The Rock Star approach to housecleaning routines
Before I stepped into the decluttering and organizing biz I had owned multiple house cleaning businesses over the span of 25 years. In those 25 years I served A LOT of women. I learned a lot about the household stresses women are handling.
Those years combined with my personal experience in losing control of my home inspired me to do the work I’m doing today. So allow me to share a few nuggets with you that I gleaned over the years around housecleaning drama.
You can rage clean for days but if you have too much stuff, it will take five minutes for your family to simply exist in your house to make it look post-apocalypse.
When I owned professional cleaning services, I could clean a house and make it ready for a white glove test from Martha Stewart, but it could take a family a half-hour to bring it to shambles. This always caused the mama who hired me so much distress. Here is the deal: if there are too many dishes then they will stack up (why wash a dirty plate to use when there is an endless supply of clean ones?), if there are too many clothes that don’t fit or are not loved they will be strung everywhere while looking for the perfect shirt, if there are too many toys they will get dumped out and create an immediate disaster, if there are too many papers they will multiply somehow and spread themselves everywhere.
If you want a cleaner house that is easier to keep clean then you must get rid of anything and everything you can. Decluttering is the most important step you can take if you want to spend less time cleaning and stressing about your home.
Trying to do it all yourself will destroy your soul and no one will like living with you.
Hard talk here. Do not fall in the trap of becoming a bitter martyr. Don’t let perfectionism take the driver seat because that will just drive you all mad. Don’t raise kids who don’t know how to vacuum or make their own bed because you wanted it done your way so you did it. Delegate. Anyone who lives in the house should contribute. If you are left to do it all yourself this is a recipe for disaster. Mom-burnout is a thing. We want you healthy and happy, so if you’re feeling angst about the dynamic at your house, start with yourself and make sure you are comfortable with things not being done perfectly.
Get comfortable with delegating. If you are struggling with your partner getting onboard with household responsibilities, I recommend a book called “Fair Play” by Eve Rodsky. After you have decluttered your home, I highly suggest you outsource some of your cleaning to a cleaning service. A cleaning service can accomplish in three hours what would typically take you twelve hours in a week. Imagine what you can do as a woman, partner, mother with an extra 576 hours a year.
Routines, all the cool kids are doing them.
One of the reasons a cleaning service is so efficient compared to you is because they follow very specific routines over and over. Your routines need to be built around you, your family, and your home. If you hop on to Pinterest right now and try to use a generic cleaning template, you are at high risk for failing. Advice: always build your routines and systems INTO your family’s habits, but have routines. An example of my cleaning routines are:
- 15 minute reset in the morning (dishes, kitchen counters, bathroom spray and wipe, make the bed, fill dog bowls, if time touch up the floor)
- 15 minute reset in the evening (pick up homeless items and put away, dishes, kitchen counter, garbage and recycle)
- Sundays are a deeper clean that takes about 60-90 minutes. I also incorporate my laundry routine into Sunday’s.
I do not have kids at home anymore (but I do have 6 pets!) so your time invested may be more than mine depending on your season of life, but these routines (along with a highly decluttered house) keep my house livable by my standards.
If I can’t keep my house in order using these three timed routines, it’s a trigger warning of sorts to say “You need to declutter again!” or “Do I need to ask for more help?” or “It’s time to schedule a deep cleaning session.”
POINT OF USE
Keep your cleaning supplies organized and accessible where you use them.
Make sure you keep your cleaning supplies where you use them. I keep a mini bathroom cleaning kit under the bathroom sink. A mini kitchen cleaning kit under the kitchen sink. If you tend to get a dusty mantle, hide a swifter in that area. Make it easy to jump into the task with little to no preparation each time.
So in summary!
- Delegate & Outsource
- Point of use
I hope these ideas get your wheels turning. If you don’t LOVE cleaning your house all the time, make those changes and get back those hours that stack up over a year!