November 18, 2020

Cleaning Class – Day 4 Wednesday is Vacuuming Day

Welcome to Cleaning Class! My hope is that this session is going to come at a time when you need a little encouragement and a simple, do-able plan for your home. Sit back and see what the Clean Mama Routine is all about, jump all in and try the routine out for the week, or do a little bit of both. The Routine is intended to be implemented in the midst of a busy and full life, if you want to clean all day, it’s not the routine for you. If you want a clean house but aren’t sure how to keep it that way all week long, it’s THE routine for you!

What makes the Clean Mama Routine work? It takes the guesswork out of what to clean and when to clean it.

CLEANING CLASS is *free* and it happens here on the blog and on Instagram. I am so excited to bring this to you and to share that I also have a FREE nine-page printable Cleaning Class Guide to help take you through CLEANING CLASS. Complete with a quick start guide and darling checklists this kit is going to help you learn the 4 parts to the Clean Mama Routine AND successfully integrate it in your own home.

At the bottom of this page you’ll find link-ups to all the posts from this week as we go along!

FREE CLEANING CLASS GUIDE

READY? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. GRAB YOUR FREE PRINTABLE CLEANING CLASS GUIDE and print it out or have it ready to access – there’s a great coupon code in the packet too! This guide is ONLY available through this week, it will not come back again until I do another Cleaning Class and I will not email you the download if you miss it (sorry). When you click that link you are heading to my FREE PRINTABLES PAGE – you only need to put your email address in ONE time and the password will be sent to your email address. Check your promotions and spam folders if you don’t see it right away.
  2. FOLLOW @CLEANMAMA ON INSTAGRAM – that’s where the majority of CLEANING CLASS will take place. Follow along and turn on your notifications so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll also see blog posts all week long detailing Cleaning Class.
  3. Share, share, share!  I’d love it if you shared CLEANING CLASS with your friends this week and asked them to join you. I’ll have images in Instagram this week for you to use – tag me!

I’ll be on Instagram quite a bit this week in Stories – make sure you’re following along over there too.

I am a bit fussy about vacuuming and good vacuuming tools. Why? If you’re trying to get rid of toxins in your home and keep the air you breathe as healthy as possible, you need a vacuum cleaner that not only removes dirt but also filters out those microscopic toxic particles that you can’t see. Did you know that toxins can actually ‘ride’ on dust and stick around in our homes? Getting those toxins out of the house and air and safely stored in the bag of a vacuum cleaner is essential to me. A vacuum with a HEPA filter and bags (not canisters) is essential in my book. Does this mean that I think everyone should get a new vacuum cleaner?  Absolutely not. But when it’s time, look for these things in your new vacuum cleaner.  I love my Miele vacuums and have been wholeheartedly recommending and using them for years – bags, HEPA filtration, and tools galore. You can see all my favorites here.

Why do I vacuum on Wednesdays?

Since we dusted yesterday, we vacuum today to get up the dust. Bonus, it’s a great way to give your home that just-cleaned feeling in the middle of the week. Remember the bathroom floors that you left on Monday? You’re going to vacuum those today too. If you sweep or dry dust hard surface floors instead of vacuuming, you can stick with that method, the main goal is to cover all the floors today.

Concentrate on what you can do today – even if you have 10-15 minutes, do something!

Here’s what I want you to do today for vacuuming:

  • Start on the upper level of your home if you have one, if you don’t, start at the room farthest away from the entry to that level. Go to the farthest corner of the room and vacuum your way out of the room from left to right.
  • If you have extra time and want to do a more thorough job, vacuum a second time in the opposite direction. This might seem counterproductive or like too much work, but it’s a great way to get embedded dirt, pet hair, dust, dander, and anything else that you want out of your carpet. This will keep those vacuum lines evident and also let you see what you’ve already vacuumed.
  • Do a thorough vacuuming in each room, taking care to vacuum edges and corners and under furniture if you are able. You’ll find that doing a really good job as you get started will make vacuuming weekly much easier.

I add vacuuming-related cleaning tasks from the Rotating Tasks on Wednesday as I am able to.

Here are a couple vacuuming-related posts that might interest you:

How to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner & Favorites at all Price Points

How to Quickly Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner

If you have a hard time vacuuming and not washing the floors right afterwards, this post shares some tips for splitting up vacuuming and floor washing (Thursday’s task).

This post is part of Cleaning Class – I’ll be on Instagram quite a bit this week in Stories – make sure you’re following along over there too.

I’m linking up the days as we go this week – click below on any day to catch up!

NEW here? Start with this post —-> Start with the DAILY TASKS
Monday – BATHROOMS + daily tasks
Tuesday – DUSTING + daily tasks
Wednesday – VACUUMING + daily tasks
Thursday – FLOOR WASHING + daily tasks
Friday – CATCH-ALL DAY + daily tasks
Saturday – SHEETS + TOWELS + daily tasks

Once you have the DAILY TASKS and WEEKLY TASKS down, you might want to add in the ROTATING TASKS. These tasks change MONTHLY and ensure that your home is clean all year long on a rotating schedule – some tasks repeat monthly, others are bi-monthly, quarterly, or bi-annually. I have figured out how to keep everything clean all year long and this is how I do that. Here are SOME of the ROTATING TASKS. I add the ROTATING TASKS to weekly tasks that make sense for our schedule. If Vacuum Baseboards is on the list, I attach those to Wednesday, Vacuuming Day.

Here’s where you can find the ROTATING TASKS:

Monthly Free Homekeeping Calendar 
Clean Mama’s Guide to a Clean Home printable kit
Cozi + Clean Mama app – Rotating Tasks are in Cozi Gold, all other tasks are free
Homekeeping Society Subscription – the annual sale is coming December 7th!
Homekeeping Planner
My books

The 4th component to the Clean Mama Routine is the MONTHLY FOCUS – this is organizational and a way to work on deep cleaning and organizing your home slowly and consistently all year long. December is OFFICE/PAPERWORK, January is DECLUTTER, February is the KITCHEN, March is SPRING CLEANING, April is BATHROOMS, etc.

Here’s where you can find the MONTHLY FOCUS:

Clean Mama’s Guide to a Clean Home printable kit
Homekeeping Society Subscription – the annual sale is coming December 7th!
Homekeeping Planner
My books – make sure you pre-order my latest book, Clean Mama’s Guide to a Peaceful Home – it comes out December 29th, 2020!

Now that you know what the four components are to the CLEAN MAMA ROUTINE, let’s get started! Make sure you have downloaded your FREE Cleaning Class Guide and that you’re following along on Instagram.

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