Where to start when you regularly want to have a clean house? I share three simple ways to keep your house clean, especially with toddlers underfoot.
Cultivating a heart for homemaking has not always come naturally to me. In fact, I sometimes wonder why homemaking matters so much.
When I first got married, my grandmother gave me six tried and true homemaking tips. I’ve since added a few more to the list of homemaking tips that work for me.
3 Simple Ways to Keep Your House Clean
1. Develop a Simple Schedule & Routine.
I’ve carved out time in my day after our family devotions for daily chores.
My daily chores consist of the essentials to living (like food and clothes) along with a light cleaning task each day. I’m resolved to the philosophy of clean enough while I’m growing babies and raising toddlers.
My Daily Chores:
- Clean up kitchen – Includes washing breakfast dishes, clearing/wiping counters, wiping dining room table, and sweeping floors. Basically, I get my kitchen and living space (it’s all one big open space) back to “start position.”
- Dinner prep (i.e., lay out meat to thaw, put a meal in the crockpot)
- Laundry – I manage about one load of laundry a day. This includes wash, dry, fold, and put away.
- Tidy bedrooms – Includes making beds, clearing floors or dirty clothes, shutting closet doors (does open closet doors drive anyone else crazy?) and tidying master bathroom.
- One light cleaning task (optional)– I don’t have a cleaning schedule (you can read more about that here). I tried and failed miserably at sticking to it. I also don’t clean my house from top to bottom every single week. I clean when I notice something needs cleaned, or I clean something when I know it’s been a while (bathrooms anyone?). So each day I try to choose one task to complete once I’ve taken care of the above list. It can be as large as cleaning all the bathrooms or as small as cleaning out from under the dish drainer (why do clean dishes make such a mess?). Basically, I just clean something!
Other than a complete load of laundry, which takes all day, all of these tasks are completed by 9:30 or 10:00 in the morning. This means I spend about 45 minutes to 1.5 hours on daily chores each day. If I weren’t wiping up spilled milk, running to the potty with a toddler, checking Facebook, or texting with my mother-in-love, I’d probably manage a lot more quickly. Just keeping it real. The point is developing a simple schedule and routine helps me to keep my house clean, and these are the chores I do each day in a time frame that works for my family.
Update: See our new family routine now that my husband works from home.
2. Enforce a family pick up time.
The Bible says I’m a manager of my home. That doesn’t mean I’m the doer of all things.
Good managers know how to delegate.
Each night before we head into my son’s bedtime routine, we have family pick up time. We make sure the kitchen is back to start again, floors swept, toys put away, and pillows are back on the couch in their proper places.
Now before you go cracking the whip, demanding your husband get on the band wagon, talk to him first away from the children.
My husband and I talked at length about enforcing a family pick up time. It wasn’t something I told him to do. It was an idea I had, and he was on board. It works for my family. This might not work for yours. But for us, enforcing a family pick up time, which takes all of ten minutes when everyone pitches in, helps me keep the house clean.
3. Make your bed every day.
I know how old fashioned I sound right now. I also know I have friends who say this does not motivate them. But I don’t see how it doesn’t.
The bed is most likely 75% of each bedroom in the house. Just by making the bed you’ve cleaned three quarters of the room. I’m not all that great at math, but that seems like pretty good statistics to me. I don’t know any other room in the house that can get a polished look so quickly.
Not to mention, a crumpled bed just doesn’t scream “romance,” if you know what I mean. Maybe it’s just me…but I need all the help I can get in there sometimes. Did I mention the baby growing thing and raising a toddler? Help yourself out, lady – make the bed. 😉
Making the bed every day helps me to get motivated to complete the rest of my chores. When I just don’t feel like doing dishes, or another load of laundry, sometimes I will start by just making the bed. Usually that’s all it takes for me to just get into the groove and knock out the remaining daily chores.
Now your turn! How do you keep your house clean?
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