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How to Have a Clean House and Still Spend Time with Family

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Hate to Clean?  Yeah, me too.  I think most of us hate to clean for the simple fact that it takes hours to clean an entire house, and only 2 minutes to be destroyed by our kids, family members, and pets.  I don’t know about you, but my time is limited and precious.  I don’t have 2-4 hours every Saturday to clean my entire house.  I want to spend that time being with family and friends or to just sit on the couch and be lazy.  My mom and I are always saying to each other…we really need to clean more often or we need to clean this Saturday and when Saturday rolls around we find ourselves sitting on the couch being lazy watching TV and playing with my son.
One way that I have found to keep up on my cleaning is to break it down in to tasks each day so I am not spending one large chunk of time just on cleaning.  I spend maybe 10-30 minutes a day on different cleaning tasks.  I have created a cleaning schedule that works for me.  You can find a free printable of it here.  Once you figure out what works best for you create your own schedule and follow it going forward.
I have tasks that need to be completed daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonally on the cleaning schedule.  I have the items spread out across all 7 days.  I don’t do any “cleaning” on Sundays as this is our one true lazy day of the week. (SSShhhhh…we don’t even get out of our jammies most Sundays)  I assigned months to the seasonal items so they can stay in a rotation and I am not stuck doing these tasks all in one weekend since they tend to be larger tasks.  I also don’t want to be outside in the garage in the hot summer months.  It helps to lay out all the things that need to be completed and assign months accordingly.  This is also how I planned my daily schedule.  I wrote down all of the main cleaning items like mopping, dusting, vacuuming, etc. and then arranged them into the days of the week based on what works best for me.
You will notice I have the same task on my daily schedule every single day.  Clean off the island.  This is our collection space for all things that could possibly be left somewhere.  Mail, purses, keys, cups, lunch bags, pens, paper.  You name it, it gathers and hangs out on the kitchen island.  I don’t know about you but I do all of my meal prep, cutting, sandwich making for the kiddo on my kitchen island.  I can’t stand having it cluttered with the previously mentioned items, so I try to de-clutter and clean it off daily.  Don’t get me wrong there are days I just say oh well I don’t feel like moving any of it so I slide it as close to the edge of the counter as I can go about my business.
Try making a schedule that works for you and plan your cleaning tasks and chores in a way that works best for you and your family and put somewhere you will see it daily and check it off your to do list each day.  I promise it feels so good to mark off a task at the end of the day and to have cleaned something.
Don’t forget to print out the free printable and please leave your cleaning tips and tricks in the comments for all of us to try out and learn from you.

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26 thoughts on “How to Have a Clean House and Still Spend Time with Family

  1. I absolutely agree. I do clean throughout the week, and do something every day, so that weekends are mostly free. We are busy almost every weekend with our son’s soccer games, or REALLY busy relaxing (lol!).

    Doing something every day is the best way to go, especially when you have a somewhat big house!

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  2. I totally agree with sticking to a plan. Then you know whats done and whats next at all times. I have a daily tidy up, a weekly clean and a monthly deep clean of certain things. Overall, I barely spend time cleaning and my house is also pristine.

  3. Wonderful post. I struggle with my time management and you provide great tips. I’m tried of spending my whole day on Sunday cleaning. I need to start completing smaller tasks throughout the week.

  4. I need to try this!!! I work pretty long hours during the week and I hate wasting most of Saturday morning cleaning – I need to break it down and get organized like you!!!! Thanks for these tips ??

  5. I think the important thing about having a clean house is that it is truly clean. Clutter is clutter. Kids toys laying around and such id not that big of a deal. It’s more important to have clean and sanitary living spaces.

    1. Completely agree! Our living room is his play room and this is where we live so it doesn’t bother me either. as long as lings are clean I am happy. The clutter of toys doesn’t bother me. The clutter of mail and purses and all the things that gather on my kitchen island is what bothers me. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I think most of us can agree with the statement that we’d rather be spending time with friends/family than cleaning. What works for our family is getting everyone involved. We spend a good part of our Saturday cleaning together. It’s a team effort, and a win win. The house gets the attention it needs, and as a family we make it a fun bonding experience 🙂

    1. I agree with that approach. As my son is getting older I am getting him involved too. He really likes to sweep and dust, and fold laundry. Since he is only 3 it is getting easier. I hope to get to this point when he is older and I can give him real chores to do. thank you for stopping by and replying

    1. Mine was too, but by taking baby steps at least things are getting cleaned. It may not all be clean at one time, but it gets cleaned. I find that the older my sone gets the easier it is to keep up on and to involve him. He likes to sweep and dust.

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