Tell me if this sounds familiar. You want to be able to have a consistently clean house so you start to research cleaning schedules. It works well for a couple of weeks…and then life happens. You don’t vacuum on Tuesday because you had to take a child to the doctor and you sat in the waiting room for 45 minutes, the exam room for 30, and then with the doctor another 10. By the time you got a prescription filled and back home, you just didn’t have time. Or you didn’t to the laundry on Monday because you just plain forgot. Before you know it, you are no longer on the cleaning schedule and wondering why you failed.
Guess what? I am a super, mega clean freak…and I do not follow a cleaning schedule. Cleaning schedules just plain do not work for me. Sure, my house gets away from me once in awhile and clutter is the ban of my existence. I have a husband who works around trees and equipment and a child who likes to play in the dirt. My house is certainly not spotless, but for the most part, my house is 20 minutes away from “company ready” almost 100% of the time. Keeping your house clean doesn’t have to be all that complicated.
What’s my big secret?
Clean when the house needs it.
Yup. That’s it. Clean when you need to. Now, that doesn’t mean let the house get filthy and then do a big clean. By not following a cleaning schedule, you do have to have a little bit of discipline and intentional living. See some dirt on the floor? Bathroom starting to look a little worse for wear? Don’t wait. Either take care of it that day or add it to the to do list for the next day. Then actually do it! Don’t keep putting it off.
With laundry, do loads when the hampers are full or if someone needs something that is dirty. That means sometimes doing two loads on Thursday and one on Friday or doing one load on Monday then not another one until Saturday. It depends on the week. The trick with that is actually finishing the load. I personally do struggle with doing a load from start to finish all in the same day but I do try. The house does seem so much cleaning and put together when I don’t have a basket of clean laundry waiting to be folded sitting in my living room or on my kitchen table (although a friend jokes that there is always a basket of laundry there…).Keep your house clean with only 20 minutes a day and no cleaning schedule! Click To Tweet
The other trick is to do daily clean ups. I may not do my dishes after dinner every day but the dishwasher is loaded and everything else is stacked neatly next to the sink or in it, ready for the next morning. If a pan needs soaked, it sits on the counter with water and dish detergent in it overnight. The counters and stove get wiped down after dinner every night, preventing the stuck on “cement” of food spills. All toys and dirty laundry are put in the proper places before going to bed. This daily clean up keeps the house from getting out of control.
By doing a daily clean up and cleaning when it needs to be done, you can stay on top of your house cleaning. By following those two things, you can spend only about 20-30 minutes a day cleaning, not counting dishes and laundry. With those two things, it’s closer to 1-1.5 hours, depending on how much laundry, etc. It really doesn’t take a lot of time if you don’t put off the cleaning activities.
How about you? Do you “clean as you go” or do you have a set cleaning schedule?