During this season of my life where I have little ones, our house isn't ever going to be spotless. However, I have found that if I can keep on top of the laundry, tidy up as we go through the day, and keep the kitchen in basic order, things can be kept up pretty easily! If we have a difficult morning and I can't get everything done, I know that I'll have a second chance in the afternoon or evening or even the next day.
As far as my weekly cleaning routine goes, cleaning in our house generally means tidying up, dusting, and vacuuming in the living areas and in the bathrooms and kitchen disinfecting counters, sinks, tub/shower, and toilet and washing the floor). I save deeper cleaning and organizing for three or four times a year (Great Lent (March/April), the Apostles Fast (June), Dormition Lent (August), and Nativity (November/December).
My main goal in homemaking is to make our house a comfortable, clean, warm, and happy place that my husband and children want to be in. Though it is hard to keep up when there are little ones in your care, it is worth the effort. Living in an atmosphere where everything is in it's place and attractively organized helps to cultivate comfort and joy in a family's life. I dislike cleaning as much as the next person, but I try to show the happiness I feel that I am able to stay home and clean, cook, and nest to my heart's content. This attitude encourages my husband on days when working two jobs is frustrating, tiring and daunting and hopefully it shows my little ones that I am fully present for them and enjoying their childhood, rather than looking at my life as endless drudgery.
Daily Homemaking Routines
- Tidy Kitchen
- Tidy Bedrooms and Master Bath
- Homemaking Project
- Tidy Kitchen
- Tidy Downstairs
- Tidy Kitchen and Sweep Floor
- Take Out Garbage and Recycling
- Beautify - I try to go one step further in making things a little more special... some nights, I organize the crayon caddy, others I change the centerpiece on the table, or put a new picture in a frame, etc.
Notes: Each time laundry appears on my list doesn't necessarily mean that I am just washing clothes. Often, in the morning I will throw in a load, put it into the dryer in the afternoon, and then fold and put it all away in the evening. I try to have all of our laundry put away before bed... otherwise, it gets piled up everywhere and is a truly daunting task as the mound grows!
Weekly Cleaning Routine
- Monday: Clean Bathrooms and Wash Towels
- Tuesday: Clean Bedrooms, Upstairs Hallway, Steps and Wash Sheets
- Wednesday: Clean Living Room, Play Room, and Dining Room
- Thursday: Clean Kitchen and One Appliance
- Friday: Clean Office, Entrance, and Laundry Room