of the time to vacuum pretty thoroughly. This includes ceilings, fans, light fixtures, vents, baseboards, and underneath easy-to-move furniture.
As I said, I don’t take 4+ hours to vacuum every single nook and cranny, but I definitely do more than just a quick vacuum of the open floor areas. I try to get as deep as I can without getting too crazy.
If I have time, I also try to vacuum the sofa and underneath the cushions.
On Saturday mornings, I like to spend an hour or two deep cleaning something. This might include something like deep cleaning the fridge, washing the cushions on our sofa, shampooing carpets, cleaning out our closet, and donating clothes. I try to do at least one deep cleaning task on Saturdays.
It usually only takes about an hour or two as mentioned, but it’s something I wouldn’t want to take up time to do during the week. I also try to catch up on anything I missed during the week.
Say for example, one of the days we had appointments or some plans that took up the whole day. Or heck, say I was just not in the mood and got caught up in something else. I will try to use Saturday to do whichever day’s cleaning tasks that I missed throughout the week.
All in all, having a clean home is really important to your overall mental health and wellbeing. Having a clean and tidy space to live in helps bring you clarity and peace. It also creates a safe and comfortable place for you and your family to live in and grow in.
I hope these cleaning tasks and tips help to simplify your life and help you have a system to keep up with your home so you can enjoy it and rest in it more often.
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