Cleaning Class : 5 DAILY TASKS
Welcome to Cleaning Class! For this weeks cleaning class Im going to teach you about my DAILY TASKS. Youll find the information in two places here on the blog on this post and on Instagram. Im so excited to be sharing my tips and tricks for keeping a home clean and company ready with you!
Ill be on Instagram quite a bit this week in Stories make sure youre following along and turn on those notifications!
Why am I doing this in possibly the busiest month of the year? Because a little structure and routine will actually HELP your December and not hurt it really! Im not talking an hours a day cleaning routine, this is a minutes-a-day routine. If you add these tasks to your 2019, you will be so ready for 2020! Ready to get started?
If you think you are too busy to do a cleaning routine, I will disagree and tell you that youre too busy not to do a cleaning routine. Try it out this week with me and I think youll find that just starting with the daily tasks brings order and calm to your home. If you work outside the home and are still skeptical, read this post and come back here.
Were only going to talk about the 5 DAILY TASKS this week there are four components to the Clean Mama Routine and this is component #1. Learn these tasks, complete them as you can every day and youll be off to a wonderful start!
What are the 5 DAILY TASKS?
These five tasks are essential to the Clean Mama Routine and the secret to getting started with your clean home.
The Daily Tasks can happen in any order that works for you, I like to make beds first and get a load of laundry started first thing in the morning and the other tasks take place throughout the day, taking just a couple minutes each to complete.
Heres a little CLEAN acronym to help us remember the DAILY TASKS:
Craft the beds we do this in the morning, first thing so its done.
Laundry just one load from start to finish and keep it going on the daily!
Edit the clutter easy to do during the day, just a general sweep of the house usually works!
All the counters wipe down every night while cleaning the kitchen and peek at bathroom counters to see if they need a quick wipe down.
Notice the floors a quick check with a broom or vacuum will keep the crumbs away.
Three Ways to Start:
- Overwhelmed? Start with one every day for a week and add a new task every week make beds for a week and then the add check floors to the next week, and then the third week add wipe counters to make beds and check floors, continue until you have all five tasks incorporated.
- My preferred method is to start on a Sunday and make your bed, then on Monday, make your bed and check floors. Then on Tuesday, make your bed, check floors, and wipe counters. Continue through the week until you have incorporated all five DAILY TASKS.
- If youre used to do a cleaning routine and just want to try something different, start with all of them at once.
THE 5 DAILY TASKS EXPLAINED:
Set the tone by making your bed daily. It will instantly make your bedrooms look more put together and in reality it takes under a minute to complete. Teach your kids to make their beds and this job is even easier. I find that by keeping the bedding simple this makes it really easy for even the youngest family members.
Most days I need to at least do a quick sweep of the hardwood floors on our first level. Sometimes I grab the vacuum cleaner and do a little touch up, but most of the time its just a quick once-over with my broom or a microfiber floor mop. My kids are in charge ofcrumb clean-upunder the kitchen table with the broom and dustpan or the vacuum cleaner if necessary. When my kids were smaller, they loved this little broom and dustpan.
I wipe the kitchen counters after each meal and I check the bathroom counters daily and give them a quick wipe if they needit. I usethis methodfor kitchen counter clean up and keep bar mop towels in a cute jar for easy access and great wipe-down capability.
I have a little Nightly Sink Scrub ritual that entails making sure that the counters and sink are clear and then I finish it all off with a little DIY sink scrub. People always ask why I dont clean the kitchen in my cleaning routine and I have to chuckle because I clean it every day after each meal and then do a little sink scrub at night too. Daily kitchen cleaning falls under WIPE COUNTERS.
Clutter can be toys on the floor, stacks of mail or papers to file, or just stuff that should be put away or tossed. Some things that work for us: toss any flyers or unnecessary mail at the door, open and file any bills that need to be paid, and bins and file folders in a filing cabinet forkid papers. In our house we toss (recycle)most worksheets and keep the special artwork and papers. Clutter is different for every person and family. Every day we take care of the daily clutter by doing a quick clean up before bed and by making an effort to put things away as we are done with them. If you have a big clutter problem you could use this item on your list to get some decluttering done every day. Make a list of all your little clutter areas and then every day spend 10-15 minutes checking them off your list. For me, I use this time to sort through daily mail and papers. I need to deal with paper clutter every day to keep up with it and not let it get out of control. If you struggle with paper clutter, check out this post for how I organize paper and keep the piles away.
I do at leastone load of laundry every.single.day. I know it sounds annoying and monotonous, but for me its the only way to stay on top of the potential piles and piles of laundry. Whats the key to making one load a day work? Actually starting AND finishing a load of laundry every day. Dont let it pile up in a corner or on a table or couch or bed or outside the laundry room. Start and finish it. Its a great process to master because you will have clean clothes at the ready at any time and you shouldnt have to ironas often or at all if the clothes are put away right away. If laundry every day sounds daunting, check out this post for more ideas onLaundry Day vs. Laundry Every Day. If you have kids, check out my post on teaching them to do laundry. I am super passionate about SAFE cleaning and have found that laundry is one of the worst offenders heres a post about 4 simple laundry swaps if youre interested.
Tomorrow is the BIG day! The annual Homekeeping Society sale I CANNOT wait to show you the new look for Homekeeping Society. See you tomorrow and make sure youre following along on Instagram and turn on those notifications!
Go make your bed and get started!