Keeping the House Clean Requires Coffee in One Hand and a Dishcloth in the Other

One of my most calming (weird?) ways of settling and adjusting  to our new schedule is setting aside a day for house work.

Every Friday I set a date with the dirt and grim which like try to settle in throughout the week. I start the day out slow with coffee and Bible reading then I get down to business, dirty business that is, and work my way through the house.

Having a set date for weekly cleaning not only ensures a cleaner, more organized house but my own heart and life feels more settled and  knowing that cleaning day will come and I can accomplish great things in it.

First I sweep the floors and begin a load of laundry. I try to limit washing clothes to this day so we often have large piles which I routinely wash, fold and put away throughout the day.

Meanwhile the bathroom has been sprayed down with my homemade vinegar cleaner. After wiping down all fixtures  I empty the trash, wipe out the cabinets and sweep.

Moving on into the living room I shake the yummy smelling dust cleaner and dust the cleared, wooden furniture. Before the end of the day I’ll vacuum and then try to float around as to avoid stepping on the pretty, fluffy carpet. 😉

Next are the bedrooms I change the sheets, organize the closets, and wipe down furniture.

The kitchen‘s weekly venture includes wiping down/out the appliances, writing the week’s menu, pulling out any frozen items I may need, watering the inside plants and taking out the garbage. I mop monthly unless there are splotches which need to be wiped.

I try to keep our porch/driveway/container garden area clear of leaves so I’ll venture outside and sweep. I’ll also take the time to prune or cut back the flower bed and water the veggies.

Typically I end my cleaning spree by going over our budget, logging receipts (yes, were those kind of people 😉 , and paying bills.

Bigger chores like washing windows, decorating, and scrubbing the shower happen every month. 🙂

How do you keep your home clean? Are you a weekly cleaner? Monthly? Or maybe you’re one of those folks who the chores divided up by days? Tell me your secrets! 🙂

With love, blessings and coffee,


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4 thoughts on “Keeping the House Clean Requires Coffee in One Hand and a Dishcloth in the Other

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    I love your routine! What a good idea to pick one day a week and designate that as your cleaning day with a set routine. As someone who struggles with always being disorganized this doesn’t come naturally to me. I get so busy and overwhelmed most weeks that cleaning and house work get procrastinated and then it’s so hard to catch back up. I am going to try what you do and see if I can set one day a week just for cleaning. Two of the best books I own and love on cleaning and organization are: FlyLady’s Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley and The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo. Life feels so much more peaceful and happy when my home is clean and organized. Thank you for the motivation and great suggestions Frannie! I will be setting a date for coffee and a dust rag! 😉

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      I hope your date was a success, Amy!! 🙂 It is hard to keep up with housework especially when it seems insurmountable. I’ve been there!!

      You’ll have to let me know how the one day a week routine works for you. I’ve been thinking about the Fly Lady all week since we talked about it!

      Many blessings to you!! Thank you for your sweet comments!!

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