Lately I’ve been trying out a lot of new things to make our household run a bit more smoothly. In the past month we’ve moved a lot of stuff to the garage, had a garage sale, started meal planning, and have been keeping our house a bit more clean.
Cleaning is one of those necessary evils. I want my house to look presentable for both my own sanity and for when we have guests over, but I do not like the time investment that it takes to clean my home from top to bottom. Especially when it takes time away from my husband and child. I’ve been trying out a new routine in an effort to maximize my leisure time during the work week and to allow us to have the full weekend to do as we want without playing ‘catch-up’ with household chores.
I wake up normally around 1.5 – 2 hours prior to leaving for work. It takes me about 30 minutes to get myself ready and about 30 minutes to get the baby ready.
Morning prior to work:
Kitchen – set a timer for 15 minutes and clean as much as I can in that time. If I don’t set a timer I could end up spending an hour scrubbing and dusting without realizing how much time has gone by. This is when I load/unload the dishwasher, wipe down counters, and sweep the floor.
Laundry – If our laundry basket is full, I’ll start a load to wash in the morning before work. If I have an extra 10-15 minutes, I’ll also fold some clean clothes.
Bathroom – I’ll clean as I go in the morning. I organize the counters and put things away as the shower heats up.
I get done with work and get home about 30 min – 1 hour prior to my husband and baby coming home. This gives me a little bit of time to myself in the evening.
In the evening after work:
Laundry – Throw the clothes in the dryer right after I get home. If we watch tv that night I’ll fold clothes while we watch a show.
Cooking – If I’m preparing food I’ll do so right after I get home. I’ve been cooking mostly batches of food to eat at a later time since dinner is planned out. Either myself or my husband will heat up dinner for us to eat that night.
Floors – I’ll vacuum once a week and this takes about 20 minutes.
Project Area – At least once a week I’ll tackle a small area of my house for about 20 minutes. This is normally scrubbing the tub, organizing a closet, sorting through our clothes, or mopping.
My husband will feed the baby and put her to bed every night. I use this 15-20 minutes to tidy up.
Floors – Sweeping the hardwood, I do this about once a week.
Dishes – I’ll wash the baby bottles, prepare the baby’s food for the week if it’s a Sunday.
Living room – Pick up the toys off the floor, take dirty dishes to the kitchen
I found that by breaking up the cleaning and chores into small portions it is a lot easier to handle. Maintaining an already close-to-clean house is a lot easier and less stressful than cleaning a disaster area. I can almost trick myself into believing that I don’t spend an hour cleaning the house every day since I’m breaking it up into 10-20 minute tasks.