If you’re just joining us, read more about The Keeping House Mini-Challenge HERE before you get started.
We need to catch up so we can keep up more easily. Week 1 may seem a little intense, but if you are willing to do the work this week, every week after this can be easier.
Read the following tasks and plan out your week. Figure out now what you will sacrifice this week so that you can get this done. If you’re already too busy, you can’t add this on top of other things, you will need to prioritize. Deciding what you WILL NOT DO is just as important as deciding what you WILL DO. Commit now to finishing this week. You can do this.
Now let’s get to it!!
The Keeping House Mini-Challenge: Cleaning and Laundry
- Put away all holiday decorations and holiday items.
- Deep Clean your kitchen, including the fridge.
- Do kitchen Laundry, including cleaning rags and linens.
- Read ***How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen***.
- Clean out your home office files and set up your system for this year. Read about How To Organize Your Home Office Files HERE.
- Gather all the piles of paper clutter together and then deal with them. Pay bills, respond, recycle, trash, or file as necessary. Stop putting it off and deal with it! Sometimes it really is best to rip the bandaid off fast. Don’t build up this task to be terrible and find reasons to put it off, just go for it.
- Do Bedding Laundry – just sheets and pillowcases.
- Deep Clean your bathrooms.
- Do Towel Laundry from bathrooms and cleaning rags (separately).
- New post: ***How to Deep Clean Your Bathrooms***.
- Find homes for anything left out and put all items away. If something does not have a home, it does not belong in your home.
- Do a detailed tidy, not cleaning, throughout your home. Tidying is just getting things where they belong.
- Dust everywhere. This does not need to be an intense polishing. We will deal with that during Spring Cleaning. This is just a “get all of the dust up and out of your home” type of dusting. For areas that have not been dusted recently, even on the tops of shelves and furniture or low down right underneath the edges of furniture, I suggest using a vacuum attachment to dust. If the dust is normal, you can use a stick duster and swipe all the surfaces.
- Clean the floors. Vacuum carpets and mop tile/linoleum/etc.
- Do the Adult Laundry.
- Fold and put away all laundry that is already clean and sitting in a pile somewhere. If a piece of clothing or other laundry item is not put away in a closet or drawer neatly, it needs to be picked up and cleaned and put away. At the end of today, your laundry room should be empty and dirty laundry should only be found in clothes hampers. Achieve this and you are ready to start a great laundry routine next week!
- Setup a laundry system for your children. Read The Easiest Way To Do Children’s Laundry HERE to learn how to set up kids’ laundry.
- Do the kids’ laundry.
- Read ***Taming the Laundry Monster***.
- Plan for the week ahead!
- Read ***How to Plan Better***.
No time to waste! Get to work!! Report back here with your progress so I can cheer you on!!
From my home to yours,