So Fresh, So Clean

I don’t know about you, but nothing—nothing—makes me feel more accomplished than a full day of cleaning.

It could be spent scrubbing, vacuuming, folding laundry, I don’t care. As long as I can go to bed knowing a guest could show up and not be disgusted by at least one corner of my house, I’ll sleep like a baby.


Some days I think I’d rather have all of my top teeth pulled than bust out the Windex and wipe down a mirror.

(I say that and mean it only six months after a horrendous wisdom tooth removal.)

I was bad about it when I lived alone, and things have only gotten worse since we moved into the house. Probably because it’s four times the square footage and therefore, never clean.

I mean that last part from the bottom of my heart. I’ll clean the bedroom one weekend with every intention of scrubbing a bathroom the following Saturday. But come that next weekend, the bathroom is somehow still presentable while the bedroom has fallen into total ruin. Pair that with the carpet that needs to be vacuumed every other day, and I feel like I’m living in an actual pile of dirt.

It’s only a matter of time until I hire a cleaning lady. For my own sanity more than anything.

So, as accomplished as I may feel after that full day of cleaning, I can’t help but think it’s all for nothing.

And if you’re sitting there like, “Well yeah, Alli. That’s because you’re supposed to clean the whole house on a weekly basis,” please know you’re probably not human and therefore not the target audience for this blog.

Instead, the target audience is the fellow homeowner who also wonders how anyone could possibly obtain a spotless existence. When do you clean? Are you supposed to do rooms in a certain order? How often is this all supposed to happen?

To nobody’s surprise I know none of these answers. What I do know is how I plan certain tasks related to housekeeping, and figure I’d share them in the off chance they work for someone else.

A minor disclaimer before we get started: This is loosely based on a thing I spotted in another blogger’s planner video.

Search “Erin Condren” on YouTube and try calling me a psycho, I dare you.

I don’t know if this is what she actually does or if I totally misinterpreted the method, but I like to convince myself it’s the real deal. Join me!

For one thing, I like splitting the house into zones: master bed, master bath, guest bed, guest bath, living room, kitchen and basement.

When I’m feeling especially decluttery, the garage, laundry room and all closets act as honorary zones.

With the zones in mind, I assign myself three big tasks each week. Some weeks it’s to vacuum and dust (always as a pair) the living room, master and guest bedroom. Other weeks, it’s treating the hardwood floor, scrubbing the guest bath and vacuuming/dusting the basement.

It all depends on a) what we have going on that week—what kind of time will I have to do these things—and b) the last time that zone got some love.

I try not to go more than 2-3 weeks before circling back to a zone.

And before I totally trick you into being super impressed by my organization and commitment to a clean home, you should know I rarely cross things off the same week they’re assigned.

Like today. I shampooed the carpets. Guess when that was supposed to be done?

February 4.

But now that I did it, I FEEL LIKE I CAN DO ANYTHING. So I scrubbed the master bath (originally scheduled for February 25), threw in three loads of laundry AND vacuumed/dusted the guest bedroom.

Here’s the pathetic thing: If I could just get it together and realize each task takes no more than an hour to complete, and did them over the course of the week, my house might actually be spotless.

Instead, I save everything for Sunday afternoons when I want to do absolutely nothing. And usually end up doing just that.

So, whether I’ve inspired you to create quick tasks of your own or simply made you feel better by being a complete joke of an adult, I hope this helped in some capacity!

But really, if you have any cleaning tips and tricks of your own, please let me know. I do enjoy when the house is in order, and if there’s an easier way to make that happen, I’m all ears.


Title Credit: Outkast

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