Sorry for my lack of posts lately, I’ve been working on a lot of new projects and am managing some new changes around our home too. I’ll be back again tomorrow with a a fun celebratory giveaway that you won’t want to miss!
Speaking of the house, since today is a cleaning day for me, I thought I’d share how I keep house here at the Davis residence. My friends who know me well know that I love to clean and organize. In fact, they coined a term several years back called ‘Karla clean’ referring to how involved and detail oriented I am when cleaning. I can thank my dad for that -he taught me well! It feels so great when everything is sparkling clean, and fresh doesn’t it?
Before getting married and moving in with hubby, things in my own home always remained really clean and I loved returning from work or a trip to it that way. Being married presents different challenges, as I’ve learned over the past 4 years. Learning to work together and seeing how the other person does things is interesting to say the least.
For instance, I’m the type of person who likes to clean up the kitchen sink/counters while preparing food and dinner is cooking so that when everything is done there are virtually no dishes or mess to attend to. Hubby on the other hand is happy to leave them and come back to it when he feels inspired to put them in the dishwasher. LOL. I suppose some would say it’s a ‘guy’ thing. It’s probably a good thing that I do 90% of the cleaning because I can spot dirt where my darling husband does not. I’ve always firmly believed that the inside of a microwave can tell you a lot about the rest of someones home. Don’t worry, I don’t go snooping in people’s microwaves. 😉
Thankfully we don’t have any pets to clean up after and being sans kiddos at the moment, cleaning is actually a pretty easy task which kinda makes me a bit fearful for when they eventually arrive. I don’t know how you moms do it! Taking care of children and a home is really two full time jobs wrapped up into one-kudos to all of you who take this on everyday! Don’t ever let any working mommas or others tell you different!
With the chaotic week that I had last week, I have to say that my usual cleaning schedule became de-railed and instead of my ‘a little bit every day’ approach, I’ve left myself with ‘a lot in one day’ as I want to knock it out so I can enjoy this upcoming weekend.
Here is what my schedule normally looks like for our house of two:
Since our master bathroom is SUPER tiny (literally a stand up shower, toilet and sink) there is no way that Paul and I could share, thankfully he let me have the bigger bathroom complete with a linen closet and bathtub. It gets used heavily as the main bathroom for our house and by visitors so I really like to keep on top of it. I sometimes take over the guest bedroom too, it happens to be my office. Aside from that, hubby has a very active dream life, sometimes I hear him mumbling in his sleep and even in a king size bed I’ll wake up to the odd arm in my face which is when I take my cue to walk across the hall to the other room. Thankfully he doesn’t snore though!
We only use eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaners in our home. Often I’ll make my own, here is post on how to make natural cleaning products for your home too. My store-bought favorites are Seventh Generation, Ecover, Mrs. Meyers and Method. I have tried Greenworkds products in the past when I’ve had coupons but they’re still made by the Clorox company who manufactures (and makes the majority of it’s profits from) way too many chlorine-based, chemical laden cleaners in my opinion and I don’t want to support that.
For those of you who feel overwhelmed with the new school year, beginning a new job or getting back on track as the summer months wind down and don’t know where to begin, perhaps you could use my cleaning chart as an example, filling in the dates as they make sense for you and your home.
How about all of you? What type of cleaning schedule have YOU implemented? Maybe you prefer to cast schedules aside and clean when you feel inspired or when things really pile up? I’d love to hear how you tackle the cleaning in your own home. Maybe you’re blessed to have a maid service to help you out or a hubby that takes on more of it? What tips and tricks allow you to spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying life?
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for all the details of our next giveaway! 🙂
*I am in no way sponsored by or compensated the above mentioned cleaning product companies. These are my personal preferences.