Weekly Cleaning Tasks + a Video

 

I’ve been working on my YouTube channel little by little over the last couple of months and I am happy to bring you some instructional videos to help illustrate my cleaning routine in a new way.  Here’s what you need to do – start by subscribing to my YouTube channel here.  Then check out the video on the channel and below that details my WEEKLY cleaning tasks.  I hope it helps you understand and see how one weekly cleaning task a day can simplify your life and keep things running smoothly around your home, regardless of your busy schedule!  Coming soon:  a Monthly/Rotating Cleaning Tasks video!

If you’re looking for more information on my cleaning schedule and routine – I have so much to share with you!

I have oodles of free printables available to you here – the monthly cleaning calendar is always the first one on the page and you can find this handy free printable with my full cleaning routine in the Clean Home section.

I share my weekly cleaning routine every day on Instagram and Facebook and I post a free cleaning calendar every single month here on the blog.  Below you’ll find links to follow along – here’s to simpler homekeeping!  Wanna see my favorite cleaning supplies and tools?  Go here!

Subscribe to Clean Mama on YouTube
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join my Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Check out my shop – Clean Mama Home
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My book Simply Clean is all about starting and keeping a cleaning routine – it’s available anywhere books are sold and on Amazon here.

Simple Cleaning Routine Tips for Any Schedule

A popular question I get is HOW to fit the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine into different schedules. Here’s the thing – I created my cleaning routine years ago out of necessity. I was sick of cleaning all weekend long and living with the crazy all week long. Once I started using a simple routine I realized that just a little bit every day was helping me keep things clean most of the time. Then came three kids, different work schedules, traveling for my job, running a business…..

My cleaning routine?  It was the constant in the chaos.  I’ve tweaked it over the years and i can assure you that it will work with most schedules.  How do I know?  Because I’ve worked the routine in just about every scenario and it works!  Mondays are bathrooms day, Tuesdays are dusting day….this simple routine helps me too!  If you haven’t tried my cleaning routine or heard about it, go to my START HERE page then come on back.

This post is all about some simple tips and tricks for how to incorporate a cleaning routine into your busy schedule. Let’s not dispute whose schedule is more difficult to fit a cleaning routine into, but let’s talk about HOW to incorporate a cleaning routine because figuring out WHEN to clean can freeze up the progress and stop you in your tracks. You can always find the current month’s FREE cleaning calendar at the top of my free printables page and lots of other free cleaning routine printables.

A little bit about Clean Mama’s Cleaning Routine:

I love a clean house, but when people live in a home, cleaning up is constant.  That’s where a cleaning routine is essential – simple tasks completed daily and weekly really keep the cleaning to a minimum so I can spend time with my family and not cleaning.  With minutes a day and a plan, homekeeping can be enjoyable, simple, and easy to fit into your busy life and schedule.  In case you’re curious, I have been implementing this cleaning routine for nearly 15 years – as a newly married, full-time working gal, a full-time working out of the house mom, a stay-at-home mom, a traveling working in and out of the home mom, and now a work-at-home mom with three active kiddos.  This routine is for anyone that’s busy and doesn’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning.  It may need to be tweaked for your life and schedule, but if you want to spend a couple minutes every day with a little homekeeping.

This free printable explains my cleaning routine in detail – you can find it on my free printable page and here on this post.

Here are some Simple Suggestions for Implementing Clean Mama’s Cleaning Routine:

WORKING OUTSIDE THE HOME
If you work outside the home and get home late or leave early (or both!) and are exhausted and have no energy to put a cleaning routine into place, my best suggestion is to start with 5-10 minutes before you leave for work and 5-10 minutes when you get home.  Start with the daily tasks and work on completing them every day.  If the daily tasks are overwhelming, just start with one – one load of laundry from start to put away, pick up clutter, check floors, or wipe counters.  Add one every week and before you know it you’ll have built a little routine into your schedule.  Once you feel like you’ve got a good handle on daily tasks, start adding the weekly cleaning tasks – Monday is bathrooms day, Tuesday is Dusting Day, etc.  Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and do what you can in that amount of time and forget the rest.  Keep going and before long you’ll have added this step to your routine as well.  If you feel like you can add more time, and get more accomplished, increase your time to 15-20 minutes.

IRREGULAR WORK HOURS/SCHEDULE
An irregular schedule is difficult for so many reasons.  Some irregular schedules are overnight shifts, 3 days on and 3 days off or it might even be that you work 12 hour shifts. My best advice?  A cleaning routine can be accomplished, but give yourself grace while you’re trying to figure out what works best for you.  You might need to double up tasks and tackle two or three on your days off so you don’t have to do much on the days that you are at work.  For instance, if you work on Thursdays but have Wednesday off,  do Wednesday’s task (vacuum) and Thursday’s task (wash floors) on the same day. Some weeks might be weeks where all you do are the basic daily cleaning tasks (make beds, one load of laundry, wipe counters, clutter, and check floors).  Some weeks you’ll be able to conquer the world and get everything done.  Take it all in stride and remember that something is always better than nothing.

WORKING AT HOME
Studies show that taking breaks throughout the day can actually help you be more productive.  Choose specific times to take homekeeping breaks and throw a load of laundry into the washing machine or unload the dishwasher.  These little breaks will get your body moving and might just help you be more productive during the day.  I find it most helpful to get my homekeeping tasks out of the way early in the day so they don’t get pushed to the back burner and not completed.  Find YOUR time to clean – do you get more accomplished with little chunks of time throughout the day or do you do better by getting it all completed before you start working.  Figure out what works best for you!

STAY AT HOME
If you are at home all day with kids or if they are at school, you know that the house is most likely in a constant state of flux and mess or potential mess.  ENJOY it, but if you need to have it tidied up during the day (I do!), my best suggestion is to implement times during the day when the kids tidy up their messes and you do your daily/weekly tasks.  Complete tasks during nap time or when kids are playing independently.  Building time to clean up into your schedule is the best way to find the time to clean.  If you don’t plan cleaning, you’ll get to the end of the day and realize you didn’t get anything done and feel defeated.  I find that seasonal cleaning is really helpful to get that everything’s cleaned all at once feeling.

GETTING KIDS INVOLVED
If you have children, get them involved in homekeeping.  It will make it easier for you to incorporate cleaning and they’ll help make the work a little lighter for you.  A couple things that work well at our house – take one activity out at a time, clean up before lunch/naps, clean up before dinner, quick clean up before bedtime.   Assign specific, age-appropriate tasks – laundry, dusting, making beds, cleaning up after themselves are all simple daily tasks that kids of all ages can complete with a little guidance.

LIMITED MOBILITY/ILLNESS
There are times in your life when your cleaning routine is the last thing you’re concerned about.  I’ve experienced a handful of instances where I couldn’t pull it together to keep up with my routine or I was told by a doctor not to lift or do any exerting (torn ankle tendon and three c-sections).  I understand that feeling of hopelessness because you know what should be done but you just can’t do it.  Each of those instances was 6-8 weeks and through them I learned how to manage the musts and let go of the rest.  My mother-in-law also had an autoimmune disease that kept her from the simplest housework tasks and I feel for you if you are suffering from a disease or disability and are looking for some practical tips to fit a routine into your schedule. Here are just a couple suggestions (I could do a whole blog post):

  1. Ask for help – family members, friends, hire help if you can.
  2. Don’t do things that lay you up for the next day – pace yourself so you don’t regret the time spent cleaning.
  3. Split tasks up – if you have 3 bathrooms and you want to clean them yourself, clean one one week on Monday, the next one the following week, and so on.
  4. Use tools that are easy to use – choose tools that feel good in your hands and that you will want to use.
  5. Go slow and keep things as simple as you can.  Add more when you’d able to but don’t overdo it!

I hope you try my routine and find a sense of calm just knowing that you don’t have to think about what to clean and when to clean it.

What are your best tips for implementing a cleaning routine with your schedule?  What have you done that works?

My book Simply Clean will teach you even more about my cleaning routine if you’re looking for a new way to clean.

Check out the links below – I share daily reminders on social media.  Follow what works for you:
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
Follow Clean Mama on YouTube
Want my blog posts and newsletters sent straight to your inbox?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Have you seen my CLEAN MAMA HOMEKEEPING PLANNERS?  They’re available in aqua and periwinkle and the only thing of its kind available for sale anywhere.

Daily Cleaning Tasks + a Video

I’ve been working on my YouTube channel little by little over the last couple of months and I am happy to bring you some instructional videos to help illustrate my cleaning routine in a new way.  Here’s what you need to do – start by subscribing to my YouTube channel here.  Then check out the video on the channel and below that details my DAILY cleaning tasks.  I hope it helps you understand and see how these 5 simple daily tasks can simplify your life and keep things running smoothly around your home, regardless of your busy schedule!  Coming soon:  Weekly AND Monthly/Rotating Cleaning Tasks videos!

If you’re looking for more information on my cleaning schedule and routine – I have so much to share with you!

I have oodles of free printables available to you here – the monthly cleaning calendar is always the first one on the page and you can find this handy free printable with my full cleaning routine in the Clean Home section.

I share my weekly cleaning routine every day on Instagram and Facebook and I post a free cleaning calendar every single month here on the blog.  Below you’ll find links to follow along – here’s to simpler homekeeping!

Subscribe to Clean Mama on YouTube
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join my Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Check out my shop – Clean Mama Home
Want my blog posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar box for those posts!

My book Simply Clean is all about starting and keeping a cleaning routine – it’s available anywhere books are sold and on Amazon here.

 

 

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

How to Keep Your House Clean (Most of the Time)

How do you keep your house clean? (with spouses, kids, pets, jobs, sports, no free time…)

It’s definitely the most-asked question from readers and it’s a question I LOVE to answer.  You see, keeping a house clean isn’t easy.  In fact, it can be downright difficult to figure out where to start and when to put it all into place.  But I’m guessing you already figured that out by now.

I’ve been teaching readers how to implement a cleaning routine for almost 9 years and I’ve been perfecting mine for nearly 20 years, testing it out in my own homes through the years and friends and family members’ homes.  It has truly been put to the test as I have had an ever-changing work schedule and going from 0-3 kids while working or working at home with the kids.  I can honestly say that I am an expert in cleaning routine refinement 🙂

Which cleaning routine ‘type’ are you?

  • You….Try to devise the ‘perfect’ system but then if/when the system doesn’t work, the execution is lost in translation and overwhelm wins.
  • You….Clean when you can’t stand it anymore or when company is coming.
  • You….Clean on days off which just makes you crabby because you didn’t relax and enjoy your day(s) off.
  • You….Have a cleaning routine that works and you just wondered why you’re reading this 😉

Based on my personal and professional experience, I can promise you that it’s much easier to adapt into a workable routine than to try to figure one out for yourself.  Here’s my suggestion for you:  Try my cleaning routine.  It’s simple, it works for ANY schedule, any size home, and there’s plenty of grace built right in to the routine itself (Friday is a day to catch up on anything you didn’t get to earlier in the week – hooray!).

I’m going to let you in on a secret – the SECRET to keeping your home clean most of the time is SO SIMPLE in theory but it’s difficult in execution because of all those reasons it’s hard to fit in the cleaning.

Here’s the secret, ready for it?

The secret to keeping your house clean most of the time is ….. ROUTINE.  You know, doing the same thing over and over until it becomes a habit.

According to Dictionary.com, routine is:

  • a customary or regular course of procedure
  • commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity
  • regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative

So if the secret is ROUTINE, how in the world do you get started doing one?  Well my friend, you came to the right place 🙂

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 the Clean Mama 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.

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

CM-day-icons

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’m most excited to share a brand new tool with you this week – 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!  I’ll be sharing more on Friday about how to use the planners in your daily routine – stay tuned.  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

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Simply Clean, the book!

I’m so excited to be able to announce something that has been in the works for what feels like forever…..are you ready?

I wrote a book!  I wrote another BOOK!

This book is a little part of my cleaning heart and passion for helping anyone find success in their cleaning and homekeeping. It’s designed to be a book that you’ll want to keep at-the-ready – in your cleaning bucket, on the bookshelf, or in your apron pocket.

I’ve been working with an amazing agent and publisher – Touchstone (a division of Simon and Schuster) and I’m so excited to be able to tell you about it!

What’s the Title?
SIMPLY CLEAN

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When will it be available?
Release Date: March 21st, 2017
Pre-Order NOW!
I have a dedicated Simply Clean page – check it often for updates and pre-order information. Did you know that when you pre-order you don’t pay until it ships?

What’s SIMPLY CLEAN about?

Simply Clean is the perfect cleaning resource if you’re overwhelmed or have it all together – I offer simple, do-able tips and methods to cleaning your home quickly and keeping it clean most of the time.  I know you’ll love it and I cannot wait to share it with you!  Here’s a little more….

Becky Rapinchuk, the “Clean Mama,” understands that many people don’t have enough time, organizational skills, or homemaking habits to have a constantly clean and decluttered living space.

In Simply Clean, she can help you effortlessly maintain a tidy house and build habits to become a “clean person”—no matter how messy you may naturally be! Along with a 7-Day Simply Clean Kickstart and a 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge, Rapinchuk includes plans for customizing the Simply Clean Routine to fit the busiest of schedules and any type or size of home.

This guide also contains step-by-step tutorials for cleaning hard-to-clean spaces, dozens of recipes for organic, environmentally conscious cleaning supplies, and many of Rapinchuk’s famous checklists, schedules, habit trackers, and inspirational art prints. It really is possible—in just ten minutes a day, you can create a cleaner, happier home!

Come see more about SIMPLY CLEAN and pre-order!

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If you aren’t following me on Instagram, go follow there for more behind the scenes information and details.  Pop your name and email address in the box so you don’t miss a thing!

Come Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for April 2016

It’s almost April and that means that it’s time for April’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Free Printable April Cleaning Calendar - Clean Mama

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s COME CLEAN.  2016 is the year to get your cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that works for you and your family.

We’re in the midst of a self-paced Spring Cleaning Challenge (the link is at the end of the post) – it fits perfectly with my cleaning calendar and will help you spring clean your home.  Make sure you’re subscribed in the sidebar and following along on social media so you don’t miss a thing!

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’re going to 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 solution for busy 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.

Come Clean 2016 - Clean Mama

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 APRIL 2016 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.

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Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for March 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 new 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.

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Go here to grab your FREE calendar for April 2016!

(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!)

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Want to spring clean too?  Grab the Come Spring Clean Challenge worksheet here.

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

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

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Want to up the cute factor in your cleaning?  Check out Clean Mama HOME!

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Come Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for March 2016

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It’s almost March and that means that it’s time for March’s FREE cleaning calendar!

FREE Cleaning Calendar for March 2016 via Clean Mama

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s COME CLEAN.  2016 is the year to get your cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that works for you and your family.

Stay tuned for a BRAND NEW Spring Cleaning Challenge coming on March 1st – it fits perfectly with my cleaning calendar and will help you spring clean your home.  Make sure you’re subscribed in the sidebar and following along on social media so you don’t miss it!

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’re going to 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 solution for busy 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.

Come Clean 2016 - Clean Mama

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 MARCH 2016 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.

Come Clean Infographic - Clean Mama

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for March 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 new 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.

FREE Cleaning Calendar for March 2016 - Clean Mama

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for March 2016!

(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!)

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Want to spring clean too?  Grab the Come Spring Clean Challenge worksheet here.

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

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Quick Clean : 5 Minute Fixes – FREE Printable

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed by how much you have to do that you just don’t do anything?  I’m always amazed by how little time a dreaded task actually takes if I just do it.  This free printable is inspired by the procrastinator in me, I hope you find it helpful too!  Next time you’re dreading a task, time yourself, I bet you can get it done in a fraction of the time you’re thinking it will take.

5 Minute Fixes - 50+ Simple Tasks that take 5 Minutes or Less - Clean Mama

This list of 5 minute fixes is just the thing to give you ideas of quick things that you CAN accomplish in minutes.  I organized it by room/area so you can work through a room or just choose one task – use it any way that works for you!  I even included a place for you to jot down your own 5 minute fixes.  Think of those little nagging to dos, add them to the list and the next time you have a couple minutes, get them done.

Print the 5 Minute Fixes list out, put it in your homekeeping binder, tape it on the ‘fridge, put it in your planner….use it to when you have a couple spare minutes to do a little cleaning and tidying up.  I bet you’ll be surprised at how much you can get done in under 5 minutes!

How can you use this 5 Minute Fixes list?

  • do one task every day until you’ve made it through the list
  • when you feel like you need to accomplish something, choose a task
  • bored?  choose a task 🙂

5 Minute Fixes - Simple Tasks to Do in 5 Minutes or Less - Clean Mama

Go here to download your FREE printable of 5 Minute Fixes!

 

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Come Clean – Wrap Up

This month we’ve been doing the Come Clean Challenge to jump start the 2016 cleaning calendar theme – Come Clean in 2016.  Each week this month we’ve been doing simple, daily tasks and incorporating them into monthly cleaning routine.  I hope that you’re finding that your house is cleaner and more organized than it was at the beginning of the challenge.

Come Clean Challenge Wrap-Up

Now that the Come Clean Challenge is over, how can you keep up with your homekeeping in the midst of life?  Start by grabbing the FREE February cleaning calendar here.

February 2016 Free Cleaning Calendar - Clean Mama

Make sure you’re getting the support and encouragement you need to keep on cleaning!  Follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and join my private Facebook group – Homekeeping Society – you’ll love the support and other people completing tasks right also side each other.  My monthly subscription – HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY is a great way to keep up with the dailies – go here to check it out.

Then, every day, start with the daily tasks and make sure those get completed – wipe counters, check floors, one load of laundry, clutter THEN when those are completed or started, complete the weekly tasks – Monday is bathrooms day (follow my speed clean plan to get started), Tuesday is dusting day, etc.  I work QUICKLY and get the task finished up in about 15 minutes. Think of ways to maximize your time and effort by adding another task or two to what you’re already working on.

Today is the day for a FINAL SWEEP THROUGH HOME – QUICK CLEAN – Get ready for the week ahead by making sure surfaces remain cleaned off and everything is tidied up.  Relax and enjoy the new habits you’ve formed and the tidy home you’ve achieved this month!

Check out this post with my 3 favorite speed cleaning posts – SPEED CLEANING TO THE RESCUE.

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New here?  You can still get your FREE Come Clean Challenge worksheet here and complete the challenge anytime!

Catch up on the posts here:

Come Clean Challenge – Free Printable 
Come Clean Challenge Quick Start
Week 1 – Kitchen
Week 2 – Living Spaces
Week 3 – Bathrooms
Week 4 – Bedrooms
Come Clean – Wrap Up

The excitement over Clean Mama HOME has blown me away!  Microfiber is BACK IN STOCK!

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Come Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for February 2016

It’s almost February and that means it’s time for February’s FREE cleaning calendar!

February 2016 Free Cleaning Calendar - Clean Mama

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s COME CLEAN.  2016 is the year to get your cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that works for you and your family.  If you’re new here, you might want to check out the COME CLEAN CHALLENGE – it’s just finishing up but you can complete it anytime.

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’re going to 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 solution for busy 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.

Come Clean 2016 - Clean Mama

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 FEBRUARY 2016 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.

Come Clean Infographic - Clean Mama

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for February 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 new 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.

 

Come Clean - February 2016 Free Cleaning Calendar - Clean Mama

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for February 2016!

(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!

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Speed Cleaning to the Rescue

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If your days are anything like mine, having a couple of speed cleaning routines in your back pocket can be just the ticket for those days where time is minimal. In an effort to help streamline the “hot spots” where a quicker cleaning method is vital, I designed a kitchen, bathroom and whole house speed cleaning routine. These are perfect for those times where unexpected guests are on their way, when you are tired of spending time cleaning in the evening after the house settles down or for when you need to do a surface clean in order to maintain your sanity. All you need is between 15-30 minutes of time for each of these three routines to get the job done.

Kitchen Speed Cleaning Routine:

This is my nightly kitchen cleaning routine and my go-to method when I need to get the kitchen cleaned in as little time as possible. This isn’t for those times where you need to deep clean, but perfect for after mealtime or the end of the day. Be sure to grab the free printable too!

Bathroom Speed Cleaning Routine:

If you follow my daily cleaning routine, you’ll be familiar with Monday’s task: bathroom cleaning. This is one of my favorite routines for one of my least favorite things to clean. I think you’ll be as pleased as I when you can clean all your bathrooms in about 15 minutes. We have four bathrooms in our home and I can attest to this being the best way to get them all cleaned in literally no time flat.

Whole House Speed Cleaning:

This routine is perfect for when you have unexpected guests on their way, need a quick clean of your home or feel like you need a quick start to in your cleaning schedule. Sometimes we need to feel Iike we accomplished something at the end of a crazy day and that is where this quick clean shines. Don’t forget to use the free printable too!

Try one or all of these methods and let me know how they work for you!

Come Clean Challenge Quick Start

What’s the BEST way to start a challenge?  Make some headway quickly so you’re motivated to continue.  If you’re plodding along with no obvious progress, frustration creeps in and you’ll most likely get frustrated and give up.  The Come Clean CHALLENGE is the perfect combination of let’s make some progress and the acknowledgement that life happens and no one’s perfect.  Enter the QUICK START – basically 3 days to make a lot of progress in a short period of time so you feel like continuing.

Come Clean Challenge - Quick Start

Ready?  Here’s what we’re going to do:

  • For 3 days – January 1-3 – declutter as much as you are able to in your home.  This could be taking down and putting away Christmas decorations, it could be going through kids toys, or maybe your clothing.
  • Don’t worry about how much or how little time you have to devote to these 3 days.  If you can spend at least 15 minutes a day decluttering SOMETHING you’re farther along than you were the day before.  If you’re feeling motivated to do more or maybe you’re off work and want to clean out that closet you’ve been eyeing for the last year, now’s your chance!
  • Grab some garbage bags or baskets to put your decluttered items into – have a plan for what you find otherwise you’ll simply be putting it back.
  • Set up these categories for what you find: Toss/Keep/Sell/Donate
  • Set your timer for 15-30 minutes and move quickly through your home, finding things to declutter.  The most important thing for me is to get the items OUT of the house quickly.  Put the bags in the garage or better yet, straight to your car and out the door to your favorite donation center.
  • Come back here on Monday, January 4th, ready to start cleaning the kitchen!

Need a little inspiration before getting started?

5 Reasons to Declutter
How to Declutter and Simplify Your Life

 

New here?  Keep reading to grab your FREE printables to get started with the Come Clean Challenge:

Come Clean 2016 - Clean Mama

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  • Print off your worksheet and calendar for the month – prepare yourself and get ready to get your home clean, tidy, and organized.
  • We’ll start off with 3 days to get rid of clutter – I’ll have a post on December 31st with some quick tips to get rid of clutter in a hurry.
  • Then, each Monday in January I’ll give you a focus space for the week – you can see them on the calendar.  On that same post on Monday, I’ll give you a handful of tips and posts to refer to during the week.  Work at your own pace, do what you can and worry about progress, not completion at this point.  Each daily task corresponds with my cleaning routine so you’ll be working smarter, not harder.
  • 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 new 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.
    Come Clean Challenge - Clean Mama

Get your FREE Come Clean Challenge worksheet here and the cleaning calendar for January 2016 here!

Catch up on the posts here:

Come Clean Challenge – Free Printable 
Come Clean Challenge Quick Start
Week 1 – Kitchen
Week 2 – Living Spaces
Week 3 – Bathrooms
Week 4 – Bedrooms
Come Clean – Wrap Up

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Come Clean Challenge

Happy New Year and 2016! I’d love to invite you to participate in the COME CLEAN Challenge this January – it’s the perfect way to channel that desire to clean and organize everything. I’ve coordinated the challenge with my cleaning routine to make it super easy to implement and of course it’s complete with room for catching up each week. Want to join me?

Come Clean Challenge - Clean Your Home and Get Into a Cleaning Routine - Clean Mama

The cleaning theme for 2016 is COME CLEAN.  Every month I have a FREE cleaning calendar (grab January’s here) – add that to the challenge for January and you’ll be well on your way to a clean house, a new routine, and habits that will follow you all year long.

Come Clean 2016 - Clean Mama

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  • Print off your worksheet and calendar for the month – prepare yourself and get ready to get your home clean, tidy, and organized.
  • We’ll start off with 3 days to get rid of clutter – I’ll have a post on December 31st with some quick tips to get rid of clutter in a hurry.
  • Then, each Monday in January I’ll give you a focus space for the week – you can see them on the calendar.  On that same post on Monday, I’ll give you a handful of tips and posts to refer to during the week.  Work at your own pace, do what you can and worry about progress, not completion at this point.  Each daily task corresponds with my cleaning routine so you’ll be working smarter, not harder 🙂
  • 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 new 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.
    Come Clean Challenge - Clean Mama

Get your FREE Come Clean Challenge worksheet here and the cleaning calendar for January 2016 here!

Catch up on the posts here:

Come Clean Challenge – Free Printable 
Come Clean Challenge Quick Start
Week 1 – Kitchen
Week 2 – Living Spaces
Week 3 – Bathrooms
Week 4 – Bedrooms
Come Clean – Wrap Up

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Did you catch the launch of Clean Mama HOME?  Come see!

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Come Clean – FREE CLEANING CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 2016

It’s almost 2016 (can you believe it?!) and that means that it’s time for January’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Free Cleaning Calendar - January 2016 - Clean Mama

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s COME CLEAN.  2016 is the year to get your cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that works for you and your family.  I’ll also be doing a COME CLEAN CHALLENGE for January that fits perfectly with my cleaning calendar and will jumpstart your clean home.  I’m announcing it later this week, make sure you’re subscribed in the sidebar so you don’t miss it!  Speaking of announcements, Clean Mama HOME (my product line) is officially launching tomorrow so you definitely want to subscribe!

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’re going to 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 solution for busy 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.

Come Clean 2016 - Clean Mama

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 JANUARY 2016 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.

Come Clean Infographic - Clean Mama

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for January 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 new 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.

January 2016 Clean Home Calendar via Clean Mama

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for January 2016!

(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!

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