I grew up with a mom who made cleaning on the weekends a family affair. She would give each of us a specific task and we all participated in cleaning the entire house. It was important that everyone contributed. The best part is that we all did it together… “Misery loves company” as they say. ;)
What I remember more than anything however is how much happier my mom appeared once everything was clean and how much better we all felt when everything was beautiful. We all began to take pride in treating our homes the same way as a result.
Today, I actually enjoy cleaning my home for a variety of reasons. I find cleaning therapeutic and I love that before & after feeling. I also know how much Jeff and Emma appreciate everything looking spick and span.
I have never hired a housekeeper simply because I really do enjoy cleaning my home.
Disclosure ~ I am by no means an expert cleaner nor do I pretend to be an expert cleaner. :)
Today I’m sharing my weekly cleaning schedule for all of you to help give you a few ideas & tips that I have found work for me over the years. I have also added an estimated time allotment for each task based on my experience.. When looking at the times, keep in mind that I have a much smaller home now AND I am super fast. ;)
A few rules that we ALL follow:
- Never leave dishes in the sink.. Wash them and put them in dishwasher straight away.
- Don’t leave clothes on the floor (just take the extra 2 steps and place them in the hamper)
- Anything you pull out, put back once you are finished with it (whether it’s food, makeup, shoes.. anything)
It’s surprising how clean your home can stay if you simply choose to keep these simple rules intact!
Do you have any rules you try to follow as a family to help keep your home clean? Let me know in the comments section. I’m always interested in hearing what others do…
Without further adieu.. here is my weekly cleaning ritual: (listed it order from my most favorite to least!)
- First of all, my life is soooo much better after the invention of the light-weight wireless vacuums. I am obsessed with mine because I can vacuum constantly without feeling like I’m lifting weights. My Dyson fits into tight spots easily and I to clean it I just empty the canister each time after I have used it. No bag required! Click here to shop mine. It lasts around 20 minutes per charge.
- I vacuum 2-3 times a week. This keeps the house always looking amazing and even if it’s just a 5 minute quick vacuum in high-traffic areas.. you will feel so much better and your home will look beautiful.
- I don’t know about you, but whenever I see a freshly vacuumed carpet with THAT pattern (you know which pattern I’m talking about!!) it makes a huge difference in how you look at your home.
- I vacuum my sofas every time I vacuum. Don’t die.. I actually put the entire vacuum on the sofa and vacuum it. I think a lot of us do this because it’s easier than using that hand held piece.
- I always vacuum under everything I can reach. I also move furniture out of the way. Vacuuming window sills & blinds is also important… 1x per week if I remember! This is an important step to follow because it definitely eliminates a lot of dust & dander (especially with pets).
Time: 30 mins (I have a smaller home now, so it doesn’t take very long. In my last home it took me a little longer but I like to try and get everything done as quickly as possible)
- Every Sunday I strip each bed and wash all the sheets & pillowcases. I remember hearing Oprah say that she does this 2x a week… I wish!
- Depending on the quality of your duvet, make sure to wash it or send it to dry cleaner at least 1x per month or at least every other month depending on how much you use your duvet. There is nothing like a freshly ironed duvet & bed. I feel like I’m at a hotel when it’s cleaned!
- I wash the mattress pad once a month as well or at least every two months depending on the season. Sheets get dirty so I can only imagine the mattress pads underneath. (Ewww)
- I use a microfiber cloth to wipe all the various spaces in bedrooms. Remember to wipe down light bulbs & surrounding lamps because many forget but those catch a lot of dust. I dust everything, including under every piece of furniture that my vacuum cannot reach. Mid-dust, I take the cloth outside and shake it off – then continue cleaning until I’m through. I also use a duster and a Swiffer since I have hardwood everywhere.. :)
- We have a rule to not take food upstairs to our bedrooms and this helps keep our rooms so much cleaner. We also only take glasses of water up each night. Another rule we follow… if you take a glass upstairs at night, bring it back down the following morning.
Time: 15-20 mins.
- I clean my bathroom a little bit, every other day. I find that this helps deep cleaning days go much quicker.
- I don’t know how this habit ever got started.. but somehow Jeff and I have gotten used to him cleaning the shower! He used to take long showers when we were first married so I began handing him the cleaner and sponge mid-shower asking if he would just clean it before leaving. He did such a good job I told him he was hired. We don’t do anything that exciting.. We use the bathroom cleaner and a sponge, and clean the shower walls and floor. I also like to use the Magic Eraser made for baths where there is heavy soap scum areas/floor as well. This really gets everything off. Yes, I have marble.. but I can’t worry about everything. What I care about is making sure things are spotless! I’ll also use a bleach spray if need be.
- I wipe my countertops with either a clean wipe or bathroom cleaner. (either Mrs. Meyers or Dow Bathroom Cleaner.. I have both and use whichever I grab that day) In the harder spots behind the faucets & drain.. I will even use a toothbrush to scrub! It’s incredible how well they work. But once again, I still use a magic eraser on everything afterwards. I don’t press really hard on enamel coated surfaces, however.
- I clean the toilets with a good toilet brush & use a toilet spray. I also clean the floor around the toilet as well as the main areas of the toilet. I always spray bleach on the brush when I’m done.
- I use windex to clean the shower doors, the glass, and the mirrors everywhere. We also squeegee our shower door every day! If you have a shower curtain liner, remember to wash it often. We throw the one in the guest bedroom into the washing machine. If they are made of the silky hotel material variety, they can also go into the dryer. (otherwise just hang dry).
- I replace all toilet brushes every year or two. I also spray them with bleach over the toilet after use sometimes. If you use sponges.. I would recommend tossing those every couple weeks or so.
Time: 20 minutes per bathroom
- The kitchen never takes very long to clean because we stay on top of it daily.. This is our most used room in the house and we are meticulous with the cleaning as a result.
- We have sealed our marble counters – which helps protect them from stains and etching. (at least it tries to, marble is hard! Everything makes an etching or stain) Click here for my sealer.
- As to cleaning our counter tops, we don’t use a whole lot of cleaner because we don’t actually do much on the counters. For safety reasons (bacteria, etc) we use cutting boards that we can throw into the dishwasher once we are through. We only use water to clean the counters.. sometimes I’ll add a bit of dish soap and water then dry them right away using a towel or paper towels.
- I use both paper towels and dish towels for bacteria reasons and recycle what I can. (I know some don’t touch paper towels and that’s your choice)
- Our range is a self cleaning oven so we don’t have to do much in regards to that. We do make sure to keep the bottom clear of any food, etc after each usage. However, if your oven is not a self cleaning oven then it might be a good idea to check out these oven cleaning tips.
- For the top of the range, I use windex and a magic eraser on the tougher grimes.
- I spray the sink with bleach once a week and after every time we cook with raw chicken.
- I clean my glass pendants and glass cabinet doors twice a month using windex. I wear cloth gloves so I don’t make smudges on them when cleaning.
- Every week before trash day Jeff and I clean out the fridge a little. This is huge and it really keeps us on our toes in regards to having a clean fridge.
Time: 20 minutes tops
- I dust twice a week with a microfiber cloth or duster
- I wash/dryclean my sofa and chair slipcovers every few months (2-3 times a year and usually just before a holiday)
- Wash all throws weekly/ pillow covers every 2 – 4 weeks (in sweater bags and I always hang dry unless it states dryclean only)
- We flip and mix the sofa cushions and plump pillows every week for even usage
Time: 5-10 minutes
- I really should mop/steam my floors more often than I do but it’s something I never want to do.. I’m not sure why. I have a steam cleaner that helps so much but I think it’s the rinsing and repeating that I’m not in love with. My steam cleaner is amazing however. Click here for my steam cleaner
- I always fill my steam cleaner with hot water to help quicken the process
- I throw the steam rag into the washer after using it.
- I always drain my steam cleaner before tucking it away after using it.I never put the cap on so it can dry out properly.
- I use nothing but hot water or steam to clean my floors. (yes they are hardwood… I don’t saturate them but I also don’t worry about that. Wood floors have been around for centuries)
Time: 30 minutes
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