May 23, 2014
Modern Day Homekeeping : Weekly Cleaning Routine + FREE Printable
Earlier this week I suggested 4 daily tasks that will make your life easier. Once you feel like you’ve got those into the rotation, it’s time to add weekly cleaning tasks. (You can come up with your own cleaning routine, but for starters I’d suggest following mine and making adjustments from there. Hopefully you’ll love it and keep it as-is but you won’t hurt my feelings if you tweak it according to your schedule and week.)
Here’s the thing with a cleaning routine. Your house will not be immaculate all at once, but it will be pretty clean most of the time. A cleaning time takes, time, repetition, and someone to actually complete the tasks.
MONDAY | BATHROOMS – Clean all your bathrooms. Spray + wipe mirrors, counters, sinks, faucets, toilets, showers and tubs. Want to see how I speed clean all 4 of my bathrooms in 15 minutes?
TUESDAY | DUST – Start at the top surfaces and dust your way down. Use a feather duster and microfiber cloth. I am a huge fan of microfiber and you should be too! It makes dusting a breeze.
WEDNESDAY | VACUUM – Vacuum all the floors in your home. Do a thorough job, getting all the corners and crevices. Here’s the right way to vacuum – vacuuming this way keeps the vacuum in the closet in my house. Here’s the vacuum I use for all the floors on ‘vacuum day’ and the vacuum I use in-between.
THURSDAY | WASH FLOORS – Wash all the floors in your home. Wipe the molding if necessary. I use this recipe on my hardwood floors and this recipe on vinyl and tile. I also love steam mops and this one has my heart.
FRIDAY | CATCH ALL DAY – Catch up on any tasks you didn’t get a chance to complete or as a day to shop or menu plan. If you are new to menu planning, you’ll love the shopping and menu planning sheets in The Clean Mama Modern Day Homekeeping Kit!
SATURDAY | SHEETS + TOWELS – Wash all the sheets and towels today. Put the sheets back on beds and put towels away. Looking for a great DIY detergent recipe? This one is still my favorite!
SUNDAY | REST – Do the daily tasks today if necessary and take the day to relax and enjoy your day.
So now that you know the weekly tasks, it’s time to start implementing them. If you home is in shambles and you don’t know where to start, don’t think you have to get everything in tip-top shape right away. Break it down into manageable steps. For instance, on Monday you can try speed cleaning your bathrooms, or alternatively just clean one bathroom really well. Still too overwhelming? Set your timer for 10-15 minutes and do what you can in that time frame and do the same thing the next week and the next until you are able to manage your bathrooms all on the same day. It’s not about perfection! It’s about ‘everyday a little something’. Just do that little something every day and you’ll be able to add to it as your house gets whipped into shape.
How about a little freebie to help you get into the routine? Print, cut if half, put it on your fridge, in your homekeeping binder, on a clipboard, or anywhere you’ll see and use it. Every day do the tasks and check off the circle – easy, peasy!
This post is part of a series – Modern Day Homekeeping – you can see all the posts here.
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The FREE printable in this post coordinates perfectly with my brand new kit! The Clean Mama Modern Day Homekeeping Kit – designed to help you (and me!) keep up with your home in the midst of everyday life. There’s a page with my daily tasks and weekly cleaning routine and a 30 Days to a Clean and Organized Home checklist included.
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