“My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.” – Bette Midler
I hate cleaning.
There are people out there who enjoy it and I just don’t understand. Don’t get me wrong–I like the end result. A clean house is a happy place that is calm and peaceful. And we don’t live in filth. I’m pretty good at maintenance cleaning: wiping of kitchen counters, picking up toys and clutter that accumulates. But the get down and dirty, top to bottom, vacuum, sweep, everything in its place cleaning? Not my cup of tea.
At the end of this week I will be a stay at home Mom. Currently I work from 5-9 a.m. so I’m a mostly stay at home Mom, but having to get up that early tends to take it out of me so I’m not nearly as productive as I’d like to be. Without that excuse to fall back on I’ve decided it’s time to start keeping a cleaner home. I know it’s sometimes easier to devote an entire day to cleaning the entire house top to bottom, but who has time for that on a regular basis? Definitely not me. With a 9 month old, and being pregnant, it’s not going to be the easiest thing in the world, but I’ve made a system of sorts that I hope will help me keep my house clean week after week and I’d like to share it with you.
I’m calling it the “One Room A Day” cleaning system and it’s exactly what it sounds like. My schedule will look like this:
- Sunday: Bathroom
- Monday: Kitchen
- Tuesday: Living Room
- Wednesday: Dining Area & Desk Area
- Thursday: Bedroom
On the specified day I will deep clean whichever room is on the schedule from top to bottom–dusting to floors to everything in between. Since we have a small apartment, our living room is one giant room that holds the couches, TV, dining room table, and desks. I think splitting those areas up will make it less daunting for me. Instead of having to clean one giant room, I only have to do part of it. Also, my husband has Friday and Saturday off so I’d like to keep those free so I can enjoy my time with him.
I hope this works out for me, and I hope it helps you streamline your cleaning schedule as well. I know many of you have many more rooms than I do that need to be cleaned so perhaps you could combine all the bedrooms or all the bathrooms into one day.
If this is something you’re interested in reading more about, I encourage you to read Stephanie O’Dea’s The Daily 7 for a Highly Successful Household article. I plan on instituting some of those changes into my daily routine as well.
Finally, don’t forget my giveaway to Just Simply Baby! The winner will be announced Friday, March 15!