I haven’t always had a weekly cleaning routine. In fact, for many years I didn’t understand why anyone WOULD.
But I gave it a try, and now there is no going back.
Does it have to happen on the weekends? No. But Saturday morning has been the easiest for all of our family to participate and I want my children to clean with me, so they grow up with the habit of resetting the house once a week.
On a daily basis, I have a morning and evening cleaning routine, but then on Saturdays, we do our major house cleaning.
It’s still not an extensive list, because it has to be something that I am willing to accomplish and manage, and that I can complete within a couple of hours.
Knowing myself, (cleaning is not something that I thoroughly enjoy or live to do) so my cleaning routine has to be something that is small enough I won’t have to work up the motivation or try to convince myself to do it.
If you’d like a list of Saturday cleaning tasks- I have a free PDF – just enter your email and I’ll send it to you:
I leave our print out on the table. It lists all the tasks for the kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, the boys’ bedroom, and girls’ bedroom.
Saturdays are our video game playing day. The rest of the time during the week, we really limit screen time for the kids, but Saturday is their day to play, as long as they clean their room first.
For me, the reward is a clean house. I love the feeling, and it stays pretty fairly until Monday when everyone is back in school.
Moving from hating cleaning, to enjoying a full-house “reset” has been a huge mental shift for me. The focus is no longer on being annoyed with the task but instead, looking forward to enjoying a clean house for the weekend.
The “clean with me” video
On the morning of the above video, my husband and one son work at 10:00 AM, we don’t have very much time before they get to work, but they’ll do what they can before they have to leave, and the rest of us will take care of the rest of the cleaning.
It’s easier to keep the routine of cleaning the house every Saturday morning, so whoever is available to clean helps clean.
Everybody uses the house, everybody gets it dirty, so we all participate in the cleaning.
In the video, you’ll see a very typical weekend morning, we have not unloaded the dishwasher. (It’s all clean and ready to put away.) We have breakfast dishes to wash and things have been left out from the week and need to be put away so we can clean the counters and dust everything.
The bathroom is probably the worst looking place at the end of the week because so many people use it, it has built-up soap scum and just plain dirty.
Breakfast is still on the table, and there are papers on the piano, shoes, and coats that need to be put away. And the kid’s room is always really bad by Saturday morning- on this particular day, I couldn’t even get the door open. There’s too much on the floor!
You’ll notice as we go through this cleaning that we don’t use cleaning products. A couple of us are very sensitive to smells and chemicals, and I try very hard to limit the toxins in our home, so we use the Norwex Microfiber cloths for most of our cleaning.
We use the largest Norwex mop with the dust mop and wet mop pads. I love it. When I’m done cleaning, I can just throw it into the washing machine.
The microfiber cloth works well for cleaning the stainless steel appliances, and we use the dust mitt to do all the dusting.
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When you download the cleaning checklist, or if you’re making your own. Keep things as simple as you need them to be. I don’t include a lot of deep cleaning- no baseboards, fans, light fixtures, etc. And I purposely don’t include them.
I know that if I make my list too long and too overwhelming, I will come up with other things to do instead.
And if you have physical limitations, just be content to do the things you are able to do. There is no perfect way to do things, no perfect order. And if you skip something this week, you can get it done next week.
Doing anything on a weekly basis is much better than doing nothing.
How minimalism changes cleaning
If you’ve watched the video above, you’ve seen what my “messy” house looks like.
But I know, it’s not really messy.
I remember the days when that was my “clean” state after days of work.
That’s what minimalism has done for me. It’s such a relief to have a home that is easy to maintain. That I can actually clean in only a few hours a week. And that my family can clean, because things have homes and they know where they go when they need to be put away.
Having very little on the counters means it’s easy to clean the counters off.
Have very little furniture means it’s easy to sweep or vacuum.
Having less stuff in general means it’s easier to give things places to belong.
And having less means I don’t have to spend as much time managing, moving, sorting, organizing, maintaining or cleaning stuff.
Rember: keep it simple.
If you’re struggling to clean the house every week, then reduce your tasks to a manageable amount and do the extra things like cleaning the baseboards and dusting the fans when you have more time and you feel like doing it.
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