One of the benefits of living in a camper is being able to clean our entire home in a relatively short time. Things like mopping the bathroom floor become part of my weekly routine, since it takes so little time and brightens up the home so well.
However, if you live in a small space with children, you already know what I learned soon after moving in – just because it takes less time to clean doesn’t mean it stays cleans. When you have kids, your home will have regular messes to pick up, whether you live in a 2,000 square foot home, or 200.
In case you are looking for ideas on cleaning small spaces, here is what my routine looks like. And, FYI, it is important to keep on top of the cleaning, however little time is spent, because in my experience, a small messy home is more irritating than a large messy home. Yet when it is well kept, it can be an enjoyable, welcoming, peaceful place, no matter how small.
Mondays are our “thorough straightening” day. After a weekend of outdoor projects or family outings, there is inevitably laundry all over the floor, little toys [painfully] underfoot, and the compost dish by the sink is full. So Monday morning I spent roughly 45 minutes putting things back where they belong. The rest of the week usually requires a 15 minute pick-up and sweep, plus dishes each day.
Tuesday is almost always our laundry day. Whether I use the clothesline or the laundromat dryer, this is at least a half day event because I bring all three kids with me, and laundry must descend and then ascend our 700ft “driveway”. Then there is the folding…
Wednesday there is usually a little more picking up to do after Tuesday’s absence.
Thursday is bathroom day – wash the counter, mirror, tub, floor… yada yada.
Friday I make an extra effort to clean up my mess on the porch, or whatever mess I can manage. Right now it’s mostly construction materials and tools, which are out of my jurisdiction. Instead I take care of snow clothes, bags of trash, boxes on their way to the storage camper, etc.
On days when I happen to have less clean up and the kids are entertaining themselves well, I pick odd cleaning projects to work on, such as decluttering a cupboard, washing a door or windows, mold duty, or whatever else I’ve been putting off.
If you added up all the time I spend cleaning it wouldn’t come to very much, but we are a very utilitarian family – we clean to keep our family healthy, safe, and comfortable, not to have a spotless home always ready for unexpected guests. We have other interests like crafts, cooking, games, reading, and exercise. So we clean a little each day and do our best to maintain a comfortable home.
To see how we organize our home, check out these videos:
Do you have a useful resource for cleaning small homes? Do share!