Keep Up With The House: Have a Weekly Cleaning Routine



This is the second of the 5-day series How Do I Teach…! Check out the other great topics for the series at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom and follow along for some tips to start your school year right!


This week I’m going to talk about 5 tips to help you teach and still keep up with the house:
  • Have Reasonable Expectations 
  • Have a Weekly Cleaning Routine (today’s topic)
  • Have a Morning and Evening Routine
  • Enlist Help With Home Management
  • Simplify and Streamline

Have a Weekly Cleaning Routine

I’ve written a few times about how we handle our daily and weekly routines as a family. When a schedule fails, a routine is the life raft. 

Schedules have their place. I use them. But the lovely thing about a routine is that it is a rhythm that you can just groove right back into without too much fuss.  

One of the best things I’ve done is find a cleaning routine that I can pick back up when I suddenly realize I’ve dropped the ball. Whether it’s a day later, a week later, a month… whatever. Just get back into the groove!

To Find Your Cleaning Groove:

  • Write down the things you MUST clean during the week. (The groove is not for monthly or seasonal work.)
  • Assign the tasks to the days of the week until done.
  • Give yourself one day of rest. Don’t laugh! I’m totally serious. 
  • Try to make the groove memorable: a song, alliteration, or some other association.
Here is our weekly cleaning routine to give you an idea:
  • Meal Plan Monday: Make the meal plan for the week and create the grocery list. 
  • Toilet Tuesday: Clean both the bathrooms and work on the tubs or cabinets if I have time.
  • Wash Wednesday: Windows, bedding, laundry catch-up if needed, diapers, etc.
  • Thorough Tidy Thursday: Tidying the bedrooms and upstairs areas.
  • Floor Friday: Mop and vacuum, sweep outside if I feel like it, etc.
  • Special Project Saturday: Pick from a list of household projects. The list is endless. I just need to do one! 
  • Sabbath Sunday: Granted, basic cleaning still gets done, but I have reasonable expectations! This is still generally a day of worship and rest as a family. 

Try sitting down and making up a simple routine like this that you can remember off the top of your head. When your house seems out of control, jump to the task for the day of the week!


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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Excellent advice, Tauna! Cleaning is my weakest area and I have to just go with the flow like you said. Certain things always get done…then work in the extras.

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