I am not what you would call a “neat freak”, but I have found that my day goes so much better when the house is clean and in order. I try to be realistic, knowing that I have 6 kids. But because we homeschool, we are all home most everyday. And a house with that many people in it everyday can get very messy and very dirty very quick!
Those who know me and have been to my house know that I don’t keep things spic and span, although I would love to. I do try to keep the house clean and things picked up. Over the years I have come up with somewhat of a routine to help me do this. After reading Large Family Logistics, I am planning on adding a few things to our routine to help me become better in this area of home management.
When I get up in the mornings, one of the first things I do is start a load of laundry. I try to do four loads of laundry a day, but this varies depending on whether or not I have diapers to wash. I would like to incorporate a wash day for bedding, rugs, and other odds and ends, but right now I usually just wash as needed. As the clothes are finished washing, I usually put them in a basket to fold later during our read aloud time. I call this our Folding Party. Everyone gets to fold clothes while Mama reads to them.
Once everyone else is up and running, the first thing they do is start on their chores. Each child has assigned chores that they do everyday. These chores include sweeping, vacuuming, unloading the dishwasher, taking out the trash, making beds, and picking up their rooms and the living room. After chores are done, we usually eat breakfast (sometimes we do eat breakfast before chores, it just depends on the morning and what we are having for breakfast) and then have our Bible time together.
Some of the new things I would like to incorporate into our day is an afternoon chore time and assigned table chores. We usually do a clean up in the afternoon but it usually consist of me barking orders to get things cleaned up. I am hoping that by assigning afternoon chores it will cut down on the chaos and help train us to be more efficient. The same goes for the table chores.
Bathrooms and Floors
As for other cleaning routines, we usually clean bathrooms and mop on Saturdays. I take the master bath and my older daughter does the other bathroom. We now have a half bath in our house, so I am planning on training my 9-year-old to take that one on. She has been a helper to my oldest daughter for a while so she should be ready for the task.
I am going to have to work on the mopping issue. Our entire main floor has wood flooring with tile flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms. I am thinking about having the “sweeper” mop the wood floors once a week as they don’t get very dirty. Then we can clean the bathroom floors when we do our bathroom cleaning.
I guess I will also mop the kitchen when I clean the kitchen. I try to most of the kitchen cleaning as the need arises. Usually after I wash dishes, I will wipe off the counters, the cabinet doors, the fridge door, the stove top, or anything else that needs attention. I don’t do this every time, but rather rotate what I wash each time so that eventually everything gets cleaned throughout the week. I also try to make sure to throw away and lurking leftovers.
The Most Neglected Items
Time to come “clean”. I don’t dust or do windows nearly enough. I will have the littles run around with a swiffer duster when I think about it. And they love doing mirrors and windows. I just have a hard time making time for these two.
What About You?
I would love to hear your routines or what works for you. I have heard of the Fly Lady, but have never taken the time to check into her methods. What about 31 Days to Clean? Anything else you find helpful???
Make sure and check out the other moms their cleaning methods!
Andie @ Happy Andersons
Stacy @ A Delightful Home
Brandy @ The Marathon Mom
Keri Mae @ The Happy Home