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I’m sharing with you guys how I came up with a cleaning routine for my household that has worked for busy moms.
Here’s how it all started:
This routine took a lot of trial and error. I did not grow up wanting to be a SAHM mom. It was not model to me and it wasn’t even in my mindset. I wanted to go to college and work at a business company in wall street. I also didn’t know the Lord until after I had my twins and even then I struggled a lot with wanting to stay home with them. When my husband and I got married we decided that it would be financially better for us that I stay home with the kids, while he worked. At first, I was all for it but then He started going on deployments and I was not happy about that. That is when I started looking for jobs that would pay for daycare, gas, and any other extra things I wanted.
During this time, I was not happy, I thought this was what I wanted. I was always stressed, always running around and was struggling to manage my home. During this season of my life, God was working on my heart and when I gave birth to my youngest baby girl, I thought I was ready to stay home but I still had that selfish side of me that wanted to work outside the home. God really did a work in me and it changed the way I run my household today!
Fast forward to today and the way I handle my home and my schedule is so much better now because I’ve FINALLY embraced God’s call in my life as a SAHM. I know during those years I fought against God and the things He was trying to do in my life. I share all of that, to tell you this, I have experience in not wanting to have a routine, cleaning up after everyone in my home and always fighting with my husband about what is clean and not clean, to now, loving what I do and getting things done in my home, below is my personal schedule and routine of how I get my home clean, decluttered and spotless
Tips to get started:
First, What is the first thing people see, when walking into your home, Is it the kitchen, Living room, dining room? Get that situated first. I know that in the beginning of me forming a routine, I thought I had to get EVERY. SINGLE. THING. cleaned and that is not the case. Begin with the area where everyone will see and start with that.
I did a video (You can watch it below) of the layout of my home and how you can get started with forming a routine and why I have one. I work, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and Wednesday is the day I have class. So, for me, that means, I hardly have time to get ANYTHING done, I drop all 3 of my children at school, I go to work, pick them up from school, take them home, make sure dinner is ready for the family and I’m off to class but I have created systems in place to handle situations like Wednesday’s. Did I mention I was a student as well? I’m working on my business degree and I’m super busy. I’m also active at my church in addition to managing my home. So for me, the first thing people see when entering my home from the front door is my stairs covered with shoes. I took care of that.
Next, when you walk further into my home, you will see my living room covered with clean clothes that needed to be folded. I tackled that, I also utilized my helpers. My twins are now 12 years old going on 13 and I definitely get them involved. They took care of their clothes and my son took out the garbage, which helped lessen the amount of work I had to do. If you are not at that point, again give yourself some grace and tackle one thing at a time.
Here’s some motivation, I did that helped me, I have a 10 minute tidy up for busy moms and a 15 minute night routine, there is so much you can do in just 10 to 15 minutes and I show what that looks like. I challenge you to try it and see if that works.
Lastly, Relax. Take it one day at a time and you will soon figure out, just like I did, what will work for you and your family. There are different options out there like, the Fly Lady Method. I have tried a few of her methods but I have found, what I’m currently doing is working best for my family. Definitely, give this a try and see what DOES work. In the video, I show you guys what I’ve done. Everything was cleaned and dinner was done. For dinner, the kids had leftovers. I cook two different types of dinner for my kids and my husband. My husband doesn’t eat meat so, I cooked him baked fish with rice and beans (His Favorite). Tomorrow, I will tackle that when it comes.
Here are some books (tools) to help you get started: