Why it's good to have a cleaning day

Cleaning sucks. 


We all know this. 


But despite us hating cleaning we still have to do it, because none of us want to live in a rubbish dump right? Over the last few months we have started having what we call a 'cleaning day', on this day - usually at a weekend - we will ALL tidy the house. We work together to get everything clean and tidy and it's usually finished in the morning. 





You do not get gold stars for cleaning your toilet. In actual life, there is a depressing lack of stickers.

Alexandra Petri





Getting into a routine with your cleaning is key to keeping on top of the chores. You don't want it to build up so that you have to spend a whole day cleaning and still only feel like you've managed to get one room sorted. I know this - I've done it - many times! 



Routine


I have regular chores I do on a daily basis, these include things like loading the dishwasher or washing the dishes, wiping counter tops in the kitchen, and putting a load of washing into the washing machine. I always split my chores into morning and afternoon chores too - it's just easier and more convenient to do that. 

My morning chores include wiping the counter tops and loading the dishwasher. At least if these things get done my kitchen looks somewhat tidy and I don't feel like I'm getting nothing done. I do my chores first thing, before taking LP to school, so that I can come home after the school run and get on with work (blogging). Whatever I don't get done before the school run is deferred to later in the day. 


A brown leather sofa in a lounge. There is a beige plush carpet and a colourful painting on the wall.
It's lovely walking into the lounge to this.



My afternoon/evening chores include 15 minutes of ironing and making dinner. I have others of course and I get them done between 4 and 5 pm (usually).

By the end of the day my kitchen looks tidy and my lounge is neat - depending on what the boys are doing. 



The cleaning day


Once per month I will have everyone in the house do chores, including putting new bedding on their beds, vacuuming their rooms, and making sure their bedrooms are tidy. Depending on the state of the house at the time I may ask them to do extra chores like cleaning the windows or clearing out their old toys. 

We always schedule our cleaning day for a weekend when we have nothing else on so we can concentrate on getting the house clean. 



What the boys think


Because we've been doing it for a while now the boys expect it and as long as they know ahead of time that it's going to be a cleaning day they don't protest as much as they might if I just sprung it on them. They don't like cleaning day (obvs!) but they do the cleaning and the house ends up nice and tidy which is great.

The boys have started to learn the routine too, they know when we're due a cleaning and ask about it. They have even started to keep their things tidy so they have less to do when it comes to cleaning day. It's a great way to teach your children about chores and what a difference it can make when they're actually done. 



How it helps me


My boys have daily chores, which has helped me have more time for myself. My own daily chores get done, which also means I have more time for me. Add a cleaning day into the mix and I find that I have lots of time for me, I can spend time reading or sketching and I get to enjoy a hot coffee in the morning before doing a school run. 

Yes, my boys are a little older now and can help out with the chores but it's been a long time coming and it's only since we introduced chores that they've learned. If we had introduced chores sooner I have no doubt it would've been much easier much sooner. 



Having a clean house


At the moment my house is fairly tidy all of the time. I don't want to jinx it but anyone could pop around to my house and I wouldn't be ashamed to let them in - even into my kitchen! This is not something that I would ordinarily say - my kitchen is often out of bounds (and we close the door) because that's the one room that always looks shocking. Right now though I am not ashamed of the state of my kitchen - it's not perfect, it's "lived in", but it's certainly not a dumping ground like usual. 





The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.

Marie Kondo





My lounge is great, no toys anywhere and the sofa looks neat and comfortable. The carpet looks fine, despite not being vacuumed on a daily basis. The Hubby works in the lounge too and he hasn't complained about the state of it in a while!



Reward yourself


We always reward ourselves after a cleaning day - particularly if we finished early. Finishing early means we've managed to keep the house tidy enough that cleaning day wasn't difficult. When this happens we either take the boys out for lunch or we buy a treat. The reward is a great motivator!

A woman sits on a sofa with her legs up. She is holding a coffee and a kindle - ready to read.


The very best thing about having a cleaning day though is that it helps me stay on top of my chores and means that the house is almost always tidy. It's not easy, I know that, but with persistence and routine I've been able to get on top of the worst of it. 

As a result I am able to have time for me - and you can't beat that!


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42 comments

  1. I do a little bit everyday to try my place up - it's just me and I prefer to limit the number of days spent doing mostly cleaning. Seasonally I wash things in closets that are off season to eliminate dust and do heavier cleaning.

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    1. Sounds like a great plan Carol. I get the kids involved because it teaches them about keeping the house clean which they'll have to do when they're older. I wish I didn't have to do stuff every day, unfortunately I do!

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  2. What a good idea to get everyone involved. I try to do bits here and there so that everything doesn't look dirty all at the same time! Some things just never look clean though- our sofa is navy fabric and any drink split leaves really bad watermarks! So annoying... #BloggerClubUK

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    1. Oh boy tell me about it Jenny! We used to have a deep red carpet and no matter what I did it always looked dirty, as if I hadn't vacuumed in months!

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  3. We had a similar routine growing up and it was great, but there were 5 kids so it worked! As much as my toddler loves getting the mop out I think it would be more work for me to involve her just yet! #wordlesswednesday

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    1. Haha, yes I expect so Sarah. Although - you may want to try her with little jobs, like putting away a few of her toys at dinner time. That way she is getting used to having to tidy up. Just a thought. 😉

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  4. I love cleaning. But I'm weird like that ...

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    1. 😂 Okay, yep - definitely weird! 😂
      Do you want to come and do mine?

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  5. Definitely a fan of decluttering and how this helps declutter the mind too.

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    1. Oh I totally agree, I always feel better after a cleaning day. ☺️

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  6. I did start getting the boys to clean their own bedrooms once a week but it has stopped lately. I must start it up again. I like the idea of a monthly cleaning day but I am trying to persuade hubby to get a cleaner. #BloggerClubUK

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    1. Popping over to say thank you for hosting #POCOLO 💙

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    2. Ah I'd stick with the cleaner plan! I'd love a cleaner - but I'd have to clean up before they came! ☺️

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  7. I love it when the house is all clean and tidy. It makes me so grumpy hen the children come home and mess up! Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Blog hop Morgan :)

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    1. Totally Claire! When I clean up during the day and then the boys come home and throw their things on the floor... that's like a red flag to a bull! 😂

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  8. I love how you have integrated the whole family into the cleaning process. It's definitely a good thing for kids to learn from a young age. I guess I kind of do it as I go, and always try to leave a room as I'd like to find it, when I go out especially. It does cause major rushing around but I love coming back into the house after the school run with it mostly 'done' so I can crack on. I might try and get everyone involved this weekend with changing the beds - they'd love it!
    Thanks for linking to #CoolMumClub x

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    1. That's a plan! I try to do that too - although it doesn't always work out. 😊

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  9. I can never relax and have difficulty being productive when the house is messy so I always have a cleaning day. #ThursdayTeam

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    1. I'm like that too in my office. My office has to be tidy - but that's not much of a problem because I'm the only one that ever goes in there! 😊

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  10. I’m one of those people that loves cleaning as I like the sense of accomplishment. It’s all a bit frantic now with a toddler so I’m stuck with my dairy chores like wiping down the kitchen units and floors, sinks, and dusting the TV. I have to fit in a blitz on the weekend. I’ve been known to take a days leave from work and go top to bottom. It feels so lovely then. #thursdayteam

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    1. I've done that too - taken a day off work to do the cleaning. It's always lovely and the feeling of accomplishment is awesome. 👍🏻

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  11. Hi Morgan, there are chores I do on a daily basis, but other things like dusting, vacuuming and tidying gets done ad hoc. Our house definately has a lived in feel, I'm realistic and know that for us a set day a week just wouldn't work. I do like that feeling after giving the house a good clean though.

    #PoCoLo

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    1. I think that's the thing Debbie, finding something that works for you and your family, and it sounds like you have. 😊

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  12. I do love q good clean up my boys love helping and feel like big boys X #pocolo

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  13. I clean the whole house once a week but the kitchen daily. It’s important for me to give the teenagers chores so they do daily ones like feed the animals or load the dishwasher. They change their own bedding each week which save me doing it! I’m actually having a cuppa after a hard day at school and my Hubbie is polishing my lounge around me! Haha love that. #pocolo

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    1. Wow, now that's an achievement. I don't remember the last time the Hubby did polishing! He does do the vacuuming though, so I can't complain really. 😊

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  14. I do the housework during the week but on a Saturday we all have a clean here. The kids help out and usually we have a good giggle all working together. The only thing they are not so keen on is tidying their bedrooms. #PoCoLo

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    1. My boys' bedrooms are dreadful, even after a "good clean". Their rooms only ever get properly clean when I do it, unfortunately.

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  15. I actually really like the idea of getting this into the routine - I'll just have to try and persuade Alan.

    #pocolo

    https://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks. We enjoy it actually, it's a chance to have loud music on through the house and everyone works together to get it done which means it gets done quicker! 😊

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  16. We both tidy and clean as we go along, but I also use Thursday for my clean the house day, where I dust, sweep and mop the house head to toe, washing, ironing and changing bedding is done when needed. If i skip a cleaning day i get irritated with the amount of sand and pet hair in the house, it builds up so quickly #pocolo

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    1. I can imagine! It's like our dishwasher, if it doesn't get done every day the kitchen starts to look like a restaurant kitchen with all the dirty dishes all over the sides!

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  17. I try and clean a bit everyday to keep on top of things. A cleaning day sounds like a great idea, now to try and convince myself of that lol.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

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    1. Hehe, It can be tough to stay on top of it sometimes - which is where the cleaning day comes in. It helps you catch up. ☺️

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  18. You're so good! My house is an absolute tip. I feel in a constant state of whirlwind trying to tame my toddler and husband into some form of tidy-like state. I am contemplating getting a cleaner as I just don't have the time to do it. Especially as I'm going back to work full time! Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG

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    1. Oh Kelly, with a toddler I'd be ignoring the cleaning completely! I only managed to get on top of things once both boys were in school and even then it was tough. Give yourself a break lovely - or get that cleaner!

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  19. I try to have a cleaning day on a Wednesday but I also have a cleaner who comes fortnightly which really helps me out too :) Thanks for linking up #BloggersBests

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    1. Oh boy I'd love to have a cleaner! Like I said to Catie though, I'd have to clean before she arrived! 😂

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  20. When life gets busy, keeping a clean home can fall by the wayside. When that happens, a house cleaning company in Colorado Springs can help. Keeping your house clean is important for you and your family for many reasons. Consider the following reasons why a clean home will make your life better.

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  21. What a good idea to get everyone involved, I think it's such a good idea for the kids to learn and see what we do! I try to do cleaning everyday but I think i would be better doing it all in one go! Thanks for linking this to #thursdayteam

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    1. Sometimes it is definitely better getting it done in one go! 😊

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