I used to think if I was going to be a stay-at-home mom, then I’d better have a super clean house to show for it. So, I spent my days following cleaning routines, and my daughter spent her days following me around the house.
It’s something I regret, which is ironic considering how, at the time, it was how I measured my performance as a wife, mom and homemaker.
Since then, I’ve learned how to simplify my cleaning routine while still keeping an acceptable-to-me clean house. Most of the time. And I want to help you do the same.
6 Secrets to Keeping a Clean House
Make Your Bed
When you get up for the day, pull your bedding back to let your sheets air out. In the meantime, take the time to change out of your pajamas and get dressed from head to toe. You can look pulled together with very little effort, and you’ll feel more productive.
Once you’re dressed, take five minutes to make your bed. That alone makes your bedroom feel like the restful retreat that it is meant to be. And, it’s so much more inviting to climb into a made bed at the end of a long day.
Do 1 load of laundry
Nothing makes me feel like a happy homemaker more than hearing the swishing of the washing machine. Doing just one load a day makes doing laundry more manageable.
And that’s your morning. The house feels clean, you look good, and you’ve got the whole day ahead of you!
Now for the evening.
Clear Surfaces from all Clutter
I prefer to do this at night before we go to bed so that I wake up to a clean slate the next day. It only takes a few minutes, especially if everyone in the family is responsible for putting away their belongings and messes.
Clean the Kitchen
After dinner, wipe down the kitchen counters, sweep the floor and empty the sink of all dishes. If the kids are old enough, have them help.
Fluff the Throw Pillows and Blankets
As you walk through the living room on your way to bed, put all of the throw pillows and blankets back in place, giving the pillows a little fluff. If there are kid toys strewn about, have the children put them away before their bedtime. Now the room is fresh and ready for a new day.
This simple routine leaves my house looking pretty clean and me feeling accomplished at the end of the day. But, as I discuss in Creating Success At Home, your definition of clean will likely change with each season of life, so however you define clean, be careful not to let it define you.
See you in class,