Clean Enough

My house is clean enough. I wouldn’t boast that you could eat off my floors and you might see the occasional dust bunny peeking out from under the sofa, but it is pretty organized and clutter free.

I always enjoy reading “behind the scenes” or “day in the life of” posts of other moms, so I thought I would share my cleaning routine with you.

Daily:

I try to do at least one load of laundry each day. That way it doesn’t pile up too bad. Also, I hang most of my clothes up to dry on indoor drying racks, and there is only so much room to hang things.

I also try to keep up with the kitchen during the day. I can’t stand a dirty table or cluttered counter tops, so my kitchen gets cleaned throughout the day. But I don’t mind dishes in the sink, and I constantly break the fly lady’s #1 rule. Oh well!

Dirty floors drive me crazy, so I am constantly sweeping the kitchen and anywhere I see those pesky dust bunnies.

Weekly:

Each week I write the following things down on the dry erase board in my office:

  • Sinks and Toilets
  • Showers
  • Mirrors/Glass or Dusting (I rotate these…)
  • Vacuuming/Mopping
Each day I try to do one item on the list, until they are all erased. If I don’t get to them all that week, I just start the next week off with that item. I like spreading my cleaning out through the week, rather than doing it all in one day. This way, it only takes my about 15 minutes a day, and the thought of cleaning isn’t too overwhelming.
Now some of you may gasp that I only mop once a week or only dust every other week. Like I said, my motto is “clean enough.” Don’t get me wrong, if I walk by a dresser and see a layer of dust, I will grab a rag a dust it right then. The same with my floors. If there is a spot on my kitchen floor, I will grab a rag and wipe it up.
Deep Clean: 
 
Here is where a little more organization comes in. I have a Deep Cleaning Checklist that I work off of every Spring and Fall. Each week, I try to do one to two items off of the list. Most items will only take about 10-15 minutes, so I am never hit by that overwhelming feeling of “spring cleaning”. And this list helps me to not forget anything that should be cleaned regularly. Some of the things I do more than twice a year, like cleaning my stove and microwave, but I still have them on the list just in case.
Here are my categories and then they are broken down into rooms.
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Baseboards
  • Windows/Blinds
  • Kitchen (Cabinets, Appliances, etc.)
  • Bathroom Tile
  • Curtains
  • Rugs/Upholstery
  • Closets

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Do I always follow my cleaning lists and schedules perfectly? Of course not! But they do help me stay on track and have a house that is clean enough for me.
How about you?
Leave a comment and tell me about your cleaning routine or leave a link to a blog post where you have written about it before.
Always,
Amanda


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