I love a clean house! Our family functions so much better when things are in order. Of course, the reality is that we actually live in this house… all five of us… and it gets messy really quick. Especially in the summer! I realized very quickly that we would have to find a new cleaning routine that worked for us during the summer months. Even though we are only a few weeks in, it’s working pretty well.
I do work from home, which gives me more time to clean. However… my kids are home all day, so that gives them more time to undo my cleaning. I know this won’t work for every family, but this is how we roll….
1. Have a Game Plan
I like to go to bed with a clean house. Every morning I try to wake up before the kids and it is so nice to have some quiet time in a clean living room and a dish free sink. (Even if it’s just for 30 minutes.) It also makes morning pick up go by faster and we can get to the pool sooner. I try to only spend about 30 minutes a morning straightening up the house. That time includes making my bed, straightening the bathrooms and living area,loading and unloading the dishwasher and folding a load of laundry.
The night before I also set the washing machine to start a load of laundry an hour before I wake up. As soon as I am done having quiet time I put it in the dryer and by the time breakfast is done, I have a load to fold. Before lunch I do the second load of the day (usually pool and bath towels) and fold them in the afternoon while the girls are resting. This has kept our laundry from getting out of control.
I tried to do the daily chore chart and it didn’t work for me. That being said- do what works for you! You will enjoy your housework so much more.
And that brings me to…
2. Get Inspired
Fun music, a little Netflix or a Podcast… listen to something that gets you moving!
This is so embarrassing, but one of my favorite things to clean to is Dateline Murder Mystery. It kind of makes me nervous so I move really fast and scrub really hard. This is my go-to when I have to tackle the upstairs (aka- Girl World).
YouTube channels are my jam when it comes to cleaning! I discovered these ladies this summer and they have taught me so much, encouraged me to be much more on top of things in my home. They are just regular (super cute) people who are passionate about homemaking. My kind of girls! Please click the links below to check out their channels. I promise you won’t regret it.
I also love candles! Scentsational candles are my current favorite. Especially the Tropical Fruit scent. The best part is that I found them at Marshalls for $2.99 a candle. I was really concerned about how they would burn since the price was so low, but they are very high quality. I would say they burn just as well as my Bath and Bodyworks candles and for a small fraction of the price. Marshall for the win every time!
3. Use Products You Love
Enough said. This makes all the difference in the world.
These are a few of my favorites.
Mrs. Meyers Honeysuckle. We are just a little obsessed with this scent in our house! I cleaned the kitchen at 9 am this morning and when I returned home from the pool at 1pm our house still smelled like Honeysuckle. Ahhhhh…… How can you beat that?
First and foremost, JR Watkins products are just pretty to look at. I don’t ever mind leaving this sitting out because the almost look like decor. They do clean very well and the coconut scent smells like summer. I love it so much!
These little guys are my best friends. I found them at Marshalls and everytime I visit (which is too embarrassing to admit to) I pick up another set. One side is microfiber and the other side is a scrubber. I use them on every room in our house.
4. Get the Whole Family Involved
I keep the ages of my girls in mind when doling out house work.
Big Sister is really old enough to do it all and has becoming a little cleaning queen. Last week she asked to go to Target to buy her own cleaning supplies to keep upstairs. This has worked out so well and she has kept her area so tidy and sanitary. (That also goes back to buying products that you love. Cleaning has been fun and rewarding because she LOVES Mrs. Meyer’s products and the way they make her room smell.) Since the products are all natural I never have to worry about her cleaning with anything that could harm her.
The little sisters are more in the ‘pick up’ stage than the actual ‘cleaning’ stage. I will let them clean if they ask, but I do expect them to make their beds and pick up their toys every day.
The biggest and most helpful thing we do as a family is POWER HOUR.
Oh, I love a good power hour!!! (Insert squeal…)
During our Power Hours (or half hours) we sit down as a family and come up with a list of chores for each family member. (For example- Dad will vacuum the stairs and check off some things on the Honey-Do list, Mom will clean the downstairs, Big Sister will clean the bathrooms upstairs, Middle Sister will pick up all of the toys upstairs, Baby Sister will bring all of the trash and dirty laundry downstairs.)
I keep a list going all week and knock things off of it during my afternoon power hour as well as taking care of some everyday things like folding laundry and loading the dishwasher.
We set the clock for an hour or half an hour and see if we can make it all happen during that time.
On Saturdays, we actually do a whole Power Hour. (That includes big things like cleaning the shower or wiping down baseboards.) On weeknights, we keep it to 30 minutes so we can have more time to relax as a family. I also challenge myself with a Power Hour every afternoon.
I am dying to know what works for your family? What are your favorite cleaning products? Do you watch YouTube channels like me? Or maybe murder mysteries…
Tell me what works for you!!!!