A Simple Weekly Cleaning Plan To Keep Your Home Clean
Weekly Cleaning = Deeper Cleaning
Keeping a clean home isn’t impossible (even with kids) and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. 15 minutes a day is all you need to keep a clean home.
I’m not going to lie…it’s not 15 minutes in total because there are daily jobs that sometimes take longer...hello dishes!! The 15 minutes a day I am referring to are the deeper cleaning tasks that help to keep your home clean. Think dusting, bathroom, washing floors…those more thorough cleaning tasks.
When my home is clean I don’t mind unexpected visitors or a last minute outing because I know my home is in order.
Let me be honest…it’s not perfect.
I know how to clean, and I enjoy a clean & tidy home, but I don’t live in a perfectly pristine home because well…we live here, I have 4 children, I homeschool (so my children are home all day every day) and I work outside the home a couple days a week. It is impossible to keep it perfectly clean at all times. I tried that and I was always frustrated because it wouldn’t stay that way. I saw any untidy mess or not perfectly clean as a failure on my part. That’s a lie!! Not having a perfect home doesn’t make me a terrible homemaker. We live here for Pete’s sake!!
I finally found the balance of keeping my home clean without the stress and frustration. I made my peace with the fact that as long as people live in this house, there will be messes and that’s ok. Keeping up with cleaning tasks on a regular basis helps me keep it clean and know that even if it is dusty or the bathroom needs cleaning at the moment, it won’t stay like that forever. I will get to it.
Cleaning doesn’t have to be this huge overwhelming task although if you have let it slide for a long time, it will take a bit more effort to get it clean.
Weekly cleaning tasks, combined with the daily tasks, are a great way to stay on top of the cleaning that gets done in a home. When we make daily cleaning tasks and weekly cleaning tasks a priority, our home pretty much cleans itself.
I know I know…you may be groaning with the idea of having to fit more into your life, but trust me, it is worth it. Just because weekly cleaning tasks are a more thorough clean, doesn’t mean it has to take hours each day. When we stay consistent with cleaning, it actually saves us time in the long run.
No right or wrong way.
Daily tasks are done each day, but with the weekly tasks, there is no right way or perfect day to do it. It really depends on your schedule, the size of your home and what works for you.
Some people prefer to assign a task to each day, while others will do everything in one day. It’s really up to you and what works for your family and situation.
My home is not very large and I keep on top of the daily task pretty consistently, so when it comes time to do the bigger weekly tasks, it doesn’t take me very long to do it all in the same day. My preference is to do these chores on Thursday or Friday in preparation for the weekend. This varies at times, but I get to it throughout the week at some point.
That being said, if my home was larger and I had more than one bathroom to clean or two or more levels to worry about, I would probably assign a task per day such as,
At this point, what works for us is doing all the weekly chores in one day.
There are different ways that you can tackle your weekly chores:
Do 1 room/area per day (ex. Bathroom on Tuesday)
Do 1 task per day (ex. All the dusting)
Everything in one day (this will take longer than 15 minutes, but you’ll save time the rest of the week)
It really is whatever works best for you. If you like to have one room completely done all at the same time, then clean a room per day.
If you prefer to focus on one task at a time, then just focus on dusting one day, vacuuming the next, wash floors the following day, etc.
Or if you know your week is busy and you’re out of the house a lot, but there is one day where you are home, clean everything on that day.
15 minutes a day can make a difference. It’s the little consistent habits that can make the biggest impact.
If your kids are older, get them involved. If you teach them how to clean, not only are you teaching them a valuable skill, you are enabling them to take on some of the housekeeping tasks off of your shoulders.
When the kids are little it can be daunting to try to clean while they are making messes. I found it easier to wait until naptime or bedtime. That way I could do my 15 minutes without interruption ;) Or get them involved. They may be too young to really do any cleaning, but if you give them a damp cloth to wipe the floor or walls, it can at least keep them distracted for a bit.
Living in a clean home is an enjoyable experience…maybe not the process…unless you enjoy cleaning, but the benefits are always wonderful.
Personally, I function so much better when my home is clean. It’s very rarely completely tidy because there are always toys or school books out, but I know those can be quickly tidied up and put away. If my home has been cleaned for the week, the daily tasks help it stay that way.
Ok so maybe you like the idea of keeping your home clean, but you aren’t sure where to start. I have created a weekly cleaning checklist and broken it up according to the rooms of the home.
Get your copy of the weekly cleaning checklist here.
Decide how you want to tackle your weekly cleaning and get to it!
You’ve got this!