My Cleaning System: Part 3

Our house is about 1200 square feet. 3 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, 2 hallways, foyer area, and 1 ½ bathrooms.

My System:

I the morning, I try to pick up any clutter upstairs. Beds are made, toys are put away, anything laying around is taken care of. After lunch, but before the kids go down for naps I clean up as much clutter as I can. I do the dishes; have the kids help me put all the toys away, pick up anything that could hinder my cleaning endeavors—shoes, large toys, dirty clothes etc.  I put the kids down for a nap with a clean slate ready to go. This way I’m tempted to putts.  

First, I clean the downstairs bathroom because I can do it quietly while the kids are falling asleep. It takes about 7 minutes.

Then, I pick up anything extra off the living room floor and vacuum it quickly. 5 minutes

I pick up the mats by the front door and vacuum my way around the downstairs. When I get to the dining room I haul all of the chairs into the living room as well as other big things like the high chair, jumparoo, play house and so on. I do this with the vacuum cleaner running the whole time. It motivates me to hurry and lessens the chance of the kids getting up. Then I vacuum the dining room. The downstairs is vacuumed! That step takes about 10 minutes.

I go prep the mop and soapy water. Then I mop the downstairs. 10 more minutes

Downstairs total: About 30 minutes

I sneak upstairs and fully clean the upstairs bathroom. Switch towels, mirror, sink, tub/shower, toilet. 20 minutes max.

At this point, my daughter gets up! She and I traipse downstairs and I give her a snack to eat while I reassemble the downstairs.

My kids are both terrified of the vacuum cleaner. Why? I have no idea! So, they eat supper while I vacuum through the upstairs. Less than 10 minutes.

(You may have noticed I don’t dust weekly. The kids and I do it randomly about every 2 weeks. It takes us less than 10 minutes and it’s something we really enjoy doing together. I don’t include it in my weekly cleaning, though you certainly could. We also enjoy changing bedding together so I don’t include that either.  If I included those things to me weekly cleaning sprint it would only add about 15 minutes.)

There you have it: 1 hour to a completely clean house

- Lydia

2 thoughts on “My Cleaning System: Part 3

  1. Jeanne

    I just discovered your blog last week, and I simply love it. So many good ideas! I have alreay red a lot of your older blogposts, I am afraid I am becoming addicted! Thanks for sharing this cleaning strategy, I think it will help me to streamline my routine!


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