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Last week we talked about Keeping Up With the Clutter. There are so many tools to help keep clutter at bay. Once you have a system in place for the clutter it won’t be as overwhelming to avoid it. The only way to make sure you continue to avoid piles of clutter is by regular, routinely scheduled cleaning.
When you are at home all day with the kids, you are usually busy teaching, training and playing with them. I know for myself, we can get caught up in the fun parts of school, like arts and crafts and science projects. Before you know it, it’s dinner time and the mess just gets pushed to the other side of the dining room table. Tell me I am not the only one?
There has got to be a way to keep the house clean while teaching, cooking and being home all the time. The only solution I have found is to create a chore schedule.
Here are some ideas:
Set aside a specific time in the day for chores and make sure that everyone knows their job. If mornings work better for you, you can create a morning chore time right before school starts. We aren’t our best in the morning so I like to have a 30 minute cleaning session in the late afternoon before I start dinner. We blast music and get to work.
Give everyone a job. You can create a rotating schedule where everyone has a new job each week, but does the same thing every day like sweeping, vacuuming, picking up toys, dusting, and wiping down the bathroom. Everyone can work on their job during the scheduled chore time. If everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing and where they are supposed to be, things should run pretty smooth.
Do the bulk of your cleaning on the weekends. I know it’s not fun to spend your whole weekend cleaning, but I like to do our main deep cleaning on Saturday. We also do bulk laundry on the weekends. We will spend an afternoon hanging out, doing stuff around the house and washing, drying and folding laundry. When we do it all at once and work together to put it all away it goes by so fast. It’s also really nice to not have to deal with during the week!
Here are some great FREE Printables to help you get started:
FREE Printable Cleaning Checklist – One year of cleaning on one page!!! Broken down by weekly, every 2 weeks, 3 weeks, monthly and more. It is also easy to customize!
FREE Printable House Cleaning Schedule from The Time Warp Wife – if you are having a hard time figuring out where to begin, Darlene has laid it out for you! There is also a Daily Upkeep Section that tackles the every day cleaning jobs.
FREE Customizable Chore Cards – FREE until 2/4/15. $4.99 Value!
Keeping Up Appearances: Printable Cleaning Schedule for those who don’t like to clean or schedule! – This is a weekly schedule to help you begin and maintain a simple cleaning routine.
Don’t forget the first post in our series:
Keeping Up With the Clutter