For me, there are lots of reasons a clean house is important to me. But the biggest reason is the sense of clarity and purpose in my day-to-day life when my house is clean. Over the years tons of people ask how I keep things tidy and organized most of the time in out home. So, at the risk of being labeled a crazy, OCD-prone minimalist I thought I’d share my 1-hour morning cleaning routine.
While 1-hour may seem like an arbitrary number, it’s not. I tend to spend, on average, about an hour each morning making my house sparkle. This means I spend roughly about 5-7 hours a week cleaning, nearly one work shift, per se. And though this is still a significant amount of time, it’s not nearly the 2-3 hours a day I spend as a newlywed and caretaker! However, for me it’s totally worth spending 5-7 hours a week cleaning in order to have a house that is pretty tidy on any given day. The simplest way to do this? Just staying on top of whatever needs to be cleaned.
You see, I am a list kind-of gal, so I actually have a daily checklist that I use each day, created before bed, to help me structure my next day. I keep my list in my kitchen and before I start cleaning, I always check my list!
And when it comes to cleaning itself, I always make a point of being prepared. To save time and money (and a trip to the store), I generally make my own cleaners. And before anyone says ain’t nobody got time for that, hear me out. I make cleaners because they are cheaper (literally pennies on the dollar), scents can customized using essential oils, they help me limit the chemicals I expose my family to, and DIY cleaners are designed for multiple uses (which require me to store far fewer bottles on-hand). In the time it takes to put the family in the car and go to the store I can make a dozen cleaners at home!
With this in mind, a few of the cleaners I make are:
- Wooden Furniture Balm
- Grapefruit Counter top cleaner
- Natural Orange Cleaner
- Electronic Spray
- Soft Scrub
- Window Spray
- Organic Daily Shower Cleaner
- DIY Swiffer Cloths and Solution
- Customized Pine Floor Cleaner
- Usually I start cleaning my Master Bedroom and work my way through the my home.
- I use a large laundry basket to collect items such as toys or clothing that need to be returned to a different room as I work. After you have finished tidying every room, take 5 minutes to put away the gathered items.
- Save sweeping/mopping and vacuuming until the end, making sure to dust (as needed first) and then do it all at once. We have hard surface floors (hardwoods and tile), so I use an industrial dry mop from Sam’s Club to dry mop the hardwoods and a steam mop to clean the tile floors daily. I shake or vacuum floor rugs as needed.
- I also preform a spot checks on the glass doors, mirrors, chrome, and windows at the end of the hour.
- I keep daily shower cleaner in both showers and spray down and squeegee after each use.
- I also add bleach to our toilet brush containers; replace the bleach once a week. This allows for easy cleanup, and for tough toilet stains I use a pumice stone from the Dollar Tree.
- I carry a time from room-to-room to keep me on schedule while cleaning.
- I put in one load of laundry.
- I remove laundry from drying racks or outdoor line and put away.
- 5-10 minutes are spent cleaning each.
- I always make each bed, I’m picky that way.
- I then quickly pick up any clothes, toys, or dishes laying about.
- I dust off surfaces, including the headboard, footboard, and closet doors.
- 5 minutes are spent on each.
- Squirt toilet bowl cleaner around the rim of each toilet first; let sit.
- Disinfectant sinks, tub, and shower with rags and surface cleaner.
- Use toilet brush to quickly scrub toilet, rim, and seat.
- Wipe down toilet seat, space behind toilet, and surrounding floor.
- I change out hand towels, as needed.
- Replace and re-stock toilet paper, as needed.
- I remove laundry from washer and place in dryer.
- 10-15 minutes are spent in each room.
- I quickly pick up any shoes, dishes, toys which are put in a basket to be put away later.
- Use rags to quickly dust all surfaces.
- Quick wipe down on furniture, table(s), and chairs.
- Quick tidy on our desk area; all paperwork and mail is filed, if not already done so.
- Lysol sitting surfaces.
- 10-15 minutes are spent in the kitchen.
- I pick up any items that don’t belong in kitchen and place them in basket.
- Gather any dirty dishes and put them next to sink.
- Hand wash dishes and place dishes in the dishwasher, as necessary.
- Wipe down all counter tops with disinfectant spray.
- Wipe down stove top.
- Dry and put away any hand-washed dishes.
- Clean out and dry sink; clean dish drains as needed.
- I check to make sure everything is in order in my fridge and coolers; I wipe the surface fronts as I go.
- Finishing up takes 15-20 minutes.
- Next, starting in the back of the house to the front, I dry mop all my hard floors.
- I steam mop my tile floors, as needed.
- I hand shake my kitchen rugs and front door mats.
- I shake my dry mop heads out and sweep my front porch.
- I clean glass surfaces and mirrors, as needed with a lint-free rag.
- I pull laundry from dryer, fold, and put away. Making sure to unplug my washer and dryer.
- I place all cleaning rags in my cleaning rag hamper for once-a-week cleaning on Friday’s.
- I put all my cleaning tools and cleaners away.
- I then put away items collected in baskets while cleaning.
- Lastly, I take out my kitchen trash and check my recycling bins.
So, that’s it folks. That’s my morning cleaning routine.
Now, this list works for me because my home doesn’t need a true deep, deep cleaning. If this isn’t the case in your home, no worries! Just start out a 1-hour cleaning routine after you have finished Spring Cleaning your home. And while it may take a little getting used to, once you are in the habit of a 1-hour routine each morning, you will be done in no time and free to enjoy the rest of each day!
Here’s to cleaning!