What is your cleaning routine

Kendall - posted on 02/16/2011 ( 43 moms have responded )

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I am a mother of one very active 19 month old son. I find it hard sometimes to get all of the cleaning done. So I am wondering what is everyone cleaning routines.

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User - posted on 02/16/2011

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Well, I was wondering this same thing, I feel like it all piles up and I spend one day doing everything which is no fun! SOOOO, I just started following this site called "Just Mommies" www.justmommies.com and there's a part of the site all about Home Organization, http://www.justmommies.com/articles/home... and at the bottom of that page there is a cleaning schedule for the month which is awesome. It breaks down different cleaning tasks to do each day so it's not so overwhelming. :)

Bonnie - posted on 02/16/2011

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I do a few tasks each day if I can. If I can't, I just push it to the next day and so on. I use to try to be a machine, but it honestly is not worth it.

Lisa - posted on 02/18/2011

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I have a very strict schedule that I try to stick to. I spend most of my morning working out and then cleaning the kitchen (I am one of those that the kitchen always has to be spotless) then on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I sweep/mop as my whole house is wood and tile, Tuesdays and Thursdays I dust and clean the bathrooms and then on the weekends my kids and husband help with laundry :)

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I use a kitchen timer to do 15 minute speed cleans in each room--you can do A LOT in 15 minutes. When J was little, I kept a list of rooms on a dry erase board on my fridge, the rooms were written in Sharpie, and as I "did" them, I would mark them off with a dry erase marker. When I got them all done, I would erase the marks and start again. There were good days when I would get every room done, but then there were days I was lucky to get one room done. Keeping the list helped me know which rooms had been cleaned recently and which needed attention--that way I didn't clean the living room all the time while never making it to cleaning the bathrooms :P

I also have "Catch All" places that I spend 10 minutes in after J is in bed. One is the dinning room table, we tend to drop stuff there on the way into the house b/c it is the first surface we come to when entering from the garage. The other is my dresser top, I toss things on it all day, it's just an odd weakness :P
I just set the timer for 10 minutes and quickly sort through all the stuff and run it to the proper place within the house. I did greatly improve the dining table issue by adding a small side table to the room with a tray for papers, a pretty box for receipts, and a set of hooks for my purse, J's book bag & our jackets. Now the only thing that gets dropped there is new shopping stuff, and I just go through the papers in the tray each night.

Jennifer - posted on 02/22/2011

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I'm a Mother of three. On my days off when my 21 month old is napping, or playing that's when i clean. Maybe your toddler would like to help you too.

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What cleaning routine?? Everything I put away, my 3 year old has to get back out and my husband only cleans if I throw a fit. My 5 month old just makes cleaning a bit more difficult. He's trying to crawl but he is still very mobile. I simply spot clean through the day and do any real cleaning when everyone is in bed.

Jessica - posted on 05/18/2011

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I have three kids. I give them one room to mess up while i do "maintencce" chores on the rest of the house. and then while they are down for a nap, i clean up the room they messed up.

Emilie - posted on 02/23/2011

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That's always hard! I have a 6 yr old, a 3 yr old, and a 6 month old. I do dishes while sesame street is on! Vacuuming gets done around the kids, although mine are old enough to help with that. The bathroom gets done when the little one is napping. Someone once told me to wet a rag and let the little ones "wash" the table legs, chair legs, whatever they can reach, while I'm cleaning. They think they're helping. Hope this helps a bit!

Susan - posted on 02/23/2011

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Thanks for introducing me to FlyLady! Just signed up and really looking forward to getting things organized. I love the Ruth Hamilton poem (thx Toni) however my hubby is a bit of a slave driver and thinks the house should ALWAYS be spotless. Oh well, working and takng care of baby and his work schedule keeps him away 12 - 14 hrs/day and then a weekend job leave little time for him to understand what it's like to be a "Single" Married Mom. I truly appreciate all the tips, ladies. Bless you all, your children, and "stubborn" hubbies LOL!

Monique - posted on 02/23/2011

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Well Im a mom of two girls 15 and soon to be 8 and to be honest my kids help out alot with cleaning around the house Plus Im kind of a cleaning wizard I dont like clutter ....I work 2 jobs and off on wednesdays so I really just get most of my deep cleaning done on that day and on the weekends Ill have the kids to dejunk ther room and do little chores around the house ........its all about balance

Jared - posted on 02/23/2011

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I have a 21 month old and a 8 month old. During lunch time i sit them in the room and put on some cartoons for them (they love to feed themselves and won't let me feed them so I give them finger foods) i'll clean the bathrooms, dust, and feed the dogs at this time, put clothes to wash. Then later on during their nap time I shower, sweep, mop, and start cooking dinner. When my husband comes home they're usually distracted by wanting his attention so I'll put away the laundry and fix up they're play area. I pretty much do this everyday. My husband also helps up cleaning up before we go to bed :)





OH and I do this EVERYDAY. lol :o)

Sandy - posted on 02/23/2011

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A house cleaner who cleans the floors, stove & hood, bathroom and dusts twice a month. I still do the laundry and wash dishes as needed, but no longer stress about dust bunnies and dirty floors where my child plays.

I was guilty about it at first, because it's a good chunk of change. However, my husband said it's worth it to not hear me stress about it every night to the point that it interfered with our sex life.

Danielle - posted on 02/22/2011

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I have a housekeeper! Otherwise it would never get done as I too have a very active 19 month old.

Amanda - posted on 02/22/2011

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I found a GREAT article in a magazine with a cleaning schedule i try to complete.
MONDAY- tidy up, go room to room putting everything back in their rightful place, deal with magazines newspapers etc, wipe down doorknobs and other well used items, change linens, and empty garbage pails.
TUESDAY- Dusting, ceiling fans, light fixtures, door frame, window sill, picture frames, furniture, baseboards, vents
Wednesday- floors, Sweep vacuum mop if needed
Thursday- bathrooms
Friday- Kitchen- clean out fridge of left overs, wipe down cabinet doors knobs, and front of all appliances, disinfect counters and kitchen sink, clean microwave and stovetop

Laundry was not addressed, but i always do mine on the weekend ( i also wait to change my linens until right before laundry day.)

Rachael - posted on 02/22/2011

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First of all, be kind to yourself. Don't stress out if the dishes go unwashed for one day, or if the laundry remains unfolded in the basket. Your son will only be a child once, so make sure you spend time with him. In fact, that's how I got through those demanding months before my son turned two. I decided one day to give him attention whenever he asked for it, immediately and without question. This was how I got through my days. I found that by giving him the attention he wanted, he felt more ready to play by himself for longer. He knew that mommy was just a request away and that his requests would be heard. He was a much calmer child for that as well. Something else you might try is find ways to incorporate him with your household chores. Even if it's a jumping on the bed game as you put away clothes, he's spending time with you which is what you want and you get your work done, which is what you want. I just talked about this type of stuff in my blog resheridanspace.blogspot.com. It might shed some more insight into what you're dealing with. -Rachael

Jess - posted on 02/21/2011

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I just clean whenever I can be bothered to really. This morning I did all of the washing in one go and vacuumed the carpet and picked up the toys in the lounge room and gave the kitchen a once over. But bathrooms and the tiled floors aren't getting a look in today... I just can't be bothered. I have to be in the mood to clean so a routine just doesn't work for me unfortunately

Stacy - posted on 02/21/2011

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Flylady.net, others have said it and I agree! Also, let the kids get involved a little. We play a game with the laundry - "who's green shirt is this?" and learn colors. The kids sort socks for me, and can fold a washcloth or dishtowel. They love to use the feather duster! They have kid sized brooms and a play vacuum and do everything with me. Make it fun, and it is easier on you as well :) Also, don't expect to have it spotless. As long as it is clean enough to be safe for explorers, and neat enough to have room to play, that is good enough for every day.

Stifler's - posted on 02/21/2011

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I agree with Toni, having fun with the kids is much more important than having a spotless house.

Allison - posted on 02/21/2011

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my grandma always said a clean kitchen is a clean house...so I clean the kitchen and pick up toys in the living room everyday. Then once a week I vaccum the rest of the house and clean bathrooms. I try to fit in laundry when I can.

Belinda - posted on 02/21/2011

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i get my 11month old daughter to help now she can walk and understand what im saying she holds the dust pan while i sweep and she plays with a bowl of bubbles while i wash up then we mop the floor and she help load and unload the washing mechine as she thinks she is makeing a mess by pulling the clothes out lol i take a lil extra time when she helps but we get it done lol xx

Toni - posted on 02/21/2011

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I make lists and get to it in my own time. Believe me, it isn't going anywhere without you. ;) I have three boys, and it is hard to get everything done in one day, so I make sure to do (at least) 2 loads of laundry everyday, dishes, and bathes. the rest is during the baby's nap, or when he wants to bounce in his jumper. And sometimes, I just carry him with me and he "helps" :)
And remember this:::
"Cleaning and scrubbing will wait ’till tomorrow, but children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs! Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep."
– Ruth Hamilton
They are only young once, enjoy them!!!!

Hannah - posted on 02/21/2011

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i make a list. put stars by the things that are most important to my husband. do those first, and then get to the other stuff as i can. if something doesn't get done b/c i'm reading books to the kids or playing outside then i just do it the next morning. also i try to get them involved in picking up toys and books and sweeping as much as possible. they love helping.

Heather - posted on 02/21/2011

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Well there is constantly picking up toys, or just wait until the end of the day. I make sure to sweep around the high chair after every meal. Little things here and there help, because you don't have a block of time to power these out.
Monday - laundry (2 loads)
Tues - sweep/mop floor
Wed - vacuum
Thur - clean bathrooms
Fri - 1 load of laundry
I usually do these during a nap. It takes maybe a 1/2 hour, than I can hop in the shower after.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2011

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laundry twice a week; dishes after breakfast, and after the kids go to bed. Mopping & vaccuming - twice weekly, sweeping every day. Yard work, once a week for 30 minutes. BRs -- whenever they look a bit cruddy; 5 anti-bacterial cleansing wipes (sink, toilet, floor) and Scrubbing Bubbles spray for the tub/shower does the trick!

Andrea - posted on 02/21/2011

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It can be challenging but I think I used to do most of the cleaning when the little ones were napping. I try to stay on top of things like dishes and laundry so I never feel overwhelmed looking at a huge mess. I wipe toilets down often since I have two boys and a husband that have aim issues; I never want anyone to get grossed out looking at my toilets. I am a little weird when it comes to vacuuming. I LOVE doing it. There is something about fresh vacuum lines that makes me feel so relaxed. I don't stick to a set schedule since I think that would put too much pressure on me and set me up for failure. I'm a big advocate of just staying on top of things and do a little every day. There is also a difference between an area being messy and dirty. Kids will scatter toys and make a mess in record timing. I wait until they go to bed before I put toys and arts and crafts away.

Janet - posted on 02/20/2011

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It's a mess most days, but someday I'll be old and have nothing better to do than to clean the house, so enjoy the mess while you can!!! :)

Brandy - posted on 02/20/2011

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if u are able to get a sitter for a day, take the whole day and clean everything...get all the laundry done....then after that just clean as you go....i usually clean the kitchen when my kids eat, we pick up their toys when they are done/before they move to a different room to play, laundry during nap time...and dishes when they go to bed.....sweep/mop/vacuum whenever i find the time

Heather - posted on 02/20/2011

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check out flylady.com. she's great about breaking stuff down so it's manageable. good luck!

Jodi - posted on 02/20/2011

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I get everything done in the morning. We wake up, have breakfast and then I start. First I wipe down my kitchen counter tops, the stove top, table top and my daughers' kid table. I keep up with the dishwasher so never have to worry about dishes, next I sweep with a broom, then with my swiffer, then I vaccum and mop. Next step is to pick up, sometimes dust, and take out the trash. The rest of the day is about keeping up, (pick up toys and stuff before we leave the house for anything, or clean up a room before we leave it, wipe down the stove after cooking and counters too) I throw in the days laundry at the end of the day so it's ready to fold after the kids go to bed. Monday is our day to change all of the bedding in the house and Wednesday's a deep clean the bathrooms. I work fast and keep up, so I probably only spend an hour...2 max, on all of this stuff daily. Works great.

On another note: someone else mentioned using a dry erase board to write in permanent marker all of your daily chores (and I added a weekly chores column). It hasn't really helped ME get more done, but if I cross off what I've done, my husband will look and see what needs to be done instead of me having to tell him! Things are getting done without me asking! (It's almost like having a fabled cleaning fairy! lol)

Alexis - posted on 02/20/2011

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I must also add that my son loves to help unload the dishwasher, load the dryer and carry clean clothes to his room for me so that is a big help! He will also start to wipe things down if he sees me do it so I can give him a rag and he gets the low spots, with water only of course :)~ If I have a day that I don't feel like cleaning or if my son wants to play I will put chores on the back burner and not worry about them.

Alexis - posted on 02/20/2011

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up at 6 am, not by choice, my son wakes up at that time. Get dressed, feed him breakfast, get him dressed and then we take my hubby to work. Come home and do the dishes, start a load of laundry. I then go to the gym and am home no later than 11. I feed my son and myself, finish the laundry, pick up around the house, wipe down counters, sweep if need be, vaccume if need be and then get ready for dinner around 4:30. I don't bother with picking up toys unless I am having guests over and I only do big chores, like mopping, washing sheets, deep cleaning the bathrooms for days that I have nothing else going on like school, gym or playdates. I also don't do chores on the weekends with the exception of dishes and trash so they don't smell. You really need to just come up with a routine that works for you.

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I end up doing everything in one day. As long as you load the dishwasher as the dirty ones come in, then you can skip a couple days with everything else and it wont get too bad. Its always the kitchen that determines which day I clean. I like to get all hopped up on coffee and just clean until I sweat. I always feel great after a good session.

Crystal - posted on 02/18/2011

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The trick is to do it early in the morning and late at night. I get up at 7am and get things ready for the day. Make sure that the floors are done and so are the dishes. Then I don't worry about it again till after the kids go to bed. At which point I pick up, do the dishes again and make sure we are good to go with every thing else.

Laundry I do on saterdays and all at once. I have found that if you time it you can get 7 louds done in one day. We do it like this because we live in a Apartment and the mashines are bussy most weekdays. So I use just one and run it all day.

Stifler's - posted on 02/17/2011

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I'm like Bonnie, do a few things each day. I used to go around to every single room before my husband got home and at least tidy it but now I can't really be bothered picking up all the toys as Logan has a play after tea and we put them away before he goes to bed. Sometimes it's just not worth busting your ass.

Medic - posted on 02/17/2011

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I really do what I can and don't worry about the rest. Usually I aim to mop the floors twice a week and I do sweep and or vaccum on a daily basis or more. My husband does the dishes when he gets home at midnight so I don't really worry about that. I wipe the counters and tables down as we use them so usually three times a day. I clean the bathroom while the kids are in the bath and the livingroom when they are in their play area. Both my four and one year old have "chores" more the older one than the younger but she is learning. She helps her brother clean their play area because I refuse to clean it, and their room because once again its not my room. My husband washes the clothes and I fold them on Wednesday mornings and Sundays. Its a really easy flow especially because we have always just cleaned as we go so nothing gets too over bearing. The older one is incharge of their laundry getting into the hamper and to the washroom.

Allyson - posted on 02/17/2011

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Try to get him in involved in little things, that doesn't matter if he doesn't do it right. Like my girls LOVED to rip up paper. So I'd keep a pile of junk mail around, and when I needed to clean the counter, I'd give them each a pile and they'd happily shred while I did something useful. Sure, it might make a mess, but it might help you get things done.

Tasha - posted on 02/17/2011

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Don't try to do it all in one day. Break it up through out the week. I generally try to get the kitchen floor mopped twice a week. I sweep every day when my lil one is sleeping. I wake up 30 mins early before everyone else to load the dish washer and wipe the kitchen counters down. I only do laundry on wednesday's and thursday's. I have hardwood floors and 3 other family members + 3 dogs in the house so I try to vacuum as often as possible. It helps that my lil one LOVES to help clean. Put a sponge in her hand and she's good to go. You just have to find ways to keep them occupied at certain times. Keeping a routine also helps.

Prabha - posted on 02/16/2011

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Not all routines need to be done daily. I take care of the daily chores, while my husband helps me with the weekly chores. Personally, I do not see a point in piling up things for doing at a later point which would sometimes make it even more messier!

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