How To Realistically Fit Cleaning Routines Into Your Schedule

Why is it so hard to keep up with cleaning? With the busyness of life, it can seem impossible to stay on top of laundry, bathrooms, and tidying. In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, you’ll learn a planning routine that will help you stay consistent with cleaning your home. Keep listening, here’s how to realistically fit cleaning routines into your schedule.
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Ashley Brown 0:00 [Intro]
Hey, and welcome back for another episode of the routine and things Podcast. Today we are diving into how to realistically fit cleaning routines into your schedule into your schedule in a way that feels good to you in a way that works for your life. Because cleaning is one of those things that honestly, I feel like it gets pushed to the back, when it comes to things in our life, right, we'll feed ourselves and our families, we'll go to work, of course, because we have to pay bills, we'll do the necessary things to survive. But I feel like cleaning sometimes gets pushed off. And we can also say that we don't have enough time to clean or we don't have the energy to clean, but it's one of those things that can bring you immense clarity when you can keep a clean home. And so today I'm going to share with you how I go about fitting cleaning into my schedule fitting my cleaning routines into my schedule. And hopefully this will help you to think about things in a different way. So before we get into things, I do want to share that you can join the wait list for the planner, the routine and things planner that is coming out at the end of this year. It's going to be a 2023 routine and things planner, our first yearly planner, I'm so freaking excited about it, the planner will use routine blocking, which is a method of planning that I use and that I used in different parts of my life that really helped me to plan my days with more ease that promotes self care and reduces my mental load as well as helps me to avoid burnout. And it's just a really beautiful way of planning that will bring ease to your life for sure. So I'm super excited about this if you want to join the planner waitlist because you not only will be the first to hear about the planter but you also will get some goodies that come along with being on the waitlist. So I want to share that with you. And I'm so excited about it. If you want to join the waitlist, click the link in the show notes right now and come back to listen to this episode once you do so.

Ashley Brown 2:20
Hey, girl, before we get into today's episode, I want to share that we have four new freebies for you at right now. So these are four free downloads that I put together that will help you with your routines and also planning. So just to give you a sneak peek, one of the free downloads is my top five planning tips for mindful productivity. These are tips that I use every single week to make sure that I'm creating a realistic plan that I'm being thoughtful about how I'm planning so that I don't over plan and then actually stick to my plan. So these are some really great tips as well as another freebie that I put together for you is a routine assessment. And so this is actually a download where you can assess the five routine categories cooking, cleaning, children's self care and planning to see which routine category do you need most in your life right now. So that you can start to build a routine based within that category. So this is a really great routine assessment. And this has helped so many women when it comes to them trying to decide which routine to start. So I know it will be helpful for you. So these are just two freebies, I have an additional two on the website. So I want you to go ahead and check them out. You can go to And I'll also place a link to all of the freebies in the show notes. I want to share that with you. But let's go ahead and get into today's episode.

Ashley Brown 3:42
Okay, let's dive into things let's dive into things. So this is a question. I'm answering a question in this episode that I got from someone in the community. She asked me how can I fit cleaning into my schedule in a way that makes sense? And so I'm gonna answer that question today. And I think this is very, very important to talk about, because I feel like it's the elephant in the room. Many of us struggle with keeping our homes cleaned like keeping the laundry done consistently without clothes, like being on the couch for weeks, right, or making sure that we're not cluttering up our home and keeping our home organized and tidy. Sometimes we can struggle with that, you know, cleaning the kitchen away, that works for us, you know, so on and so forth.

Ashley Brown 4:23
But I do think that cleaning is a major struggle for many of us. And so I definitely believe this could be due to how we're thinking about cleaning and that we haven't actually learned a really great method for fitting cleaning into our schedules. And so hopefully this will help you today when you feel like you can't keep your home clean. I think it's do to two things. It could be more than two things but these are the things that come to my mind. One, you're not managing your expectations. So some of us are clean like when we say clean like we we mean spotless, like spotless in a certain way. Right. So so because sometimes we can't do it in that form and fashion, then we put it off, or we don't allow others to help us because they're not going to clean and get it spotless like how we would. And so I think it definitely is due to not managing our expectations.

Ashley Brown 5:15
But also, when you feel like you can't keep your home clean, I feel like it also involves not having a cleaning schedule that works for you like that could be the problem. And so I'm going to share three things to consider when scheduling your cleaning for the week. And I think this is going to be really helpful. And I will say that the three things to consider is a part of our clean and tidy notepad, at, I created this note page specifically, because I want to give you a way of going about cleaning, I want it to give you a planning routine for cleaning so that you could schedule it in a way that works for your life. And so the three considerations I'm sharing with you today is included in our clean and tidy notepad, which you can check out it's at But the first thing I want for you to consider is your daily cleaning tasks.

Ashley Brown 6:00
Because this is something like when you're planning cleaning for the week, you want to think about what am I doing on a daily basis, right? Maybe you're making the beds, maybe you're tidying rooms, maybe you are cleaning your kitchen, right? So what are those things because we have to think about what we're doing on a daily basis when it comes to cleaning. Right? Once you know what you're doing on a daily basis, and you have written these things down and I want to share something with you, when it comes to daily cleaning tasks. You don't have to do a bunch in a day, I want to make that very clear. Because I think sometimes we believe we have to do a lot in a day, you do not have to do a bunch in your day, okay, you don't have to clean. It can be one thing you clean it can be two if it's nothing but the kitchen, so be it, right?

Ashley Brown 6:39
Until, you start to build more of a capacity to do more in your day. Or you have a little bit more time. But you have to think about what works for you in your life. Right? What daily tasks are you doing, even what daily tasks are your children or your partner doing? Right? So think about your daily cleaning tasks. Once you have those written down, once you know what those things are, then the second thing you want to consider is when do you realistically have time to clean in your week outside of your daily tasks? When do you realistically have time to clean in your week? What days are lighter for you what days you feel like you even have more energy. I know I like to clean things in the beginning of my week, because I have a little bit more energy in the beginning of my week then when it gets to like Thursday and Friday. I might do a little cleaning on Friday. But it's not like that. So when do you realistically have time to clean in your week, and this is going to change week to week.

Ashley Brown 7:31
That's why every week you want to ask yourself this question because you may have a schedule that changes constantly or something that comes up and now you have to reorganize or replan. So when do you realistically have time to clean in your week outside of your daily tasks. And then once you know when you realistically have time to clean your week, which days are lighter for you or you have more energy, then the third thing you want to consider is to limit how much you clean each week limit the amount of weekly cleaning tasks because one thing you don't want to do is crowd your week with cleaning tasks because you have other things and other areas of your life that you need to give to so if you are giving so much to cleaning, then where are you fitting in other thing? Where are you taking care of yourself?

Ashley Brown 8:15
Where are you doing things with your kids, you know, you have to really think about that it's all these areas in your life. And so cleaning is just one of the areas that you want to make sure that you consistently give energy to but you don't want to give too much energy to cleaning every single week because then you're going to push off other things that you might want to do as well. So those are the three considerations and this is a routine right this is a routine like I said the clean and tidy notepad has this routine on it. You're going to write out your daily cleaning tasks you're going to think about when you realistically have time to clean in your week and then you're going to just plan out three additional tasks clean and has to do in your week so you don't crowd your week. I love this pad by the way, it really helped me this is how I did my cleaning throughout the week when I was a stay at home mom.

Ashley Brown 9:05
Now I just have a flow but this is how I did it in the beginning and it works. It works it really does. So I want you to try this week especially if you've been having a problem with keeping a clean home try this out. It will work for you. I really believe so if you want to check out the clean tidy notepad I'll have that linked in the show notes as well for you to check that out and grab it if you need it and it's really great also for your family. So if you have children that are old enough to clean, if you have a partner that is able and has the capacity to help you clean this is really great to put up on the fridge right out the clean tasks. You can even assign certain cleaning tasks to your children, to your partner and is there for everyone wants to save throughout the week. So things get done and the house stays clean. That's it for this episode. I want you to know that you can keep your home clean. It is doable. Did I say spotless?

Ashley Brown 9:58
No. I mean I do think you can keep your home spotless too if that's what you want to do, but you can definitely keep a clean home and just find a way to schedule it into your cleaning that works for you will make all of the difference when it comes to keeping up with things and keeping up with your cleaning. So you got this you got this girl. Alright, so to end this episode, I would like for you to rate and review this show. It helps the show so much when you rate and review and you share what you love about the podcast. It means a word to me when you do this. And also share this episode with someone today. If you feel like you have a friend who's been struggling with cleaning, share this with her. It might be very, very beneficial. But until next time, I hope that you continue to enjoy wherever you are, whatever you're doing. Stay happy girl, and I'll talk to you soon.

Ashley Brown 10:43 [Outro]
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  • Posted by Camisha Maze on

    Great Podcast! I’ve been struggling with everything because I try to do too much! I am allowing myself 30 minutes per day now to get whatever I can done.

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