I used to be the messiest person, most likely in the world. I seriously could have been on that old TLC show, Hoarders. Ask any of my old college roommates, I was a literal pig, living in squalor. But now that I’m an adult, I have come to KIND OF enjoy cleaning as a stress relief, something I never thought would happen.
Look, I totally get it, there are only so many hours in the day! If you work long hours, chase kids around the house, or BOTH, it can be difficult to stay on top of the housework. It happens to all of us. Dishes start piling up and spilling onto the counter. Laundry sits in the washer until you forget about it and you have to run the load again because it soured. Dust starts to collect. Trash starts to smell. The LAST thing you want to do with your limited free time is go on a cleaning rampage.
I have very limited free time with my job, as I work 40-50 very sporadic hours a week. Travis works long days, and he’s usually exhausted by the time he gets home. I have come up with a fool-proof breakdown of chores so that my house stays clean AND I maintain my sanity (win win)! I hope this all works for you!
Ten Minute, Ten Items Pick-Up
My grandfather taught me this one. Every night before I go to bed, I do what he called the ten-minute-ten-items-pick-up. It’s pretty self-explanatory, take ten minutes to put ten things away. For me, that’s usually utensils I’ve used throughout the day, clothes that got thrown about, my keys in their normal place, etc. It seems small, but sometimes that’s all you need to get things rolling.
Unless I’m super tired, I try to make sure that the sink is free of dishes. Usually this means I wash my pots as I’m cooking or I just do a power clean before I go to bed.
On my days where my shifts are broken up and I have time to go home, I’ll toss a load of laundry in the washer. I just find it way easier than what I used to do, which was to wait until I have no more clothes and spend hours doing laundry. That’s not fun at all, so I decided to become more proactive and do the laundry in little bits as the week goes on. So much easier!
It’s always good to wipe down your surfaces, so take a Clorox wipe or a washcloth soaked in PineSol and run it over your counters, stove, and sink.
There’s nothing I hate more than a kitchen that reeks from trash, so if necessary, I take the trash out every day. I don’t need to explain the benefits of this one, do I?
There is not a single inch of carpet in my house, and with no floor mats or area rugs, we track a lot of dirt into the house. Therefore, I find myself sweeping on the daily. I don’t mind, it goes with all the other cleaning.
Sleeping is stinky and nasty, and it took me years to learn that. I have gotten myself in the habit of washing my sheets weekly. Sleeping in clean sheets just feels better, you know? I’ll also wash my comforter in a separate load.
I take the microfiber side of my mop head and run it over my surfaces every week to get rid of the accumulating dust. It’s good to get dust out so you don’t get sick!
It’s good to mop pretty regularly so I mop every week. I’ll take a jug of 50-50 Pine-Sol and water and pour it directly on the floor in small patches so it doesn’t seem like such a daunting task.
The bathroom is the grossest place in the house, but I never feel like cleaning it daily. So, once a week I give the sink and toilet a good wipe down with Clorox wipes, and then I use my mopping mixture to clean the shower.
Every month, I go through and get rid of things that have been in the kitchen for too long. Maybe this should be in the weekly category, but this is just how often I get to it.
Fridge Shelves Wipe Down
Along with the fridge clean-out, I take the time to remove the shelves in my fridge and give them a good soak in Clorox and water. I only do this monthly because it’s such a hassle to take everything out of the fridge and put everything back.
Leave a comment and let me know how you like to break down your cleaning so it doesn’t feel super overwhelming! As always, thanks for reading!
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