Good morning, glue-gals and glue-guys! Today we’re talking about cleaning. A clean, organized house gives you a clean, organized mind. I know that veteran spouses have a lot on their plate, so I want to share a great way to get cleaning done so you can get on with your life. When it comes to maintaining a clean home, my parents are excellent role models. I’d like to share what they taught me with you!
My Parents’ 3 Clean House Rules:
- Cleaning and maintain a home is a team effort. Every family member is an important part of this team.
- Do small tasks daily, and they will never “pile up” and become a problem.
- Schedule larger tasks to be done once a week.
Small tasks that are done every day:
- Sweeping Kitchen Floor
- Change dishcloths and towels in kitchen
- Pick up toys
- If you do laundry every day: one small wash, dry, fold, and put away
Larger tasks done once a week:
- Scrub bathroom
- Vacuum rugs
- Dust furniture
- Mop hard floors
- Cleanup after pets day before trash goes out
- Clean refrigerator day before trash goes out
- Bring trash out to curb
- Laundry, if you choose to do it once a week
Keep in mind, life happens and sometimes you will miss a task. The point is to do your best, and don’t worry about the rest. (Ha, that rhymes!)
How to do the Daily Tasks:
Dishes: Take care of dishes immediately after use. Take 20 minutes to hand wash dishes, or load them in the dishwasher. If you use a dishwasher, unload in the morning, fill during the day, and run after dinner.
Sweeping Kitchen Floor: You can do a quick sweep after each meal, or at the end of the day. It helps prevent you from grinding dirt in the floor. It will make mopping faster.
Picking up toys: It’s a great way to teach your kids about a team effort and that they are an important part of the family. My parents are champions of the phrase: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” I like to grab a large bag or laundry basket and have the kids pick up all the toys around the house, and then I carry the basket upstairs for the kids to empty and put away. (We’re still working on teaching them this!)
Laundry: My parents do it all in one day, but I prefer to do one small wash a day. It’s the chore I abhor the most, so it’s less overwhelming when I do it in small does. That’s up to you.
How to do Larger Tasks Once a Week:
Cleanup after pets: I clean the litter box the day before the trash is picked up. We have a small trashcan outside with a liner, and dog mess is bagged and thrown in this can. I empty this can once a week.
Clean Bathroom: Work smarter, not harder! Start by picking up any towels on the floor and take everything off the counter/vanity. Spray the toilet, tub, and sink. Wipe down the mirror while you let the cleaning spray do its work. Then move to the sink. Wipe it down, scrub the tub with a stiff bristled brush, give it a quick rinse, and then clean the toilet bowl. Wipe down behind the toilet and around the base. Then, give the floors a quick spray and mop with a microfiber mop. A bathroom should take no more than 15 minutes, once a week, to sparkle.
Vacuum Rugs/ Dust furniture: In each room, vacuum first as it kicks up dust. Then wipe down all pieces of furniture with a microfiber cloth. My stepdad taught me to start near the door and work your way in a circle around the room. When you this every week, it goes faster because there is less dust collected.
Mop Floors: Dust furniture in this room first, so anything you dust will fall on the floor, do a quick sweep, and then mop with a microfiber mop and your favorite cleaning spray.
Take Out Trash: Empty the refrigerator of anything that needs to be thrown out, empty all trash baskets in your house, and then bring your trash out to the curb.
Voila! You have a clean house in minimal time!