Wouldn’t it be a miracle to have a mostly tidy and clean house all the time?! No. It wouldn’t. It’s not a miracle. It’s something that takes hard work and you CAN do it.
We tell our kids that a miracle is “something only God can do.” God isn’t in charge of keeping house – He made us smart enough to get it done on our own. That means IT IS ATTAINABLE! Wahoo!
A day for cleaning
Ma Ingalls cleaned on Friday – I moved my date to Tuesday based on our schedule. You can determine which day works best for you. A lot of working mamas/homeschool mamas choose to make cleaning day Saturday because everyone is home and willing to help. Whatever floats your boat is cool.
In Little House, Mary and Laura helped with Friday cleaning day. They washed and wiped dishes, swept the floor and dusted. They were trained by their mother to do these tasks and I’m sure they participated in more.
In our home this summer we called it the #summerofchores. I documented our journey on Instagram with 30 photos. If you want to check those out, you can click HERE and see them even without an Instagram account. Children CAN help you clean house – they just need to be taught, mama. It takes time to do that – but the payoff is amazing! Take the time to teach your kids to clean…you won’t be sorry.
Why one day to clean?
Sometimes people choose to spread cleaning out all over the week. I’ve even been there myself. They vacuum one day, dust another. One day they clean the toilets – another they scrub the tub. For my children, I have separated these tasks out by day, but for my bulk cleaning I choose to make it ONE day.
I’ve tried to spread it out all over the week – but for me that makes it feel like I never finish. It’s nice to have one major day to take care of everything and be done until the next week except for basic maintenance tasks (which we will cover in another post).
When to clean?
It takes me about 2 hours to REALLY clean our home. Time yourself when you are doing it one day to see how long it takes you. Then you’ll know how much time to devote to the task.
I generally start cleaning in the morning during our school time when my children are working on independent tasks. But the down and dirty cleaning (pun intended) for me happens during the afternoon. This is when I have two children down for naps and two down for quiet time.
The reasoning for doing some earlier in the day during school is so that the two rooms needed for napping are free for that need. I can clean the rest of the house freely without being in a napping room.
Just choose the time when you have a solid block of time free to get it done with minimal interruptions (you know, like poops, “emergencies,” or boo boos that need to be kissed). Always take breaks for those.
What to clean?!
I used the break down deep cleaning from Large Family Logistics, but you can break down your cleaning as needed. Based on your home, you might need different areas to clean. For example – I include the front and back porch. If you don’t have a front and back porch, this isn’t necessary for you.
Every week in each room I tackle: dusting, vacuuming, tidying, cobwebs, baseboards, and ceiling fans. Maintenance is key here – if you do this weekly the time it takes you is much less than if you wait. So, the first time you do this cleaning it might take you longer. You can hire a pressure cleaning in Chapel Hill if the area is too large. In addition, a gutter cleaning service may also be scheduled at least once a year to help prevent clogged gutters and avoid water damage. If there are signs of wear and tear on the gutters, then having a new aluminum gutter installation with gutter covers may be considered.
Once you’ve established your routine, “deep cleaning” is rotated for us on a 5 week basis. Here is how mine is broken down:
- Bedrooms (under beds, tidy closets, clean windows and sills)
- Bathrooms (cabinet clean out, drawer clean out, scrub shower, windows and sills, mop floors)
- Hall Closet/Porches (Clean and tidy closet, sweep and spray off porches, clean out toy tub)
- Living Room (cabinet tidy, wash slipcovers, clean windows and sills, clean front door, dust mantle)
- Basement (Tidy toy room, tidy pantry, declutter toys, dust, vacuum, windows and sills)
I’m tired and hungry
Lemme tell ya – after a cleaning day, you’re going to be super tired and super hungry. That’s okay! It’s good to reward yourself with something to fill your belly after all that work. Butter. Biscuits. Meat. YUM.
I always plan a really fast meal for Cleaning Day. For me, that means I plan a pressure cooker meal. It’s my goal to have dinner DONE in 30 minutes or less.
You could also plan a crock pot meal or just make sandwiches – my family is quite giddy over PB&J.
That’s what a cleaning day looks like for us. Start to finish. And it makes it super easy to quickly tidy our house for company, if needed.
Just a note – to make this more pleasurable, I usually listen to podcasts while I clean. It’s like a reward for scrubbing stuff.