Thursday, 17 March 2016

How I Stay On Top Of Cleaning

In my planner I track a lot of things. One of those things is cleaning. It's important for me to keep on top of the cleaning and to do that I use some cleaning and tracking inserts from SewMuchCrafting.

I have a certain number of things that I aim to do each day and week. I simply try to get as much done as possible. If the kids are poorly and I don't get everything done that's fine. I don't beat myself up about it. I simply move onto the next week and start fresh. There's no point beating yourself up about it. If one afternoon I feel like sitting on the sofa with Paige and watching tv while Parker naps I will.

Daily
Wipe sides
Laundry
Dishes
10 min pick up and down stairs
Put clothes away as needed
Bins/recycling as needed
Spot cleaning (If the hob is dirty i'll wipe it down, if the bathroom sink has toothpaste everywhere i'll wipe that down)
 
 
For my daily cleaning to dos I wipe sides down throughout the day. Laundry I try to put it on first thing. A tip is to load your washer the night before and use the timer for it to turn on at 6am then when you wake up its already done. Only works if your washer has a timer though. I will be doing this as the weather gets nicer and I can hang clothes outside to dry. Dishes I do as and when. We do have a dishwasher but don't use it all the time. My 10 minute pick ups happen in a morning and after the kids are in bed. In the mornings I will tidy upstairs and evening I do downstairs and clear toys away. The kids usually help.

Weekly
Bedding
Towels
Dust x2-3
Hoover x3
Sweep kitchen x3
Kitchen
Bathroom
Windows

For weekly cleaning I try to set specific days to do things. On Monday/Wednesday and Friday I do main loads of laundry. On Tuesday and Thursday I try to do towels and bedding. I clean the bathroom on a Tuesday and kitchen on a Thursday. I hoover on days I do main loads of washing, same with dusting and sweeping.
 
 
Nothing is set in stone, I can switch things around as and when I need to. That's where my planner comes in. I can track things I've done and see what I still need to do. If I haven't done laundry in 2 days then its probably a good idea to start with that.
 
On a monthly basis I will clean the oven, washer and fridge. I also try to declutter toys and the kids clothes once a month too.
 
I try to get the kids involved as much as possible. They will help me tidy up and dust or follow me around while I'm hovering.
 
Whats your cleaning schedule like?
 
Nicola Xx

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