Hi, friends! Today’s post is the first in a series about creating worshipful every day rhythms for the home, body, and soul. If you missed the intro and my heart behind this series, you can catch up here before continuing with this post.
Housekeeping. Newspaper columns, books, blog posts, and entire magazines have been dedicated to it. There is no shortage of information out there about taking care of your house, and I am no authority on the subject. If you’re anything like me, you might have a pretty good idea of how to clean your house, but the task never seems to be finished. Its either spotless for thirty minutes or messy for the next 6 days. It’s enough to drive me a little crazy. If you’ve ever felt like all you do is clean- and yet your house is never clean- then this is for you. I’m right there with you. A few weeks ago, I decided to put an end to the madness and consulted Pinterest to find a cleaning schedule I could stick to.
There has never been a more unhelpful Pinterest search. I only found cleaning schedules that would never work for MY schedule, or schedules that seem to think every inch of my house requires attention every day. Realistically, there are tasks that I just don’t do. I know it’s probably the end of the world, but I will never get to every last closet or wash every throw pillow insert. It’s just not going to happen, Pinterest.
So I set out to create my own cleaning schedule that would actually work for my house.
Instead of just sharing what I came up with, I’ll share how I created my schedule so that you can go through the same process to come up with something that works for you. My schedule won’t work for you, and neither will anyone else’s. It took me about 10 minutes of thinking and writing to do this, so don’t be intimidated.
Let’s think about your house. Maybe it’s a one bedroom apartment, a dorm room, or a 5 bedroom 2.5 bath family home. No matter what your “house” looks like, your home is a sacred and personal space that requires daily tending. Houses need to be cleaned. Homes need to be kept and nurtured and treasured. Instead of creating every day rhythms for your house, I want you to think about every day rhythms for your home.
What is required to keep your home feeling like home for you? Does it need to be tidy? Or would you feel more at home in a space that isn’t perfectly kept? Only you can decide what “home” looks like and feels like to you, so listen to your own needs as we create rhythms together.
All you need is a notebook and a pen (a puppy helps, too).
- First, I made an extensive list of every last chore I do around the house. This is everything from laundry to dishes to bathrooms. I broke it down into individual elements for each of these tasks (like individual loads of laundry or individual things in each bathroom). This will help you later on. Some chores are divided into specific rooms (kitchen, office, bedrooms), while others were divided into similar tasks (floors, dusting, tidying).
Your list might be way longer or way shorter than mine- and that’s okay. If you live in a dorm, you might just need to wash dishes, do laundry, and make your bed. If you have kids, your list might be a lot more detailed.
- After you make your list of every single thing you do around your house, read through it again and decide how frequently these tasks need to be completed. (pictured on right page)
Ideally, I would clean the kitchen, make our bed, and tidy the main living areas every day. Other tasks like laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, and meal planning only need attention once a week. Figure out how frequently your tasks require attention, and break them up into “daily” and “weekly” categories. Make sure that every task on your list is placed in a category. It might also help to divide tasks between you and your spouse or your kids as well. I didn’t do this on my list, but Ben does a lot of these tasks. He keeps the kitchen clean, does most of the dishes, cleans parts of the bathrooms, and vacuums regularly (among many other things).
- After dividing your tasks between daily and weekly categories, think about when you have time to complete them.
Here is a free printable you can use for this last step!
It makes more sense for me to make the bed in the morning, and clean the kitchen at the end of the day after dinner. I divided my daily tasks into morning and evening routines that ideally take less than 10 minutes. Next, consider your weekly tasks. Are there any days during the week that you can’t spare 30 minutes for chores? Block out those days and just focus on the others. Are there specific days that you already tend to certain chores? Start there! Ben and I usually go grocery shopping together on Sunday afternoons. It just makes sense to clean out the fridge and pantry before putting new groceries away. I decided to put some like-tasks together (dust and swiffer hardwoods on Wednesday), but split up larger tasks over multiple days (individual loads of laundry on M+T+TH+F).
These three steps should result in your own personal cleaning routine! Yay, you! If these things don’t get done every day, THAT’S OKAY. I made my routine two weeks ago and definitely haven’t stuck to it every day. The goal for this cleaning rhythm is not to feel guilty when it isn’t followed. The goal isn’t to become the perfect fifties housewife.
My goal for creating this cleaning rhythm is to avoid chores piling up and stressing me out. I function better and relax better when my surroundings are tidy and cozy. When I ignore laundry and avoid chores for days in a row, things get messy and chores pile up and it stresses me out. I go into “intense cleaning mode” and don’t do anything else until everything is tidy again. This isn’t fun for anyone, and it’s just not necessary. I’m hoping that this weekly cleaning rhythm will help me stay on top of housework and allow me to spend time more wisely and intentionally. Later this week, we’ll be exploring other areas of “homekeeping” that go beyond just cleaning. I’ll share my thoughts on why I tend to our home, and how it can be redeemed to become a worshipful experience.
Thanks for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts on homekeeping and see the cleaning rhythms you created. You can share in the comments below or tag a photo on Instagram with #everydayhomekeeping .
With lots of love,