One benefit to living a minimalist lifestyle is the ease to having a clean and tidy home. A minimalist cleaning routine is not necessarily about cleaning less often, but rather in less time. You still have things to do each day, but due to things having a home and having less to clean around quickens up your routine. A daily, weekly, and monthly routine will guarantee you to always have a clean home, as well as not stress about guests who pop over unannounced.
Minimalist Cleaning Routine
As I mentioned above, you need to have a daily, weekly, and monthly routine to keep up a tidy home. The daily routine takes up to 30 minutes at most per day, so it is easy to maintain. The weekly and monthly routines consist of a few different tasks that do not take up too much time either! The best part is that when you work this routine long enough, it becomes second nature to maintain.
Daily Minimalist Cleaning Routine
Clean out your car // When you get home from work take everything out of your car that does not belong. Doing this each day will help you maintain a cleaner car for longer.
Sort mail/paperwork // Sort any mail or paperwork you bring into your home. If you do this daily, you will not dread piles of paperwork accumulating that takes hours to sort. Dealing with it daily ensures that it only takes a minute of your time and helps keep counter tops clear of clutter.
Dishes // Did you know that it is cheaper to run your dishwasher during the night time? The electricity used to run your dishwasher is at a cheaper price due to it not being prime time [5pm-9pm when everyone else is using the electricity in town]. Load your dishwasher before bed and set it to run at a later time. [Our dishwasher has a 4 hour delay option.] You can empty it in the morning or right when you finish sorting your mail when you get home after work.
Counter Tops // Wiping down all kitchen counter tops, dining table, and bathroom counter tops at the end of the day helps your mind relax better.
One Load of Laundry // Stay on top of your laundry pile by washing at least one load of laundry a day. You never know, you may get caught up and be able to skip a day or two!
Sweep or vacuum the floor // Dust and dirt accumulate quickly. Keep all of that down by keeping your floors swept and vacuumed!
General Task // Clean up as you go and only touch it once! Both of these make everything much easier. Cleaning up as you cook makes cleaning up after eating much quicker, especially if the dishwasher is empty. The dishes will not be piling up in the sink, but rather be put in the dishwasher ready to be cleaned. Touching it once ensures that if you need scissors for a moment, they will not be left out to create unnecessary clutter.
Weekly Minimalist Cleaning Routine
Wash bedding // Bedding should be washed at least weekly. Nasty things accumulate in our bedding including dead skin cells, drool, and dust mites. The idea of it is just gross! So please wash your bedding!
Dusting // Dust accumulates quickly on all surfaces. Take the time to really dust your home with cleaner and not just a dry cloth or Swiffer duster.
Mopping // Even if you sweep your hard surface floors, they still need to be thoroughly cleaned by mopping. Sweeping only does so much, and mopping at least weekly cleans the floors well. Look at this as the difference between a quick dusting and a thorough dusting of your home.
Clean out the refrigerator// The night before your trash service runs, clean out all old leftovers. Leftovers are only good for 3 days at most in the refrigerator, so doing this at least once a week will ensure that you do not eat spoiled food. Wipe down all surfaces once the leftovers are culled. You may also want to check expiration dates of anything else to be sure all food left is still good.
Clean all blinds and windows // While this should go with dusting, you need to pay extra attention to your blinds. They can accumulate dust quickly, and if in a humid space it could be difficult to clean. Windows also need a good cleaning to ensure all the natural light can shine through your home. UVA and UVB rays are not good for you, but Vitamin C & D is! Do not let dirty windows keep out the Vitamin C & D you need!
Throw Pillows and Blankets // Both accumulate dust and need to be cleaned weekly. You can clean pillows by vacuuming or tossing them in the washing machine. Be sure to read instructions on label before cleaning. The blankets being used need to be cleaned in the washing machine.
Monthly Minimalist Cleaning Routine
Curtains // Wash curtains at least monthly. They accumulate dust the same way your blinds do. Just be careful and read directions before you clean them. Some can be tossed in the washing machine and dryer, while others need to be wiped with a damp cloth.
Carpet // Washing carpet ensures all the gross things are cleaned out of it. If you cannot wash your carpet, sprinkle some borax and baking soda [equal parts] over your carpet and let sit for 2-3 hours. Then vacuum it up and enjoy your refreshed carpet!
I realize this may seem like a lot, but once you get in the hang of it, it will take you no time to accomplish. You will feel so much better staying on top of keeping your home clean and tidy. Your home will feel more welcoming and comfortable. It will also be nothing to have guests over in a moments notice, because your home will always ready.
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What do you think? Will you give my minimalist cleaning routine a try? Let me know in the comments what you think!