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Establishing a Cleaning Routine_m

Since I’ve been pregnant, all of my nesting energy has been focused on simplifying our home and implementing routines in an attempt to make the transition from two to three little ones a bit easier.

While I know adding a new baby to the mix will definitely change the dynamics in our family, I believe that having simple routines in place will make household management easier while recovering from birth, caring for a newborn and helping our boys adjust to their new sibling.

I have established a morning routine, evening routine and weekly cleaning schedule that have really helped make our household management simpler.
Morning Routine

My morning routine is quite simple.

I make beds which make the bedrooms look tidy.

I start a load of laundry. I typically do a load a day which keeps it manageable and really makes it easy to stay on top of our laundry.

In the kitchen, I unload the dishwasher while prepping breakfast and then once we eat breakfast, I tidy the kitchen back up by loading the dishwasher and washing anything that needs to be hand washed.

This morning routine is simple and easy to complete every morning.

Cleaning Schedule

I also follow a weekly cleaning schedule. This cleaning schedule is very simple, focusing only on one area a day.

On Mondays, I deep clean both bathrooms.

Tuesdays are spent cleaning the bedrooms – washing sheets, dusting, sweeping, removing things that don’t belong in the bedrooms and getting rid of any clutter that has crept in (frequent decluttering keeps clutter from taking over!).

Wednesday is pretty simple, just cleaning the dining room. This involves washing the table, cleaning the floors and removing things that don’t belong in this space.

Thursdays are spent cleaning the living room.

And, Fridays are for special projects or as a catch up day if I missed cleaning an area during the week. My husband is off on Fridays so I don’t want to have routine housekeeping scheduled on this day.

Saturday and Sunday don’t have any housework assigned to them, we try to relax and enjoy the weekend and spend time working outside. We only do our morning and evening routines on these days.

You may notice that the kitchen is not assigned a day. That is because I’m in the kitchen everyday and part of my morning and evening routine is to wash and put away dishes. And, every time I wash dishes, I also wipe down the counter tops so the kitchen stays clean.

Evening Routine

 

My evening routine begins right after supper is finished. I tidy the kitchen and load the dishwasher/wash dishes. I’ve found that ending the day with a clean kitchen helps to get the next day off to a good start.

While our boys pick up their toys each evening, we straighten up our living room and sweep the living areas.

By the time we’re finished with our evening routine, our home is tidy which makes our evenings more relaxing.

These cleaning routines, coupled with living with less, is really making a difference in our household management. And, we’re certainly hoping that it eases the transition to becoming a family of 5!

Do you follow any type of cleaning schedule? 

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Living with Less

Over the past few years, we’ve been simplifying our home of excess and have become more mindful of the things we allow into our home.

Living with less has proven to have wonderful benefits. We’re spending less time shopping, spending less money and our home is clutter free.

One of the biggest benefits to living with less has been an easy to manage home.

Having small children and keeping a perfectly clean house is impossible (and is not my goal). However, not having an overabundance of stuff has made keeping our home tidy easier.

During the day, the floors never look clean and there are toys and books in random places which may appear to some to be a mess. But, we focus on the fact that the ‘mess’ is manageable.

Each night, we spend about 10-15 minutes as a family tidying up our home.

Our boys are learning to pick up their toys and books and put them away. They don’t always cooperate and some nights are much easier than others but they are learning. Our toy rotation makes this routine easier. Every toy that they own is not always accessible to them. We keep about half of their toys on a shelf in their playroom with the other half stored in the playroom closet along with puzzles and games.

My husband and I spend this same time encouraging the boys as they pick up, tidying our living areas and sweeping the floors.

At the end of our clean up time, our home is tidy and becomes a relaxing place to read bedtime stories to our boys and for my husband and I to relax in once the boys are sleeping.

Living with less makes our home management easier and are evenings much more relaxing.

What are benefits you have found to living with less? 

We’re enjoying a slow, simple Christmas season.

I’ve been limiting my time spent online, we just have a few small gifts to pick up and our calendar is not packed with events and parties.

We’re not doing anything formal for advent, just reading books about Jesus’ birth, playing with our nativity and doing a few special Christmas crafts.

Our tree only has cloth and unbreakable ornaments {although the boys still managed to break some unbreakables while decorating}. And, we’re happy little hands haven’t done too much ‘un-decorating’.

It will probably be quiet around here over these next few weeks as we continue celebrating a slow, simple Christmas, visiting family and celebrating Weston’s first birthday.

It may be quiet here but I’ll still be tweeting {@rachelboreing} and sharing pictures on Instagram {@rachelboreing}!

I hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas season!

Over the past three months, I’ve been taking steps each week to simplify my home and streamline my home management. Implementing one step each week has really helped me to succeed. I also think doing this alongside Mary Jo has helped to keep me accountable, we were in it together, deciding the areas we needed to work on and posting each week about our accomplishments.

I do want to share that the one area that I have ‘regressed’ in is routines. I posted a detailed morning and daily routine that I followed for a week or two. However, for our family, it’s been more stressful to stick to detailed routines versus being laid back. Even though I’m not sticking to the detailed routines, we still do have routines. Daily we eat lunch around 12-12:30 and then nap time/rest time is at 1:00. And, before putting the boys to bed we do the same things each night. It’s okay to not have a ton of structure. For me, in this season of life, I’m happier just being free spirited and enjoying my little ones instead of worrying so much about learning time/snack time/reading time/play time. The boys and I have years ahead of us for structured time once we begin homeschooling and the structure can wait a few more years while we enjoy a laid back, carefree life!

In the course of 11 weeks, we have covered time management, stocking the freezer, meal planning, decluttering and cleaning routines:

Introduction

Tracking Time

Time Budgeting

Establishing a Morning Routine

Creating a Daily Routine

Streamlining in the Kitchen

Decluttering and Cleaning the Kitchen

Slowly Stocking the Freezer

Meal Planning

Streamlining Breakfast and Lunch

Decluttering

A Cleaning Routine

If you’re wanting to get your home in order, take baby steps and do one thing each week towards reaching that goal. You could use the different projects we covered each week as a starting point or as a guide of some areas that would be good to cover.

I’m finding that having a simplified home makes my role as a homemaker easier with more time to have fun with my boys and husband!

Be sure to visit Mary Jo at Covenant Homemaking to read how the past 11 weeks have impacted her homemaking! Her post is full of encouragement, including ,”I don’t clean for the sake of having a clean house. I clean, cook, and organize as part of my ministry to my family.”