I remember when I was pregnant for the first time, I had no idea what to expect as a new mom. I've always been one to have routines for everything, because they just keep me sane! While pregnant, I developed a cleaning routine for my home and I'm so glad I did. The purpose of the cleaning routine was to guarantee that my home would always be clean and I wouldn't have to spend hours upon hours cleaning every week!
I've found that by me having a simple cleaning routine every day, I'm spending less time cleaning my entire house and more time doing more productive things like watching Fixer Upper on repeat. My first few weeks of postpartum were so stress free thanks to this simple cleaning routine.
Elements of a Cleaning Routine
So what does a cleaning routine look like? I recommend having two cleaning routines. One cleaning routine in the morning and one cleaning routine in the evening. Your morning cleaning routine allows you time to do the majority of your cleaning and your nighttime cleaning routine helps guarantee that you wake up to a clean home the next morning. Both work hand in hand together.
I've found that if I complete my evening cleaning routine, my morning cleaning routine is a breeze! Seriously. Depending on the size of your home, your morning routine should take about 30 mins. max a day and your evening routine should take 15 mins. max.
Being that it's just my husband, myself and my baby boy, I am the one that does the majority of the cleaning in our home. The good thing about that is that we have a smaller space and not a full 2 story home. However, if you are a Mom who has children and teenagers who are capable of helping out around the house, get them involved as well!
If you are a Mom who works, this can also work for you! If you just take 15 mins. before you leave for work to do this, you will be so happy that you did. Once again, delegation is key. The more you do your routine, the faster you'll get as the days go by.
What Does Dominique's Cleaning Routine Look Like?
Okay, so this is my current cleaning routine that has worked for me and my family. My son is still a baby, so I'm responsible for the majority of the things on this list. But trust me, as soon as he's capable of doing more, I'm going to assign some of these tasks to him and a reward system to educate him along the way!
Morning Cleaning Routine
- Make bed
- Empty individual laundry baskets into the laundry room
- Clean up from breakfast
- Wipe countertops
- Put dishes in dishwasher
- Wipe down table in eating area
- Swish toilets
- Clean mirrors
- Clean the sinks
- Sweep the floors
- Clean countertops
- Empty trash cans
- Wash one load of laundry
- Fold and put away laundry from day before
- Specialty Cleaning
- Mondays: Sheets & Towels
- Tuesdays: Dusting
- Wednesdays: "Catch Up" Day
- Thursdays: Floors
- Fridays: Bathrooms
Evening Cleaning Routine
- Put away leftovers
- Load and start the dishwasher
- Wash pots and pans
- Wipe down table in eating area
- Wipe countertops and stove top
- Wipe out the microwave
- Sweep and mop the floor
- Empty trash if necessary
- Living Room
- Straighten up the room
This cleaning routine is so simple and manageable! Having a cleaning routine is pivotal for making sure your home is always clean. You want to make sure that you're maintaining your work as well. Click here to read about a few simple ways in which you and your family can keep your home clean.
To help you jumpstart your cleaning routine, I've created a template that has my everyday cleaning routine checklist and extra spaces for you to fill in your own task. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!
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