How does a busy mama keep her home half-way decent during a busy school year?
Believe me, I feel like I’ve have tried every cleaning schedule and website that has ever been created.
What have I found–especially for our largish family? A little daily maintenance is the way to go for us.
There is just not enough time during the homeschooling months to deep clean or spring clean. I have found that doing a little here and there makes quite a big difference.
Today I will share some hints to help you maintain the messier rooms in the house: the bathrooms, the kitchen.
Throughout the week, we’ll tackle the living room, bedrooms, laundry mountain and those especially cluttered areas (like the dining room table and vehicle!).
I hope you’ll follow along!
1. Once a day, use a damp cloth to wipe the toilet from top to bottom.
Choose a specific time to do this. A good time is when you finish your personal ‘sit down’ time. So…unless you have irregularity issues (sorry–that does happen to us mamas from time to time, you know), your toilet should stay decent and get a daily wipe-down. 🙂
2. After your personal bath or shower, take a minute to wipe down the shower or bathtub.
3. After you brush your teeth, wipe down the mirror and sink.
Those three things, along with daily sweeping, straightening, and changing the trash (assign as chores to your kids), will only take a minute and should keep your bathroom decent and company ready.
Has it been scoured or bleached? No, but we are keepin’ it real!
1. Every time the dishes are done, sweep the floor and check to see if the trash needs changing. Keep your counters clean and neat by assigning a child to help you with the counters. This can be an assigned, daily chore.
Also, when I finish a load of dishes, I straighten and wipe down a section of counters. When I finish all of my dishes, all of the counter space is clean as well! This works to break up the monotony of washing dish after dish after dish… times a hundred.
2. At the end of the day, before the lights are turned off in the kitchen, take everything out of one cabinet and then wipe said cabinet down. Get rid of what needs to be gotten rid of. This is one cabinet per day. It will probably take ten minutes.
3. When you have finished all of your cabinets, do your refrigerator. Take a shelf per day. The fridge will not take but about five minutes per day. When you finish your fridge, start back over with your cabinets. It’s a cycle. And unless you have a huge set of cabinets, your cabinets and your fridge should stay presentable.
A hint? Set your oven timer for ten minutes to challenge you to get that cabinet cleaned and fast!
Set it for five minutes while cleaning a shelf in your refrigerator. It’s all about maintenance.
Or survival. Whichever one you like better. 🙂
Tomorrow we’ll tackle maintaining the living room and bedrooms. Stay tuned!
And thanks for following along during our Natural Homemaking theme during the month of April! I’d love for you to join our Natural Living online community on Facebook!
Is home maintenance an issue for you?
Which one is more of a challenge: the kitchen or bathroom?
Monica is passionate about honoring God, her husband, homeschooling, homemaking, homesteading, helping other women, & healthy living. She and her husband have six children, ages 12 years to 22 months, and live on a small farm in the good ole South. They enjoy singing together as a family and using their talents as a ministry. She and her husband enjoy teaching music lessons on the side. She can be found blogging (very sporadically) at www.simplefarmmama.wordpress.com.