I am a busy mum of two who very much struggles to find the time to do everything that I need to do. Zach is at school five days a week but I have Oscar at home and he quite likes attention. He naps for around two hours a day all in one lump, and that is the time that I have to sit and write blog posts, respond to emails or procrastinate on Facebook! Sometimes he only sleeps for an hour. On those days I cry.
Something that is always put on the backburner is the cleaning. It is never at the top of my priorities and equally, it’s not really something I can do during nap time because no doubt, it’ll wake Oscar up. I have managed to get halfway through cleaning the bathroom before now, but it’s not like I can whizz the hoover around, I can’t dust the front room or mop the floor in there because that’s where he is asleep! So most of the time it just gets left. And left. And left. And then suddenly I look around and EVERYTHING needs doing. Suddenly, it is a massive job where every single surface in every single room needs cleaning. And then it’s all overwhelming, it’s hours of work, and I feel like I am the most rubbish house person in the world!
So, I need to get myself in order. I need to create a system that works for me. That works around the naps and the blog work, so that I am working in a nice clean house rather than one where I panic if someone suggests a playdate!
I have been thinking about what I can do on a daily basis that will mean that the house is always clean. Despite needing the regular attention, Oscar doesn’t mind too much when I have a clean around and so I really need to use the days better. So here is my plan of what needs to be done throughout the week – and I have created a template that you can use too.
1) Unload the dishwasher
This is something that should be done in the morning. If the dishwasher is unloaded then I have no excuse for the kitchen to get messy. When it comes to lunch time, the breakfast stuff shouldn’t be in the sink and when it comes to making dinner, everything from the day should already be loaded so that I have room to cook. There is nothing worse than going into the kitchen to prepare dinner and remembering that I need to tidy up before I even start!
2) Wash up
Ok, so we have a dishwasher but there are a few items that don’t go in it. Stuff that would lose its quality or aren’t made for dishwashers. It would be ideal that in the evening, either after dinner or before we go to bed, we wash up these few things so that it’s all clear and ready for the morning.
3) Wipe over the hob and surfaces
Something that should be done every day. The easiest thing would be to make sure that the tops are wiped over in the evening after any washing up has been done, so that everything is clean for first thing in the morning. That way, it’s nice and easy to keep it clean throughout the day with a quick whizz over with a Flash wipe!
Oh how I forget to dust! But really, there isn’t even that much to dust in our house and quite often, it’s just a matter of grabbing the feather duster out and quickly whizzing over everything. It’s always the PlayStation, Virgin box and computer that show up the most dust so if I make sure they are always clean, then a deeper clean can be done as and when.
I am a terror for shoving stuff on top of the computer desk, on the dining room table and even on top of the fish tank. Paperwork that has come through the post, junk mail that should have gone straight in the bin, letters from school. You name it, there is always a pile (or three) laying somewhere. I need to be more organised as and when these things come into my possession and once a week, make sure everything is cleared and put away where it belongs (probably most in the bin or shredder!).
6) Sweep/hoover the downstairs floors
I previously got into a really good routine with sweeping the floors because we were at a stage where Oscar put everything in his mouth, and so I had to keep them permanently clean. He is a lot better these days and so as I am not always on full alert, the need to sweep or hoover tends to get forgotten a bit more. But, having laminate flooring means that everything is noticeable and so I want to get back into the habit of doing this every day. He quite likes following the hoover round too so I really have no excuse not to do this whilst he is awake!
7) Hoover the stairs/upstairs
This is a bit trickier when it is just he and I at home because it means that there are moments that I can’t keep an eye on him and also can’t hear him over the noise. But, because our carpets are cream, they get dirty very quickly and so should be regularly cleaned. I do find that if I leave him at the top gate he will just stand there and watch me or try and spot me and play pee-bo, but I do spend the whole time a bit worried that he is doing something he shouldn’t be. So it might be better if I save the hoovering for when Zach is also home and can keep an eye on him for me whilst I am on the stairs.
8) Cleaning the bathroom
Probably one of the more epic tasks in the house. Our bathroom is an extension of the house and it gets quite damp in there, especially at this time of year. It means that it can get dirty very quickly and if left, it’s a good two hour job. If I can keep on top of it throughout the week, wiping it over as I am in there, that would be most beneficial to save having to do a mammoth clean every couple of weeks!
9) Changing the beds
There was a discussion on Facebook a few weeks ago about the regularity of changing the beds. It turns out that most people do it as and when they remember/can be bothered/notice they are smelly! It made me so happy because changing the beds is something we do when we remember. That said, I would like to do it more often and so I am going to schedule a day per week when it gets done. And then if that week I don’t manage to do it, then I will make sure I do it on the following one.
10) Mopping the floors
This is the final thing that needs to be done. I mentioned that we have laminate downstairs and marks show up something chronic. That said, whilst we sweep and hoover regularly, the mopping hardly ever gets done. Which is pretty gross really considering the amount of food and drink that the boys drop on it!
Mopping with Oscar present is pretty impossible to be honest, as he is always on the floor and it would be hard to keep him off of it, meaning he would just get wet. So, this is a job for the weekend when the other half is home to either distract Oscar or do it for me! Alternatively, I could do it on a Friday as my Mum is often at our house – but then we are usually too busy drinking tea and catching up! We shall see!
So that’s it. That is everything in the house that needs doing and should be pretty much be done on a weekly basis to keep the house clean…always. I have created a schedule template that I shall be sticking to my fridge to remind me what I need to do! And because I am feeling extra kind, you can have it too! Just click on the link below and you’ll be taken straight to it. You’re welcome 🙂