Cleaning! Ugh! This is one area that really, really causes me stress (anxiety, nervous tension, constant worry)! Ok, maybe not that bad. At least I never lose sleep at night because of it. Some people clean for fun (and for that I truly admire them). I only clean when company comes over. Seriously! On the occasional day when I clean just for the fun of it, my girls usually ask who is coming over for dinner. No one! Can’t a mama clean for her sanity sake?
When we first got married in 2000, we lived on my college campus while I finished my degree. We had the best corner apartment in the married couples building, and I had it spick and span. Of course, it was only about 600 square feet (I think?). Then, we bought our first home, a cute little 3 bed/2 bath ranch about 1200 square feet. Even then, I spent every Saturday cleaning each room in our sweet starter home. Still not too hard… With each house, they’ve gotten a little larger though (besides our townhouse in seminary).
Now, as a home school mother of three, cleaning is not my priority, and why should it be? I’ll spend hours cleaning and organizing a room and two days later, it looks like a tornado went through it. In all seriousness though, I really want to do a better job at keeping a tidy (and a little cleaner) home for my family. It’s amazing how much better I feel when my house is picked up and not full of clutter.
I have searched other blogs, talked to other wives and mothers, pinned pins to try to find a cleaning schedule that will work for me to make my life a little easier (and cleaner). Here is what I hope to try:
Monday - Laundry (change sheets, wash & dry)
Tuesday - Fold & put away laundry
Wednesday - Vacuum & dust
Thursday - Kitchen: floors, fridge & microwave
Friday - Bathrooms
Saturday - Work outside, garage, clean out cars.
This obviously doesn’t include everything, but it’s a start.
I’ve compiled a list of other women who have it a little more together when it comes to cleaning.
o Iheartorganizing – lists for daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual cleaning (I love her site for organizing too!)
o Designfinch – lots of weekly cleaning printables (and other printables too!)
o Macheesmo – 4 basic homemade cleaners, recipes easy to read and understand
o Passionatehomemaking – Cleaning your home in 30 minutes a day
o Keeper of the Home – 10 homemade kitchen cleaners (non-toxic)