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The Power of Daily Tasks
October 2, 2023
Let’s do a deep dive into the Clean Mama Routine, starting with the Daily Tasks. Start here and quickly learn how to keep your home clean all week! If you think you are too busy to do a cleaning routine, I will disagree and tell you that you’re too busy not to do a cleaning routine. Try it out this week with me and I think you’ll find that just starting with the Daily Tasks bring order and calm to your home.
There are 4 parts to the Clean Mama Routine – I always recommend that you start with the DAILY TASKS and work your way to the MONTHLY FOCUS.
Here are posts that detail each part of the Clean Mama Routine:
What’s the secret to the routine? CONSISTENCY – doing a little bit every day is what will help you take your home to the next level of clean. The Clean Mama Routine is intended to be done in the little moments that you have during the day or in the morning or evening – you know what to do because it’s on a schedule – it takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out what to clean and when to clean it.
What are the 5 DAILY TASKS?
Three Ways to Start the DAILY TASKS:
- Start with one every day for a week and add a new task every week – make beds for a week and then the add check floors to the next week, and then the third week add wipe counters to make beds and check floors, continue until you have all five tasks incorporated.
- My preferred method is to start on a Sunday and make your bed, then on Monday, make your bed and check floors. Then on Tuesday, make your bed, check floors, and wipe counters. Continue through the week until you have incorporated all five DAILY TASKS. You can do this method while adding the WEEKLY TASKS too.
- If you’re used to do a cleaning routine and just want to try something different, start with all of them at once.
HERE’S A LITTLE EXPLANATION OF THE 5 DAILY TASKS:
Set the tone by making your bed daily. It will instantly make your bedrooms look more put together and in reality it takes under a minute to complete. Teach your kids to make their beds and this job is even easier. I find that by keeping the bedding simple this makes it really easy for even the youngest family members.
Most days I need to at least do a quick sweep or quick vacuum of the hardwood floors on our first level. Sometimes I grab the vacuum cleaner and do a little touch up, but most of the time it’s just a quick once-over with my broom or a microfiber floor duster. My kids are in charge of crumb clean-up under the kitchen table with the broom and dustpan or the vacuum cleaner if necessary. When my kids were smaller, they loved this little broom and dustpan. You can see my favorite floor care items in my Amazon shop here.
I wipe the kitchen counters after each meal and I check the bathroom counters daily and give them a quick wipe if they need it. I use this method for kitchen counter clean up and keep bar mop towels handy.
I have a little Nightly Sink Scrub ritual that entails making sure that the counters and sink are clear and then I finish it all off with a little DIY sink scrub. People always ask why I don’t clean the kitchen in my cleaning routine and I have to chuckle because I clean it every day after each meal and then do a little sink scrub at night too. Daily kitchen cleaning falls under WIPE COUNTERS.
Clutter can be toys on the floor, stacks of mail or papers to file, or just stuff that should be put away or tossed. Some things that work for us: toss any flyers or unnecessary mail at the door, open and file any bills that need to be paid, and bins and file folders in a filing cabinet for kid papers. In our house we toss (recycle) most worksheets and keep the special artwork and papers. Clutter is different for every person and family. Every day we take care of the daily clutter by doing a quick clean up before bed and by making an effort to put things away as we are done with them. If you have a big clutter problem you could use this item on your list to get some decluttering done every day. Make a list of all your little clutter areas and then every day spend 10-15 minutes checking them off your list. For me, I use this time to sort through daily mail and papers. I need to deal with paper clutter every day to keep up with it and not let it get out of control. If you struggle with paper clutter, check out this post for how to keep paper clutter away for good.
I do at least one load of laundry every.single.day. I know it sounds annoying and monotonous, but for me it’s the only way to stay on top of the potential piles and piles of laundry. What’s the key to making one load a day work? Actually starting AND finishing a load of laundry every day. Don’t let it pile up in a corner or on a table or couch or bed or outside the laundry room. Start and finish it. It’s a great process to master because you will have clean clothes at the ready at any time and you shouldn’t have to iron as often or at all if the clothes are put away right away. If you have kids, check out my post on teaching them to do laundry. I am super passionate about SAFE cleaning and have found that laundry is one of the worst offenders – you can find safe and natural laundry essentials in my shop here.
Are you already doing some or all of the DAILY TASKS? I bet you are! Once you’ve learned the DAILY TASKS it’s time to move on to the WEEKLY TASKS. These 6 tasks REPEAT weekly – if you don’t get to one, use Friday – Catch-All Day as your day to catch up OR just wait until the task comes around the next week. The Clean Mama Routine has grace built in!
Here’s where you can find the Complete Clean Mama Routine:
- Monthly Free Homekeeping Calendar (includes the Daily & Weekly Tasks)
- Homekeeping Society Subscription
- Homekeeping Planner
- Interactive/Digital Homekeeping Planner
- Clean Mama’s Guide to a Clean Home printable kit
- Cozi + Clean Mama app – Rotating Tasks are in Cozi Gold, Daily & Weekly Tasks are free
- My books
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 Guide to a Cleaning Routine and that you’re following along on Instagram.