June 22, 2007
My Cleaning Routine
Over the last couple of years I've been looking for the perfect system of cleaning the house. I've done the all day clean-a-thon, very tiring and not very efficient, and I've also done the clean one room of the house each day of the week. Personally, that method seemed like I had a lot of work to do, and I didn't like dragging out the vacuum cleaner several days in a row. I've done no cleaning, er well, no cleaning except sweeping/vacuuming and a quick swipe of the toilet/sink. (when pregnant or with new baby) Recently I've been doing task by task cleaning, and so far it really seems to fit my life.
Here's what I do:
Monday- take apart and clean stove top (believe it or not I didn't know this was needed or how until recently), wipe down appliances(coffeemaker, toaster,mixer, microwave,oven, dishwasher, refrigerator,washer and dryer), deep clean sink. I also do a general tidy up from the weekend.
Tuesday: dust, wipe screens, mirrors, screen doors, wipe down tables/banisters and surfaces in general
Wednesday: tub, shower, toilets, sinks, wipe down tiled walls
Thursday: sweep and mop hard floors
Friday: vacuum whole house, and do any touching up on bathrooms, kitchen etc.
I've also been following a laundry schedule:
Monday- bedding and possibly one other load
Tuesday-towels, washcloths etc.
Wednesday- kids' clothes
Thursday- more kid's clothes
Friday- Matt and my clothes
Now, this is just a general schedule, I don't always get it like this, inevitably there are interruptions that put me behind. But for the most part, all has gone well this week. Amazing considering my baby had a temperature of 106 Tuesday night! I had to take her to the doctor the next morning and she has double ear inflammation (not quite an infection) caused by a virus, which turns out to be Roseola. She has been very irritable this whole week and wanting me to hold/rock her. Also not to mention all the antics the other ones have been up to. A lot of my cleaning got done during nap times and with the older two helping me. They did a great job with the bathroom cleaning, especially getting in the shower to clean it and cleaning the base of the toilets. Sometimes my girls amaze me in a good way!