I’ve seen and heard so many fellow mama’s struggling to juggle all the things…kiddos, cleaning and maintaining the home, social life, staying healthy, activities, errands, laundry, cooking, money, family time, goals… the list literally never ends. One thing that helps me with some of these responsibilities is planning and tackling a little bit at a time. Enter this life-changing, stress-lowering Weekly Cleaning Routine!
Most of the time anyways. Having a husband who works long hours, a new house and two under two, life just gets… all sorts of crazy.
The good news?
I don’t spend hours cleaning every day. I just can’t. And I don’t hate cleaning, I actually enjoy it. My life is just a tad more complicated now and I don’t have the time or patience for it anymore.
There are still times I slack off, fall behind or just lose my damn mind. Especially when it comes to birthday parties and hosting holidays because I’m a freakin clean and clutter freak-o. Just ask my husband, or better yet, don’t. He avoids me like the plague when we’re hosting a get-together!
I needed something different. Something that lessened the stress and gave me more quality time with my family. So I created a cleaning routine/schedule to better balance daily life and lower stress.
Granted, its taken a while to realize that a routine would help alleviate some stress and chaos. And even though I’ve attempted to implement a routine before, I didn’t fully commit to it so it didn’t work. Once I decided to commit, it took some trial and error to determine the parts and pieces of the puzzle. And it’s not concrete, it changes. My high needs toddler has switched days and times with her gymnastics classes, my husbands schedule alternates every other week and I tutor a few hours a week on my husbands off days. Keeping it somewhat flexible for when things and life change is very important for our family.
And that’s ok! It’s just how life is at this point.
So here’s a peek at this Free Weekly Cleaning Schedule. Just subscribe to gain access, download and print the PDF! (already a subscriber?? use the password in your email to gain access)
As you can see…
There’s a list of daily tasks to help manage the little things that accumulate throughout the day. I struggle big time with going through the mail and not letting it pile up. Therefore I deal with it daily as soon as I get it from the mailbox. I also try to tackle a load of laundry every or every other day. And yes, this means washing, drying, folding AND putting it away (the hardest step for me 🙄). Completing all of the tasks on a daily basis really helps me to not only stay sane but for the house to not look like a bomb went off.
Since dusting is my least favorite chore 😱 I complete it early in the week. Then it’s done and I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the week. I work on floors next then bathrooms.
**Bathroom cleaning tip: Use a caddy (like the one pictured) to store and carry your cleaning supplies. I keep a set in the hall closet for convenience and quick access. It makes cleaning up on the fly with small children about 100 times easier!!
I save for meal planning for Thursday’s so I can grocery shop on Friday (I’m not a fan of shopping on the weekends). Shopping on Friday allows me time to plan, look through ads, coupons and rebates (join my Ibotta team – I’ve saved almost $200 so far!) and purchase extra stuff we may need for weekend gatherings. Then I can spend time cooking and meal prepping on Sundays for the week ahead.
And don’t forget…
To get the kiddos (once old enough) involved in the cleaning schedule. Hand them the broom, a rag, a dusting cloth, etc and have them help you! My toddler loves to wipe with a rag or a magic eraser. And don’t even try to take that broom away from her! We love Melissa & Doug branded toys for learning and the added bonus of cleaning!!!!
Always remember: things come up, life changes, kiddos get sick, and it’s okay to veer off course for a bit. Don’t be too hard on yourself and just do the best you can ❤️
Enjoy & share with all your mommy friends!!
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