How I Clean My House

May 12, 2020

Let’s face it… It always seems like there is something to do. At least at our house anyways. The laundry never ends, and it seems the second I get the house clean, the kiddos are right behind me tearing up everything in their path. Whether you work in or out of the home, it is easy to let the household chores pile up if you aren’t careful.

We are human, and it just isn’t possible to clean all the time, but you don’t want to live in filth either. There are a few things to keeping the house clean; decluttering your home, and having a cleaning checklist, or routine. So, to make cleaning the house a little simpler, I do the following things daily, and then have a weekly deep clean.

 

My daily cleaning non-negotiables:

  1. Do at least 1 load of laundry a day. Why at least 1 load? Well, I am convinced that I have a laundry monster who takes clothes out of our closets, dirties them up, and fills our laundry basket. This is the one thing in our house that always piles up, and I find it much easier to do a small load a day versus having to spend my Saturday or Sunday doing what I like to call Mount Laundrest.
  2. Dishes and kitchen counters. Dishes are another thing that can pile up easily. I try and wash our dishes right after we use them. If I can’t wash them right away, I try and be sure I unload the dishwasher in the morning, and load and run the dishes before we go to bed. I also make sure the counters are wiped off at the end of the day.
  3. Make the Beds. “A messy bed means a messy head.” I make all the beds in the house first thing in morning. My rule is when you turn 5, you have to make your own bed. So our 6 year old also makes his own bed in the morning.
  4. Sweep. We have hardwood floors in our house, and I find if I don’t sweep every day, then dust and leaves the kids drag in can quickly pile up. So, each day I either swiffer, or do a quick sweep of the floor that way things don’t get out of hand. I also try and mop every couple of days (just because having a 6 and almost 2 year old can mean sticky floors if you aren’t careful).
  5. Pick up toys and clutter. The big rule for the kids at our house is 1 tub of toys out at a time. I have their toys separated into cheap storage bins and have their toys organizes (legos, blocks, trains, kitchen toys, cars, etc.). I ask that before they pull out a new tub of toys, that the other bin be cleaned up. We do have a random basket in the living room of random toys that usually gets thrown around, but at the end of the day, I set a 5 minute timer and tell the kids they have until the timer goes off the clean, and whatever is left on the floor is trash. I have yet to have to throw any toys away. As far as other clutter goes, I take the time to be sure things are out away (mail, bills, junk, etc.). This does not take long if you stay on top of it, and the house looks neater without all the paper everywhere.

Not so bad, right?

 

Here is my weekly deep clean video if you’re curious: