Keep Your House Clean in 30 Minutes a Day
I don't know about you, but keeping a house clean is extra hard these days. Not just the lack of time thing, but you know, we live here. All four of us, plus the dog. We all make messes, dirt happens, and you know, toddlers. But I don't have the 3-4 hour time block to dedicate to scrubbing the whole house down once or twice a week like I used to.
I quickly realized this when I was a brand new mama to twin babies and my house was going to crap. I didn't have time to spend a few hours cleaning between babies, diapers, pumping, sometimes sleeping, etc. etc. So I came up with a schedule. This isn't a totally new concept, as I've seen a few of them on Pinterest, but I wanted to share mine. I use this schedule religiously, and have for over a year, tweaking and tuning as time has gone on. And it works. It actually works. I spend 30-40 minutes a day doing all of my cleaning. The best part is, I don't have to set aside precious weekend time or evenings to get things done, and it's a totally sustainable system that keeps my house clean and my burn out at a minimum.
My routine looks like this:
Monday: Grocery shopping and Kitchen (see this post for how I deep clean my kitchen in 30 minutes!) Technically this takes more time because grocery shopping, but I like to think of that as an "outing" because it involves lots of walking and snacks. Mondays are also Laundry Day.
Tuesday: Main Floor: Because we have a split level, technically the upstairs of our home is the main floor. It's where our main living area is, the bedrooms, kitchen, dining, etc... So on Tuesday I clean the most used areas and foyer,
Wednesday: Downstairs. This takes less time because it's less used and smaller, but it's good because I usually have other things to tend to on Wednesdays.
Thursday: Bathrooms! Change sheets and towels. Laundry day.
Friday: Clean out purse and car, organize paperwork. Bills/boring stuff.
Weekends: Outside work, yard maintenance, meal planning (just to save my Monday morning sanity).
It's really super helpful to break it up into manageable parts because if for some reason I skip a day, I can usually carve out 30 minutes the next day to get caught up and it keeps our weekends pretty open to do family stuff and relax instead of doing chores the whole time.
There are also a few things I do every single day that help keep the house mostly guest-ready:
- Make our bed (this is the first thing I do every day, before I even leave our bedroom. Trust me. Make your bed. It will change your life.)
- Unload the dishwasher (I do this right after breakfast and keep it loaded throughout the day. Another life changer.)
- Run the dishwasher every night
- Tidy around the house throughout the day. I do a run through during nap time and then again after the boys' bedtime. It only takes about 5 minutes and helps avoid the chaos of having toddlers, and - let's face it, adults, running around.
I know this system won't work for everyone. Remember? Good for you, not for me? And that's fine. But if you're struggling to get your house under control and you're not sure where to start, maybe try this. It works for my family and has proven to be the only system I've used that has ever kept my house clean without making me feel like I do nothing but clean.
So tell me - what does your cleaning routine look like? I'm always interested to find out. Do you clean once a week? Do you keep it tidy and hire a service? Do you have your own version of this schedule? Let's chat. And in the meantime, I need to go vacuum upstairs before nap time. :)