Start a Cleaning Routine


Keeping a clean house can certainly be a challenge, especially when you have little ones running around. A few weeks ago I decided I was tired of trying to clean my house from top to bottom every day and that something had to change. I decided that I would continue to tidy up every day, and save the deep cleaning for one room every day. That way, I was ensuring that the house was actually getting clean and I wasn’t getting overwhelmed.

There are certain things that need to be done every day or more often than once a week: sweep the kitchen, wash laundry, vacuum the floors etc. I sweep the kitchen when I see it needs to be swept; when Penny is in the bath I wipe down the counters, etc. I multi task to make the most of my time.

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Here is the schedule that I’ve come up with that works for me:
Monday: Kitchen
Tuesday: Bathrooms
Wednesday: Dining Room
Thursday: Living Room
Friday: Bedrooms

When I clean the kitchen, I wipe down the counter tops, make sure all dishes are washed and put away, and sweep and mop the floor. I also organize my pantry and make sure it’s not a huge mess. Now is also a good time for me to take inventory of what food we have and what we need. I make sure all the food in the refrigerator is good and wipe down the shelves if they need it.

Bathrooms are my least favorite because I feel like there are so many spots to clean. I sprinkle baking soda in the toilet, scrub the toilet bowl and let it sit for awhile. I then wipe off the counters, scrub the bathtubs/shower with my homemade soft scrub, and mop the floor.

In the dining room, I dust, wipe off the table, and sweep and mop the floor. This is the easiest room! It was also the most neglected room of all- I can’t remember the last time we mopped the floor in there! Of course after we eat dinner, we have to wipe the table off and sweep the floor because a certain tiny person likes to throw food on the floor. 😉

I dust, vacuum the rug, and straighten up the living room. I mop the hardwood floors and let them dry. I also go through the toys that are in the living room and put the ones that Penny isn’t playing with in her bedroom closet. Rotating toys works really well for us.

Bedrooms get the sheets changed, floors swept and mopped, and general straightening up. I make sure everything that is in the bedroom belongs in that room! I make sure that when I change the sheets that they get thrown into the washer pretty quickly so that they take the least amount of time possible to wash and dry.

This cleaning routine has worked pretty well for us for a few weeks now! I love having a set schedule to make sure everything gets clean.

Do you have a cleaning routine?

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3 thoughts on “Start a Cleaning Routine

  1. jim says:

    Wow! Can I hire you? You are much more disciplined than I am. I know it’s hard with little ones and I watched my wife do basically what you’re doing – until – until she just got too tired and p/o about doing it (’cause I guess I was kind of a problem too). That was the day she bought 3 extra laundry baskets – one for each of our kids and one for me. Anything that we left out of place (she’s of the “a place for everything and everything in its place” ilk) she put in our assigned laundry baskets, tossed them in an unused bedroom and if we couldn’t find something, we all knew where it was. Once the clutter was gone, cleaning was SO much easier. She didn’t have to actually pick all the stuff up before she could even begin to clean – kind of like not having to do the dishes, unload the dishwasher etc before she even began cooking dinner. Just my 2cents worth.


    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jim- we’ll see how it goes. This week has been kind of hectic so I haven’t been 100% on schedule. I figure as long as the house looks semi-clean we’ll be good 🙂

    I agree- when you have less clutter it is so much easier to clean!


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