Welcome to Healthy Home Cleaning Routine Week! Happy Friday – that means that it’s Catch-All Day! My favorite day of the routine!  I’ll be on Instagram quite a bit this week in Stories and going live – make sure you’re following over there.

Here’s today’s checklist – this is also on the March calendar and cleaning routine printables you can find on my free printables page and part of my Homekeeping Society subscription:

CATCH-ALL DAY
make beds
check floors
wipe counters
clutter
laundry

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

While you’re thinking about the cleaning routine this week, I’m going to suggest some little changes you can make to easily add in to your routine that will help your create a healthy home!  If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home, grab it now and get all the pre-order goodies that go with it. Go here to check it out.

Healthy Home Week – Catch-All Day:

One of my favorite little routines is that I empty and wipe out the refrigerator every Friday before grocery shopping. I might not completely clear everything out like this every week but I do clear and wipe off the shelves every single week. What’s the point of this? Isn’t this extra work?  Nope. This makes meal planning and prep easier, it keeps your refrigerator clean, and you know exactly how much food you have, and what you need to shop for. I find that just this process helps me start my shopping list – I keep it handy and write down what I need as I’m quickly wiping down the fridge.

As you move forward, think about what you’re putting your leftovers in. In my new book, Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home, I go into detail about why you don’t want to use plastic to store your food. Look for glass storage containers – just this one little switch can make all the difference.  I love this set from OXO.

DIY REFRIGERATOR CLEANING SOLUTION:

  • Mix up 1 teaspoon of dish soap (or my favorite, Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange castile soap), 1 teaspoon baking soda, and about 4-6 cups of warm water.
  • Wipe down the shelves with a well rung out bar mop towel. Repeat until all shelves and drawers have been wiped clean. Dry if necessary.

 

What is Catch-All Day?

My secret to a clean house most of the time? I always incorporate and plan for a day to catch up every single week. I believe that this simple mind-shift is one of the secrets to a clean home.

Here’s that shift: Build in a day that accounts for life’s surprises, because you know they’re going to happen. Someone will get sick, you’ll be needed somewhere else, or maybe you just won’t feel like cleaning bathrooms or vacuuming. It’s absolutely necessary to give yourself grace and plan for that list to have more on it than you can accomplish. If you didn’t complete everything this week or left something out, go back and finish it up.

What happens if you don’t get to it on Friday? 

Save it for the next week! Everything will still be waiting for you – think of every day as a fresh start and every week is one too.

Depending on the day and week, I use Fridays to get caught up on uncompleted tasks from the week. I also use Fridays to menu plan and grocery shop. I like going into the weekend with a clean house and a stocked fridge so I can soak up all the family time possible.

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

Sunday – just the DAILY TASKS (these five tasks might change your life)
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