Housecleaning and Homeschooling

Lovey over at Lovey-land ( lent me a few fabulous books regarding decluttering and housecleaning.  I am no stranger to these areas, because having clean spaces is very important to me, and living simply without too much stuff is also important to me.  However, these books were very helpful to me because one book laid out decluttering projects with estimated amounts of time, and the other book really clarified what should be cleaned daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.

I do think that having a clean and orderly house is part of homeschooling.  First of all, it can be hard for some if not all children to function in a cluttered environment because they are just being constantly distracted.  Secondly, having a clean house is important from a health perspective.  Thirdly, I find most women who are feeling completely overwhelmed with their house also are feeling overwhelmed with homeschooling, with life in general, and are sometimes dealing with depression or other things going on. So I think your home is sometimes a barometer of where you are and how you are feeling.

Most importantly, housecleaning, laundry, getting meals on the table and such all still have to happen even with homeschooling!  You are still the leader for your home! So the question becomes how to figure out how to make this happen.

If you are in the beginning steps of decluttering and getting your house in order, bravo! You may want to check out if you are not already acquainted with that website.  It is very helpful to those of us who have to work at being organized. 

Here is my own personal list for daily, weekly cleaning:


Clean the bathrooms

Air out the beds after we get up and open windows to air everything out, make beds after 30 minutes or so

Keep kitchen clean, put out clean towels every day in kitchen (countertops I do every day, outside of cabinets once a week)

Vacuum/dust mop  daily (did I mention we have a large hairy dog?)

Empty trash cans if full


Change bed linens, including putting pillows in dryer for 15 minutes to kill dust mites

Change bath towels 2-3 times a week


Wipe down doorknobs, light switches, etc ( I admit I may do this more than once a week)

Wipe down baseboards (again due to big hairy dog) and doors and door hinges

Clean oven and refrigerator (including taking shelves out every 1-2 weeks and washing the shelves off).

Wash and sanitize garbage cans

Vacuum upholstered furniture every 1-2 weeks.

Sweep outside patios and walks a couple times a week.

Clean out pantry if needed


Painting as needed

At least two times a year pressure wash house, outside windows

Condition wood furniture


Every family has their own way of doing things based upon the climate in which they live, the size of their house, etc.  I am just sharing some of the things I do. 



28 thoughts on “Housecleaning and Homeschooling

  1. Carrie, I do the same thing. I also scrub the kitchen cabinets (outsides) and countertops every week, sweep, swiffer & mop all hard floors, sweep & mop the basement, scrub bathroom cabinets, counter, walls, and tub/shower surround.

    Having moved roughly every 3 years of our marriage, LOL, we have very little “stuff” and what we have has a place. This makes life so much easier. My children are brilliant cleaners. Two years ago when I was in a car accident and had my right arm in a cast for 4 months, they kept the house exactly as I keep it. (Super clean & tidy) and cooked all the meals from scratch.

    I really believe that anyone who doesn’t do this for their children is doing them a disservice for their future lives. (By do this I mean be an example of diligent homekeeping and teach them to be just as diligent.)

    Great post! I feel so strongly about the cleanliness of the home.

    • Yes, I think I forgot to put on there about scrubbing the outside of the kitchen cabinets and countertops which I do about 2 times a week…
      I love your thoughts on “stuff”; all “stuff” takes care and your time so reducing the amount of stuff you have is key to cleanliness….:)

  2. I agree with all of you…My home is definitely a barometer of how I am doing…I have been working for the past two months decluttering and organizing everything…Having a clean and orderly home does make a difference…

  3. Hi CArrie!

    Loved all your lists for keeping your home clean. I love the Flylady too… it’s quite overwhelming at first.. but over the years I can’t go to bed without my sink shining and my kitchen clean!

    Hugs.. Amy

  4. I’m struggling a bit to keep up with the housework. I don’t know where you find time to fit these things in. But food for thought. I’m really enjoying your blog 🙂

  5. Any thoughts on how to get the kids working w/ you on the housekeeping? My four year old used to love to help me, but lately she’d rather “play with” the 15 month old, which usually ends in annoyance for the toddler, who would much rather do her own thing.

  6. Check out I have been using this for over a year and love the flexibility and ease of use that Aimee offers. You enter tasks (cleaning or whatever), assign a frequency (daily, every X weeks, X months, etc), assign to members of the household (if you want) even on a rotating basis so you don’t always hang out the washing, nominate a day of the week that it can occur, add pictures etc. There are a lot of options so you can really tailor it to suit you and your family as you control the tasks and frequency.

    You can choose to receive an email with your “to do” lists for that day and tick off as you go. I love ticking off lists as it gives a sense of accomplishment. I also have festival and birthday planning reminders in there too.

    Do check it out if you want to get a little more organized, my husband is glad I did (LOL).

    P.S. Carrie – I absolutely love your website and have it as my homepage. Sometimes you need to read something several times before it hits you and you get it and I love the way you put it across, so THANK YOU.

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  8. Hi Carrie, do you mind sharing the titles of the organizational and decluttering books you mentioned in this blog article? They sound great!


  9. Shannon,
    Of course they were lent to me by Lovey at Lovey Land…and I just passed them on to another member of our homeschool group. I will ask them 🙂

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  13. Since I no longer maintain a blog, I will post our cleaning schedule here.

    Monday – kitchen/dining
    Tuesday – vehicles (don’t forgetbthis extension of your home)
    Wednesday – livingroom
    Thursday – basement
    Friday – bedroom/bathroom
    Sunday – yard

    Within this framework I keep a schedule throughout the month so everything gets done. For instance in the kitchen, week one I will polish silver, week two is pantry and shelves, week three is floor and walls, and week for is appliances and cupboards. I have a rotation like this for each room so that in anyngiven month every single area will be cleaned. I also clear out rooms every season gathering donations and changing out decor (and tidying the clutter that inevitably collects).

    Daily – laundry, dog care
    Weekly – yard, maintenance

    Child 1:
    Monday – trash/recycling, kitchen
    Tuesday – trash/recycling, bathroom
    Wednesday – trash/recycling, kitchen
    Thursday – trash/recycling, sweep & mop
    Friday – trash/recycling, sweep & mop
    Sunday – wash & iron own clothes, bedroom

    Child 2:
    Monday – vacuum, sweep & mop
    Tuesday – vacuum, sweep & mop
    Wednesday – vacuum, kitchen
    Thursday – vacuum, bathroom,
    Friday – vacuum, kitchen
    Sunday – clothes, bedroom

    The children have had a chore since about age 4. They progressively got harder as they grew older until by age 10, they were expected to contribute at their current level.

    Daily I do a clean sweep picking up stray items throughout the house, gardening, cooking and dishes, and paper sorting.

    We also have seasonal chores such as cleaning the siding, shampooing the carpets, washing the screens,etc.

    Annual chores include clearing out and organizing the garage and attic, painting, etc.

    Since moving to a cleaning schedule years ago, our home has been tidy and organized

  14. I too am still interested in the titles of the books. I follow a Flylady routine and have my chores down pat, and appreciate the link back to the original article, but am still looking for the actual titles that were referenced.


  15. I can’t recall the titles myself, but you can find good books on cleaning and organization at any library or bookstore. Carrie mentioned that she passed them on so she may not be able to post the titles.

    A great website for organization is Http:/

  16. I am super inspired by the zeal, and organization. I am curious too, as to how you work this into your rhythm. Are your children still small? I have a 5yr. old, and 16mo. old, am constantly downsizing our stuff (we have a super tiny home), my 5 yr. old will help when he chooses, we try to structure our days with each one different (baking, painting, etc.) I feel like I either have to stay up extra late, constantly picking up, cleaning to just maintain the basics (kitchen, bathroom, vacuum, dust laundry). The other stuff you mention doing once a week, wow, I am seriously feeling inadequate here. My little one is in the state of constantly taking everything out of drawers and baby proofing only goes so far (as does baby wearing, he is wanting more independence these days). Love your blog, ideas, very inspiring. I am no stranger to weaving my kids into chores, we cook together, join in cleaning at their choosing, which also means ‘slowing down’ our days sometimes to honor their needs. Would love to hear more about how you actually manage to get all of these ‘chores’ done and home school, and maintain a blog, wow, wow, awesome! Envious, inspired, and a tad overwhelmed : )

  17. It’s the beginning of a New Year and this is just the thing I needed! I’ve attempted to read Veronika Duin’s lovely books (can’t remember both titles- one is “Homemaking as a Social Art” …) and for some reason, it’s just too much for me right now (I’m in my 1st year of Waldorf teacher training, and I’m filled to the brim with Steiner reading material!). I’ve been overwhelmed with the cleaning aspects of life and getting a rhythm established, and I’m so needing down-to-earth, BASIC, first steps. I checked out your link to FlyLady and it’s perfect! She stresses BABY STEPS (I needed that starting block put into simple words LOL)…and she lists them in a very accessable fashion! Yahoo- thanks, once again Carrie for your post and the link to this soo helpful site! Many blessings to you through the New Year and thank you for being a beacon of compassion, generosity and wisdom!

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