Thursday, March 25, 2010

Show Us Your Life... Cleaning Tips!!

Oh yeah.. This one I'm gonna love! It's Friday, so that means it's show us how you live over at Kelly's Korner. I did a post about this not too long ago but I do not mind sharing it again for Kelly :)

 Like Kelly, I try to do a little bit of cleaning everyday that way I do not have to spend a whole day, expecially on the weekends, cleaning my house... thats just gonna get messy again! So if you do a little everyday your not overwhelmed and you dont feel like you have wasted a day or days cleaning.

Proverbs 31:17 " She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her task."

Just so you know, Brady wakes up every morning around 9:00, eats breakfast and wants to go back to bed within minutes of eating... What can I say, I'm spoiled :) ... So by 10:00 I have also eaten breakfast, made my bed (which is something I do as soon as my feet hit the floor) and cleaned the Kitchen. 

Here is our morning routine...

Brady wakes up, usally around 9:00am, then we are off to Breakfast... (oatmeal and applesauce always!)
Then, after he eats we unload the dishwasher (which I loaded the night before after dinner)
I clean off the counters and his highchair then he is about ready for his nap... and he naps for about 2 good hours...I know, I'm blessed! So that is when I do my house cleaning, after a quick Quite Time & Bible Study... I like to use Women Living Well as a refrence point for this. She also got me on my weekly cleaning routine that I am currently doing.... will explain below... Brace yourselfs!

Every Evening...

We eat dinner, then I clean up the kitchen. Load the dishwasher, clean and disifect the counters (I like the Clorox Anywhere spray for this), and finally Shine my Sink! I never go to bed with a messy sink... Why, you ask? If you wake up in the morning with a sink full of dished, you already feel like you are behind for the day. You wake up overwhelmed ... already! Not a great way to start the day. So always Shine your sink, and dry it after each use to keep it shinning all day long........ your welcome :)

So everyday we take care of the kitchen, now what about the rest of the house???

MONDAY- "Menu and Market Monday" Every monday I plan out our menu for the week and when Brady wakes up from his nap we hit the grocery store and buy groceries for the week... Sometimes we have to hit up Sam's for our bulk shopping but if thats the case, we do it first then head to the regular grocery stores for the rest. By doing this we actually save money by not eating out on a wim because we always have groceries!

Proverbs 31:14 "She is like merchant ships, bringing her food from afar."

TUESDAY- "Toilets, Tubs, and Towels Tuesday" On Tuesday's I conquer the Bathrooms... Clean the toilets with Lysol , Tilex the showers and tubs,  windex the mirrors, and then wipe everything off with Clorox wipes! Then on to the next one, repeat. Oh yeah, then I wash all the towels in the house... between our bathroom and Brady's and the kitchen I can usually get it done in one load... usually.

WEDNESDAY- "Wash Wednesday" Pretty self explainitory.. I do Laundry! Since all the towels are done (from the day before) I only have a few loads. I do all of Brady's clothes in one load (Super Load), then Darks, and finally Lights! NOT whites, Lights... So after 3 loads sorted, washed, dried, folded and put away I'm done.. Its not considered done until I have put them up and since I am pretty OCD and want everything done on the day it should be, I get it done on that day.

THURSDAY- "Throughly Dusting Thursday" ... I had to make it work... Anyway, on Thursday's, I dust. This includes all surfaces.. picutre frames hanging on the wall, bookshelves, our bed, dresser, etc.. I also windex the end tables and mirrors.

FRIDAY- "Floors Friday" You guessed it, on Friday's, I do the floors... not my favorite day to say the least! This one is a little tough for me because I have always hated to do the floors, not to wine, but it hurst my back... oh well, it gets done. Pine-sol for the tile in the kitchens and bath; vinagar and water for the wood floors in the den; then I vacume the bedrooms and rug in the den... and about the time it is dry Brady wakes up and throws something on the floor and walkes on it and tracks it throughout the freshly clean house.. then when he gets home, Chris walks outside and tracks in grass and dirt... blah blah blah.. I can never keep the floors clean and it drives me CRAZY!!

Here is me on Friday...

So there is my week.. in a nutshell.. Some might think that I am a little compuslive and perhaps I am, but this is the system that works best for me and my family. It is a routine for me now.. I don't ever feel overwhelmed, its just part of my day. I enjoy having a clean home. Anytime of the day, I would like to think that you could just drop by and my house would be clean. Its about taking pride in what you have, and showing appriciation for it.  This is the wasy that I show appriciation for the house that we live in.

Proverbs 31:13- "She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands."

I hope this helps you out, and hey, if you are like me (a little ridiculous) this might even work for you...

until next time



Kelli @ Our Growing Family said...

I have always wanted to make a cleaning schedule because sometimes I feel like I clean all day...everyday! I love your weekly line up!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Great Tips!!! I like the cute names for each day! I saw you on Kelly's Korner. I am your newest follower. Please check me out when you can!

Ashley said...

OMG I LOVE your cleaning schedule! I agree doing laundry more than once a week its killer! And I hate cleaning my floors! Thanks for sharing!

Lesli said...

I am an OCD cleaner Love all of your tips.. I do not have a schedule now, but I think I am going to start, I think it would make me feel better! Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!

Beth McC. said...

What a great post!! I love it and it was great motivation! Your blog is precious! Thanks for sharing!! Happy Friday!

Gretta said...

As a Mom to 4 kids & a preschool teacher, I can't figure out how to get it all done without being crazy. Beginning in June, we will be a homeschooling family & I have been desperate for some type of cleaning system. Your system sounds like it might work perfectly for us so I'm going to give it a try! I found you on Kelly's Korner and am so thankful I did.

Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Thank you so much for the link love AND I'm so glad that the schedule is working for you!!

It's Friday floors day - I just finished mine!! Woohoo - let the weekend fun begin :-)!

And by the way - I LOVE your choice of music on your playlist. I just let it play through while I cleaned my kitchen floors and it was GREAT! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

These are excellent tips! I think I could make these work for me.

Jill said...

Hi...I found you through Kelly's Korner! I love your cleaning schedule! I will have to adopt this myself! Thanks! :)

Taylor at Household Management 101 said...

I loved your cleaning schedule so much I have linked to it from the cleaning schedule section of my site.

Here is a link to where I linked to your post:

Weekly Housekeeping Schedules From Around The Web

Thanks for sharing your weekly cleaning schedule!