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If you’ve made it to day 29 of this 30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge, your home is feeling pretty good right now. I’m going to share with you how to keep it that way.
And maybe not. Maybe you’re just jumping into the Spring Cleaning Challenge right now and your home is messier than you like, I’m going to share with you how to get it and keep it clean.
The advice is the same in either case, the same routines that will keep your home clean will get it clean. (Obviously, coming off of the Spring Cleaning challenge is extra fun because you’re maintaining a clean slate. Yes, I said “extra fun,” you can hate me.)
Maintenance living is all about routines, and I’m going to share a new routine with you, but not right away. This is going to bother some of you who can only start new things on Mondays, because I’m going to start our weekly routine on Tuesday, not on it’s first day, which itself is a mini-lesson on how to be successful with your plan. (If you miss a day, it is gone, get out of the catch-up, all-or-nothing cleaning mindset that may be keeping your house dirtier.)
Monday, Day 29, is going to finish off the last of Spring Cleaning with Washing Curtains, Bedding and then getting acquainted with the laundry schedule.
Day 29: Catch Up Laundry
Laundry is one of my favorite subjects to share because with all the chaos in the world, laundry is something we can so easily control when we learn good habits. For as many loads of laundry happen at my house every week for my family of six (about 2 loads each day, 6 days a week), I truly don’t feel like I spend a lot of my time doing laundry. I’ve learned how to do a little laundry here and there, keep loads small, separate as we go, and I love letting myself watch Netflix or listen to an Audible book while I fold/hang.
I’m going to divulge my recommended Laundry & Cleaning Plan below, but you may need to reed a few things to understand why/how my system works. Here are a few of the most important links:
- Library of all my laundry blog posts
- How To Kill The Laundry Basket
- Beyond Killing the Laundry Monster – More Tips for Maintaining Laundry
- The Easiest Way to do Kitchen Laundry
- *just for fun* Making Laundry Fun: Folding Magic & Washcloth Races
Day 29 Assignment: Wash Bedding & Curtains.
You may be able to vacuum drapes and then freshen them with a steamer (check fabrics and dry clean if necessary!). Clean them however you can because window dressings hold a lot of dust, just saying. Get more cleaning tips in the Spring Cleaning Printable Pack.
And if you want to, you can go ahead and catch up on laundry, not required, but may be worth it. I don’t “catch-up” on cleaning, but it happens with laundry when your just starting a routine, or when you get back from vacation. Catching up doesn’t mean do every piece of laundry in one day, it means that after you plan your new laundry schedule, do whatever on that schedule won’t wait until it’s scheduled day. Do that laundry, then start your laundry schedule tomorrow and live free of laundry-hatred.
Day 30: Start a Laundry & Cleaning Routine
Well, we had our little discussion about laundry, so a cleaning routine won’t be a crazy addition. Let’s just get right into it. Well, kind of. I want to tell you all the important thoughts on keeping a Laundry & Cleaning Routine, but I don’t want this blog post to become unearthly long … so I’m going to refer you to a post that is everything you need to know about a Cleaning Routine. I bolded all these words because this is important.
^Seriously, read that blog post to find out the tips for making the cleaning routine work.
- Daily Habits*
- Laundry: Kitchen Cloths
- Chore: Clean Kitchen
- Daily Habits*
- Laundry: Bedding
- Chore: Dust
- Daily Habits*
- Laundry: Towels
- Chore: Floors
- Daily Habits*
- Laundry: Clothes
- Chore: Bathrooms
**The Daily Habits will make the biggest difference in making your home feel clean day to day. If you have to choose between these or your Cleaning Routine on any given day, do these first. These are the foundation to making everything else work.
The Cleaning and Laundry Routine Plan –
The Cleaning and Laundry Routine Plan (WITH KIDS) –
But whew! Can you imagine if you really just started doing this today and never looked back? Your home and life would never be the same … in a very good way.
Before I finish this amazing, oh yes I said, blog post, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention kids chores. Make your kids do them because it makes a little less work for you and teaches them stuff. A Laundry & Cleaning Routine should be SHARED with a whole family or people who live under one roof – you do not have to do it all yourself!!!
I hope you loved the 30 day challenge! Let’s do it again next year.
Don’t forget to get your Spring Cleaning Printable Pack and get ready for a very clean house! See how I made a booklet out of the checklist in the pack and how my kids help me!