How to Start or Re-Start a Cleaning Routine When You are Overwhelmed

It happens to everyone – you start a new cleaning routine and you’re doing great.  You’re motivated and energized, following along perfectly and making so much progress.  Checking off all the boxes and crossing everything off your list.  Maybe you’re going along great for a couple weeks or even longer when hypothetical ‘disaster’ strikes.  Someone gets sick, you get busy, or you just don’t feel like cleaning anymore.

Then one day you look around and realize you just can’t stand it anymore.  How did this happen? Where do you start? What do you tackle first?  The piles are too much and you feel paralyzed in your overwhelm.

Have you ever felt like this?  Like you didn’t know where to start? What should you do in this situation?  Is there hope?  Can you get back to where you were or are you just destined to be someone that can’t keep a clean house?

I’m here to tell you that YES there is hope, you CAN keep a clean house, and it’s SIMPLER than you think!  I’ve been there, fought through it, and I’ve had thousands of readers and followers that have experienced it too!  Here’s what you can do (let’s focus on that, not what you can’t do).

Here’s what you need to do:

SOMETHING.  Just do one thing.  And then do something else. And a little more.  Put a couple wins together and you’re on your way to success.  The main thing that you need to focus on is that a perfectly clean house is not what you’re after.  In fact, it’s not really attainable and sustainable.  Remember that people live here, you share life together, and you make and clean up messes together.  Embrace the mess, live life, and have a system in place to keep it clean most of the time.

Here’s what I want you to know (this is straight from my book Simply Clean):

Where to Start, Plus How to Avoid “Overwhelm”

It’s important to just start somewhere. Starting the process and doing something, anything, is more helpful than doing everything. Doing everything merely leads to burnout and cleaning fatigue. Think of it like deciding to eliminate coffee from your diet in one fell swoop: The first day you do it, you endure the headache and wake up the second day ready to continue this new habit. You almost make it all the way through day two, until the splitting headache wins and you give in to the caffeine and the coffee drive-thru lures you in and you decide that you’re just going to keep drinking coffee and forget about curbing your caffeine addiction. In retrospect, quitting coffee might have been easier if you broke down the process into more manageable steps. Instead of quitting cold turkey, going from two cups a day down to one cup a day may have been an easier transition. Starting a new cleaning routine is very similar: you start strong but get busy, someone gets sick, or you just plain don’t feel like folding another load of laundry and that one tiny load piles up to a mountain of four. Let’s keep this easy, seamless, and doable—a cleaning routine that runs itself with just a couple steps every day. And the best part? If you miss a day or a task, you can make it up or not—it’s up to you.

The most effective part of the Simply Clean method is that you will not feel overwhelmed by the routine. You’ll feel like it’s helping you get your home to a manageable place where just about any real-life circumstance can be thrown at you and you can still get the bathrooms clean. Every day of the week has a task, and if you don’t get to that task, guess what? You SKIP it and move on to the next day. No guilt, no making it up, just move on. How can you just move on without cleaning the bathrooms or dusting or vacuuming? Because every single Friday is a day to catch up on any uncompleted tasks. If you don’t get to the task on Friday because the week was crazy or Friday you were working out of town or something else came up, you table the task until its day appears on the calendar the following week.

For a perfectionist, this is a really difficult concept to embrace.  Most weeks I don’t get to everything on my list.  This can feel defeating unless you have a plan and expect that not everything will get done.  Accept it, set goals, and don’t worry about the completion of that list.  Simply do your best and do what you can – it’s that easy.  How can you just move on without cleaning or dusting or vacuuming?  Because every single Friday is a day to catch up on any uncompleted tasks.  If you don’t get to the task on Friday because the week was crazy or Friday you were working out of town or something else came up, you table the task until its day appears on the calendar the following week. This is the magic of the Simply Clean method and why I believe it really works for so many households with different schedules and circumstances.

 

If this resonates with you, I hope you’ll follow along – I’d love to have you find the balance between a clean home in minutes a day AND enjoying life to its fullest!

If you’re new here and stumbled upon this post via social media, welcome!  Get ready to change the course of your cleaning forever.  If you’ve been here for a while and haven’t jumped on board with my Cleaning Routine, I’m here to direct you to a couple places to start.  If you’re already doing the cleaning routine, feel free to share in the comments how it works for you and your household and what gets you through that feeling of not knowing where in the world to start.

Do you need a routine?
I have several ways to help you get into one – choose one, several, or all of them – I’ve developed tools to help you find success in your homekeeping.  It’s my favorite part of my job here at Clean Mama – seeing readers gain back their homes and time with just minutes a day of routine.

What’s my cleaning routine?

DAILY CLEANING TASKS

A clean home (most of the time) starts with 5 daily cleaning tasks – these are things you learn to do that you set on autopilot and start completing without really thinking about it.  Trust me, it can happen.  My mantra is every day a little something and with that in mind, just doing SOMETHING every day is so helpful.

WEEKLY CLEANING TASKS

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These tasks are the backbone of my cleaning routine.  It’s a system that you need to work through to see why it works.  Thousands of people all over the world complete Clean Mama’s Weekly Cleaning Routine every week – it’s so simple but it works in just about every situation because it has grace (and a day to catch up) built right in to the routine.  If you want to see what I use to clean my house with, check out my Around the House page.

Check out the links below – I share daily reminders on social media and follow what works for you:

Read my book –  Simply Clean
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Every month I give away a FREE cleaning routine calendar, find it here.
Join my Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my blog posts and newsletters sent straight to your inbox?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts – I have a couple very exciting things coming next month – you should probably just sign up 😉

I’m most excited to share a brand new tool with you – the CLEAN MAMA HOMEKEEPING PLANNERS – they’re available in aqua and periwinkle and the only thing of its kind available for sale anywhere.

This format is simple, easy to follow, and just the thing to help you turn cleaning into a routine that will help you put your cleaning on auto-pilot.  Once you have a home that’s easy to clean and stays clean because you are doing itty bitty things all the time without even thinking about it, you’ll see the beauty in the routine too!   You might want to snag one now so you can get started!  Go here to see all of the paper goods products in Clean Mama Home.

If you enjoy my method, you will LOVE my monthly essentials subscription, Homekeeping Society – go here to check it out!

Looking for more?  Check out these posts:

5 Daily Tasks to Maintain a Clean Home 

Simply Clean 7-Day Kick Start Challenge

How to Quickly Catch Up on Laundry

How to Keep Your Home Clean Most of the Time

Simply Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for September

It’s time for September’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s SIMPLY CLEAN.  With my new book Simply Clean, I thought it would be the perfect theme. Make 2017 your year (it’s NOT too late!) to get a cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that work for you and your family.

 

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’ll love my cleaning routine and calendar. I keep daily homekeeping tasks to 15-30 minutes a day and this simple plan is how I do it! This is a workable solution for even the busiest of households – give it a go, I think you’ll be surprised how a little bit every day can make a huge difference in your home.

If you’ve been following Clean Mama for even a week, you know that every day is a chance to start over and so is every week, month, etc. I hope that you find that my cleaning routine is SIMPLE, EASY TO IMPLEMENT, and full of GRACE.

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for SEPTEMBER 2017 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Here’s an infographic that explains my cleaning routine:

Weekly and daily tasks are detailed at the top, rotating cleaning tasks are on the bottom of the calendar with a little checklist. How you use the calendar is up to you – put it on a clipboard, in your planner, on your refrigerator.  Use checkmarks, draw lines through tasks or simply keep it up as a reminder.

QUICK TIP: Have a planner?  Simply resize the pdf when you go to print it in your printer preferences.

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for September and join me!  Follow along (subscribe in the sidebar) for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. I also post daily reminders on Instagram and Facebook and have a private Facebook group too called Homekeeping Society (just ask to join and I’ll add you) – it’s great for support and to meet others that are following along with my cleaning routine.

 

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for September 2017!

(Please note: I’ve added the free cleaning calendar to my updated FREE printables page, simply grab, download and print.)

 

If you love this format, check out Homekeeping Society – it’s the perfect way to turn that overwhelmed feeling into one of accomplishment.  You’ll see how simple it can be to keep up with all that goes into keeping a home when you don’t have to think about what needs to be done.

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

The 7-Day Simply Clean Challenge – that’s a wrap!

Thank you for participating in the 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start Challenge!  I hope it was helpful for you and that it helped you see how my cleaning routine  works.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward.   Want more?  Sign up below for the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge (it’s sent straight to your inbox, but you need to sign up for it.)

Catch up on any of the days here:

DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 
DAY 2: BATHROOMS
DAY 3: DUSTING
DAY 4: VACUUMING
DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING
DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY
DAY 7: LAUNDRY

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Order Simply Clean
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

If you enjoy my method, you will LOVE my monthly essentials subscription, Homekeeping Society – go here to check it out!


Up for another challenge? You can do the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge and you can start ANY TIME!  That challenge is straight from my book but you can also get the daily challenge tasks delivered daily right to your inbox with a FREE printable checklist to use as you follow along.  Go to the link below and to sign up (this is NOT my newsletter sign up form, you will only get this challenge if you sign up for it!)

The 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge

DAY 7: The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.  I started developing my cleaning routine for myself almost 20 years ago and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tweaked and changed it, but it’s the one thing that remains the same in the midst of a busy life. I hope you try it out and see how it works for you!

This challenge is straight from my best-selling book Simply Clean – grab the book for even more!

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

(SATURDAY) DAY 7: LAUNDRY

That pile of laundry staring you down? Take today to wash and fold everything and put it all away. Laundry in its incomplete state can be overwhelming and can definitely give your home a cluttered look and feel even if it’s in a pile on the bedroom floor. Moving forward, I recommend that you do one load of laundry every day (especially if you have more than four people in your household), but first things first: you need to catch up on your laundry quickly. Enlist any help you can get from family members, especially if you are looking at a mountain of laundry. Use this technique when you get behind or if you’d prefer to do your laundry weekly instead of daily:

  1. Gather all the laundry in the house and put the baskets or hampers within reach of the laundry room. My recommendation for order is adult clothes, kid clothes, bedding, towels, kitchen towels, and cleaning cloths and rags.
  2. Line the baskets up in order of what’s going in the washing machine first to last. Start with adult clothes—do one load of whites (on warm) and one load of darks (on cold) per adult. You could also combine these clothes into one load and wash everything on cold. Next in line is the kids’ laundry: one basket per child—no sorting, all of it goes in the same load on cold. Depend-ing on how much laundry there is and your washer and dryer’s capacity, you can combine these loads into one, but for sorting’s sake it’s probably easier to keep each child’s clothes together as one load per child. Remember that even little ones can help fold clothes or just toss socks and undies in a drawer. You’re laying the groundwork for later, and trust me, it will pay off.
  3. After all the clothing has been washed, it’s time for bedding.
  4. Once the bedding is done, move on to bath towels, hand towels, and bath mats. Wash and fold everything and put it away. Take the extra second or two to make sure you’re putting everything away neatly; it’ll be worth it as you continue.
  5. Finally, wash any kitchen towels and any cleaning cloths or rags.  Fold these and put them away.

While each load is washing and drying, fold, hang, and put away each and every load as soon as it comes out of the dryer. Depending on the wash and dry time, this will most likely go on all day but it just takes minutes to fold and put away the clothing in between each load. If you can’t finish it all up, put it off until the next day and finish it up before moving on. If you have a lot of laundry, feel free to divide this up into two days.

Once you have finished with all your washing, put your washer on a clean cycle or simply run it with the hottest water setting. Select the extra rinse option and add ¾ cup of white vinegar or ¾ cup non-chlorine bleach (not both!) to the bleach dispenser or to your washtub and fill it to its maximum level. Allow the cycle to run until it has completed. Open the door and let the washer air-dry. If you have a front-loading or HE (high-efficiency) washing machine, you will want to keep it open in between loads to allow it to dry completely. This will keep it from smelling and it will keep mildew away.

Once you’re all caught up, I suggest, again, doing a load or two of laundry every day. In Simply Clean, I’ll show you how to take it from dirty to folded to put away even on busy weekdays. Don’t worry about that quite yet, but know that I have a simple method to help you keep your laundry pile at a minimum in just minutes each day.

With your laundry done, you have officially completed the 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start! I hope you feel like you have achieved a monumental goal, and even if you don’t feel like your home is where you want it to be, you have started a simple and effective cleaning routine in just a week.

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (July 30-August 5) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and on the blog. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Order Simply Clean
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Catch up on any of the days here:

DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 
DAY 2: BATHROOMS
DAY 3: DUSTING
DAY 4: VACUUMING
DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING
DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY
DAY 7: LAUNDRY


Up for another challenge? As soon as this one is done, you can do the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge.  That challenge is straight from my book but you can also get the daily challenge tasks delivered daily right to your inbox with a FREE printable checklist to use as you follow along.  Go to the link below and to sign up (this is NOT my newsletter sign up form, you will only get this challenge if you sign up for it!)

The 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge

DAY 6: The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.  I started developing my cleaning routine for myself almost 20 years ago and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tweaked and changed it, but it’s the one thing that remains the same in the midst of a busy life. I hope you try it out and see how it works for you!

This challenge is straight from my best-selling book Simply Clean – grab the book for even more!

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

(FRIDAY) DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY

My secret to a clean house most of the time? I always incorporate and plan for a day to catch up every single week. This is one of the secrets to a clean home. Build in a day that accounts for life’s surprises, because you know they’re going to happen. Someone will get sick, you’ll be needed somewhere else, or maybe you just won’t feel like cleaning bath-rooms or vacuuming. I believe it’s absolutely necessary to give yourself grace and plan for that list to have more on it than you can accomplish. If you didn’t complete everything this week or left something out, go back and finish it up.

What can you catch up on today? Take the time to finish up anything that’s looming, uncompleted, or just bugging you. If you were able to finish everything this week, do a quick cleanup and declutter. Grab a bag or basket and walk through your home picking up anything that’s in a spot where it doesn’t belong. Once you’ve gathered a bag or basket of clutter, return each item to its proper home, put it in a donate bin, or toss it out.

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (July 30-August 5) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and on the blog. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Order Simply Clean and follow along!

 

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Order Simply Clean
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Catch up on any of the days here:

DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 
DAY 2: BATHROOMS
DAY 3: DUSTING
DAY 4: VACUUMING
DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING
DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY
DAY 7: LAUNDRY


Up for another challenge? As soon as this one is done, you can do the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge.  That challenge is straight from my book but you can also get the daily challenge tasks delivered daily right to your inbox with a FREE printable checklist to use as you follow along.  Go to the link below and to sign up (this is NOT my newsletter sign up form, you will only get this challenge if you sign up for it!)

The 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge

DAY 5: The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.  I started developing my cleaning routine for myself almost 20 years ago and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tweaked and changed it, but it’s the one thing that remains the same in the midst of a busy life. I hope you try it out and see how it works for you!

This challenge is straight from my best-selling book Simply Clean– grab the book for even more!

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

(THURSDAY) DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING

Once your floors are vacuumed and all those edges are clean, it’s time to give them a little love. When you vacuumed thoroughly yesterday you prepped them for washing today. If you know that your baseboards could use a little love today as well, you can wash them right alongside the floors. Today we’re going to concentrate on washing all the hard-surface floors in your home. I’m guessing you have a favorite floor cleaner and floor tool—grab your favorites and get started!

I have found that a couple methods work really well when it comes to floor washing. Every once in a while, the floors need an old-fashioned, hands-and-knees washing. Depending on the time you want to invest and if you prefer washing your floors this way, you might want to go all out today. If not, simply wash them with your favorite method and tools. Start at the back of each room, in the corner farthest away from the door, and wash from left to right, washing your way out of the room. Wash every single hard-surface floor, including the laundry room, bathrooms, entryway, and living areas.

Washing floors is one of the most gratifying homekeeping tasks there is—don’t you just love clean, shiny floors? Spend a little extra time for a deep cleaning. The hard work will be totally worth it!

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (July 30-August 5) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and on the blog. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Order Simply Clean and follow along! Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Order Simply Clean
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Catch up on any of the days here:

DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 
DAY 2: BATHROOMS
DAY 3: DUSTING
DAY 4: VACUUMING
DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING
DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY
DAY 7: LAUNDRY


Up for another challenge? As soon as this one is done, you can do the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge.  That challenge is straight from my book but you can also get the daily challenge tasks delivered daily right to your inbox with a FREE printable checklist to use as you follow along.  Go to the link below and to sign up (this is NOT my newsletter sign up form, you will only get this challenge if you sign up for it!)

The 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge

DAY 4: The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.  I started developing my cleaning routine for myself almost 20 years ago and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tweaked and changed it, but it’s the one thing that remains the same in the midst of a busy life. I hope you try it out and see how it works for you!

This challenge is straight from my best-selling book Simply Clean – grab the book for even more!

(WEDNESDAY) DAY 4: VACUUMING

Once you’ve thoroughly dusted your home, it’s time to pick up any dust that settled on the floor and get all those corners and edges that you’ve been neglecting. Today we’re going to vacuum the home completely. Before starting, do a quick declutter to make sure you have picked up anything on the floor that you don’t want vacuumed up. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to start vacuuming. If you think you’re off the hook because you have hard-surface floors in your home, you’re not—everything gets a thorough vacuuming today!

Start on the upper level of your home and at the room farthest away from the entry to that level. If your vacuum cleaner has attachments, put them to use and do a quick vacuuming of your baseboards and edges before you get started with floor or rug vacuuming. Start in the farthest corner of the room and vacuum your way out of the room from left to right. Once you’ve vacuumed in one direction, vacuum in the opposite direction. This might seem counterproductive or like too much work, but it’s a great way to get embedded dirt, pet hair, dust, dander, and anything else that you want out of your carpet. This method will keep those vacuum lines evident and also let you see what you’ve already vacuumed. Embrace cleaning with a method—not only will it make you more efficient, it will keep you on task and focused. Do a thorough vacuuming in each room, taking care to vacuum edges and corners and under furniture as you are able. You’ll find that doing a really good job as you get started will make vacuuming weekly much easier.

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (July 30-August 5) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and on the blog. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Order Simply Clean
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Catch up on any of the days here:

DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 
DAY 2: BATHROOMS
DAY 3: DUSTING
DAY 4: VACUUMING
DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING
DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY
DAY 7: LAUNDRY


Up for another challenge? As soon as this one is done, you can do the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge.  That challenge is straight from my book but you can also get the daily challenge tasks delivered daily right to your inbox with a FREE printable checklist to use as you follow along.  Go to the link below and to sign up (this is NOT my newsletter sign up form, you will only get this challenge if you sign up for it!)

The 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge

DAY 3: The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.  I started developing my cleaning routine for myself almost 20 years ago and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tweaked and changed it, but it’s the one thing that remains the same in the midst of a busy life. I hope you try it out and see how it works for you!

This challenge is straight from my best-selling book Simply Clean– grab the book for even more!

(TUESDAY) DAY 3: DUSTING

If you feel like you could dust each and every day of the week and still find dust to be cleared, it’s time to dust a little differently. Proactive and methodical dusting will cure your dusting woes, but first let’s talk a bit about where the dust is coming from and what you can do to keep it away. Dust comes from carpet, bedding, pillows, furnaces, airborne particles form outside, vacuuming, etc. In order to keep it from always showing up on your surfaces, furniture, and electronics, you need to stay on top of the dust. A quick weekly dusting and vacuuming will take care of most of the dust, but follow along for some great tips on how to keep the dust away.

Before you get started, let’s take care of a few maintenance tasks to keep the dust away a little longer. Make sure you have new/clean filters on your furnaces, air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air cleaners. Filters do a great job of trapping dust and particles from the air and it’s important to make sure you’re changing them as often as necessary for your home systems.

  1. Give your vents a quick once-over with your duster or vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment. If you can’t remember the last time you did this or if your vents look especially dirty, you might want to remove them from the wall and wash and dry them or vacuum them out, making sure you remove all the visible dust and dirt.
  2. Once you’ve checked these maintenance items off your list, it’s time to dust, dust, dust! Today’s task is to dust your home thoroughly and extensively. Grab a duster and a microfiber cloth(or your favorite dusting tools). I find that microfiber does a great job grabbing and holding the dust without spreading it around. If you have more than one level in your home, start on the upper floor and dust from the top down. Working from the top down moves the dust to the floor instead of making more work for yourself by having to re-dust things you just dusted.
  3. Dust all the flat surfaces, lifting up and removing items as you go. If you spot something that needs to be put elsewhere or tossed out, put it in a basket and deal with it later. Work quickly and eliminate distractions to complete this dusting adventure. Once you’ve conquered one room, move to the next, and so on. Finish on the main level of your home with a top-to-bottom, left-to-right approach.

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (July 30-August 5) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and on the blog. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Order Simply Clean
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Catch up on any of the days here:

DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 
DAY 2: BATHROOMS
DAY 3: DUSTING
DAY 4: VACUUMING
DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING
DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY
DAY 7: LAUNDRY


Up for another challenge? As soon as this one is done, you can do the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge.  That challenge is straight from my book but you can also get the daily challenge tasks delivered daily right to your inbox with a FREE printable checklist to use as you follow along.  Go to the link below and to sign up (this is NOT my newsletter sign up form, you will only get this challenge if you sign up for it!)

The 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge

DAY 2: The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.  I started developing my cleaning routine for myself almost 20 years ago and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tweaked and changed it, but it’s the one thing that remains the same in the midst of a busy life. I hope you try it out and see how it works for you!

This challenge is straight from my best-selling book Simply Clean – grab the book for even more!

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

(MONDAY) DAY 2: BATHROOMS

If you have one bathroom or five, you’re going to spend time today cleaning each and every one of them. Master this method—it’s going to be your new favorite bathroom cleaning routine. It might take you a couple times to get into the groove, but you’ll find that not only is this method efficient, it also will help you clean your bathrooms thoroughly. And a clean bathroom is a wonderful thing!

How to Clean All Your Bathrooms in Just 10–15 Minutes

  1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need cleaning cloths (microfiber ones work great), disinfecting/bathroom cleaner, glass and window cleaner, scrubbing powder or abrasive cleaner, a scrub brush, toilet cleaner and brush, an empty container for dirty cloths or paper towels, and a caddy to carry supplies from one bathroom to the next.
  2. Start with your mirrors. Spray a little window cleaner on your cloth or mirror and wipe clean. Wipe from the top left-hand corner to the top right-hand corner and “Z” your way down to the bottom right-hand corner of the mirror. This method will help you clean your mirrors quickly and it will also ensure that you aren’t leaving any streaks or spots.
  3. Next, move on to your sink, toilet, and bathtub or shower and liberally spray with your favorite disinfecting cleaner. But don’t wipe yet! It’s important to give your cleaners a couple minutes to work. If the cleaner has dried when you come back, just give it a quick spritz and wipe clean. Next time spray a little more liberally so it stays wet until you come back to clean it.
  4. Scrub the toilet. I prefer to use disposable or flushable toilet wipes because toilet brushes gross me out, but that’s just me. Use your favorite toilet scrubber and quickly get the job done.Repeat this process in the next bathrooms.
  5. Clean the mirror, spray cleaner all over the sink, toilet (tank to floor), and tub or shower, and scrub the toilet.
  6. Go back to the first bathroom and wipe the surfaces clean—use a separate cleaning cloth for each toilet, sink, and tub or shower to avoid cross-contamination.
  7. Go to the next bathroom and repeat wiping everything down until you’ve cleaned each bathroom.

Phew! The first time you use this method will most likely take longer than 10–15 minutes, but if you keep up with the routine for a couple weeks you’ll be buzzing through your bathrooms in no time.

If you want to see a play-by-play blog post of how I clean my bathrooms, go here.

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (July 30-August 5) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and on the blog. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Order Simply Clean
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Catch up on any of the days here:

DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 
DAY 2: BATHROOMS
DAY 3: DUSTING
DAY 4: VACUUMING
DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING
DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY
DAY 7: LAUNDRY


Up for another challenge? As soon as this one is done, you can do the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge.  That challenge is straight from my book but you can also get the daily challenge tasks delivered daily right to your inbox with a FREE printable checklist to use as you follow along.  Go to the link below and to sign up (this is NOT my newsletter sign up form, you will only get this challenge if you sign up for it!)

The 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge

DAY 1: The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.  I started developing my cleaning routine for myself almost 20 years ago and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tweaked and changed it, but it’s the one thing that remains the same in the midst of a busy life. I hope you try it out and see how it works for you!

This challenge is straight from my best-selling book Simply Clean – grab the book for even more!

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

(SUNDAY) DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 

One day might not be enough to declutter your whole home, but I think you’ll surprise yourself with how much you can get done in a short period of time.  One or two bags of clutter removed from your home is enough – the point is that you are moving forward and making progress. That’s today’s assignment – just get rid of some stuff!  Stop worrying about perfection and Pinterest-worthy spaces.  I also find that putting items that need to be put away in a laundry basket is helpful too.  Once you’ve filled up a basket, put those items away – don’t forget to get other family members involved!  This is your home – get rid of some stuff that’s weighing you down and get ready for the week!

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (July 30-August 5) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and on the blog. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Order Simply Clean
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Catch up on any of the days here:

DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 
DAY 2: BATHROOMS
DAY 3: DUSTING
DAY 4: VACUUMING
DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING
DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY
DAY 7: LAUNDRY


Up for another challenge? As soon as this one is done, you can do the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge.  That challenge is straight from my book but you can also get the daily challenge tasks delivered daily right to your inbox with a FREE printable checklist to use as you follow along.  Go to the link below and to sign up (this is NOT my newsletter sign up form, you will only get this challenge if you sign up for it!)

The 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge

7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge

It’s the middle of summer and you might be thinking that you can’t possibly complete a challenge right now BUT I’m here to tell you that this is the perfect time for this challenge.  Why?  With MINUTES each day, you’ll be amazed how this simple approach will help you get your home clean and keep it that way!  If you have kids starting school, this will set you up for success and a little structure probably at just about the right time 🙂

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.  If you’ve been doing my cleaning routine for days, months, or years, this challenge will still work for you!

Keep an eye out on the 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start Challenge – it starts on July 30th.  You will be able to sign up for the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge delivered to you via email – I have never done a challenge like this before, don’t miss it!

JOIN THE 7-DAY SIMPLY CLEAN KICK START CHALLENGE – July 30-August 5, 2017!

This challenge is straight from my book Simply Clean (order it here and get it in time for the challenge) – the book will definitely enhance the challenge but you can complete the challenge without ordering the book.

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (July 30-August 5) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and back on a blog post that will live on the blog – look for that on the starting day of the challenge —- Sunday, July 30! Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Order Simply Clean and follow along – I’ll be posting the challenge on the blog and on social media as well as in my private Facebook group, Homekeeping Society.

Here’s your little pre-challenge checklist – pick and choose what way works best for you to follow along!

Order Simply Clean
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama in the sidebar!

Once this challenge is complete, I’ll have The 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge available but it goes out via email.  If you’re interested, go here to sign up – enter your name and email and you’ll get the first email and a FREE checklist on August 5th.

Need a little more to help you get on track this fall?  Check out the NEW DAY Bundle, but grab it while you can, it’ll go away on August 5th!

 

Simply Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for August

It’s time for August’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s SIMPLY CLEAN.  With my new book Simply Clean, I thought it would be the perfect theme. Make 2017 your year (it’s NOT too late!) to get a cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that work for you and your family.

Heads-up: I have a 7-day challenge coming your way July 30th – keep an eye out for it and sign up in the sidebar for my emails if you haven’t already!

Did you grab Simply Clean?

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’ll love my cleaning routine and calendar. I keep daily homekeeping tasks to 15-30 minutes a day and this simple plan is how I do it! This is a workable solution for even the busiest of households – give it a go, I think you’ll be surprised how a little bit every day can make a huge difference in your home.

If you’ve been following Clean Mama for even a week, you know that every day is a chance to start over and so is every week, month, etc. I hope that you find that my cleaning routine is SIMPLE, EASY TO IMPLEMENT, and full of GRACE.

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for AUGUST 2017 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Here’s an infographic that explains my cleaning routine:

Weekly and daily tasks are detailed at the top, rotating cleaning tasks are on the bottom of the calendar with a little checklist. How you use the calendar is up to you – put it on a clipboard, in your planner, on your refrigerator.  Use checkmarks, draw lines through tasks or simply keep it up as a reminder.

QUICK TIP: Have a planner?  Simply resize the pdf when you go to print it in your printer preferences.

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for July and join me!  Follow along (subscribe in the sidebar) for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. I also post daily reminders on Instagram and Facebook and have a private Facebook group too called Homekeeping Society (just ask to join and I’ll add you) – it’s great for support and to meet others that are following along with my cleaning routine.

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for August 2017!

(Please note: I’ve added the free cleaning calendar to my updated FREE printables page, simply grab, download and print.)

If you love this format, check out Homekeeping Society – it’s the perfect way to turn that overwhelmed feeling into one of accomplishment.  You’ll see how simple it can be to keep up with all that goes into keeping a home when you don’t have to think about what needs to be done.

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

Simply Clean – FREE Cleaning Calendar for July

It’s time for July’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s SIMPLY CLEAN.  With my new book Simply Clean, I thought it would be the perfect theme. Make 2017 your year (it’s NOT too late!) to get a cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that work for you and your family.

 

The response to my new book, Simply Clean  has been amazing – did you get your copy?

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’ll love my cleaning routine and calendar. I keep daily homekeeping tasks to 15-30 minutes a day and this simple plan is how I do it! This is a workable solution for even the busiest of households – give it a go, I think you’ll be surprised how a little bit every day can make a huge difference in your home.

If you’ve been following Clean Mama for even a week, you know that every day is a chance to start over and so is every week, month, etc. I hope that you find that my cleaning routine is SIMPLE, EASY TO IMPLEMENT, and full of GRACE.

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for JULY 2017 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Here’s an infographic that explains my cleaning routine:

Weekly and daily tasks are detailed at the top, rotating cleaning tasks are on the bottom of the calendar with a little checklist. How you use the calendar is up to you – put it on a clipboard, in your planner, on your refrigerator.  Use checkmarks, draw lines through tasks or simply keep it up as a reminder.

QUICK TIP: Have a planner?  Simply resize the pdf when you go to print it in your printer preferences.

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for July and join me!  Follow along (subscribe in the sidebar) for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. I also post daily reminders on Instagram and Facebook and have a private Facebook group too called Homekeeping Society (just ask to join and I’ll add you) – it’s great for support and to meet others that are following along with my cleaning routine.

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for July 2017!

(Please note: You’ll need to put the calendar in your cart and checkout – it’s still FREE – once you create an account it will save any free printables and you can come back and access them anytime. Upon checkout you’ll see the link for the free calendar AND it will also be emailed to you automatically!)

If you love this format, check out Homekeeping Society – it’s the perfect way to turn that overwhelmed feeling into one of accomplishment.  You’ll see how simple it can be to keep up with all that goes into keeping a home when you don’t have to think about what needs to be done.

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

Simply Clean – FREE Cleaning Calendar for June

It’s time for June’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s SIMPLY CLEAN.  With my new book Simply Clean, I thought it would be the perfect theme. Make 2017 your year to get a cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that work for you and your family.

 

The response to my new book, Simply Clean  has been amazing – did you get your copy?

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’ll love my cleaning routine and calendar. I keep daily homekeeping tasks to 15-30 minutes a day and this simple plan is how I do it! This is a workable solution for even the busiest of households – give it a go, I think you’ll be surprised how a little bit every day can make a huge difference in your home.

If you’ve been following Clean Mama for even a week, you know that every day is a chance to start over and so is every week, month, etc. I hope that you find that my cleaning routine is SIMPLE, EASY TO IMPLEMENT, and full of GRACE.

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for JUNE 2017 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Here’s an infographic that explains my cleaning routine:

Weekly and daily tasks are detailed at the top, rotating cleaning tasks are on the bottom of the calendar with a little checklist. How you use the calendar is up to you – put it on a clipboard, in your planner, on your refrigerator.  Use checkmarks, draw lines through tasks or simply keep it up as a reminder.

QUICK TIP: Have a planner?  Simply resize the pdf when you go to print it in your printer preferences.

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for June and join me!  Follow along (subscribe in the sidebar) for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. I also post daily reminders on Instagram and Facebook and have a private Facebook group too called Homekeeping Society (just ask to join and I’ll add you) – it’s great for support and to meet others that are following along with my cleaning routine.

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for June 2017!

(Please note: You’ll need to put the calendar in your cart and checkout – it’s still FREE – once you create an account it will save any free printables and you can come back and access them anytime. Upon checkout you’ll see the link for the free calendar AND it will also be emailed to you automatically!)

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

Get Organized for Summer with a FREE Summer 2017 Calendar

The last two years I’ve shared a free summer calendar and it’s been so popular that I had to share another one for you this summer!  I have a couple fun summer survival type posts planned for you in the next couple weeks – chore charts, activities, etc. but this is a great way to intentionally start off the summer.

We’ve been working on getting the summer schedule figured out at our house and since I know that I’m not only one trying to figure out the kids’ schedules, I thought I’d share a simple way to see everyone’s classes and activities at a glance. I print out two – one to determine what’s enough and what’s too much – like a pre-planning calendar.  Once I have that under control, I use the second one for keeping track for schedules all summer long. I find that laying it out at a glance is the best way to see what’s going to work and what won’t work for the summer.

 

I left a little room on the top, bottom, and margin of the sheet if you’d like to make a little key and color code the activities/kids.  I hope this is a helpful and useful tool as you lay out the summer and make the most of the next three glorious summer months!

Go here to download the free Summer 2017 Calendar printable

This is a FREE download, once you login and save your info, your account will save all of your printables for you and make it easy to save and keep your printables.  Don’t forget to check out my FREE PRINTABLES page too!

Overwhelmed? Find success in your homekeeping with my latest book, Simply Clean! Dismiss