December 18, 2007

My current cleaning routine.

My current cleaning routine is as follows.


Morning-6:30 a.m.
  • Wake up and make my bed, tidy up the bedroom before heading to the bathroom to get dressed.
  • I get dressed in the bathroom, fix my hair and brush my teeth. While in the bathroom I pick up any clothes and put them in the hamper, tidy up the counter, sink and quickly wipe down the toilet.
  • I then head to the kitchen and empty the dishwasher, take out meat to thaw for dinner and start the laundry to be done for the day.
  • I wake up the kids and they get dressed for school and off they go.


  • I do my weekly cleaning
  • I go through the house and throw away (de-clutter) 25 things (tip from flylady). Do one room every day for a week if you are just starting until you have gone through the whole house. After that, do one room only once a week as part of your weekly cleaning, so each room gets de-cluttered about once every month or two.
  • I tidy up for a few minutes (5-15 depending on how much time I have).
  • Cook dinner
  • Clear off clutter proned areas
Before bed-6:00 p.m.
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Me and 7 yr old clean up the kitchen
  • 6 yr old cleans up the living room
  • Everyone takes a bath and gets their clothes together for the next morning.
  • Bathroom pick up
Weekly cleaning:
  • Monday - wash sheets, blankets and towels. Wipe down appliances, front door, windows, mirrors and plan menu for the week.
  • Tuesday-wash 2 youngsters clothes. Wipe and dust all surfaces in the house.
  • Wednesday-2 oldest wash their clothes and pick them up. Clean the tubs, sinks, toilets and showers.
  • Thursday-Wash me and hubbies clothes. Sweep and mop hard floors.
  • Friday-Either do a de-cluttering, or wipe down the walls in 1 room of the house. Vacuum carpets and sweep off steps.
Having a routine makes things easier, but that doesn't mean it doesn't get hard at times. Sometimes you will miss your afternoon routine, sometimes your night routine, sometimes the whole routine gets thrown out the window. lol... try to do as much of the routine for the rest of the day as you can. Or start fresh the next day, I have to tell myself that often. It sometimes is discouraging to clean a room, step back and look at it with a sense of accomplishment, walk away from it only to re-enter again in 20 minutes to find it completely destroyed again. Picking up, washing, and cooking for six people daily isn't an easy job. But I really don't think I would have it any other way.... ask me again tomorrow and I may say differently :)

1 comment:

Robin said...

I raised 4 children 2 still at home. One is 16 and the other 11. My children have been the best part of my life. Of coarse God first in our lives. Makes it different but not always better. Gives you hope.. But sometimes with disappointments.. I have learned with the children that the house is lived in how great is that! There will be a day the children will be off on there own and you will only be picking up from them.. But of coarse changes later when you are now picking up from your grandchildren.. Again Thank-you god for the messes. I have my wonderful family!!! I lost one son and I remember picking up after him. I would love to do that again. My daughter has her own life now, I would love to have her a child again with all of her peanut butter and jelly messes... And don't forget the gum in her hair!
Peanut butter was a good thing then. You know it takes gum out of the little girls hair!!!

Good reading your notes.. Robin...