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One of the things I pride myself on is how clean Brandon and I usually keep our home. I have to say “usually” there because I know that there is an Instagram story or two out there that shows a messy desk or a pile of dog blankets. I just know that someone will call me out on it if I try to say our home is always clean. It’s not but it is usually clean.
Even though our place isn’t all that large it can still be a pain in the you-know-what to keep it clean with two small dogs that like to shed and track in mud. Between the hours we spend working careers outside of the home, the work we do on our side hustles, and the time commitments we have via the various organizations with which we spend our time, we are on the go far more than we are ever at home. Having a ton of demands on your time can make it hard to keep your toilets bleached, our floors clean, and your mirrors sparkling. For a few weeks we were running crazy and found we weren’t getting home from the office until after 8pm or 9pm, didn’t have dinner on the table til 9pm or 9:30pm, and were in bed by 11pm so cleaning just wasn’t getting done.
It was madness but it didn’t hit me until I opened my closet and saw clothes overflowing from the laundry basket and I spotted a cobweb in the corner of my living room. It was the cobweb that did me in. I lost it. I immediately insisted that Brandon join me on a cleaning frenzy which started with cleaning cobwebs and ended with two bathtubs full of bleach. That same night I sat down and created a weekly cleaning calendar to keep us on track and ahead of the mess. I want us to have a life but dang it, I need our home to be clean too, you know what I mean?
Here are a few of my top weekly cleaning tips
I could never manage my house if I ran my home any other way because truly, keeping your home clean doesn’t require that you go on a crazy cleaning binge and do #allthethings at one time. It’s about tackling smaller and more manageable projects every day.
Create a calendar
I never remember to do anything if I don’t write it down. It’s why I live by my Happy Planner by Create 365. It’s basically the greatest planner ever and it keeps me totally on track with all of the to-dos in my life. When it comes to our cleaning schedule, I created one which I print and attach to our refrigerator every Sunday night. Then, as the week progresses we just check it daily and cross items off as we get them done.
Each day of the week has dedicated chores and some chores (like vacuuming) repeat every 3 or so days. It’s just simple and straight to the point but it keeps things organized and confirms that we don’t miss something that’s easy to overlook like dusting your ceiling fans (mine are gross, btw).
You can get a copy of my printable weekly cleaning calendar right here.
Use the right tools
Cleaning my home is one of the areas where I absolutely refuse to settle for less than quality items. We have pets and I have severe seasonal allergies so I want my home as clean as possible. A few of my absolute must-have cleaning items are:
- Shark Rocket with DuoClean Vacuum (more about this amazing item is coming up soon)
- OXO Good Grips Broom
- Mr. Clean cleaning gloves
- Microfiber dust cloths
- Clorox bleach
- Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner
- Lysol disinfectant spray
A well-stocked cleaning cabinet is the secret behind a well-cleaned home so I always have those items on hand. I buy in bulk from Amazon so that I both save money and keep my cabinet stocked.
Tip: Designate certain colors for specific tasks to avoid cross-contaminating germs throughout your home. We use white for the kitchen, blue for the bathroom, and green for the living spaces.
Divide and/or delegate tasks
Divide and conquer is the best approach to getting tasks done so Brandon and I are certain to team up to get things done. We have a few basic rules such as “The cook doesn’t clean” which frees the person who cooked dinner from having to also clean up the kitchen after the meal is over. He’s also much better at managing the dishwasher than I am so I happily cook then just hand the mess over to him. 😉
Take a divide and conquer approach with your spouse as well because if you each take on 2 -3 tasks each day you’ll knock out a clean home in no time. If you have little ones or teenagers, assign them each 1 – 2 age-appropriate tasks.Keep your home clean year-round with these tips and calendar from @ashleyfromfbl! Click To Tweet
Do you have a cleaning schedule to keep you on track or are you more of the I’ll-clean-it-when-its-dirty type of person? Any favorite cleaning products you’d recommend?