April 6, 2015
Practical Cleaning Routine Tips for Any Schedule
I talk a lot about my cleaning routine and what tasks to do on different days and how to complete those tasks, but how about specific ideas for ways to implement my cleaning routine into a variety of schedules? Today I’m going to share some simple tips and tricks for how to incorporate a cleaning routine. Let’s not dispute whose schedule is more difficult to fit a cleaning routine into, but let’s talk about HOW to incorporate a cleaning routine because figuring out WHEN to clean can freeze up the progress. I’ve included some helpful posts that you might like to take a peek at as you’re reading as well. You can always find the current month’s FREE cleaning calendar at the top of my free printables page!
A little bit about Clean Mama’s Cleaning Routine:
I love a clean house, but when people live in a home, cleaning up is constant. That’s where a cleaning routine is essential – simple tasks completed daily and weekly really keep the cleaning to a minimum so I can spend time with my family and not cleaning. With minutes a day and a plan, homekeeping can be enjoyable, simple, and easy to fit into your busy life and schedule. In case you’re curious, I have been implementing this cleaning routine for nearly 15 years – as a newly married, full-time working gal, a full-time working out of the house mom, a stay-at-home mom, a traveling working in and out of the home mom, and now a work-at-home mom with three active kiddos. This routine is for anyone that’s busy and doesn’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning. It may need to be tweaked for your life and schedule, but if you want to spend a couple minutes every day with a little homekeeping, the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine is for you! Remember, it’s just ‘everyday a little something’!
Practical Suggestions for Implementing Clean Mama’s Cleaning Routine:
WORKING OUTSIDE OF THE HOME
If you work outside the home and get home late or leave early (or both!) and are exhausted and have no energy to put a cleaning routine into place, my best suggestion is to start with 5-10 minutes before you leave for work and 5-10 minutes when you get home. Start with the daily tasks and work on completing them every day. If the daily tasks are overwhelming, just start with one – one load of laundry from start to put away, pick up clutter, check floors, or wipe counters. Add one every week and before you know it you’ll have built a little routine into your schedule. Once you feel like you’ve got a good handle on daily tasks, start adding the weekly cleaning tasks – Monday is bathrooms day, Tuesday is Dusting Day, etc. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and do what you can in that amount of time and forget the rest. Keep going and before long you’ll have added this step to your routine as well. If you feel like you can add more time, and get more accomplished, increase your time to 15-20 minutes.
If you work 12 hour shifts or an unpredictable schedule, you might need to double up tasks and tackle two or three on your days off so you truly don’t have to do much on the days that you are at work. A cleaning routine can be accomplished, but give yourself grace while you’re trying to figure out what works best for you.
The following post might be helpful if you’re trying to find a good rhythm for your routine:
WORKING AT HOME
Studies show that taking breaks throughout the day can actually help you be more productive. Choose specific times to take homekeeping breaks and throw a load of laundry into the washing machine or unload the dishwasher. These little breaks will get your body moving and might just help you be more productive during the day. I find it most helpful to get my homekeeping tasks out of the way early in the day so they don’t get pushed to the back burner and not completed. Find YOUR time to clean – do you get more accomplished with little chunks of time throughout the day or do you do better by getting it all completed before you start working. Figure out what works best for you!
STAY AT HOME
If you are at home all day with kids or if they are at school for part of the day, you know that the house is most likely in a constant state of flux and mess or potential mess. ENJOY it, but if you need to have it tidied up during the day (I do!), my best suggestion is to implement times during the day when the kids tidy up their messes and you do your daily/weekly tasks. Complete tasks during nap time or when kids are playing independently. Building time to clean up into your schedule is the best way to find the time to clean. If you don’t plan cleaning, you’ll get to the end of the day and realize you didn’t get anything done and feel defeated. I find that seasonal cleaning is really helpful to get that everything’s cleaned all at once feeling.
GETTING KIDS INVOLVED
If you have children, get them involved in homekeeping. It will make it easier for you to incorporate cleaning and they’ll help make the work a little lighter for you. A couple things that work well at our house – take one activity out at a time, clean up before lunch/naps, clean up before dinner, quick clean up before bedtime. Assign specific, age-appropriate tasks – laundry, dusting, making beds, cleaning up after themselves are all simple daily tasks that kids of all ages can complete with a little guidance.
What are your best tips for implementing a cleaning routine with your schedule? What have you done that works?