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The Busy Mom Cleaning Routine

Busy Mom Cleaning Routine

Clutter And Mess Cause Me Anxiety In The Worst Way Possible. Do You Feel The Same? Are You So Anxious About The Mess That You Don’t Know Where To Start Cleaning?

This Busy Mom Cleaning Routine is for you.

I used to feel this way, and sometimes I still feel this way, even with a killer cleaning schedule daily routines that I’ve set in place to keep my Mom Life organized.

Once upon a time, I was a new mommy with a beautiful newborn. Taking care of him every second of every day and night.

The thing I also remember aside from my beautiful baby is my poor regard for self-care and my home when I was home on maternity leave the first time around. My home was a disaster.

The dishes were piling up, the living room cluttered with junk. Not to mention the laundry that I could not catch up on, but I was too tired to think about it. I definitely did not have a daily cleaning schedule mapped out.

I was so overwhelmed with my baby and my home that I literally hid from all the mess by grabbing a blanket and hiding under the covers when the baby napped.

Now, 5 years later and I’ve perfected systems for everything in my life. I got my shit together and I want to share my routines with you.

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Benefits Of A Clean Home

Living among the mess, dust and grime can literally make you want to hide. A common thing that people do is ignore the mess and move onto an activity that they would rather do more.

A Clean Home Is A Healthy Home

A messy, dirty home can spread around dangerous bacteria and make your other family members sick. Dust particles can aggravate Asthma symptoms and make it harder to breathe. Fresh air is so important.

It is also a good idea to use safe non-toxic cleaning agents around your whole home. I tend to make my own when it comes to cleaning supplies.

Feelings Of Happiness

An added benefit to having a clean home all the time is it makes you happy.

Do you feel happy in a cluttered home?

I find when my home is clean, my mind is calm and I can focus on more important things like keeping my kids occupied with fun activities or baking something I’ve never tried before.

Visitors Welcome

You’re always ready for company! Imagine your parents stopping by to say hello without calling you first and it was no big deal because your home is ready for a visit at all times.

Your children can feel comfortable bringing friends home after school if the home is clean and tidy, a luxury I did not have when I was growing up because our house was always a disaster.

Impact On The Environment

Did you know that when you keep a clean home, you can also help support the environment? 

I find that when my clutter gets out of hand, I tend to toss everything and anything into the trash. I don’t think about it, I just toss.

When I have some tidying to do and not a mass cleanup, I have time to think about the full landfills and how sad that makes me.

When I come across items that I can donate, or give to a friend, I choose to do so when considering throwing something in the trash. My green cleaning products are also something I recycle rather than trash as I would with harsh chemicals such as bleach.

There are so many benefits of keeping a clean and tidy home.


Starting The Cleaning Process

If you are so overwhelmed that you think you might need to ask for help, and that’s ok!

If your home does get into an overwhelming state of disorder such as dealing with a crisis in the family and depression takes over or you simply have a newborn, you can ask for help if you need it. 

If overwhelm of clutter keeps happening in your home, consider decluttering! 

The Busy Mom Cleaning Routine(s)

Working Mom Schedule

As you may know, I have only recently become a stay at home mom. Previously I was able to manage my home with a full-time job. It is a little different than my stay at home mom schedule.

This busy mom cleaning routine works well for me and my family. I am no longer stressed out by clutter and mess in my home.

Daily

Morning

  • Make Bed
  • Rinse Dishes
  • Wipe Table
  • Wipe Bathroom Counters

Evening

  • Throw laundry into the washer
  • Clean kitchen after dinner
  • Take out garbage / recycling / compost
  • Change laundry to the dyer
  • Quick Sweep
  • Wipe down dining room table and chairs
  • Put the toys away
  • Wipe down bathroom counters and toilet
  • Fold laundry

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Weekly

  • Catch up on extra laundry
  • Wipe down bathrooms (mirror included)
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Wipe doorknobs, light switches and remote control
  • Wash sticky walls
  • Scrub Bathroom
  • Dust

Monthly

Every weekend I will pick one monthly chore to complete so this isn’t an overwhelming list.

  • Wash curtains
  • Wash bedding
  • Disinfect Toys
  • Organize something that is out of control – hallway closet, Tupperware cabinet etc.
  • Scrub grease off kitchen cabinets
  • Vacuum Couch

Stay At Home Cleaning Routine

This schedule is a little bit different because I am at home most of the day and I like to keep a clutter free clean home all day long, even with hurricane children. I only spend 30-45 minutes of cleaning per day, not too bad!

Daily

Morning

  • Make bed
  • Wash up breakfast dishes
  • Straighten Up Living Room
  • Clean Bathroom
  • Complete A Load Of Laundry (Folded Too)
  • Wash The Floors
  • + Bonus if time/energy complete one monthly task. 

Evening

  • Dinner Dishes Washed Up
  • Coffee Pot Clean And Ready For Morning
  • Pick up Toys

Weekly

My weekend is pretty much spent having fun with the family, I don’t worry about cleaning at all, but I do make sure these tasks are completed before we go have our family fun.

  • Landry should be all caught up- but catch up if you need to.
  • Wipe down bathrooms (mirror included)
  • Vacuum / Sweep floors
  • Disinfect doorknobs and light switches and remote controls.
  • Spray disinfecting spray on toys – This is my favorite
  • Dust as needed

Monthly

I try to complete one task every couple of days so this doesn’t end up getting completed on the last day of the month.

  • Wash curtains
  • Wash bedding
  • Disinfect Toys (Especially Bathtub Toys)
  • Organize something that is out of control – hallway closet, Tupperware cabinet etc.
  • Scrub grease off kitchen cabinets
  • Wash walls
  • Scrub Bathtub

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Staying On Track And Creating Good Habits

If you make cleaning your home part of your everyday routine, it will become habitual and you’ll start to have a clean home without really having to try to keep it clean.

It’s pretty easy to stay on top of your cleaning if you do a little bit each and every day and cleaning doesn’t become this big chore you have to tackle on the weekend.

The biggest tip I can leave you with is, get your kids and husband involved in keeping a clean home. After all, you all live in the house, shouldn’t you all contribute to its cleanliness?

Do You Have A Cleaning Routine? I Would Love To Hear About It In The Comments Below.

49 thoughts on “The Busy Mom Cleaning Routine

    1. Exactly. Even if the kids jump on the bed in the middle of the day and mess it up, having it made first thing in the morning sets you up for a good day regardless of when it gets messed up again

  1. I love that this post has different schedules based on if you work in or outside the home. Being a SAHM is so different. Honestly, my house was cleaner when I worked because we were never home to mess it up ?

    1. I hear you there! The only mess was evening play time if there was any time for it, it does make things easier to manage but the laundry got out of hand for me when I was working – before I had my systems in place.

  2. I needed this. I’m in that phase where I really struggle with trying to take care of my baby and trying to keep the house clean! It helps to have a schedule and a game plan so thank you for this!

    1. You are so welcome! I’ve been there, and it took me a long time to get to where I am today. You’ve got this momma.

  3. I always make sure my sink is empty or close to it before I go to bed at night. I’ve also started doing more loads of laundry during the week because I found trying to do it all on the weekends wasn’t working. I want to enjoy my weekends not spend all that time cleaning so I’ve been trying to spread some of my cleaning out over the rest of the week. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for this helpful guide! My LO is 18 weeks and I’m ashamed of what my house looked like those first few weeks. Its slowly getting better. After work tonight, I turned on music, brought the laundry into the baby’s room and folded two loads of clothes. I feel accomplished! I will pin this as a reminder!

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  8. Your side by side comparison of cleaning is a great example of why I don’t think I would be a good stay at home mom. It’s not the mumming part that scares me, but the all-day cleaning part. I’ve been on medical leave so I’ve been home three months and I don’t think I realized how much time is spent cleaning…only to have it get messy again right away and it’s just my dog, my boyfriend and I!

  9. A cleaning schedule is such a wonderful idea and something I do try to incorporate. Sometimes as a mom of two little ones I can get lost in the never ending cleaning. Without a schedule you can end up missing so many moments in everyday life. Great post with some wonderful tips!

  10. I do have a weekly cleaning routine. I’m not the best at actually keeping up with it. I really like how you empathize to clean up the dishes at night and to have the coffee pot ready. I noticed when I don’t run the dishwasher at night my whole morning is chaotic and thrown off. Awesome tips and thanks!

  11. A clean home is a must for me. I can’t stand living somewhere dirty. However I slack way too much on doing the dishes. I think doing them right after dinner is a great idea and it will keep me from putting it off to the next day and so forth until there’s a mountain of dishes in the sink. I never really thought to have a daily/weekly plan for cleaning but that’s a great idea because it holds me accountable and will more than likely keep me on track better.

  12. I’m a working mum so I do only an evening routine. I set a timer and clean for 15 minutes each day a different room but everyday I set a timer for 5 minutes and wipe down surfaces in the bathroom and another 5 minutes I the kitchen. so in total I clean my home daily for 25 minutes. This helps a lot.

  13. I think every mom has been there! Using a product like Melaleuca will make it fun for the whole family to clean, plus, the more hands, the less time it’ll take!

  14. This is such a great article! I am a mom of two “tweens” and I’m constantly feeling overwhelmed by the clutter that accumulates in our household…and I feel the same as you…I am so much more calm when the house is in order!! Thanks for the scheduling tips, I will be implementing them!!

    1. Tweens are almost worse than toddlers I hear! Good luck with it momma, and don’t stress too much, it’s just a house.

  15. Geez! I don’t know how you guys can keep it really organized. I do try to keep my house organize. However, with these toddlers it can be quite challenging. Thank you so much for the schedule. This is awesome!

    1. No worries! I hope it gave you some inspiration for creating your own little routine to help you keep your sanity hahaha

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