Wednesday, February 24, 2016

How Do You Clean?

When I first became a stay at home mom I ran my home very efficiently. I was use to organizing days and having schedules from my job. That mentality leaked out in my home. At that time we only had one small child. He was two (now 16) when the Lord began to prompt my heart to be a homemaker, homeschooling, and stay at home mom. Two more kids later,a growing ministry, a whirl of health problems, and just plain life often affected my ability to run a smooth sailing ship no matter how much I tried.



When my children were all younger I cleaned my home on Monday, did office and menu planning on Wednesday, cleaned fridge and deep cleaned an area on Thursday, and ran errands and grocery shopped on Friday.

This worked so well for us then. My kids were younger, took naps, and didn't need a full day of schooling. Now is a different story. Plus, my health is no where like it was then. I was very healthy and full of energy. I am not this way now...AT ALL.



My question to you is.....DO YOU DO ONCE A WEEK CLEANING OR CERTAIN ROOMS FOR CERTAIN DAYS? Are you a Marathon cleaner-Do it all one day a week or do you do it a different way?

When I refer to cleaning I mean mopping, dusting, scrubbing baths, and deeper needs. I always have a decent presentable home due to habit from when I was a Pastor's Wife where random visits unexpected always happened. I have a decent system as far as keeping our home picked up, dishes done, and etc. But I am having a hard time finding a flow that works for me for other things.




PLEASE SHARE!!!!  I would love to hear what you do and how you do it!!!

Blessings,
Chrissy

13 comments:

  1. We are thinking alike right now. I had a case of rush around like a mad person because someone is coming over syndrome last week. I am looking to create a better routine for cleaning and tidying up too. I will be following along with you all March!

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  2. I am going to be working on a cleaning schedule this weekend. I plan to start my spring cleaning next week and then create a schedule to keep up with it. I had a high school friend call and want to stop by one afternoon this week. Agh! I didn't feel like my home was company ready and told her that and said come on over anyway. If a friend you have had since 5th grade can't see you living life on a hectic week then who can!? It did make me realize that I do need to get my act together!

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  3. Hi Chrissy, so what works for me? My kids clean their own rooms once a week and tidy their rooms daily. I post a list for them so they know how and what to clean. For the rest of the rooms,I divide these rooms into five days to be clean on that day. (I just tidy on the weekends.) Monday: Kitchen, Tuesday: Living Room, Wed: Laundry Room, and so on. Staying in that room until it is done. The other rooms on that assigned day will get just a tiding up. I wash one, no more then two loads of laundry a day. Keeping it simple so there is not a lot to put away. The kids fold and put their own laundry away. If needed, we will do what we call "company pick up" each day. Everyone stops what they are doing, we pick up and put away things back in the correct places. The home is ready for any company that may pop in. Once a week I will work in ONE thing to clean such as: windows in that assigned room,oven,fridge,flip & vacuum mattress,wipe down light fixtures,wipe over top ledges of doors, window, and baseboards, wipe out window sills, wipe off the screens, clean out a closet, wash sheets. Our bathtubs gets cleaned on Friday's encase company pops in on the weekends. After cleaning the tub I like to shine it with Windex. I hope you can find some tips that will work for you. Sorry for the long comment. Have a wonderful day in the South.

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    1. By the end of the week each room will had a good cleaning. Your house will be fresh and clean by the weekend.

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    2. Awesome! Sounds like a wonderful flow.

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  4. Hello my dear.. I probably should not even comment because I probably have nothing to offer.. In my younger days I accomplished so much more in less time then I do now.. Being a retired couple means I have so much more time but this older body and mind have both slowed down.. smile.. I find that I need to set myself goals for the week just for ordinary deep cleaning chores or anything at all extra that needs done.. I love the site called Fly Lady for great motivation but really inviting some company will put enough pressure on me to make sure that little decorating chores that I have put off or unseen housework gets done.. Let's say hospitality is my goal this Winter. LOL... Enjoy yourself dear as it will get harder.. (Job's comforter, here) smile.. xo

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    1. Mrs. Faye,

      I get what your saying. As though I am younger I have had health issues that make me feel so much older and it can be so hard when you are used to zipping through things and now it seems it takes all of you for chores. I do like Fly Lady. I use some of her ideas. Thank you for commenting. I love your advice.

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  5. I used to clean one day a week and it was a workout! However, like you, I had health issues slow me down. Now, I just get to it when it is dirty and/or when someone is coming over. I pick up and keep things clean everyday and our house manages to stay decent. My daughter cleans up my son's toys every night and we pay her for that once a month. She takes care of her own room and then does dishes sometimes, gathers trash, scrubs the toilets and vacuums. It all works out somehow but my house is no where near the level of clean that it used to be. It isn't all my health either - I just sort of came to a place that it was good or clean enough and there were more important things to be doing instead of cleaning all the time! ;-)

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    1. So very true. I wished I could come to that place. :)

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  6. Good morning, sweet Chrissy! Ah, good ol' cleaning :) When I was first married I cleaned faithfully every week on the doot. Every room in the house got deep cleaned. Then my little one got older and we started schooling...things changed. I still try and clean once a week on Friday's, but it doesn't always happen and I stopped beating myself up about not getting it done. At first I felt "guilty" if I didn't get ALL of my house deep cleaned every week.

    Now I do what I can and am content with it. I always clean up the house in the mornings before school. For example: I Windex/wash the bathrooms, sweep, vacuum, wash any dishes, make the beds, and get the laundry going. This keeps my house clean and organized every day.

    Wishing you a joyous day, dear one. Hugs!

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  7. The age-old question homemakers have asked - how best to clean your house? And I think there has to be a happy balance between clean and contentment, knowing that your house may not be perfect, but love and joy is there. I personally clean every day, and have a system that works here by keeping the basics such as vaccuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting done every other day or so, and keeping the house tidied as we go. It sounds like you have a good system in place, and just finding a balance what works for you and your family is most important. :)

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