Maintaining a Clean House, Part 1: My Morning Cleaning Routine

With Easter just a day away and the weather here in Michigan finally starting to hint at spring temperatures, my mind turns to spring cleaning. You can find all kinds of tips and techniques and methods for giving your home a thorough overhaul, and I intend to use some of them in my life.

However, I have found that all this advice about spring cleaning would mean nothing if I didn’t maintain a relatively clean and tidy home the rest of the year. I have spent a lot of time working and reworking a routine to achieve this state of things, and I think I’ve finally found one that suits me and my lifestyle. I’d like to share it with you in the hope that maybe it can help you keep your home clean and tidy too.

Now, as I said, this suits my lifestyle. I have only one child and work from home, so the demands on my time are not as strenuous and pressing as those of some women. However, I put my own routine together by reading about dozens of other routines and gleaning from them bits and pieces until I had crafted something I liked. Maybe my entire routine will suit you, or maybe a portion of it will. At the very least, I hope you can gain motivation from reading about what I do.

1. Make the bed.

It may seem cliche, but making the bed first thing in the morning really helps. It instantly causes your bedroom to look ten times tidier, and I have found that the finished appearance of one place ripples out to other places in my home; if one thing is tidy, I want other things to be tidy to complement it.

2. Tidy the bathroom.

After getting ready in the morning, my bathroom can look a little messy, and since clutter attracts clutter, I want to make sure that that mess is tidied up. I put away my flatiron and makeup, hang up towels, close the shower door, and generally get the bathroom looking fresh and peaceful.

3. Start a load of laundry.

If I don’t start a load in the morning, I might not start it at all. Doing at least one load every day keeps my laundry pile small and ensures that we always have clean clothes. So I make certain tossing a load in the wash falls high on my list.

4. Tidy my son’s bedroom.

My little boy is only four, so there is a limited amount of tidying he is able to do himself. My job here generally consists of putting away pajamas, folding blankets, and straightening out the bed. It takes two minutes, but it has the effect of giving the room a makeover.

5. Dust the hard floors.

It’s incredible–and rather disgusting–how much dust and dirt can accumulate every day. That’s why I decided to incorporate cleaning the hard floors into my daily morning routine. I attach a microfiber cloth to a Swiffer and run it over the floors quickly. I don’t worry too much about the details; what I’m going for is general effect. If I can keep the dirt at bay until floor-washing day, I’m happy.

This is my usual morning routine. Like anybody, though, I don’t always do it. Or sometimes, it takes me all day to do it. But on the days when I follow through with it, my house is so much more orderly and clean than on other days.

Of course, this is only half of what I do on a daily basis. Some of the more serious cleaning takes place in the evening, and the two routines work together to achieve the total effect I want. They consist of just a few simple tasks, but they make all the difference.

If you liked this post, check out my evening routine here.

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