Having a daily cleaning routine is essential to maintaining your sanity as a working mom. That’s a bold statement and I’m going to show you how you can create a daily cleaning routine that works and frees up more time on your weekends.
As a work at home mom it can be difficult keeping a clean house. There are times when I get so wrapped up in my work that it’s almost as though I have blinders on to the mess that is accumulating in my living room.
Before I know it I’m stopping work for the day to make dinner and my living room looks as though a tornado went through it. How can one tiny human make such a huge mess?
It’s usually on these days that I want to throw my hands up and hire a housekeeper. I don’t have the money for that, but oh wouldn’t that be fantastic? But alas, I needed to find a way to keep my home clean daily.
You see, earlier this year we made the decision to make a move out to central Pennsylvania to live with my mother in law in order to help her prepare for retirement.
Let me tell you, nothing strikes fear into a woman like living with a mother in law. Deb is a sweetheart and we get along, most days. However, she has been living on her own for years and has a set way of doing things and keeping things clean.
We were about to disturb her patterns by introducing cats and a toddler into her daily life. I needed to come up with a daily cleaning routine that would keep her happy while not have me cleaning up after my toddler all day long because I still have work too.
Daily Cleaning Routine
I knew in order to keep the house clean daily – without cleaning all day – I needed to call in some help. That’s right I got Rob and L on board with a daily cleaning routine.
Every morning we do three small things, every afternoon we do one small thing each, and every evening we do three small things. These small tasks will make all the difference in making your home cleaner.
Morning Cleaning Routine
In the morning we do these three tasks.
- I make the bed.
- I put dirty clothes in the hamper.
- Rob empties the dishwasher and L helps.
Afternoon Cleaning Routine
These are great to do right after you get home or right before the other family members get home.
- L and I pick Up all his toys
- Rob makes sure all dirty dishes are in the dishwasher.
Evening Cleaning Routine
After dinner complete these tasks and your home will be mostly clean before you go to bed.
- Rob loads and runs the dishwasher.
- I wipe down the counter tops.
- Rob takes out the trash.
The Small Things That Have The Biggest Impact
By having small daily routines and habits like the ones above mean when you go to vacuum, wash windows, dust, or do any of the bigger cleaning you’ll spend less time doing it.
Consider bathrooms for a minute. If I leave towels and clothing on the floor after a shower I then need to remove it before I start cleaning. While this isn’t a huge deal we only clean the bathroom once a week.
For a full week my bathroom floor can collect towels and clothes making it seem messy. Instead, by picking those clothes up after we are done in the bathroom we can avoid the messy bathroom.
Understanding Clutter Is Not Filth
I’m the queen of the deep clean and the big clean. I can have a 3 bedroom house completely spotless in a day no problem. It’s the daily tidy that I used to fall down on all the time and it made me feel like my house was always trashed.
It took me a while to realize that my house was never filthy it was just cluttered. The floor under the toys was actually clean, the clutter of the toys on the floor made it look messy.
Doing the daily tidy list keeps the house from looking like it’s trashed.
Faking A Clean Home
I am a busy work at home mom I do not have time to stay on top of my house all day long. So I had to learn how to make my home look like I had without actually spending the time doing it.
This involved some creative storage in the living room and an alarm on my phone. About 10 to 20 minutes before my mother in law would get home from work the alarm on my phone would go off and we would quickly tidy up the house.
She would get home from work and be pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and she didn’t know that it only took us 10 minutes to do.
I Refused To Clean On The Weekends
The one thing that I refuse to do now is clean on the weekends. I want that time to enjoy it with my kid, catch up on work, or just take time to relax.
Sure I still do all of my daily chores but nothing else. After years of working on weekends and cleaning on weekends and never just taking days off I realized that for mental health and happiness I needed to take some time off.
Weekly Tasks Cleaning Schedule
While the daily cleaning helps to keep my house looking clean through the week there are other daily tasks that I do in order to keep my house actually clean and not just tidy. These are usually done in the morning or with the afternoon tidy.
Monday – Windows and Walls
- Clean windows
- Clean spots off walls
Tuesday – Floors
- Vacuum and Sweep
- Wash the floors
Wednesday – Kitchen and Grocery Shopping
- Clean out fridge
- Wipe out the microwave
- Clean the stove top
Thursday – Bedding and Laundry
- Change the bedding
- Do laundry
Friday – Bathrooms and Floors
- Clean the bathrooms
- Vacuum or Sweep
Weekly Cleaning Routine
By spreading out my bigger cleaning projects over the week I’m not spending as much time each day cleaning.
I clean the floors twice a week because I have a toddler and cats. I clean my kitchen when I do my grocery shopping. I also try to work in some self care on Thursdays while I do the laundry.
Getting intentional with my weekly cleaning routine made it easier to stay on track with everything that needed to get done. It also allows me to skip days if I feel so inclined without worrying about making it up the next day.
We are not perfect. There are days when we are just too busy to stick with our cleaning schedule. We run several blogs and stores so sometimes we just have to buckle down and focus on our work.
There are also days where we just say “eff it.” We call these Panda Days. We eat, play, and do nothing else – also known as a mental health day.
The nice thing about this schedule is it doesn’t take much to get right back on track. If we skip a day it’s not really noticeable that we skipped cleaning that day. There might be some extra toys on the floor but for the most part the house stays clean.
House Cleaning Schedule
Cleaning daily has made my chores go faster, allows me to fake a perfect home, and gives me flexibility to skip a day if I need to. I never have to worry about unexpected guests dropping by. I am always prepared.
Getting my family involved in the cleaning makes this go even faster. The fact is I am not the only one messing up and living in this house and everyone should pitch in.
House cleaning is easy when you have the right plan of action to tackle it.
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