Last week’s home management project was creating a cleaning routine.

My intentions were to re-establish the routine that I had in place before Weston was born. I used to iron on Mondays, clean the bathrooms thoroughly on Tuesdays, sweep on Wednesdays and so on.

However, I’ve realized that I already am following a bit of a routine with cleaning, it’s just not formal.

Some examples:

  • While the boys are in the tub, I clean the sink and wipe off the tub.
  • The toilet area is cleaned with disinfectant spray at least once a day now because Paxton uses the potty now and is quite messy!
  • I wash diapers when the pail is full.
  • If there is enough laundry for a load, I do laundry.
  • I sweep/vacuum when the floors are looking really bad.
  • I do a ‘declutter sweep’ about once a month which really helps keep clutter at bay!
  • I wash dishes or load the dishwasher every day. There is something about having a clean kitchen that makes the entire house feel clean.
  • I make up the bed every morning. {Unless we’re leaving the house and I’m in a bit of a rush.} 
I no longer have a routine written out and I’m not following any guidelines or rules for cleaning, I’m just cleaning when I need to and taking steps to prevent becoming overwhelmed {staying on top of the laundry and dishes!}

This may not work for you and that’s completely fine but in my season of life, I’m learning that there are more important things than having a super tidy home and following strict routines.

I’d love to hear if you follow a cleaning routine!

Be sure to visit Mary Jo at Covenant Homemaking and read about her cleaning routine. She’s using the Motivated Moms Chore Planner which gives you tasks for the day! I had never heard of Motivated Moms until reading Mary Jo’s post and I just might purchase the chore planner for 2013 {I’ll have a 1-year-old by then and it will really be time for a bit more structure!}

This week there’s nothing new to do, we’re just continuing to maintain our homes!

Rachel

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