Tuesday, January 15, 2013

keepin' house.

Those that know me are well aware, but for those of you who don't...
I like to keep a CLEAN house.
I don't think I'm obsessive, I just really value it as a homeowner, homemaker and hostess.

With the most recent addition to our home and life [that being Gunnar - almost 8 months ago now] I'm just getting a handle on a realistic plan to keeping a clean house.  My expectations of the outcome haven't changed but I definitely had to change my approach!

Thanks to Jenny's Little Green Notebook I was able start with a great template.  Here is her cleaning process that I've made a few changes to.

The great thing about this approach is that I spend about 30 minutes a day cleaning while Gunnar is sleeping and I never have to set aside hours at a time on the weekend like I was doing, because I could rely on my husband to watch him.

I have my "Reminders" app set up with my daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks; and I get the daily satisfaction off checking those boxes...yes I really do enjoy this.

Now don't get me wrong.  I am NOT perfect.  I don't check off every single task every single day, but I  can say that haven't felt overwhelmed or like I'm living in a pig stye since I started following this schedule as best I can.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Make beds.
Wipe off bathroom counters.
Unload dishwasher.
Weekly task [see below].

Load dishwasher.
Wipe off kitchen counter.
De-clutter living room.
Spot clean floors.

Monday: Laundry
Tuesday: Full house vacuum/sweep
Wednesday: Mop
Thursday: Windows & mirrors
Friday: Toilets & tubs
Saturday: Swing day [see below]
Sunday: Sabbath

monthly swing day
1st week: Scrub oven, microwave, fridge & toaster
2nd week: Wipe down walls, moldings & doors
3rd week: Spot clean upholstery & rugs
4th week: Wipe down furniture, cabinets & fans


  1. I love this! I am a major clean freak about my house. My question: how do you do all your laundry on one day?? I don't even have a child yet and I cannot manage this..what is your secret? :)
    -Jillian Armstrong

    1. Hi! The first key is doing it once a week. This way it doesn't get out of hand. I start the first load as soon as everyone is awake then I do my best to keep it rolling. If I can't fold while Gunnar is napping then I'll fold at the end of the day while Joel and I watch a show/movie or chat. I usually end of putting some if not all of it away the next day too...there have def been those weeks too where I feel like I've done some part of laundry every day I try to avoid this feeling :)