Most homemakers swear by a housekeeping routine that helps them keep the dust and clutter at bay. Some people have to do a little pick up each day to stay afloat. I remember those days when I had a little one under foot. Keeping up with the clutter was quite a challenge!
These days, I get by with a weekly detail that gives me peace and keeps me from freaking out. Mine is a simple weekly routine and should not be confused with a deep clean, which I usually save for twice a year.
During my weekly routine, I wipe down all the surfaces in my home, empty the trash bins and tidy my bathrooms. This is more of a maintenance strategy that keeps things in my home from becoming out of control.
The most important part of my weekly routine is laundry. While I might wait to get a full load before I'll wash sweaters or blouses, there are certain items that I wash every week without fail.
WHAT I WASH ON A WEEKLY BASIS
So, each week, I strip my bed and wash everything on a hot water cycle. I've been doing this for years. It's even more important to adopt this practice if you're co-sleeping with a spouse or partner. Why?
Did you know that your body sloughs off hundreds of millions of dead skin cells each day? Many of those skin cells end up in your bed and on your pillow where they are eaten by tiny dust mites. Left unchecked, these dust mites and their droppings can trigger all kinds of allergies.
I don't know about you, but that grosses me out!
The best way to combat this is to wash your bedding in hot water at least on a weekly basis. In my home, I have 3 things that I wash at least once a week.
Here is my "must wash weekly" list:
1) Bedding: Sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforter, mattress protector
2) Bath and Kitchen Towels
I created my "must wash weekly" list based on items that I felt were havens for dust mites, bacteria and odor.
It might not be possible to totally eliminate bacteria and dust mites, but a little hot water goes a long way. And staying on this regimen gives me piece of mind. Besides, who doesn't love sleeping between freshly washed sheets?
Do you have a cleaning routine? Please leave me a comment and share how you keep your home in order.
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