When I went back to work after having my second child so many of my friends and family said that I should get a cleaner to help me out. So I did, and I’m sorry to say that I hated it. The problem I had was a lot of the time I would be working at home when the cleaner came. This is not an issue for most people but I found it so ridiculously uncomfortable sitting at my desk sipping my coffee, typing away when a complete stranger was in my house cleaning up after me. I even found myself trying to have a quick clean of the house before she arrived because the thought of her seeing a sink with toothpaste smeared in it was too much to bare! Completely insane I know!
After a month of trying, I decided that a cleaner wasn’t for me. Before I employed a cleaner, I spent my whole Sunday dusting, tidying, hoovering and sorting the washing all day long. It meant missing out on a day with the kids. In the end, I decided to completely change my cleaning routine so I wouldn’t lose a full day with the kids. I now do a chore a day to keep on top of things. This routine means that my house is always pretty presentable and I feel on top of the housework all the time plus I don’t lose a day of the weekend to doing chores all day, bonus!
No matter how knackered I am, I always load the dishwasher, wipe the kitchen surfaces and sweep the kitchen floor. This means when I wake up in the morning I’m waking up to a clean kitchen which is a lot easier to keep on top of during the day. I also load the washing machine with a load to switch on in the morning. I spend 10 minutes in the evening quickly picking up any toys that have been left out.
We all get up and make our beds in the morning and then every morning I put a load of washing on. I then quickly empty the dishwasher which means once everyone has finished with breakfast they can load their dirty dishes into the dishwasher. Before I leave the house, I take 10 minutes to wipe down the bathroom surfaces with a microfibre cloth.
These first two steps keep on top of the bulk of the everyday housework that needs to be done. During the week I carry out the following household chores.
In the evening I spend 30 – 40 minutes max dusting the house. I start at the top and work my way down. Sunday is also the day that we change all bedding and towels throughout the house.
I dedicate 1-2 hours with hoovering and steaming the floors. I like to do this all in one go, so dirt and dust from rooms I have not cleaned yet are not walked onto the clean floors.
I clean all the bathrooms in the house, either first thing in the morning or before I go to bed. I tend to spray all the surfaces in each room first and then go back and wipe everything down, this way minimal elbow grease is needed.
During breakfast, while both kids are happily eating, I will clean out the fridge and make a shopping list for the week.
Thursday I have a full day with the kids, so I keep chores to a minimum. I tend to wipe down any appliances in the kitchen and give the microwave a quick clean.
Today is a no chore day apart from my morning and evening chores. I get to enjoy the day with the children without any big chores to do.
If I get any spare time on a Saturday, I will do a chore that only needs to be done once in a while like dusting light fixtures, cleaning skirting boards or hoovering furniture. But it’s not a big deal if I don’t get round to doing anything as all the big household chores are taken care of.
So that is my weekly cleaning routine. I have been doing this for about 6 months now, and it seems to be really working for us at the moment. I do find doing chores pretty borning so I tend to always listen to something on Youtube or Audible to make it more fun!
I would love to hear how you keep your house clean or if you are going to try any of this routine out for yourself.