One day when I was a kid, I remember a friend coming over to our house and saying, “I just love coming to your house! It’s so calm and quiet and nothing seems stressful when I’m here.” That’s the home I was raised in – a simple calm home that my mom kept clean and organized. Of course, we had our moments, but in general my mom kept a very clean and calm house that perpetually seemed under control.
Now, with a little family of my own, I only wish to have as calm and sweet as a home as my parents did ;-).
Recently I’ve been trying to establish a simple everyday routine so my weekly and monthly cleaning days don’t have to be huge. I am a working mom, and so I love the idea of cleaning daily – instead of waiting for one big overwhelming cleaning day per month. My goal is just to have some simple everyday chores that I don’t have to write down – they just happen naturally and casually. But, of course, I love a good list! So, I am also listing these below on the printable below.
☑ Remove clutter and put away piles
☑ Empty your dishwasher and put away dishes from drain board
☑ Wipe down counters with cleaner and paper towel
☑ Pick up clutter (see our mama’s Clutter Alert! system here)
☑ Sort one load of laundry
☑ Pick up kids’ toys and clean floors (a simple sweeping job or Swifter works wonders…)
☑ Light a candle
☑ Turn on some music
On top of these everyday chores, lately I’ve been trying to put in place a simple way to do one major household chore a day. This is my most recent idea – and hopefully it will help keep me from needing to clean EVERYTHING come Saturday. Here’s my simple plan (I hope I can get it to stick!):
Monday – Bathrooms Deep Clean
Tuesday – Dust House
Wednesday – Vacuum
Thursday – Clean Floors (mop kitchen and bathrooms)
Friday – Deep Clean Kitchen
Saturday – Sheets and Towels
Sunday – Rest
Would you join me in all this? You don’t have to keep the exact weekly plan as I hope for, but a simple weekly to-do list will do wonders! I’m using this printable list below. I’m also including a blank version that you can customize yourself. Have fun!