Thursday tips and tricks: Simplifying your cleaning routine


I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have a clean house. In fact, with two children in single digits, it’s almost never clean. 

If you come to my house and it looks clean, it’s probably put away and straightened, but not spotless.

I used to be the mom who’d spend all of Saturday morning cleaning the house, but then I realized we’d lose our entire day to house cleaning. 

I realized I needed to do some sort of daily cleaning. I found this cleaning schedule on Pinterest, and I liked the idea of it, but I needed to adapt it so that it met our needs.

Source: Little Green Notebook
I came up with this:


You won’t be able to find a one size fits all solution for your family, but you can find an idea you like and adapt it for your needs.

So, is my house perfectly clean now? No. But it is cleaner than it used to be and I don’t have to lose my whole Saturday to cleaning. 

Which gives me more time with these sweeties:


And that’s a win in my book. 

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Taming the paper clutter 

​I don’t know about you, but we surely seem to be drowning in paper, and I don’t mean the spendable kind.  
Each day,  it seems like there is a lot of mail, Emorie’s school papers and who knows what else.  I thought for this week’s organization post we could talk about methods of management for all the papers. 

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1. Sort that mail!
In our house,  we have three mail bins. One is for outgoing mail,  while the other is for bills and one is for anything that needs to be filed. Anything else goes straight to the shredder.

3. Use a paper shredder 

You would be surprised how much junk mail we get each month. Our papery shredder really comes in handy.  I’ve started shredding junk mail as soon as it comes in.  

5. National “Do Not Mail” List 

Yes,  it’s a thing and it’s awesome. Remember when the “do not call” list first became popular? This is the same kind of thing but for opting out of Unwanted bulk mail. I encourage you to try. 

6. Finance binder

We use a finance binder to hold on to bill stubs and other documents.  It’s nice having all of those things in one convenient place and it truly does help you track where your money is going. 

7.Put Those School Papers in A Folder

We use two fingers at our home.  One is for parent communications and one for homework.  This is working well so far. 

What paper organization tips do you use? Feel free to comment below and share!!
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Thursday- Fall house maintenance

Each year, there are things we do around the house. Some of these maintenance items are completed once yearly, some twice yearly, and some every two years. Some are just done on an as-needed basis. Either way, there are things we try to make sure we budget for and get done to keep our house in tip-top shape. Each year, we go through our binder and write what month we want to do these things. That helps us know when to budget for them too.

Here is a list I created and slipped into our home management binder to help us keep track of these things each year:

Twice yearly maintenance:
*pressure wash fencing
*pressure wash house
*clean porch furniture
*clean out closets (done in conjunction with seasons changing)

Once yearly maintenance:
*New pine straw
*Prune shrubs
*Separate bulbed plants
*Clean porches
*clean out flower beds, raised beds, and container gardens

Every other year maintenance:
*paint porch railing
*paint shutters
*paint front door

I currently have this on notebook paper in our binder. I am working on a checklist document that I’ll share with you all as soon as I’m done with it.

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Common Sense Cleaning: Deep cleaning days

You’ve all seen my weekly cleaning schedule. However, there are a few chores that I do monthly, but don’t include on that schedule. Due to my husband’s job, he is on call every other week. This means he cannot leave the county. Emorie and I could and he would be ok with this, but we generally use those Saturdays as a good opportunity to get things done around the house. Yesterday, I did just that. Emorie was at a play date with her cousin, so I got to work.

Deep cleaning days are just like a mini-21 day challenge. I love it because it gives me extra time to get to those chores that don’t quite need to be done weekly, but need to be done more than every other month.

The first thing I did was dust the mini-blinds in each room. We live on a dirt road, and even though we rarely open our windows, some of that dust still finds its way in our house. We dust a lot! Just dusting the mini-blinds alone took almost all day. I used a multisurface cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust.

Next, I took to giving the bathroom fixtures a more extensive scrub then the weekly scrub they’re accustomed to getting.

Once I’d accomplished both of those tasks, I cleaned the baseboards in each room. A dryer sheet works wonders for cleaning baseboards. The dust sticks to them like glue and it makes your room smell amazing!

Next Saturday Michael won’t be on call and we will actually go somewhere and do something fun. The Saturday after that will be another deep cleaning day. Here are my plans for my next deep cleaning day:

Wash all shower curtains and display towels
Wash all bath toys
Move furniture and sweep/vacuum and mop underneath it (I anticipate this chore to take the longest amount of time).

Other things I like to do on deep cleaning days include washing windows inside and out, wiping out the fridge and freezer, dusting cabinets and bathroom vanities, washing comforters and scrubbing the porches and walk ways.

Sometime in the near future, I plan on washing all of E’s stuffed animals and sanitizing her toys.

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Common Sense Cleaning: Deep cleaning days

You’ve all seen my weekly cleaning schedule. However, there are a few chores that I do monthly, but don’t include on that schedule. Due to my husband’s job, he is on call every other week. This means he cannot leave the county. Emorie and I could and he would be ok with this, but we generally use those Saturdays as a good opportunity to get things done around the house. Yesterday, I did just that. Emorie was at a play date with her cousin, so I got to work.

Deep cleaning days are just like a mini-21 day challenge. I love it because it gives me extra time to get to those chores that don’t quite need to be done weekly, but need to be done more than every other month.

The first thing I did was dust the mini-blinds in each room. We live on a dirt road, and even though we rarely open our windows, some of that dust still finds its way in our house. We dust a lot! Just dusting the mini-blinds alone took almost all day. I used a multisurface cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust.

Next, I took to giving the bathroom fixtures a more extensive scrub then the weekly scrub they’re accustomed to getting.

Once I’d accomplished both of those tasks, I cleaned the baseboards in each room. A dryer sheet works wonders for cleaning baseboards. The dust sticks to them like glue and it makes your room smell amazing!

Next Saturday Michael won’t be on call and we will actually go somewhere and do something fun. The Saturday after that will be another deep cleaning day. Here are my plans for my next deep cleaning day:

Wash all shower curtains and display towels
Wash all bath toys
Move furniture and sweep/vacuum and mop underneath it (I anticipate this chore to take the longest amount of time).

Other things I like to do on deep cleaning days include washing windows inside and out, wiping out the fridge and freezer, dusting cabinets and bathroom vanities, washing comforters and scrubbing the porches and walk ways.

Sometime in the near future, I plan on washing all of E’s stuffed animals and sanitizing her toys.

Continue Reading

Common Sense Cleaning: Deep cleaning days

You’ve all seen my weekly cleaning schedule. However, there are a few chores that I do monthly, but don’t include on that schedule. Due to my husband’s job, he is on call every other week. This means he cannot leave the county. Emorie and I could and he would be ok with this, but we generally use those Saturdays as a good opportunity to get things done around the house. Yesterday, I did just that. Emorie was at a play date with her cousin, so I got to work.

Deep cleaning days are just like a mini-21 day challenge. I love it because it gives me extra time to get to those chores that don’t quite need to be done weekly, but need to be done more than every other month.

The first thing I did was dust the mini-blinds in each room. We live on a dirt road, and even though we rarely open our windows, some of that dust still finds its way in our house. We dust a lot! Just dusting the mini-blinds alone took almost all day. I used a multisurface cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust.

Next, I took to giving the bathroom fixtures a more extensive scrub then the weekly scrub they’re accustomed to getting.

Once I’d accomplished both of those tasks, I cleaned the baseboards in each room. A dryer sheet works wonders for cleaning baseboards. The dust sticks to them like glue and it makes your room smell amazing!

Next Saturday Michael won’t be on call and we will actually go somewhere and do something fun. The Saturday after that will be another deep cleaning day. Here are my plans for my next deep cleaning day:

Wash all shower curtains and display towels
Wash all bath toys
Move furniture and sweep/vacuum and mop underneath it (I anticipate this chore to take the longest amount of time).

Other things I like to do on deep cleaning days include washing windows inside and out, wiping out the fridge and freezer, dusting cabinets and bathroom vanities, washing comforters and scrubbing the porches and walk ways.

Sometime in the near future, I plan on washing all of E’s stuffed animals and sanitizing her toys.

Continue Reading

Common Sense Cleaning: Deep cleaning days

You’ve all seen my weekly cleaning schedule. However, there are a few chores that I do monthly, but don’t include on that schedule. Due to my husband’s job, he is on call every other week. This means he cannot leave the county. Emorie and I could and he would be ok with this, but we generally use those Saturdays as a good opportunity to get things done around the house. Yesterday, I did just that. Emorie was at a play date with her cousin, so I got to work.

Deep cleaning days are just like a mini-21 day challenge. I love it because it gives me extra time to get to those chores that don’t quite need to be done weekly, but need to be done more than every other month.

The first thing I did was dust the mini-blinds in each room. We live on a dirt road, and even though we rarely open our windows, some of that dust still finds its way in our house. We dust a lot! Just dusting the mini-blinds alone took almost all day. I used a multisurface cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust.

Next, I took to giving the bathroom fixtures a more extensive scrub then the weekly scrub they’re accustomed to getting.

Once I’d accomplished both of those tasks, I cleaned the baseboards in each room. A dryer sheet works wonders for cleaning baseboards. The dust sticks to them like glue and it makes your room smell amazing!

Next Saturday Michael won’t be on call and we will actually go somewhere and do something fun. The Saturday after that will be another deep cleaning day. Here are my plans for my next deep cleaning day:

Wash all shower curtains and display towels
Wash all bath toys
Move furniture and sweep/vacuum and mop underneath it (I anticipate this chore to take the longest amount of time).

Other things I like to do on deep cleaning days include washing windows inside and out, wiping out the fridge and freezer, dusting cabinets and bathroom vanities, washing comforters and scrubbing the porches and walk ways.

Sometime in the near future, I plan on washing all of E’s stuffed animals and sanitizing her toys.

Continue Reading

Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning Schedule

Most of us employ some sort of cleaning strategy. I used to do all my cleaning on Saturday mornings, but I’m a meticulous cleaner, so this proved to be a problem.

Funny Weekend Ecard: So glad the weekend is here so I can wash the dishes, mop the floors, clean the toilets, dust the furniture and do the laundry! YAYNESS!!!
[Source: Some E Cards]

I ended up losing my entire Saturday to cleaning! Because Saturdays are reserved for spending time with family, I knew I needed a different solution. I found this handy cleaning schedule on Pinterest, and tried it for awhile, but found it needed some tweaking. I don’t see that cleaning windows needs to be done more than once a month and dusting should be done once a week. Not to criticize, as this cleaning schedule obviously is working for this blogger. Home management is all about what works best for you.

Cleaning Schedule = genius.
[Source: http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com]

I personally thrive on schedules and lists. I am a teacher, after all, so this isn’t surprising. There is just something about laying all my to-dos out right there in front of me and checking them off as they’re completed. Of course, there is also that feeling you get when you’re finished and your list is full of check marks! I used the schedule from Little Green Notebook as a basis and came up with this, which you can see in print, hanging in my command center. As you can tell, it is very similar to the Cleaning Calendar from Little Green Notebook, but better for me.

Then we popped it in a frame and added it to our command center. It’s the frame on the bottom left.

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Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning Schedule

Most of us employ some sort of cleaning strategy. I used to do all my cleaning on Saturday mornings, but I’m a meticulous cleaner, so this proved to be a problem.

Funny Weekend Ecard: So glad the weekend is here so I can wash the dishes, mop the floors, clean the toilets, dust the furniture and do the laundry! YAYNESS!!!
[Source: Some E Cards]

I ended up losing my entire Saturday to cleaning! Because Saturdays are reserved for spending time with family, I knew I needed a different solution. I found this handy cleaning schedule on Pinterest, and tried it for awhile, but found it needed some tweaking. I don’t see that cleaning windows needs to be done more than once a month and dusting should be done once a week. Not to criticize, as this cleaning schedule obviously is working for this blogger. Home management is all about what works best for you.

Cleaning Schedule = genius.
[Source: http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com]

I personally thrive on schedules and lists. I am a teacher, after all, so this isn’t surprising. There is just something about laying all my to-dos out right there in front of me and checking them off as they’re completed. Of course, there is also that feeling you get when you’re finished and your list is full of check marks! I used the schedule from Little Green Notebook as a basis and came up with this, which you can see in print, hanging in my command center. As you can tell, it is very similar to the Cleaning Calendar from Little Green Notebook, but better for me.

Then we popped it in a frame and added it to our command center. It’s the frame on the bottom left.

Continue Reading

Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning Schedule

Most of us employ some sort of cleaning strategy. I used to do all my cleaning on Saturday mornings, but I’m a meticulous cleaner, so this proved to be a problem.

Funny Weekend Ecard: So glad the weekend is here so I can wash the dishes, mop the floors, clean the toilets, dust the furniture and do the laundry! YAYNESS!!!
[Source: Some E Cards]

I ended up losing my entire Saturday to cleaning! Because Saturdays are reserved for spending time with family, I knew I needed a different solution. I found this handy cleaning schedule on Pinterest, and tried it for awhile, but found it needed some tweaking. I don’t see that cleaning windows needs to be done more than once a month and dusting should be done once a week. Not to criticize, as this cleaning schedule obviously is working for this blogger. Home management is all about what works best for you.

Cleaning Schedule = genius.
[Source: http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com]

I personally thrive on schedules and lists. I am a teacher, after all, so this isn’t surprising. There is just something about laying all my to-dos out right there in front of me and checking them off as they’re completed. Of course, there is also that feeling you get when you’re finished and your list is full of check marks! I used the schedule from Little Green Notebook as a basis and came up with this, which you can see in print, hanging in my command center. As you can tell, it is very similar to the Cleaning Calendar from Little Green Notebook, but better for me.

Then we popped it in a frame and added it to our command center. It’s the frame on the bottom left.

Continue Reading