House Cleaning Basics 101 – Simply Happenstance



Admittedly, this is not my favorite topic. Not my favorite thing to do for that matter either, but let’s face it…. it’s part of our life whether we like it or not. Cleaning. That’s right. Cleaning. Not very exciting…

I used to love to clean. It was rewarding! You could see the fruit of your labor within minutes of getting started. That was until I had kids…. 4 kids. I love a tidy house. In fact, it totally gives me heart palpitations when it’s a mess. But I don’t look forward to doing it anymore. I guess that’s because as soon as I clean one room, the next room is a disaster! The kids are like traveling tornadoes…. especially my two littlest!

I have realized that I’m not the most domestic woman out there. Perhaps surprising to some… I think I just pull off a good front. Take laundry for example. I don’t mind sorting it and throwing it into the wash… but actually folding it and putting it away…. oh no! I usually wait for Husby to be home to assist with that fun job! It’s just so boring… and relentless! There is always laundry to be done, right?!!

I’ve decided in an effort to get more organized and to stay on top of my cleaning, I should perhaps adopt a schedule. There are plenty of tools out there to help with this, especially if your look on Pinterest. For those of you that also need to get more organized in this area of your life, I’m hoping that I’ve done some of the busy work for you. I’ve sifted through what’s out there to find some of the best printable cleaning schedules, tips, and even recipes for homemade cleaners. Let’s get more organized and tidy together, shall we? 


{Printable Weekly Cleaning Schedule // With This Nest}



{Daily, Weekly, Monthly & Yearly Cleaning Schedules // Tidy Mom}



{Give me 5, 10, or 30 minutes to Declutter // Home Your Way}



{A “Green” Makeover of Your Household Cleaners // Bowl Full of Lemons} 



{A Natural Cleaning Bottle // Crate & Barrel}



{Homemade “Green” Cleaner Recipes // Clean Mama}



:: Further References ::

See Nicole’s post on her 5 Favorite Cleaning Products {here}.

For a Spring Cleaning Checklist visit a Bowl Full of Lemons {here}.

For 25+ Cleaning Tips from The DIY Village {click here}.

Clean Mama also has an Etsy Shop where she sells organizational tools for keeping a clean and tidy house {click here}.

If you are super serious about getting your house in order, visit Fly Lady’s Getting Started page for daily tips, reminders & helpful strategies!


I hope this post helps you to feel more organized, in control of the clutter, and excited to clean! Although a tidy house is the goal, it is always more important to spend quality time with our children and families. Our littles are growing up way too fast. I’m sure you feel the same way. My mom has always told me, “Dirt keeps, children don’t.” A good reminder that the house will always be there to clean…. but the kids won’t be home forever. So enjoy some deep cleaning while getting more organized, but don’t get too carried away! Try to maintain a healthy balance and keep focused on what’s most important in your life. I found this quote and thought I’d share it with you to help keep things in perspective:

 {image via: Your Home Based Mom}





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