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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Six Things I Do Every Day to Keep the House Clean

Six Things I Do Every Day to Keep the House Clean via Clean Mama

Want to feel like your home is clean and organized and like you’ve got ‘it’ together?  First of all, it’s important to keep these things in mind:

  • Organization takes time, it won’t happen overnight.  Stop worrying about instant results, concentrate on progress.
  • Routines and consistency need to be in place.
  • Spoiler: just when you feel like everything’s done, something will upset it.  All the toys are cleaned up?  Someone will dump out that huge lego bin with a zillion pieces.  That’s just real life and it’s okay.  Roll with it and enjoy the stage that you’re in.

The good news?  You can set your home up with systems to streamline your life.  I have six simple things you can do right now to get started.  If you are trying to get into a cleaning routine (or better yet, my cleaning routine) and are just struggling with the daily stuff, clutter, and mess, stop the cleaning routine and work on these things this week and start over with the cleaning routine next week.  Are you following me on Instagram?  I post my weekly cleaning routine there too!

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  1. MAKE YOUR BED.
    And teach your kids to make their beds too.  Keep the bedding simple and as soon as you get up or in my case, after I’ve had a cup of coffee, make your bed.  It will instantly make your bedrooms look put together and in reality it takes under a minute to complete.
  2. TAKE IT OUT, PUT IT AWAY.
    Start working on this TODAY and enforce it with yourself and your family members.  It’s such a simple principle but it’s hard to be consistent.  I guarantee it will take you less time to put that one thing away than it will to put all the things away at the end of the day.
  3. EVERYDAY A LITTLE SOMETHING.
    This is my mantra every.single.day.  Don’t try to get it ‘all’ done in a day or every day.  Just do something each and every day and I guarantee you’ll get over the feeling of I want my house to be clean all at once.  With my simple cleaning routine you’ll find that maintaining the basics every day is really the secret to a clean and tidy home.
  4. DEAL WITH MAIL ON A DAILY BASIS.
    Figure out a system that works for you and your family but stacks of paperwork, mail, and kid papers isn’t going to make your home feel organized.  Toss any flyers or unnecessary mail at the door, open and file any bills that need to be paid, and decide on what will work for your kid papers.  In our house we toss (recycle) most worksheets and keep the special artwork and papers.Clean Sink via Clean Mama
  5. CLEAR and WIPE YOUR COUNTERS DAILY.
    It sounds so simple doesn’t it?  But in reality it takes some effort.  Start with the kitchen counters and wipe them off after meals and at the least dinner.  Then once you feel like you’ve got a handle on that task, add checking the bathroom counters to your routine.  Put that toothpaste tube away and put the toiletries back where they belong.  Give the counters and sink a quick wipe if necessary.  Step-by-Step Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama
  6. WASH THE DISHES AND CLEAN YOUR SINK.
    At the end of the day, the last thing I (you too?) want to do is unload and/or load the dishwasher.  The silly thing is that this dreaded task only takes a couple minutes. Why do we always put it off?  Get in the habit of loading the dishwasher after dinner, wiping down the kitchen table, clearing and wiping the counters, and give that sink a little scrub.  When you get up the next morning you will be so glad you did!

Are you already doing these simple tasks?  What can you add into your routine this week?

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Some of my favorite products are in this post:

  • Murchison-Hume products are to the left of my sink.
  • I use white Fiestaware bread trays in the kitchen to keep items neat and tidy (I also have one for honey, sugar, cinnamon sugar by the coffee pot.)  I also have Fiestaware dishes and love them if you are looking for simple and attractive dishware that works well with kids.  The aqua pitcher in the window is also Fiesta.
  • The adorable green sponge holder is vintage Roseville pottery.
  • The tea towel is from Crate and Barrel.
  • I keep bar mop towels on the counter – you can see mine in my shop here.  The container that holds them is Anchor-Hocking (from Target).
  • I keep dishwasher tabs in a vintage Ball jar.
  • The little succulents in the window love vintage pottery – Red Wing is my favorite.
  • Bedding is from Pottery Barn.
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Start Here. – 4 Things To Do Every Day (Daily Cleaning Tasks)

Happy 2014!  Let’s make this the year we finally get it all clean and organized!

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It’s week one of Start Here. – I’m so excited to start with you!  If you didn’t see the first post and grab the free printable, go back to the post for the full overview and explanation here.  If you want to follow along on Instagram or post your own progress, I’d love it if you used the hash tag #cmstarthere

 

Start Here.  Cleaning + Organizing Calendar Infographic via Clean Mama

You’ll notice on the schedule/calendar that there are 4 things in each day spot.  These are the 4 daily tasks that I always complete.  They take a couple minutes, but add up to big results in the scheme of a clean and tidy home.  Keep reading for a little explanation…

 

Do these 4 things every day via Clean Mama

Check Floors

Most days I need to at least do a quick sweep of the hardwood floors on our first level.    Sometimes I need to haul out the vacuum cleaner and do a little touch up, but most of the time it’s just a once-over with my sweeper.  My kids are in charge of crumb clean-up under the kitchen table with a little mini broom and dust pan.

Wipe Counters

 I wipe the kitchen counters after each meal and I check the bathroom counters daily and if they need to be wiped down, I give them a little wipe down.  I use this method for kitchen counter clean up and keep bar mop towels in a cute jar for easy access and great wipe-down capability.

Clutter

Clutter is different for every person and family.  If you have a big clutter problem you could use this item on your list to get some decluttering done every day.  Make a list of all your little clutter areas and then every day spend 15 minutes knocking them off your list.  For me, I use this time to sort through daily mail and papers.  I need to deal with paper clutter every day to keep up with it and not let it get out of control.  (If you struggle with paper clutter too, we’ll be covering a lot of paper clutter in this series, so stay tuned!)

 

Laundry

I do at least one load of laundry every.single.day.  I know it sounds annoying and monotonous, but for me it’s the only way to stay on top of the potential piles and piles of laundry.  So this is how it usually goes – Monday – kid clothes, Tuesday – adult clothes, Wednesday – cleaning rags and dishtowels, Thursday – kid clothes, Friday – adult clothes, Saturday – sheets and towels,  Sunday – anything that’s unfinished.   What’s the key to making one load a day work?  Actually starting AND finishing a whole load of laundry every day.  Don’t let it pile up in a corner or on a table or couch or bed.  Start it and finish it.  It’s a great process to master because you will have clean clothes at the ready at any time and you shouldn’t have to iron as often if the clothes are put away right away.

So how’s the routine-ing coming along?  Any questions on the 4 daily tasks?

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for January and give it a go. Follow along all month for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. New here? I’ll be explaining the tasks more in the next week – it’ll be fun and easy to implement, I promise!

 

Cleaning + Organizing Calendar January 2014 via Clean Mama

Want to make 2014 the year that you cleaned and organized everything? Me too!

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