Rhyme nor Reason: Cleaning Habits of a WAHM

Cleaning

I love a clean house. I just love walking into a room that is all bright and shiny and organized. It’s like some kind of a 30 year old woman high for me.

I also work from home around 28 hours a week.

I home school our daughter.

And my husband works about 60 hours a week.

Stumbling on amazing cleaning schedules and planning days online makes me a bit wishful – because it really would be nice to have everything done at one time in my house. I’m sure if I really worked on organizing my time I could make it work.

Like Ma used to say in the Little House on the Prairie books:

Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday.”     ~ Little House in the Big Woods pgs. 28 – 29.

Well, I don’t sew and I can’t remember the last time I busted out an iron, and Sam bakes. So there goes that whole plan.

However, we have a big house, pets, and us. It still has to be kept clean and organized – if only for my own sanity. It’s really hard for me to work in or knowing there is a mess. I just get all fidgety until I can clean it up.

What I’ve learned that works for me in this stage of our lives is to clean as I go. So if I’m in Bella’s bathroom and waiting for her to finish brushing her teeth, I wipe down the counters, run a scrubby in the toilet, shake out the rug, and wipe the mirror.

We pick up rooms and put clothes away when we’re getting ready for bed, and in the morning after breakfast.

I clean up the kitchen as I cook, then immediately after dinner I do the dishes.

Anytime I spend on the phone is also spent doing some sort of chore.

Outside time is half playing with Bella, half cleaning up the yard. Weekends I enlist Sam to help me with what he can.

When we make a mess, I try to have us clean it up right then and there before we move on. I simply can’t imagine what time we’d go to bed if we left everything until the end of the day.

Is it tiring? Yeah, I have to admit sometimes it is. Nighttime is my true down time, there may be a load of laundry going but I’m not cleaning the couch as we watch TV.

Actually…

Just kidding.

It’s an odd, haphazard schedule but it does work. It allows things to have sort of a rotating clean, and it all does get done. By Sunday we truly do have a day of rest with each other.

If you work from home, how do you make cleaning work for you?

About the author

Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Babble.com, Still Standing Magazine, She Reads Truth, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on Pinterest .

3 Comments

  1. Monica says:

    I totally understand you on this! I work in the office 3 days a week and at home 2 days a week and I clean as I go as well. It is amazing what I was like as a kid, a very cluttered room and now clutter drives me crazy! I think its normal once you are a momma :)
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  2. Jessie says:

    I WFH while my kids are at daycare. I’m fortunate because I have 45 min to an hour alone before my husband gets home with the kids. I use this time to clean the main room, do dishes, and start dinner. Most of the big stuff (laundry, bathrooms, deep cleaning) is still done on the weekend when y husband is home to help.
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