I got up this morning and felt completely overwhelmed. As I enter the third trimester of my fifth pregnancy, the “pep” I had regained a few weeks ago is waning. My desire to do the things I need to do to keep my house presentable is falling to the wayside. This is how it goes with all of my pregnancies. The only problem is a messy house drives me crazy! I have four kids outside the womb and we homeschool, so we are home most of the time. Mess piles up quickly! Right now, I need a cleaning routine that works.
Last year I created a housekeeping routine, and it worked well for that house. Now that we are in a new house, I decided I needed to revamp my cleaning routine. We still have our daily zones. This is the chore chart designed for my kids. I have found there are still other things that need to get done.
This little chart is my simplified cleaning routine. I like having a check-list right in front of me. I decided to laminate this sheet and post it in my kitchen command center next to my daily zones printable. This way, throughout the day I can come over and see my list right in front of me.
If you feel completely overwhelmed by cleaning your house, try using this list.
Here are my best tips for creating a cleaning routine that works.
Post this list in an area where you will see it often and do the tasks.
If you miss a day, or get behind, don’t sweat it. You can play catch up, or move on to the next tasks. For example, I may not do a full mop every single week. Instead, I will “spot mop.” That means I grab some paper towels and some all-purpose cleaner and I get down on the floor and clean the areas that need it. It’s very hard to mop when you have little children!
Decide what tasks you need to accomplish that aren’t on this list. Fill ’em in.
Keep cleaning supplies handy.
I have cleaning caddies in the bathrooms and in my kitchen. When I need to clean my bathroom, I just pull out the caddy. It has tub cleaner, scrub brushes, toilet bowl cleaner, and disinfectant wipes in it. I can get the job done quickly. I usually keep my cleaning caddies under the sink in each of these rooms. My living room cleaning caddy is located in my linen closet.
My kids have their own daily zones. They know if they get their chores done they can put a sticker on their reward chart. This means I can check things off my list if they get it done first!
Do you have a cleaning routine that works well for you? I’d love to hear about it!
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