I feel like all we ever did was have showings on our homes when I was in middle and high school so I like to think I’m a “pro” on this topic, even though I hate cleaning itself. I have a really hard time getting motivated to clean and it’s easy to wait until an hour before a showing and freak out. I don’t have the luxury this time, with a baby so I want to do it right. I created a schedule to get myself on track.
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- Wipe down all surfaces in bathrooms
- Vacuum and sweep
- Laundry, at night
- Dishes in the dishwasher as they are used. Wipe all surfaces in kitchen, put away clean dishes.
- Clean off kitchen table.
- Pick up shoes (Baby G likes to pull them out of our shoe rack)
- Empty all small garbage cans into the large ones.
- Monday: Full bathroom cleaning
- Tuesday: Sweep away cobwebs outdoors
- Wednesday: Rotated monthly chore
- Thursday: Open
- Friday: Wash bed linens
- Saturday: Wipe down front door
- Sunday: Dust
Monthly (hopefully this won’t apply):
- Clean refrigerator
- Wipe down baseboards
- Wash windows
- Wash curtains, small carpets
1-2 Hours Before Showing:
- Turn all lights on, open curtains and blinds
- Turn on fireplace (winter)
- Mop floors
- Light candles
- Prepare handouts
- Vacuum if necessary
- Visual check on cleaning in all areas
- Put away toys in their designated spots
Doggies are all settled in with the in-laws so I didn’t add anything related to them. It’s amazing how much less stuff there is to vacuum without them!
Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
Danielle lives in Maryland with her three young sons and her husband, Brandon. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, horseback rides, and has a small homestead with goats and ducks. Visit her shop to buy patterns or her sewing eBooks. Subscribe to her newsletter to get blog updates, free patterns and other printables by clicking here.