My Secrets for Always Having a Clean House (without making your kids move out!)

Do you freak out and wonder how on earth you’ll get the house cleaned?  Or do you shrug and say, “How about you all show up today instead of waiting for the weekend?”  I think we’d all agree that we’d rather be the cool and calm woman, right!? Here are my tips to ALWAYS having a clean house, with free printable chore charts!

We’re in full-swing holiday mode now and it appears that everyone is planning their Christmas parties or other family get-togethers.  So what do you do when the gathering will be hosted at your house and you’ve got a full work week, kids’ activities, household responsibilities, gifts to purchase and wrap and a meal to plan?  (No, the answer is not to panic!)  

Do you freak out and wonder how on earth you’ll get the house cleaned?  Or do you shrug and say, “How about you all show up today instead of waiting for the weekend?”  I think we’d all agree that we’d rather be the cool and calm woman, right!?

I’m currently in this situation.  About two weeks ago it was decided that my two sisters and their families and my mom would come to our house this Saturday to celebrate Christmas.  

Well needless to say, my family has a super busy week with piano lessons, a school concert, soccer and basketball practices and games, Sunday school program rehearsals, and my husband’s birthday, not to mention our normal work hours.

But even amidst the chaos that is our normal daily life, I am calm and relaxed.  Here’s why I’m not freaking out, (and how you can design your life so you won’t freak out either!)

 

Secrets to Always Having a Clean House

(with a Printable PDF chart to print out)

My house is always clean and tidy.  Seriously, I’m not joking.  I admit that I’m a complete type A personality and I love things clean and organized, but I don’t spend hours a day cleaning.  (Oh wait!!  I own and operate a housecleaning business, so yes, I actually do clean for about 4 hours a day…..but not my own house!)  I spend only about 30 minutes a day doing housework.  Here’s the breakdown of my Chore Chart.

The Schedule

Sunday:  

  • weekly meal planning, grocery lists written out and groceries purchased.
  • meal prep in the kitchen for about 2 hours.  This includes browning hamburger or cooking chicken, slicing vegetables, preparing pasta or rice.
  • wash all bedding (I strip beds before leaving for church and throw in one load of bedding before leaving the house just to get a head start.)
  • sit down with my calendar and to-do list and plan out my week.  
  • add anything to the family wall calendar so everyone knows what’s happening.

Monday:  

  • 5 minute morning whirlwind clean before taking the boys to school.  (see Chart below)
  • My morning whirlwind clean (see chart below)
  • clean bathrooms during the boys’ shower times.  This is a good way to chat with them about their day and get the bathroom cleaned at the same time.  
  • 5 minute evening whirlwind clean (see chart)

Tuesday:

  • 5 minute morning whirlwind clean (see chart)
  • Dust (as the boys are sitting down to do homework, I dust the kitchen, dining room and living room.  We can all hang out and chat, but I’m getting my chore done.  Once they are done with homework they go play while I continue dusting the rest of the house.)
  • 5 minute evening whirlwind clean (see chart)

Wednesday:  

  • 5 minute morning whirlwind clean (see chart)
  • Vacuum/sweep and mop
  • 5 minute evening whirlwind clean (See chart)

Thursday:    

  • 5 minute morning whirlwind clean (see chart)    
  • Laundry
  • 5 minute evening whirlwind clean (See chart)

Friday:

  • 5 minute morning whirlwind clean (see chart)
  • Monthly chore (see below under “Monthly Chore”)
  • 5 minute evening whirlwind clean (see chart)

Saturday:

  • 5 minute morning whirlwind clean (see chart)
  • catch-up day/errand day
  • 5 minute evening whirlwind clean (see chart)

Morning Whirlwind Clean(kids): 

  • make beds
  • put away pajamas
  • comb hair
  • brush teeth
  • get dressed for the day              

Morning Whirlwind Clean (me):                                                                  

  • unload the dishwasher                                                     
  • wipe down counter tops                                                                
  • dump kitchen trash                                                                                         

Evening Whirlwind Clean (everyone):

  • put away any items that may have made their way to the living spaces and put back in their “homes”  
  • All laundry put in hamper.  

Monthly:

1st week:  Appliances

2nd week:  vacuum couch cushions and polish fronts of cabinets

3rd week:  wash rugs, vacuum curtains and lamp shades

4th week:  Yearly Chore (see Yearly chart below)


Yearly:

  •  January:  wipe down inside of kitchen cabinets and drawers
  •  February:  wipe down inside of bathroom cabinets and drawers
  •  March:  wipe down shelves in closets and pantry
  •  April:  wipe down door frames and baseboards
  •  May:  clean window
  •  June:  wipe down inside of kitchen cabinets and drawers
  •  July:  wipe down inside of bathroom cabinets and drawers
  •  August:  Move refrigerator and oven and clean behind
  •  September:  clean out the trash can
  •  October:  clean carpets
  •  November:  clean and organize the garage
  •  December:  wipe down door frames and baseboards

 

So, as you can see by this chart, my house is constantly being cleaned and tidied.  I have to give lots of credit to my husband and kids because they really help me by doing their fair share.  We all know our expectations and we are held to it.

By staying consistent with this chart I am always confident if someone should stop by that the house will be ready.  And in the case of the holidays, I don’t need to give it a second thought that we will have company the weekend after the BUSIEST WEEK OF ALL TIME!  

It does take a little discipline and keeping yourself accountable, but once you can get in the habit and new routine, you won’t go back!  

I challenge you to try this cleaning schedule, or one you create for yourself, and see how it feels to know that your house will never be “too far gone”.  It’s also nice to know that when you’re staring at a dust-covered surface, it’s only going to be like that until dusting day.  It won’t become a distraction or a way to procrastinate on another project that needs your attention.  Everything in due time, right?  

Life works best when it’s lived one day at a time, and the same goes with a clean house.  A clean house stays a clean house when it’s cleaned one day at a time.  

So, I hope you’ll take me up on my challenge and let me know how it goes!  I’d love to hear what works for you and if you have any other suggestions, please share those with me.  Simply hit reply to this email and let’s talk!   If you know a friend who could benefit from this Chore Chart, pass this link on to them.  

Best wishes,

Emily

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