The biggest thing you need to figure out is what to do with your extra time. I spend my extra time blogging, going to the gym or knitting. Ok, let me be totally honest here, I take naps in my free time too.
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First, let’s look at the benefits of doing all your major cleaning once a week. If you get all your cleaning done in one day, the other days of the week, you’ll simply have to straighten and do the daily chores like dishes and the occasional load of laundry. I call that damage control.
I choose Sunday’s to do my major cleaning, and it sets me up for an easier week. It’s great going into a new week knowing that the bathrooms are clean, laundry done, and everything is in its place. On Sunday night, the kitchen is clean, bathrooms are clean, house is vacuumed and everything is laid out for Monday morning. Let’s face it, Monday’s are rough, so anything I can do to make them easier is great.
Everyone’s once a week cleaning routine will be different. You might choose a different day of the week or different cleaning tasks. It’s all about what works for you and makes your home run more smoothly.
I’ve always been terrible about changing the bedding, but with this routine, it gets done once a week.
-Strip all the beds and put the sheets in the washer. I have two sets of sheets for each bed, so I go ahead and put the clean sheets on at this point. If you only have one set of sheets, wait until they come out of the laundry.
-Wipe down all surfaces
-Grab anything that doesn’t belong and put it in my basket of things to put away.
At this point you’re almost done.
Vacuum and mop all floors. I use a Swiffer to make mopping easier. I have a reusable Swiffer pad that I knitted. You can get the free knitting pattern here.
Put everything in the basket I’ve been collecting random things in away. I usually have my kids help with this since it’s mostly their stuff anyways.
Once the laundry is finished for the day I put it all away.
That’s it. The whole house is now clean and ready for the week. While it is lots of work, it only takes about two hours and sets you up for an easy week as far as housework goes.
Do you clean once a week? I’d love to hear your thoughts.