Now if you will remember from my very first blog post… cleaning is actually something I’m good at. Being good at something ; however, doesn’t necessarily mean I enjoy it- or that I do it extremely well all the time! Despite that fact I know there must be several “imperfectly perfect” mommies out there who could benefit from my imperfect housekeeping schedule. This schedule DOES NOT get EVERYTHING done EVERYDAY- if you are looking for a Martha Stewart/ Stepford Houswife/ 1950s type of cleaning schedule- you can scroll on by.
I will warn you at first glance this schedule seems a tad bit overwhelming, but it seriously can be done in such a short amount of time/ with such little effort that the majority of the schedule shouldn’t even be counted as cleaning… seriously.
If your house looks like an episode of hoarders (no judgement), or you’ve been slacking on those cluttered up corners, drawers, counters and spaces for a few years… you may need to do some deep cleaning before this schedule will work for you. (For more posts on how to accomplish this… stay tuned!)
If you are just looking for an easy way to stay on top of “most things” then you have came to the right place! I have kept this cleaning schedule through my transition from 2-3 kids (soon to be 4), through busy ball seasons, through summer breaks, through working 40 plus hour work weeks, and more recently during my journey to be a SAHM. My point is that while its a schedule- its a FLEXIBLE schedule and can be tweaked to fit your life style.
So without further ado… My imperfect housekeeping/ My Morning Routine
-Morning- Shower first thing- don’t put it off/ you stink 🙂
*While in the shower grab out your handy dandy extra wash cloth/ squirt on some shampoo and wipe the walls off super quickly. Don’t be crazy and start scrubbing or get down on your hands and knees finding every dirty nook and cranny. (This isn’t the time or the place for that) A quick wipe down of the shower. If you have a handy detachable shower head- use it to rinse the walls off. If you don’t- just use the washcloth to rinse it off the best you can.
*Get out and get dressed- don’t put this off either- go ahead and brush your hair/ put on your face if you need/want to. As soon as you are done, grab a cloth and your favorite cleaner and spay/wipe off the sink. Again super quickly. While you are at it- spray the toilet inside and out. Wipe it out with your toilet brush and give a quick wipe with your cloth. ( To make this super easy, you MUST keep the cleaner and cloths in the bathroom- if you leave, you risk the possibility of being pulled in another direction and forgetting all together)
—- NONE OF THIS SHOULD TAKE MORE THAN 5-10 minutes, if it does you won’t keep this up and the whole routine will be pointless—
After you wipe down the bathroom- start a load of laundry/ if you still have laundry in the dryer from the day before (again no judgement… I ALWAYS DO) go ahead and take that out/ fold and put it away.
*Unload your dishwasher/ dish drainer- pretty self- explanatory
* Breakfast Time!
*Do breakfast dishes, quick wipe of counters and table/ dry out your sink
If you are a working mom and you leave in the A.M. this is probably where you will stop for the morning. You can pick up the rest of the morning routine when you get home (or not- seriously you do enough). If you are a SAHM, you can keep following the rest of the routine/ or you can say SCREW IT (like I do 1/2 the time) and either finish this afternoon/ or don’t finish at all. Seriously. You did enough for the day already.
For the sake of the routine though, here is the remainder of my Imperfect Morning Routine:
Each day of the week- I tackle a different room. I don’t DEEP CLEAN these rooms on this day. I just give them a little extra attention. Kind of like counting by 5s to 100- the job gets done, but you skip a few numbers in between.
Sundays- Weekly Overall Clean- I set a timer and work on things for 5-10 minutes at a time/ for no more than an hour. Sometimes for only 15 minutes. Just whatever I have time for.
Monday- Kitchen- I don’t do much special on this day- but I always try to empty the leftovers that never got eaten, and give the counters a little extra attention. Maybe wipe down the microwave or the stove. I also try to clean under the table and the nooks under the cabinets that I ignore the other 6 days of the week.
Tuesday- Kids rooms- I usually don’t get to ALL the kids rooms on this day, but I will pick one of their rooms and at least make sure I vacuum it. Sometimes I will clean out a toy box, dresser, shoe bin or closet. As long as something gets done- I feel super accomplished.
Wednesday- Living Area- Vacuum, straighten the million shoes that piled by the door, try to find all the missing DVD cases that are eaten by the mysterious DVD case eating monster.
Thursday- My room- Pretty much the same as the kids rooms… Make sure to vacuum, and maybe clean out a drawer or something. Try to tackle my husbands nightstand- give up in a fit of tears… that sort of thing.
Friday- Bathroom, laundry and Hallway- Since you wipe the bathroom out daily, this is super easy. Maybe give it a little extra attention. Maybe don’t since you clean it 7 days a week- who is going to notice? Do an extra load of laundry for the day. Vacuum the hallway.
Saturday- Catch up- anything you didn’t get done throughout the week- you can tell yourself you will do on this day. Do it- or don’t, but at least you plan to. That counts for something.
If you want an actual detailed schedule of the things on my list to do… stay tuned. I may even get adventurous and make a printable sheet or something… who knows?
This however, will get you started. If it seems way overwhelming- just pick one part and work on remembering to do that for a week or so. Slowly but surely you will be on your way to being an Imperfectly Perfect Housekeeper.
Do you find this routine helpful? Insane? Way to overwhelming? Not enough? Let me know in the comments below!
Jenna is a former Early Childhood Educator who now spends her days chasing after her four rambunctious children all while pursuing a freelance writing career, guest posting, writing for the website Mommyish, and running her own blog. As a writer, she is passionate about bringing charisma and color to everything she writes. You can find out more about Jenna by visiting her website or by clicking the social media buttons below.