Simplify Saturdays: Cleaning routines

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I can honestly say that I have never completely cleaned my home in one day. I have tried to do it, and I either run out of time, or I get burned out. And my house is not a big house.

I also learned pretty quickly that cleaning on Saturdays meant that I lose my entire Saturday and I don’t get to do anything fun with my family. I found a daily cleaning schedule on Pinterest, adapted it, and came up with this:

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My house is much cleaner when I do a little bit of cleaning each night. This way, every surface of the house is cleaned monthly, if not weekly. Honestly, with kids, you need to spot clean upholstery more often than once a month. We also don’t always get to the windows, but we do try.  It also helps that my oldest child likes to help me clean, and is pretty good at it, too.

Another way to simplify your cleaning routine is to create cleaning zone kits. For instance, I keep a kitchen cleaning kit under my kitchen sink, and bathroom cleaning kits under both bathroom sinks. The kitchen kit includes stainless steel cleaner, Chlorox wipes,  dishwashing detergent, ceramic tile cleaner, multipurpose cleaner and window cleaner. The bathroom kits contain Chlorox wipes, window cleaner, daily shower cleaner, tub and tile cleaner, toilet cleaner and magic erasers. Having these kits in close proximity means I can just open the cabinet, grab the kit, and do a quick cleanup.

I also keep a general house cleaning kit in my laundry room with window cleaner, multipurpose cleaner, microfiber cloths, and furniture polish. This is in a bucket with a handle on it, so I can tote it around the house.

I have learned that tackling one room at a time means that I am able to clean the room more thoroughly, and that I am less likely to do a thorough job if I clean the whole house all at once.

Truthfully though, you have to clean your home in a way that fits your family, your home and your schedule.

Have a wonderful week! How do you clean your house?

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Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning with Kids

Welcome to my final installment of Common Sense Cleaning. Thank your bearing with me- I’ve enjoyed sharing my cleaning tips. You’ve patiently read along as I discussed cleaning all the living spaces in my home, both inside and out. I thank you for that. At times, I felt like I was repeating myself and I hope I didn’t bore you too badly. 

My final installment of Common Sense Cleaning pertains to cleaning with kids. No, I don’t mean using your kids as cleaning sponges :). I mean involving them in your house cleaning. 
Here is an age appropriate list of chores for kids. My own daughter is three and she helps dust, put things away and sweeps. 
Age Appropriate Chores for Kids: Printable
Inspired by Pinterest, I put a cleaning supply kit together for my kiddo. I’m going to put her name on the bucket, add some mild cleaner (maybe Meyer’s Clean Day for kids) and add a little apron and gloves. 
The microfiber towel, bucket and ladybug brush were Dollar Tree finds, while the hand broom is from Ikea.  
I saw this cleaning supply kit for kids on Pinterest. 
Cleaning with Kids...Cleaning kit to get them involved!
And this one as well:
Miss Poppins: Chore Ideas
Source: [Miss Poppins]
Find some way to make cleaning fun. Luckily, for me, my kiddo loves cleaning (wonder where she gets that?) so I don’t have to push too hard to get her to help :). 
How do you involve your family in the cleaning process?

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Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning with Kids

Welcome to my final installment of Common Sense Cleaning. Thank your bearing with me- I’ve enjoyed sharing my cleaning tips. You’ve patiently read along as I discussed cleaning all the living spaces in my home, both inside and out. I thank you for that. At times, I felt like I was repeating myself and I hope I didn’t bore you too badly. 

My final installment of Common Sense Cleaning pertains to cleaning with kids. No, I don’t mean using your kids as cleaning sponges :). I mean involving them in your house cleaning. 
Here is an age appropriate list of chores for kids. My own daughter is three and she helps dust, put things away and sweeps. 
Age Appropriate Chores for Kids: Printable
Inspired by Pinterest, I put a cleaning supply kit together for my kiddo. I’m going to put her name on the bucket, add some mild cleaner (maybe Meyer’s Clean Day for kids) and add a little apron and gloves. 
The microfiber towel, bucket and ladybug brush were Dollar Tree finds, while the hand broom is from Ikea.  
I saw this cleaning supply kit for kids on Pinterest. 
Cleaning with Kids...Cleaning kit to get them involved!
And this one as well:
Miss Poppins: Chore Ideas
Source: [Miss Poppins]
Find some way to make cleaning fun. Luckily, for me, my kiddo loves cleaning (wonder where she gets that?) so I don’t have to push too hard to get her to help :). 
How do you involve your family in the cleaning process?

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Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning with Kids

Welcome to my final installment of Common Sense Cleaning. Thank your bearing with me- I’ve enjoyed sharing my cleaning tips. You’ve patiently read along as I discussed cleaning all the living spaces in my home, both inside and out. I thank you for that. At times, I felt like I was repeating myself and I hope I didn’t bore you too badly. 

My final installment of Common Sense Cleaning pertains to cleaning with kids. No, I don’t mean using your kids as cleaning sponges :). I mean involving them in your house cleaning. 
Here is an age appropriate list of chores for kids. My own daughter is three and she helps dust, put things away and sweeps. 
Age Appropriate Chores for Kids: Printable
Inspired by Pinterest, I put a cleaning supply kit together for my kiddo. I’m going to put her name on the bucket, add some mild cleaner (maybe Meyer’s Clean Day for kids) and add a little apron and gloves. 
The microfiber towel, bucket and ladybug brush were Dollar Tree finds, while the hand broom is from Ikea.  
I saw this cleaning supply kit for kids on Pinterest. 
Cleaning with Kids...Cleaning kit to get them involved!
And this one as well:
Miss Poppins: Chore Ideas
Source: [Miss Poppins]
Find some way to make cleaning fun. Luckily, for me, my kiddo loves cleaning (wonder where she gets that?) so I don’t have to push too hard to get her to help :). 
How do you involve your family in the cleaning process?

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Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning with Kids

Welcome to my final installment of Common Sense Cleaning. Thank your bearing with me- I’ve enjoyed sharing my cleaning tips. You’ve patiently read along as I discussed cleaning all the living spaces in my home, both inside and out. I thank you for that. At times, I felt like I was repeating myself and I hope I didn’t bore you too badly. 

My final installment of Common Sense Cleaning pertains to cleaning with kids. No, I don’t mean using your kids as cleaning sponges :). I mean involving them in your house cleaning. 
Here is an age appropriate list of chores for kids. My own daughter is three and she helps dust, put things away and sweeps. 
Age Appropriate Chores for Kids: Printable
Inspired by Pinterest, I put a cleaning supply kit together for my kiddo. I’m going to put her name on the bucket, add some mild cleaner (maybe Meyer’s Clean Day for kids) and add a little apron and gloves. 
The microfiber towel, bucket and ladybug brush were Dollar Tree finds, while the hand broom is from Ikea.  
I saw this cleaning supply kit for kids on Pinterest. 
Cleaning with Kids...Cleaning kit to get them involved!
And this one as well:
Miss Poppins: Chore Ideas
Source: [Miss Poppins]
Find some way to make cleaning fun. Luckily, for me, my kiddo loves cleaning (wonder where she gets that?) so I don’t have to push too hard to get her to help :). 
How do you involve your family in the cleaning process?

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Common Sense Cleaning: Outdoor Spaces

Cleaning doesn’t just refer to the inside of your home. A house that looks clean from the outside looks inviting and cozy. 

Outdoor spaces are plentiful at our home. We have a garage, a front stoop, a back porch for sitting (that we are still in the process of decorating), a patio, a pergola, a greenhouse, an outbuilding, a tractor shed and a lean-to barn where our dog is currently hanging out. 
Are all of our outdoor spaces clean and organized? No. Some of them, such as the lean-to barn, don’t make sense to clean. It is a wood structure with a dirt floor. The only thing in it is a dog house and food bowls. 
I have been working on organizing our garage, but as it has been so hot lately, I haven’t been able to do much with it. It is supposed to cool down this week, so I will hopefully finish it soon. The greenhouse is organized, but with a gravel floor, there isn’t much to clean. We just make sure it is straight. The tractor shed is the hubs’ domain and he keeps his lawn tools well organized. My outbuilding, which is full of baby gear and holiday decorations, needs a good cleaning out, but since it is hotter inside the outbuilding than outside, this one will have to wait until fall or winter. The pergola, back porch and patio are mostly just a matter of not letting them collect clutter. Things tend to gather on the back porch quite often, especially toys and old shoes. Since the actual storage space for these items is in the garage, we are constantly returning them to the garage. 
Our weekly cleaning chores are as follows:
Clean front and back door glass
Pull weeds from flower beds (only in spring and summer)
Put away all outdoor toys, shoes and yard care equipment
Knock down spider webs around the doors and on the porch (there are so many!!!)
Empty outdoor trash cans
Sweep porches, patios and sidewalks (usually done after yard is mowed)
Monthly/Bi-monthly chores:
Wash windows
Wash doors and door moldings
Straighten greenhouse, storage sheds
Twice yearly:
Pressure wash house, porches and privacy fence
Thank you for reading! Tune in for the final installment of Common Sense Cleaning, which will be about cleaning with kids. 

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Common Sense Cleaning: Outdoor Spaces

Cleaning doesn’t just refer to the inside of your home. A house that looks clean from the outside looks inviting and cozy. 

Outdoor spaces are plentiful at our home. We have a garage, a front stoop, a back porch for sitting (that we are still in the process of decorating), a patio, a pergola, a greenhouse, an outbuilding, a tractor shed and a lean-to barn where our dog is currently hanging out. 
Are all of our outdoor spaces clean and organized? No. Some of them, such as the lean-to barn, don’t make sense to clean. It is a wood structure with a dirt floor. The only thing in it is a dog house and food bowls. 
I have been working on organizing our garage, but as it has been so hot lately, I haven’t been able to do much with it. It is supposed to cool down this week, so I will hopefully finish it soon. The greenhouse is organized, but with a gravel floor, there isn’t much to clean. We just make sure it is straight. The tractor shed is the hubs’ domain and he keeps his lawn tools well organized. My outbuilding, which is full of baby gear and holiday decorations, needs a good cleaning out, but since it is hotter inside the outbuilding than outside, this one will have to wait until fall or winter. The pergola, back porch and patio are mostly just a matter of not letting them collect clutter. Things tend to gather on the back porch quite often, especially toys and old shoes. Since the actual storage space for these items is in the garage, we are constantly returning them to the garage. 
Our weekly cleaning chores are as follows:
Clean front and back door glass
Pull weeds from flower beds (only in spring and summer)
Put away all outdoor toys, shoes and yard care equipment
Knock down spider webs around the doors and on the porch (there are so many!!!)
Empty outdoor trash cans
Sweep porches, patios and sidewalks (usually done after yard is mowed)
Monthly/Bi-monthly chores:
Wash windows
Wash doors and door moldings
Straighten greenhouse, storage sheds
Twice yearly:
Pressure wash house, porches and privacy fence
Thank you for reading! Tune in for the final installment of Common Sense Cleaning, which will be about cleaning with kids. 

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Common Sense Cleaning: Outdoor Spaces

Cleaning doesn’t just refer to the inside of your home. A house that looks clean from the outside looks inviting and cozy. 

Outdoor spaces are plentiful at our home. We have a garage, a front stoop, a back porch for sitting (that we are still in the process of decorating), a patio, a pergola, a greenhouse, an outbuilding, a tractor shed and a lean-to barn where our dog is currently hanging out. 
Are all of our outdoor spaces clean and organized? No. Some of them, such as the lean-to barn, don’t make sense to clean. It is a wood structure with a dirt floor. The only thing in it is a dog house and food bowls. 
I have been working on organizing our garage, but as it has been so hot lately, I haven’t been able to do much with it. It is supposed to cool down this week, so I will hopefully finish it soon. The greenhouse is organized, but with a gravel floor, there isn’t much to clean. We just make sure it is straight. The tractor shed is the hubs’ domain and he keeps his lawn tools well organized. My outbuilding, which is full of baby gear and holiday decorations, needs a good cleaning out, but since it is hotter inside the outbuilding than outside, this one will have to wait until fall or winter. The pergola, back porch and patio are mostly just a matter of not letting them collect clutter. Things tend to gather on the back porch quite often, especially toys and old shoes. Since the actual storage space for these items is in the garage, we are constantly returning them to the garage. 
Our weekly cleaning chores are as follows:
Clean front and back door glass
Pull weeds from flower beds (only in spring and summer)
Put away all outdoor toys, shoes and yard care equipment
Knock down spider webs around the doors and on the porch (there are so many!!!)
Empty outdoor trash cans
Sweep porches, patios and sidewalks (usually done after yard is mowed)
Monthly/Bi-monthly chores:
Wash windows
Wash doors and door moldings
Straighten greenhouse, storage sheds
Twice yearly:
Pressure wash house, porches and privacy fence
Thank you for reading! Tune in for the final installment of Common Sense Cleaning, which will be about cleaning with kids. 

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Common Sense Cleaning: Outdoor Spaces

Cleaning doesn’t just refer to the inside of your home. A house that looks clean from the outside looks inviting and cozy. 

Outdoor spaces are plentiful at our home. We have a garage, a front stoop, a back porch for sitting (that we are still in the process of decorating), a patio, a pergola, a greenhouse, an outbuilding, a tractor shed and a lean-to barn where our dog is currently hanging out. 
Are all of our outdoor spaces clean and organized? No. Some of them, such as the lean-to barn, don’t make sense to clean. It is a wood structure with a dirt floor. The only thing in it is a dog house and food bowls. 
I have been working on organizing our garage, but as it has been so hot lately, I haven’t been able to do much with it. It is supposed to cool down this week, so I will hopefully finish it soon. The greenhouse is organized, but with a gravel floor, there isn’t much to clean. We just make sure it is straight. The tractor shed is the hubs’ domain and he keeps his lawn tools well organized. My outbuilding, which is full of baby gear and holiday decorations, needs a good cleaning out, but since it is hotter inside the outbuilding than outside, this one will have to wait until fall or winter. The pergola, back porch and patio are mostly just a matter of not letting them collect clutter. Things tend to gather on the back porch quite often, especially toys and old shoes. Since the actual storage space for these items is in the garage, we are constantly returning them to the garage. 
Our weekly cleaning chores are as follows:
Clean front and back door glass
Pull weeds from flower beds (only in spring and summer)
Put away all outdoor toys, shoes and yard care equipment
Knock down spider webs around the doors and on the porch (there are so many!!!)
Empty outdoor trash cans
Sweep porches, patios and sidewalks (usually done after yard is mowed)
Monthly/Bi-monthly chores:
Wash windows
Wash doors and door moldings
Straighten greenhouse, storage sheds
Twice yearly:
Pressure wash house, porches and privacy fence
Thank you for reading! Tune in for the final installment of Common Sense Cleaning, which will be about cleaning with kids. 

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Common Sense Cleaning: Living Areas and Bedrooms

We are nearing the end of our “Common Sense Cleaning” series. I wanted to make sure I covered all areas of our house, so I am going to talk today about cleaning our living areas. As always, they are cleaned a little at a time by utilizing a daily chore checklist and monthly deep cleaning chores. 

I’ve found by breaking up the chores into daily, weekly and monthly lists the house stays cleaner, AND I’m not spending so much time cleaning. I used to save all the cleaning for Saturday morning. The joke was on me- Saturday “morning” extended throughout all of Saturday and most of Sunday! 
Each day, we declutter all the living areas by making a quick sweep and returning everything to its proper place. Our daughter likes to bring half of her playroom into the living room most days, so she helps with this task. 
Our daily living area chores:
Make the beds (We change the sheets on Sundays)
Put away any clutter
Spot clean the floors or spot-vacuum (if needed- we don’t always do this)
Weekly:
Dust furniture and decor
Mop the floors
Clean the mirrors
Change the sheets
Freshen and vacuum the mattress
Monthly:
Dust the walls, doors and moldings
Clean the windows
Check the drawers and closets to make sure they’re staying straight and neat
Spot clean the upholstery and carpets
Clean the blinds
Wash the comforters and pillows
Wash the curtains
Thanks for reading! Tune in for the final installments of “Common Sense Cleaning:”
Outdoor Spaces
Involving the Kids with Cleaning

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