That likely makes me the minority here because most people don’t love it. We all know what it is like to work all week, plan dinners and get your kids to and from school, softball, cheerleading, basketball, dance, football and whatever else they’re into this year. No one wants to deep clean their home all weekend on their only two days off of work.
But why do we have to leave it all for two days on the weekend when there are so many things we can do to keep our house clean all week?!
For years I struggled to work so hard deep cleaning on Sunday when I knew I had to get groceries at some point, do laundry for my family of 5, and get the kids ready for a new week. I decided to start breaking up the home chores throughout the week; instead of piling it into one super productive – and busy – day I make every day as productive as I can.
Pick up before bed.
This one was so simple and it’s something I tell my kids every night.
I don’t know why it took me so long to do it myself! Before bed every night I walk around each room and pick up anything abandoned on the floor. I do request my kids clean up their rooms and any messes before their bedtime so I don’t usually have a ton on the floor. But they drop socks on the way to the laundry basket, food on the way to the trash can, and cut up paper on the floor for unknown reasons. One quick sweep of the floor and I get it all picked up efficiently and put back or thrown out.
Coming out of my room to clear floors really takes a bit of stress out of my mornings!
Clean up after dinner (for real though)
Look. Putting dishes in the dishwasher and boxing up leftovers is not cleaning up the kitchen.
I know my children think that’s all they need to do when it comes to “clean up” time but not wiping down those counters and the stove top is a crime! I keep a bottle of my granite cleaner (‘The Clean Queen of Georgia Granite Cleaner’) on my counter with a towel and after dinner each night, I wipe all of my counters down.
I wipe my sink out
I wipe the top of the dishwasher off before I close it.
I have a huge island that my four year old loves to sit at and you’re darn sure I wipe that down every night!
Fold your clothes!
I know it is so hard to complete the task of laundry.
I still struggle with this.
With three kids and over ten pets in my house, I have a ton of laundry and by the 5th or 6th load I’ve had about enough. I promise you though: if you fold those clothes Sunday night or Monday morning and put them away you’re going into your week with at least something in order. Think about how much time you spend sifting through clean clothes trying to find a shirt or leggings. And then you have to put it in the dryer because it’s beyond wrinkled.
No, I don’t iron. Not into it.
But I love to fold and put away my clothes in a single night, it gives me more time to accomplish other tasks.
Make your bed.
Make your bed every morning.
Such a simple task but I feel like my world is off-kilter if I leave my house with a messy bed. I want to come home to a made bed and clean room after a long day. It is so important to me to not leave my personal spaces messy or cluttered, it clutters my brain!
Remember that feeling you had when you walked out to clean floors in the morning the first time? This is that same feeling walking into your bedroom. It’s magic.
Set a schedule
We talked about every chore according to which nights I do them, if it’s not an every night chore.
Setting a simple weekly cleaning schedule is key to breaking up chores. With the amount of furry animals I have I have to vacuum at least twice per week. So I break vacuuming up to the beginning of the week and the end of the week (Tuesday and Friday for me).
Doing a task or two nightly will not only keep your house cleaner overall it also gives you so much more time on Saturday and Sunday for little league games, cookouts, or lazy lounging and show-binging!
Whether you enjoy cleaning and want that to be part of your nightly routine or the thought of spending all weekend scrubbing and mopping fills you with anxiety, these steps can be done by anyone. Keeping a clean and organized home is not impossible for someone with a busy schedule. Cater to that schedule and get things done throughout your week without busting your booty on a day you should be doing something you enjoy!