A Cleaning Routine

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A Time to Clean: Day 21

I’ll be honest. There have been years where I stuck to my cleaning routine and daily tasks. Lately… well, it’s an area I could definitely improve in! My personality naturally gravitates to being messy. You know, the messy, artsy, creative, writer type. I mean, in some ways I’m pretty organized. I have certain ways of doing things and definitely have a place for everything that’s important in my house.

I’m pretty predictable. I always put my keys in the same place. I always put the first aid kit in the same place. I always put the dishes in the same place. Aside from my battle with clutter, things I use on a regular basis have a place in our home and I’m pretty good about putting those things away.

That’s the problem with clutter. Remember how I said clutter was really just piles of unmade decisions? That’s why getting rid of clutter is so freeing to your mind and soul! I’ve been so excited to see the clutter leave my house for good!

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Anyway, so back to the whole cleaning thing. It’s so much easier to clean a house that is neat and tidy. Just by the very nature of having less stuff means you’ll have less stuff to clean. Imagine only having enough laundry to get you through the week. No more mountainous piles of laundry hanging over your head! If you only have enough dishes for one meal you’d be forced to clean them before the next meal rolls around!

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It’s so much easier to keep a house neat if you don’t have too much stuff because everything has a place. And if everything has a place, it just requires a little self discipline to follow this timeless adage:

Don’t put it down, put it away.

Creating a Cleaning Routine

There’s more than one way to clean house. You could just clean whatever you deem necessary when it starts looking dirty. I’m not going to say that’s the wrong way…. just maybe there’s a better way.

Daily Chores

This type of cleaning system is age old. Remember the song from childhood:

This is the way we wash our clothes
Wash our clothes, wash our clothes
This is the way we wash our clothes
So early Monday morning.

Basically, you assign a different major weekly chore to each day of the week. For instance:

  • Monday: Laundry
  • Tuesday: Baking Bread
  • Wednesday: Scrub Bathrooms
  • Thursday: Vacuum and Dusting
  • Friday: Mop Floors

Zone Cleaning

The other way to divide up your chores is to focus on one area of your home each day for deep cleaning. For instance:

  • Monday: Living Room
  • Tuesday: Kitchen
  • Wednesday: Bathrooms
  • Thursday: Bedrooms
  • Fridays: Laundry Room

You could divide your home into zones however you see fit. I used Zone Cleaning for years. When all five of my children were still at home we had the house divided into zones and each afternoon everyone went to their zone and cleaned. It worked really well. We have a large house and in order to get every room done, it’s essential we all work together.

Nowadays I do a combination of Zone Cleaning and Daily Chores. For basic straightening of the house each day, I assign each of my kids who are home to tidy up certain rooms. Then for the deep cleaning, I clean certain areas on certain days.

The exception to this, is that I do laundry on an almost daily basis – unless I don’t feel like it. 

Which brings me to my next point. Do you need to clean everyday?

Well, maybe. Maybe not. I’m not going to say I do my routine perfectly everyday. I don’t. My house is not always super clean or even always neat. There are times when I need a break and some things don’t get done. That’s okay.

I prefer our home to be neat – especially the main living areas. It’s nice when the house stays neat because we tend to have people drop in on us on a regular basis. Does a home have to be picture perfect to be warm and inviting? Absolutely not.

But a really messy or dirty space is may not feel comforting to your guests. Chaos does not invite peace. If you’ve ever been in someone’s home that felt dirty, you’ll know what I’m talking about. However, there is a difference between cluttered, messy, and dirty. That’s why a good cleaning routine is helpful.

Living clutter free is only possible if you make a concerted effort to stay on top of clutter. It takes a fair amount of self-discipline to do that!

Which cleaning routine do you prefer? Do you need to make changes to your cleaning routine?

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Today’s Goal

  • What does your weekly cleaning routine look like? Do you need to make changes?
  • Pray about making hard decisions – about what things you should keep, preserve, or let go.
  • Pick up a journal and write down your thoughts about what He has shown you or print my free prayer journal.
  • Choose an area in your home you want to tackle.
  • Fill at least one bag or box full of stuff to give away.
  • Take a picture of your bag. Share it on Facebook or Instagram – use hashtag #atimetoclean {optional}
  • Leave a comment below about what you chose to get rid of and anything else God has laid on your heart.
  • Do your best to wake up early tomorrow and spend time in prayer. Use your prayer journal.

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