If you are a neat freak, please walk away now.
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Because I am not a neat freak. At all.
And I don’t want to gross you out with my non-neatness.
My daughters are 3 and 2 and I think it’s impossible to keep a house clean with little ones that age. (If you want to argue with me, then you should have left this post when I warned you above.)
My daughters are home a lot. When I work, one of my friends comes to our house to babysit them. We spent a lot of time home together too. We paint, play with Play Doh, build castles with couch cushions, and cook and bake like crazy. Ladies, we get messy.
(Exhibit A: A small kitchen explosion.)
I care about having a semi-clean house though. I actually consider providing my children with a somewhat clean living environment to be one of my parental duties.
My approach to keeping my house clean is to make sure the major players get a “deep clean” once a week and then do small upkeep tasks everyday.
By “major players” I mean the bathrooms, kitchen counters, carpets, hardwood floors, and such.
Here’s what my weekly cleaning schedule looks like.
Trust me, if I can do this, you can too.
The daily tasks don’t take a lot of time. I typically throw in a load of laundry first thing in the morning and then swap it out for another during nap time or right before dinner. Then I only have to fold at night and put away. (Sometimes I get tired and wait to put the clothes away until the next morning.)
The daily kitchen tasks and tidying can be done right after dinner in about 15 minutes. My husband gives our daughters a bath so I always have some free time then.
The weekly tasks can be accomplished anytime during the week. You can tackle them all over the weekend or spread them out and do one each night during the week. (I’m flexible like that.)
My house isn’t huge, so I can accomplish everything in 2-3 hours if I work fast. I’m a fan of splitting it up during the week though. And involving my husband. (Ladies, don’t let your husbands off the hook!)
Of course there are days when my house still looks like a bomb went off, but at least I know that my 2 year old isn’t going to get sick if she eats a grape off the floor.
I’ll confess that I don’t stick to this schedule in the strictest sense. If I do a really good job vacuuming and dusting one week, I may slack off the next week and only vacuum around the furniture (instead of moving it) and only dust the furniture that looks especially bad.
There are weeks that I’ve fallen off the spic ‘n span bandwagon altogether, but for the most part this schedule is totally do-able for me.
Some day I hope to hire a cleaning service to help out, but for now this will work.
Do you think my cleaning schedule is feasible for us non-neat freaks? Do you have any tips for keeping a house clean with little ones? Please share in a comment below!