How to get a clean house in an hour a day
It’s true. By spending an hour a day – at the most – you can maintain a clean and functional house. The theory behind this is to break up the monotony of the jobs. I don’t know about you but I do not want to be spending all day cleaning the bathroom my boys use. Now you may be worried but rest assured, I actually have a couple of free printables for you to take all the guess-work out of it and I’ll give you ideas on how to break up that hour throughout the day.
What is the purpose?
Ok, maybe this is self-explanatory and maybe it isn’t but it is very overwhelming to clean an entire house every weekend or only when company comes over. Between kids, work, the dog…I get it. I really do but don’t we have enough on our plate without trying to get it done in one weekend? Of course we do! The tips and cleaning schedule you’ll find below are what have worked for my family for years now after doing the proverbial weekend cleaning followed by zone cleanings and everything in-between.
You need to find your weaknesses
I talked about this in an entire blog post about developing a routine. You can read all about it HERE. That is what I did when it came to developing a cleaning schedule. I took the stuff I hated doing – like cleaning toilets – and spread it out. Best of all, if you have kids, you have this schedule that is broken down into manageable pieces that you will be able to delegate certain tasks to your children thus freeing up your time. Can I get an Amen?
Delegate, delegate, delegate
One thing as parents, especially us mothers, is that we forget to delegate. It is easier to do it ourselves than to let the children, and let’s be honest, the husband do it. It’ll get done right the first time, according to you, but is that really teaching them anything? Of course not and by breaking it up, you get to work on the difficult things and let your kids…or husband…have the chance at doing the easier things that you know that they will get done according to your standards.
Break up the jobs throughout the day
If you have a solid hour to just whip through it, then do it but if the idea of cleaning makes you want to curl up and hide, you need to break it up into more manageable pieces. This is especially true if you work all day long. For example, throw in a load of a laundry before you go to work or just before breakfast. Upon getting home from work, throw it in the dryer, fold it and put it away before bedtime. For the SAHM version, throw it in at breakfast, transfer to dryer at lunch time, fold and put away during nap time or the afternoon.
Let’s break it down even more:
Before breakfast: Make beds and put a load of laundry in
After breakfast: Sweep and vacuum
Lunch/Afternoon/After Work: Transfer laundry to dryer, weekly cleaning
After dinner: Dishes, transfer laundry to dryer, fold and put away
Use some sort of calendar or planner
You’d be amazed at how much a calendar or planner can help you in getting things done. Use it to schedule out the chores that need to get done monthly, quarterly, and annually. Post your daily and weekly cleaning schedule next to your calendar or on your fridge. No excuses here. These chores are not intended to bring you down and keep you busy but to free your schedule for the fun stuff and now that summer is here, let’s make more time for the fun stuff. Now go download the cleaning schedules!