Three years into motherhood, I found myself drowning in housework.
I tend to be a tidy person by nature but having three under three was a whole new playing field.
I spent my weeks catching up from the weekend which never really happened because I didn’t have a plan.
Once the weekend rolled through like a wrecking ball, I was left with grouchy kids (from being overtired), and house that looked like a train ran through it.
I finally decided to take a proactive approach rather than reactive. And friend, hear me when I say that life is better on the other side.
Establishing cleaning schedules and routines is a game changer for busy mamas.
Which by the way, if you don’t have one, I created one just for you 🙂
You can download The Perfect Daily & Weekly Cleaning Routine here!
It takes consistency and being intentional to create the perfect routine. But the peace of mind and freedom it brings are far worth the effort!!
Believe me when I say that I spend much less time cleaning and more time living. Established solid cleaning routines in my home have been a huge part of that.
….and YOU CAN TOO!! <3
These are my biggest tips on How To Create The Perfect Daily Cleaning Routine that actually works for your family
Identify What Task Are Most Important To You
Let’s think outside the box a little bit and define what is most important to you.
We all have busy lives and some things that really bug me being out of place may not bug you. And that’s perfectly ok!
Crumbs on the floor, unmade beds, and piles of laundry drive me crazy!
But I have friends that do all the laundry in one day and have no problem with it building up.
When it comes to cleaning routines or keeping a home in general, you do you. Don’t feel like you have to apologize to anyone for it.
Take a moment to define what YOU want for YOUR home on a daily basis and create your cleaning routine around those tasks.
Break Tasks Up Into Bite Size Pieces
A cleaning routine is meant to be something that supports you and your family, not something you are a slave to.
Instead of spending my mornings doing large tasks that take a lot of time, I break each item up into small manageable items I can complete in less than 30 minutes.
My morning routine looks like this….
- Make bed
- Tidy up bathroom
- Unload dishwasher
- Start laundry
- Sweep up after breakfast
- Load breakfast dishes
- Wipe down countertops
I save items like vacuuming or fold/put away laundry for later in the day when I have more time.
By doing this I can enjoy each morning with my kids rather than add stress to everyone’s day.
Keep It Simple
Hear me when I say do not over complicated you daily cleaning routine.
This is meant to lay the groundwork for the day and set you up for success.
If you are trying to get too much done, it will only cause you to feel overwhelmed at the start of every day and become a downword spiral.
Identify only the “must do” items that are most important to you, and get them done first thing in the morning.
Delegate Delegate Delegate
Your husband and kids can relieve a huge load by doing simple tasks.
Delegate items like taking out the trash, lining the trash can, picking up shoes, and putting dirty laundry in the hamper to other people in your family.
As mamas, we are not responsible to do all the things! We are responsible to manage them.
If you do not take the time to train your kids to help, you will end up drowning in housework and never getting ahead.
I even include my husband and kids in folding and putting away laundry.
They don’t do it perfectly but it gets done, we do it together and it makes me feel less like a maid and more of a team player.
Not to mention it teaches them the value of work at a young age.
Keep A Reusable Checklist Handy
You can create a cleaning routine until you are blue in the face, but you will not implement it unless it’s sitting in front of you.
Keep a reusable checklist on your refrigerator to remind everyone including yourself which tasks need to be done on a daily basis.
I like to include my kids in checking items off the list and they love it!
Once you’ve established your daily cleaning routine as a habit in your home, you won’t need to refer to it as often.
But it’s still a good reminder to help keep you on track.
Work through your routine every single day. This was a huge mistake I made when I first started using it.
I would do it for a day or two and then go back to my old ways of letting things pile up.
The true magic happens when you implement a daily routine for a solid thirty days.
Only then will start to find that you spend much less time cleaning but still stay on top of housework.
I promise you, freedom is found on the other side of being proactive with housework.
If you are a mama who is struggling to stay on top of housework, I hope you will implement these actionable tips above.
By identifying which tasks are important to you, breaking them up into bite-size pieces, delegating tasks to family members, keeping a list in front of you, and being consistent, you will find yourself stressing less and enjoying more <3
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