My Easy Housekeeping Routine

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A daily housekeeping routine for a busy mom with young kids.

I’m a Type-A personality. I like schedules and lists. I like doing things on time at the same time every day. Kids have changed that about me. I’m still Type-A, but I don’t totally run my time anymore. I used to have a pretty good housekeeping schedule, but now I have a very flexible housekeeping routine. Let me give you a peek into my day.

7:30 a.m. Wake up time! I gotta have my cup of coffee before I do anything. I have such a hard time waking up and getting with it in the mornings. I check emails and drink my coffee while the kids play.

8:30 a.m. Breakfast. I like to serve a hot breakfast, but I don’t always do that. I clean up right after breakfast. Honestly, clean the kitchen as you go. It is so much easier to clean as you go rather than leave it for later. I unload the dishwasher from the night before and put the dirty dishes into it. I won’t run it til after dinner, though. I wipe down counters and sweep the floor. —Sometimes this stuff gets put off if the baby is fussy. I may not like putting it off, but life happens!

9:30 a.m. Everyone gets dressed for the day. I make my bed and tidy my room. I help the kids make their beds.

10 – 12 School time! We do our lessons and play outside. I will tidy the downstairs and start a load of laundry. I will switch out this laundry when I need to and bring the clean load upstairs to be folded and put away when I get to it.

12:30 p.m. Lunch followed by quiet time. The baby usually naps during this time. The rest of the day is free time. The kids draw, play, and usually watch a show. This is when I do the bulk of my chores and also when we do errands. I vacuum the entire upstairs rugs and make sure the kitchen is somewhat tidy. I usually start dinner prep around 4:30. Here’s the thing. Days rarely go as planned, someone usually throws a fit at some point. Sometimes the kitchen doesn’t get cleaned when I’d like. Guess what? It’s okay! I will get to it when I can.

I do have chores I prefer to do daily and weekly. The kids are usually always helping and Bug has some of his own chores.

Daily Chores

Kitchen Clean-Up/Dishes/Sweeping/Wipe Counters/Take Out Trash

Make Beds

Vacuum Upstairs Main Living Areas

Dining Room Clean-Up

Wipe Out Bathroom Sinks as Needed

Kids Put Away Toys

Pet Care

Laundry (except weekends)

Sweep downstairs tile areas

Return objects to their “homes.”

Weekly Chores

Vacuum Downstairs Carpeted Rooms

Take Out Bathroom Trash

Take All Dirty Clothes Downstairs to Laundry Room (I work on washing/putting away a week’s worth of clothes through the week. I do 1-2 loads per day and we empty hampers on Sundays only.)

Deep Clean Bathrooms

Sweep upstairs/Mop

Dust

Re-organize areas like the pantry and the fridge.

All other big chores get done during big cleaning days or as-needed.

I do keep lists of these things in my homemaking binder, though I hardly refer to it! After a while stuff gets repetitive and you just do what you have to do.

Do you have a flexible housekeeping routine? I’m sure you have things you do daily and weekly!

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