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The Busy Mom Cleaning Routine

busy mom cleaning routine

Simplify your mom life with an easy stay at home mom daily tidy tasks list. Every busy mom needs a tidy mom cleaning schedule to keep up with housework, so if you’re asking yourself why is it so hard to keep the house clean?

This Busy Mom Cleaning Routine is for you.

I used to feel this way, and sometimes I still feel this way, even with a killer cleaning schedule daily routines that I’ve set in place to keep my Mom Life organized.

Once upon a time, I was a new mommy with a beautiful newborn. Taking care of him every second of every day and night.

The thing I also remember aside from my beautiful baby is my poor regard for self-care and my home when I was home on maternity leave the first time around. My home was a disaster.

The dishes were piling up, the living room cluttered with junk. Not to mention the laundry that I could not catch up on, but I was too tired to think about it. I definitely did not have a daily cleaning schedule mapped out.

I was so overwhelmed with my baby and my home that I literally hid from all the mess by grabbing a blanket and hiding under the covers when the baby napped.

Now, 5 years later and I’ve perfected systems for everything in my life. I got my shit together and I want to share my routines with you.

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Benefits Of A Clean Home

Living among the mess, dust and grime can literally make you want to hide. A common thing that people do is ignore the mess and move onto an activity that they would rather do more.

A Clean Home Is A Healthy Home

A messy, dirty home can spread around dangerous bacteria and make your other family members sick. Dust particles can aggravate Asthma symptoms and make it harder to breathe. Fresh air is so important.

It is also a good idea to use safe non-toxic cleaning agents around your whole home. I tend to make my own when it comes to cleaning supplies.

Feelings Of Happiness

An added benefit to having a clean home all the time is it makes you happy.

Do you feel happy in a cluttered home?

I find when my home is clean, my mind is calm and I can focus on more important things like keeping my kids occupied with fun activities or baking something I’ve never tried before.

Visitors Welcome

You’re always ready for company! Imagine your parents stopping by to say hello without calling you first and it was no big deal because your home is ready for a visit at all times.

Your children can feel comfortable bringing friends home after school if the home is clean and tidy, a luxury I did not have when I was growing up because our house was always a disaster.

Impact On The Environment

Did you know that when you keep a clean home, you can also help support the environment? 

I find that when my clutter gets out of hand, I tend to toss everything and anything into the trash. I don’t think about it, I just toss.

When I have some tidying to do and not a mass cleanup, I have time to think about the full landfills and how sad that makes me.

When I come across items that I can donate, or give to a friend, I choose to do so when considering throwing something in the trash. My green cleaning products are also something I recycle rather than trash as I would with harsh chemicals such as bleach.

There are so many benefits of keeping a clean and tidy home.


Starting The Cleaning Process

If you are so overwhelmed that you think you might need to ask for help, and that’s ok!

If your home does get into an overwhelming state of disorder such as dealing with a crisis in the family and depression takes over or you simply have a newborn, you can ask for help if you need it. 

If overwhelm of clutter keeps happening in your home, consider decluttering! 

The Busy Mom Cleaning Routine(s)

Working Mom Schedule

As you may know, I have only recently become a stay at home mom. Previously I was able to manage my home with a full-time job. It is a little different than my stay at home mom schedule.

This busy mom cleaning routine works well for me and my family. I am no longer stressed out by clutter and mess in my home.

Daily

Morning

  • Make Bed
  • Rinse Dishes
  • Wipe Table
  • Wipe Bathroom Counters

Evening

  • Throw laundry into the washer
  • Clean kitchen after dinner
  • Take out garbage / recycling / compost
  • Change laundry to the dyer
  • Quick Sweep
  • Wipe down dining room table and chairs
  • Put the toys away
  • Wipe down bathroom counters and toilet
  • Fold laundry

Weekly

  • Catch up on extra laundry
  • Wipe down bathrooms (mirror included)
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Wipe doorknobs, light switches and remote control
  • Wash sticky walls
  • Scrub Bathroom
  • Dust

Monthly

Every weekend I will pick one monthly chore to complete so this isn’t an overwhelming list.

  • Wash curtains
  • Wash bedding
  • Disinfect Toys
  • Organize something that is out of control – hallway closet, Tupperware cabinet etc.
  • Scrub grease off kitchen cabinets
  • Vacuum Couch

Stay At Home Cleaning Routine

This schedule is a little bit different because I am at home most of the day and I like to keep a clutter free clean home all day long, even with hurricane children. I only spend 30-45 minutes of cleaning per day, not too bad!

Daily

Morning

  • Make bed
  • Wash up breakfast dishes
  • Straighten Up Living Room
  • Clean Bathroom
  • Complete A Load Of Laundry (Folded Too)
  • Wash The Floors
  • + Bonus if time/energy complete one monthly task. 

Evening

  • Dinner Dishes Washed Up
  • Coffee Pot Clean And Ready For Morning
  • Pick up Toys

Weekly

My weekend is pretty much spent having fun with the family, I don’t worry about cleaning at all, but I do make sure these tasks are completed before we go have our family fun.

  • Landry should be all caught up- but catch up if you need to.
  • Wipe down bathrooms (mirror included)
  • Vacuum / Sweep floors
  • Disinfect doorknobs and light switches and remote controls.
  • Spray disinfecting spray on toys – This is my favorite
  • Dust as needed

Monthly

I try to complete one task every couple of days so this doesn’t end up getting completed on the last day of the month.

  • Wash curtains
  • Wash bedding
  • Disinfect Toys (Especially Bathtub Toys)
  • Organize something that is out of control – hallway closet, Tupperware cabinet etc.
  • Scrub grease off kitchen cabinets
  • Wash walls
  • Scrub Bathtub

Check out the Resource Library and get your FREE busy mom cleaning routine checklist so you can print it out and put it on your fridge to help you keep up with keeping a clean home.

Staying On Track And Creating Good Habits

If you make cleaning your home part of your everyday routine, it will become habitual and you’ll start to have a clean home without really having to try to keep it clean.

It’s pretty easy to stay on top of your cleaning if you do a little bit each and every day and cleaning doesn’t become this big chore you have to tackle on the weekend.

The biggest tip I can leave you with is, get your kids and husband involved in keeping a clean home. After all, you all live in the house, shouldn’t you all contribute to its cleanliness?

Busy Mom Cleaning Routine

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