A regular cleaning routine will keep you from being overwhelmed, avoid panic when guests are on the way and make it easier to tackle deep cleaning tasks. While cleaning is a chore, it doesn’t have to take all day. If you don’t have a regular cleaning routine or yours needs a little bit of help, this printable cleaning routine checklist will help.
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Cleaning is probably not anyone’s favorite thing to do. Having a clean home, though, I think we all appreciate.
How to have a clean home
I need to get up on my soapbox here for a minute.
There seems to be some drama in the parenting community about what a clean house is. The idea of “Pardon the mess, we’re making memories” implies that if your house is clean, you’ve neglected your kids. On the other hand, you have others saying a messy house is just laziness. Cleaning has become a dirty word, ironically, and everyone seems to think you need to spend a ton of time doing it a certain way if you’re doing it right.
So let’s stop using the word clean here. Your house should be sanitary. When company comes over, you probably want it to be tidy. It does not always need to be organized and clutter-free.
Toys on the floor and craft supplies on the kitchen table while the kids are using them is normal. Food from a week ago molding under the sofa is gross. Nobody cares if there is dust behind your television, but if literally, every piece of underwear in your house is dirty on the bathroom floor, your routine needs some help.
And truly, we all go through seasons where the house is very near the gross point with kids. Kids are gross. It just can’t be like that all the time.
You define what clean is in your house. When my kids were both preschoolers, a clean house looked a lot different than it does now that they’re tweens.
Fortunately, I’ve found a cleaning routine that keeps my house sanitary and relatively neat in about 30 minutes per day*.
*There are currently four people and zero animals in my 1400 square foot house. That’s three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. If your house is significantly bigger or your family is, you might need more time.
My cleaning routine
I keep my cleaning routine page in a section of my household binder.
I divided my routine into daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. There are other things I do as needed or only once per year when I think of them, so this isn’t a 100% foolproof list.
Every day I spend about five minutes in the morning going through the house, picking things up and putting them where they belong. I do many chores throughout the day whenever they make sense to me.
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For example, I wipe down the kitchen counters in the evening, after I’ve loaded the dishwasher from supper. My son unloads the dishwasher in the morning while his sister packs their lunches for school.
For weekly tasks, I focus on one room per day and spend about 15-20 minutes doing the chores listed for it.
On my checklist, my kids are responsible for their own bedrooms. If your kids still need help, you’ll need to work that in on a weekend or on a Friday when the monthly tasks are quick.
When I have time, I just add the monthly tasks wherever they make sense during the week, like dusting the ceiling fan in each room before I vacuum it on its designated day. That makes Friday chore-free. Sometimes things pile up and I spend a Saturday doing a week’s worth of cleaning. Many Saturdays are for yard work.
How to get the printable
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