Wednesday, January 18, 2023
This blog post may bore you to tears! You’ve been warned.
I love to cook, but I will admit that cleaning is not my favorite. That being said, I love a clean house. I hate clutter and I love the smell of “clean”.
I have had a cleaning person twice. The first time was $250 for the whole house for the first visit and I wasn’t that impressed. The second time I can’t remember how much it was and it was a different person. I didn’t know the person yet so I stayed there and it just felt weird. Hiring someone is not in the budget and I also think I want to do it myself (with Tom). Or, I want to have a better division of labor. He really can’t do much during the week because he doesn’t get home until 6:00. He does almost all of the Ernie related jobs.
Tom is a great cleaner, but he doesn’t do it often enough for me and he takes an extremely long time. And, like I said, he can really only do it on the weekends. I would like to not fill my weekends with all the cleaning tasks.
I know there are different schools of thought – some like to have the whole house clean at the same time. I am ok with dividing the tasks so that it isn’t so overwhelming on any given day.
It definitely helps that there are only two humans making messes now.
I am really working to improve my skills and my efficiency.
I bought this booklet/pad on Amazon:
This is what it looks like inside (same as the cover):
It doesn’t fit my plan, but I like the idea of checking off boxes.
Here is my tentative plan:
Everyday – Load and unload dishwasher, cook dinner and clean up, pick up after myself, wipe down bathroom counter and shower glass every time I use these areas.
Monday – Dust
Tuesday – vacuum, sweep and mop kitchen and mudroom
Wednesday – grocery pick up, unload groceries and clean out fridge freezer to some degree
Thursday – my laundry (one load), water plants (Thirsty Thursday), collect trash because Friday is trash day
Friday – Really don’t want to do anything on this day!
Saturday – sheets and towels (one to two loads)
Sunday – bigger cleaning tasks with Tom as needed, meal prep
Other things I am trying/debating:
-Trying to have less so I have less to clean
-Buying the best and most efficient cleaning products. I would like a cordless stick vac and I am debating the O-Cedar mop system. I only have the kitchen and mudroom to mop and currently use Swiffer mopping pads. Is it worth it? Also, where do I store the bucket when not in use? I don’t have lots of space. We have a Dyson Animal currently for vacuuming
-I want the cleanest cleaners (less toxic) but I don’t like the smell of vinegar and I want the products to work. I love the smell of bleach. Ha!
I am open to suggestions!
Favorite tutorital to watch or IG follow?
Favorite cleaning products?
Vacuum and mop suggestions?
Do you like to clean?