How to Keep Your House Clean(ish)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “How do you always keep your house so clean?”
First of all, I live with 6 men. 5 tiny ones and 1 big one. I would love to tell you pretty lies and say, “Oh, it’s so easy. All of my boys know how to use a hamper, flush a toilet, hang up wet towels, put things away…” Let’s be realistic, this house is NOT always clean. I do however have some tips to share for how I attempt to keep my house picked up. Do yourself a favor and pick up a daily/weekly planner. I found mine at Target and I love it. It’s by DAY DESIGNER and has pages for monthly and daily planning. The daily planning let’s you write to-do lists as well as your schedule each day.

  1. Get yourself a cup of coffee. Do not miss this step, it is the most important one. If you have children, it’s best to do this before they are awake or after they leave for school.
  2. Make a list while you sip your glorious cup of coffee. There are daily tasks, weekly tasks, and monthly tasks that should happen. Baby steps. Start with today.
  3. Complete your tasks.

That’s it. That’s what I do.

Here’s a list of my daily tasks:
1. Unload and reload the dishwasher. I have to do this twice a day because these people expect to be fed three meals a day every single day. If you only have to do yours once a day, lucky you! You can still unload it in the morning and add to it throughout the day so all you have to do after dinner is push the start button. It’s good to have machines to do the work for you.
2. Wipe down surfaces. This means counters, tables, and whatever other surfaces you overachievers who dust clean. I personally have been living in a “Save the Dust Bunnies!” movement. Truly, I just forget that they live here.
3. Do one load of laundry start to finish. No, that doesn’t mean throw it in the dryer and forget about it. That means unload the dry clothes, fold, hang, and put away before the wrinkles set in. You can start it in the morning, and finish it before you go to bed.
4. General pick-up. If it’s on the floor or somewhere else it doesn’t belong, pick it up and put it away. Make the mess makers help. Even though mine think that my favorite thing to do is clean, I am not their maid and they have to help clean up their messes.

Weekly Tasks

  1. Menu plan for the week
  2. Grocery shop for the week (thank you Walmart Pickup)
  3. Clean toilets and sinks
  4. Wash bedding
  5. Vacuum
  6. Take garbage out
  7. Clean paper clutter

Monthly Tasks

  1. Change furnace filter
  2. Clean out fridge
  3. Clean out pantry
  4. Wash all the fingerprints off of windows, furniture, and appliances
  5. Clean microwave
  6. Mop – Don’t judge. This is a hard one for me. I know it should be more often.

There’s probably things that I have forgotten, but this is just a start to give you some ideas. Give yourself points for everything that you do get done. Don’t sweat the things you didn’t get done. Turns out, they will wait for you.

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