Cleaning the Hobbit Hole, Part 2………Our Weekly Cleaning Schedule

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Cleaning is a small way that we appreciate and show thanks for God’s many blessings.

Cleaning has not always been on my priority list, nor was it anywhere near my favorite thing to do. As a matter of fact, some who have known me the longest would say I was actually a little bit of a piggy back in the day! Having ADHD certainly did not help, and looking back, I see that my approach to the task of homemaking was wrong on many levels. Now, I am motivated by God’s Word on the joys of servanthood, and a home that is organized within an inch of it’s life…..to be successful in anything that I do, I must have all of my ducks in a row and a well thought out schedule.

My cleaning schedule is flexible in certain areas, and set in stone in others. If we cannot clean on our scheduled day of Mondays, due to things such as a field trip or a doctor’s appointment, then cleaning on Tuesdays is not a big deal. However, if the week’s schedule calls for window washing, then window washing must find a place in our priorities that week. In my experience, something always comes up to lure me away from the unsavory tasks such as vacuuming under the sofas and washing the curtains. If I get into that habit, then those things could fall behind for weeks, making the plan a mere tool of suggestion. No, in this department, sticking to the plan is the plan.

Yoddler_714_LargeOur schedule is very detailed, as my family’s ministry is hospitality. I like to be prepared for many possible scenarios and many different types of guests. There are loads of people in and out of my home each month, both expected and unexpected. Feeling as though my home is unclean or inhospitable is simply not acceptable to me, so I get the job done…….the right way…….and rest in the assurance of a clean and welcoming place of fellowship and hospitality. Anything less would add unneeded stress to my already crazy family, and receiving visitors would be embarrassing.

il_340x270.521309919_avx6Here is what we accomplish on a weekly basis. It might be hard for you to use this exact list, as it is completely customized for our home and family. However, you can glean ideas of how to add touches for hospitality sake, and how to organize your own cleaning schedule. When I didn’t have older children and my hubby worked 80 hours a week, I used to break up my cleaning into two or three days……that way I didn’t feel overwhelmed.:

WEEKLY CLEANING SCHEDULE:

FOYER – Mama:
1. Take rug outside and shake, put aside.
2. Remove shoes from shoe bin, all except Crocks….we keep Crock-style shoes for every member of our family for going outside to play, running to the trashcan, etc. These shoes are easily cleaned with a hose when dirty.
3. Move shoe bin into the living room, sweep it out and dust it.
4. Clean the glass front door and the French door going upstairs.
5. Dust hanging decorations, clean candle chimneys and trim the wicks.
6. Sweep the floor and mop and dry by hand.
7. Put shoe bin back and Febreeze the wall quilt.
8. Put rug back.

I use Walmart brand glass cleaner sometimes.......but, it has a very strong ammonia smell.

I use Walmart brand glass cleaner sometimes…….but, it has a very strong ammonia smell.

I prefer Pledge dust spray, but Walmart's brand is more economical.

I prefer Pledge dust spray, but Walmart’s brand is more economical.

With three mangy mutts in our family, we cannot live without Febreeze.  We have tried homemade deodorizers, and off brand Febreeze wannabe's, but NOTHING gets the dog smell out like Febreeze can!

With three mangy mutts in our family, we cannot live without Febreeze. We have tried homemade deodorizers, and off brand Febreeze wannabe’s, but NOTHING gets the dog smell out like Febreeze can!

LIVING ROOM – Mama:
1. Sweep and remove ashes from the fireplace (in the fall, winter, and early spring)
2. Pull out sofa cusions, whisk out debris and crumbs, Febreeze inside the sofa. When putting back the cushions, flip them over, and rotate all three cushions to different locations…..this gives them longer wear…..and Febreeze all.
3. Change the sheet in the baby’s playpen, gather up the little children’s snuggle blankets (they have blankets stored in the living room especially for snuggling up with a movie) and the dog blanket (which we put on the love seat for our dog Max). Wash and dry these items.
3. Dust the ceiling fan.
4. Clean the television screen, the front window and the mirror (these surfaces always have tiny little finger prints on them!).
5. Dust and polish nick-nacks, shelves, and furniture.
6. Clean candle chimneys and trim the wicks.
7. Polish the hearth.
8. Replenish the tissues.
9. Replenish the nuts/candy bowl.
10. Change the candle tart in the tart warmer.
11. Wipe out the oil warmer, supply with fresh oil and a new tea light.
12. Empty out pencil sharpener.
13. Vacuum room, moving all small furniture and hosing the exposed baseboards.

We use Yankee Candles and tarts almost exclusively, as nothing beats their fragrance.

We use Yankee Candles and tarts almost exclusively, as nothing beats their fragrance.

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DINING ROOM – Mama:

1. Dust chandelier.
2. Remove dishes from china cabinet, dust and polish shelves, wipe dishes and put them back.
3. Clean the computer screen and dust computer desk.
4. Dust and polish piano.
5. Dust and polish Grandfather Clock.
6. Remove and shake chair cushions, and clean dining chairs (all 12 of them!!) Put cushions back.
7. Clean candy jars, salt and pepper shakers. Replenish salt, pepper, napkins and candy.
6. Scrub table, hook on high chair, and both booster seats.
7. Put on fresh tablecloth or placemats (the night before cleaning day, Casey does not put on a fresh tablecloth because she knows I am cleaning the next day. Otherwise, she replaces them every evening.)
7. Wash homeschool chalk board, beat chalk eraser outside, and dust homeschool shelf.
8. Clean candle chimneys and trim the wicks.
9. Vacuum, moving all chairs, piano sheet music basket, piano bench, and preschool bag. Hose vacuum all exposed baseboards.
10. Febreeze curtains and chair cushions.

HALLWAY – Mama:

1. Wipe down all toy bins, book bins, and preschool shelves.
2. Vacuum, using hose on all baseboards.

LITTLE BOYS ROOM – MAMA:

1. Remove sheets from bunk beds, shake out blankets and comforters, and with fresh sheets, remake the beds……I am a stickler about clean sheets!
2. Dust furniture and wash windows.
3. Wipe down and disinfect baby toys and Cocoa Beans Exersaucer.
4. Vacuum, using hose on exposed baseboards.
5. Fabreeze curtains and bedding.

 

We use Walmart's disinfecting wipes for daily bathroom cleaning, cleaning the kids toys, and for disinfection the baby's equipment.

We use Walmart’s disinfecting wipes for daily bathroom cleaning, cleaning the kids toys, and for disinfecting the baby’s equipment.

LITTLE GIRLS ROOM – MAMA:

1. Remove sheets from crib and bed, shake out blankets and comforters, and with fresh sheets, remake the beds.
2. Dust furniture and wash window.
3. Wash chalkboard, dust toy box, tea table, dress-up trunk, dresser, wall hangings, linen cabinet, and shelf.
4. Vacuum, moving crib and toddler bed, using hose on exposed baseboards.
5. Febreeze curtain and bedding.

KITCHEN – DJ:

1. Wipe down spots on ceiling (there is not adequate venting in the kitchen, so we get these brown drippy spots on our ceiling…..ew).
2. Wipe down stove hood, refrigerator top, wash windows and windowsills.
3. Clean out refrigerator, discarding anything outdated, spoiled or rotting, wash shelving and drawers.
4. Load dishes from refrigerator into dishwasher or wash by hand.
5. Clean stove, replacing foil on drip pans as needed.
6. Clean television screen (we cook with the background noise of Little Women, Lord of the Rings, or Pride and Prejudice……it’s our guilty pleasure!)
7. Wipe down canisters, grain mill, Kitchen Aid, coffee pot, and tea kettle.
8. Wash counter tops.
9. Wash butcher block on kitchen island.
10. Wash fronts of refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.
11. Wash dog bowls.
12. Wash trashcan.
13. Scrub dish drainer, sink and faucet.
14. Refill dish soap dispenser and hand soap dispenser.
15. Sweep and mop floor.

Dollar Tree has the cheapest all purpose cleaners......we like the Orange scented Spic and Span.

Dollar Tree has the cheapest all purpose cleaners……we like the Orange scented Spic and Span.

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We used to make our own all purpose kitchen and table spray, but Dollar Tree has this one that works great and is super cheap.

We used to make our own all purpose kitchen and table spray, but Dollar Tree has this one that works great and is super cheap.

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We found an amazing deal on dish soap at Sams Club.  We get a huge vat of it for a few dollars.

We found an amazing deal on dish soap at Sams Club. We get a huge vat of it for a few dollars.

LAUNDRY ROOM – DJ:

1. Wipe down food bins, laundry bins, dog bins, grain bins, laundry soap bucket, diaper pail, and shelves.
2. Wipe down washer and dryer, including the fronts and sides.
3. Wash and dry rug.
4. Clean microwave inside and out, washing rotating plate.
5. Sweep and mop floor.

DJS BEDROOM – DJ:

1. Remove sheets from bed, shake out blankets and comforters, and with fresh sheets, remake the bed.
2. Dust furniture and wash windows.
3. Remove dog blankets, wash, and dry.
4. Vacuum, moving dog crate, and using hose on exposed baseboards.
5. Febreeze curtains and bedding.

DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM – CASEY:

1. Remove bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths. Place in laundry basket.
2. Dump trash can and clean the bottom of the can.
3. Refill hand soaps if needed.
4. Open window for ventilation.
5. Squeeze toilet bowl cleaner around the inside of the toilet bowl. Let sit.
6. Remove all toiletries from shower and place on windowsill. Pull up shower curtain and fold over shower rod, to get it out of the way while cleaning.
7. Spray soap scum spray and/or mildew spray. Let sit for NO LONGER THAN 5 MINUTES, and using a scrubby sponge, scrub the shower tiles and soap holder(our cast iron porcelain tubs will stain in the blink of an eye if we let any type of cleaner sit too long…..uggh!)
8. Sprinkle Comet on tub floor, and using scrubby sponge, scrub the sides and bottom of tub.
9. Rinse shower walls and tub thoroughly.
10. Replace toiletries in shower, place fresh washcloths in shower, and pull down shower curtain.
11. Dust oak cabinet, clean candle chimney and trim wick, replenish toilet paper and feminine products inside cabinet, and move the cabinet out into the hall.
12. Wash the shelf, including the knickknacks, the mirror, the window and windowsill, the tile walls, the sink, the faucet, the outside of the toilet, and the wall hangings.
13. Scrub the inside of the toilet, flushing when finished.
14. Hang fresh bath towels for Casey, DJ, Coconut and Mowgli. Hang fresh hand towels.
15. Sweep, mop and dry floor by hand.
16. Move oak cabinet back into bathroom.

We love this stuff......but use good ventilation :-)

We love this stuff……but use good ventilation 🙂

For mold and mildew.

For mold and mildew.

CASEY’S ROOM – CASEY:

1. Remove sheets from bed, shake out blankets and comforters, and with fresh sheets, remake the bed.
2. Dust furniture, wash window, wash door window, wash mirror.
3. Remove dog blankets, wash, and dry.
4. Remove dog crate from closet, sweep and mop the floor.
5. Vacuum, using hose on exposed baseboards.
6. Febreeze curtains and bedding.

PARENTS BEDROOM – DAVE:

1. Remove sheets from parents bed and Cocoa Beans crib. Shake out blankets and comforters, and with fresh sheets, remake the beds.
2. Dust furniture, wash windows, mirrors and television screen.
3. Vacuum, using hose on exposed baseboards.
4. Febreeze curtains and bedding.

PARENTS BATHROOM – DAVE:

1. Remove bath towels, hand towel and wash cloths. Place in laundry basket.
2. Dump trash can and clean the bottom of the can.
3. Refill hand soaps if needed.
4. Open window for ventilation.
5. Squeeze toilet bowl cleaner around the inside of the toilet bowl. Let sit.
6. Remove all toiletries from shower and place on windowsill. Pull up shower curtain and fold over shower rod, to get it out of the way while cleaning.
7. Spray soap scum spray and/or mildew spray. Let sit for NO LONGER THAN 5 MINUTES, and using a scrubby sponge, scrub the shower tiles and soap holder(our cast iron porcelain tubs will stain in the blink of an eye if we let any type of cleaner sit too long…..uggh!)
8. Sprinkle Comet on tub floor, and using scrubby sponge, scrub the sides and bottom of tub.
9. Rinse shower walls and tub thoroughly.
10. Replace toiletries in shower, place fresh washcloths in shower, and pull down shower curtain.
11. Dust small dresser and move the cabinet out into bedroom.
12. Wash the the mirror, the window and windowsill, the sink, the faucet, the outside of the toilet, and the wall hangings.
13. Scrub the inside of the toilet, flushing when finished.
14. Hang fresh bath towels for Dave, Kat, Kiwi and Cocoa Bean. Hang a fresh hand towel.
15. Replenish toilet paper, feminine products, cotton balls, and cotton swabs.
16. Sweep, mop and dry floor by hand.
17. Move small dresser back into bathroom.

GARAGE – CASEY:

1. Clean out refrigerator of anything that is outdated, spoiled or rotting fruit, vegetables, or left overs.
2. Bring up any dishes to kitchen and load into dishwasher or wash by hand.
3. Open garage door and move out large items such as lawn mower, etc.
4. Put away anything out of place.
5. Clear (if not already) and wash the work table.
6. Check potato bins and onion bin for rotting vegetables.
7. Vacuum and sweep floors.
8. Replace lawn mower and anything moved out for cleaning.
9. Shut garage door and re-bolt the bar.

Believe it or not, if we all start together and agree to bust-booty so we can relax later, we can get all of our cleaning done in about 3 hours. My husband works 4 days, and is off for 3, so our weekends are from Sunday to Tuesday. It works out really well, as Sundays are for church, Mondays are for cleaning, and Tuesdays are for playing. It is so nice to have the house clean for the upcoming week!

Next in this series is, ‘Cleaning the Hobbit Hole, Part 3…….Monthly Cleaning Schedule.’

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