Want to know how to establish a household cleaning routine for your family?
Then you’re in the right place!
Let’s talk about some great tips on how to develop a routine to keep your house clean (that actually works for your lifestyle)!
Before we get to the nitty-gritty, can we lay out a huge, picnic-size blanket of grace and set some things straight?
1) There is no “one-size-fits-all” household routine.
There’s no right or wrongs here when it comes to a routine. Just like there is no one “perfect homeschooling formula” or way that we “should” be schooling, there is no “correct” way to set up a household routine. If a certain method works for you, that’s great. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s fine too.
2) Everyone has different opinions about the what, the where and the how often.
You can decide how often it’s acceptable to clean your bathroom. You can decide what the best method is for folding and distributing freshly laundered clothes. It’s up to you what aspects of a daily or weekly household cleaning routine are non-negotiable. You and your spouse make the call on all of these things. Your opinions about what’s “acceptable” may vary vastly from mine. And that’s OK, because I live in my house and you live in yours. Can we give each other freedom here? And on that note…
3) Consider your season and responsibilities when determining “acceptable” household cleaning routines.
If you are a parent with young kids at home, you are in the midst of a very demanding season (not that you needed me to tell you that). You may need to lower your expectations of what a “clean” or an “organized” house looks like because of the extra demands on your time.
Rest assured that none of us have perfectly kept houses. We need to stop imagining that “other people” do (and that we just have to get it together more). Stop, stop, stop the comparing and define (with your spouse) what you deem acceptable for this season. And be OK with it. Truly.
4) The household cleaning routine may work for you now, but it may not work later.
Can I set you free further? Family life is an ever-changing entity. Each member of a given family has needs, involvements and responsibilities that are in a constant state of change.
That’s why household cleaning routines may work for a season, but not forever. Try not to get stuck in discovering a “forever” routine. Instead…
5) Experiment and try something new.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try several techniques until you land on one that works for you. And then if it stops working, try something else. It really is that basic. Just pick something and give it a go! The main point I want to share here is that some routine (even if its an imperfect routine) is better than no routine.
OK. So I’ve made my disclaimer and (hopefully) convinced you that this post isn’t about giving you the “right” way to have a household cleaning routine.
But… if you’re like me, you probably were looking for some ideas?
Gotcha. Click “Read more” to get some great ideas on how other moms set up their cleaning routines.