How to step up your cleaning routine - What Katy Said

How to step up your cleaning routine

I’ll let you into a little secret…

I hate cleaning.

I would much rather be slobbing on the sofa watching Netflix, than doing the household chores. Wouldn’t you?

I always thought that people with clean, tidy homes must spend their lives doing housework. Right?


People with clean, tidy homes actually just have great routines that get the job done quickly – meaning more time for down-time.

Isn’t that what we all want?

So how can we spend less time cleaning too?

First of all, you need to accept that housework is a part of life. I know that sounds ridiculous but I will admit I have been fighting that fact for the best part of 20 years.

And my house has been a state for most of that time…

Once you’re on board with that fact, we can get started!

So the first thing you need is a routine. I have mine printed out in my control journal and I’ve made one for you too…

I do most of my daily routine in the first hour that I am awake so that the kids don’t get in my way. And yes, it does mean having to get up before them – but if it means the rest of your day is your own, it is totally worth it!

I have been filming my daily routines, so pop over to my Youtube channel to and keep and eye out for more printables coming soon!

So next are the tools of the trade. You can’t clean your home if you don’t have the right tools for the job, can you?

There are just a few things you need to keep your home spick and span.

Cleaning cloths – pink for the sink and blue for the loo

I use 2 different coloured cloths as it means germs aren’t transferred from one place to another.

Disinfectant spray

My latest obsession is Zoflora – honestly, if you haven’t tried it yet, you really must!

Duster & Mop

I have this cleaning set from Beldray and it is so handy. It comes with a chenille duster, window cleaner, microfibre flat mop and telescopic handle for those hard to reach places.


This is my least favourite job but thankfully my new vacuum has taken care of it for me. I also have a handheld vacuum for hard to reach areas and for cleaning out the car.

Compact clothes airer

I love that it has extenders so you can hang shirts on hangers easily.

Whether you have a tumble drier or not, you need a clothes airer, don’t you? I love this compact airer as it takes up hardly any space but fits a whole load of washing! Saves space and stops my house looking like a launderette!

Once you have your tools and your morning routine printed, you are good to go. I have put my routine into practice over the last few months and I now barely spend any time cleaning and my house is ready for visitors should they arrive unexpectedly.

I still don’t like cleaning, but now I get to have a clean house and watch Netflix! Win!

I have a Beldray cleaning set to give away to one lucky winner, all you have to do is complete the widget below. Good luck! 


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  • Reply
    Liam Woodbine
    November 4, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Bribe the kids with sweets to help out!

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    Sue McCarthy
    November 5, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I’m on my own now with only 2 cats. There are certain things I do every day, like clean the litter tray & wash the dishes. The other things I do as and when. I find just running the hoover round makes the house look much better even if the other chores haven’t been done.

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    iain maciver
    November 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

    yes keep on top of it so much easier that way

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    Michelle Smith
    November 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Get the rest of the family to help with chores

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    Sarah Austin
    November 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I try to do a little bit each day to stay on top of it!

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    Keith Hunt
    November 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I steam every day with a house full of basset hounds.

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    lisa houston
    November 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    No i wish i did. im on my own with 3 children. i work too. i do everything and some days i get nothing done as im that tired

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    abigail edkins
    November 5, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I always work from the bottom to the top of the house

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    laura banks
    November 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    we each have are own jobs that we do even though the son moans about his

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    Lorna Ledger
    November 5, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Small steps climb mountains, so do a bit each day, and don;t sweat the small stuff! 🙂

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    Andrea Fletcher
    November 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Get everyone to help.

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    sarah rees
    November 5, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    not as much as I would like, just try to keep on top of the cleaning as best I can

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    Lynsey Morris
    November 5, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    With multiple chronic illnesses it’s difficult to keep up. I just what I can, when I can. X

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    November 5, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    I hoover, wash down work tops, clean the bathroom, do washing and tidying every day. I polish the dining table, mop the kitchen floor and iron every other day. I dust once a week and polish kitchen units/bar stools 2-3 times a week.

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    Kim Neville
    November 5, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I do a proper clean once a week and start at bottom to top. I keep on top every day as hate mess

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    melanie stirling
    November 6, 2017 at 12:19 am

    No,no routine to it just do it when needed,the kitchen surfaces get cleaned the most though because they are done after every meal has been prepared.

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    Steve Dickinson
    November 6, 2017 at 1:26 am

    No set routine, we just do it as and when it needs to be done.

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    Laura Walker
    November 6, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I try and squeeze it in as and when the little ones are napping

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    Danielle Pooley
    November 6, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I think if you do some everyday, it’s easier than letting it build up then trying to do loads at once.

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    ruth robinson
    November 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    i have a tidy every day and hoover regulaly also mop regulary everynight i wipe down the kitchen sides with anti bac spray ready for food prep the next day

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    Natalie Crossan
    November 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    we just do a bit each day then a big clean each sunday x

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    Judy Kennedy
    November 7, 2017 at 11:56 am

    To be honest, I have no routine, it’s when things begin to look like a Tracy Emin exhibit I know it’s time to clean.

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    Philippa Bradbury
    November 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I tend to do a massive clean once a week

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    clair downham
    November 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    yes clean as you go dont let it pile up

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    Claire C
    November 9, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I get the whole family involved in the cleaning. I think it is important to share the jobs, but also to teach the kids it’s not that bad just jobs that need doing.

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    Isabel O
    November 9, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Not really, I tend to just hope for the best and do all the cleaning as it comes up.

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    EJ Dunn
    November 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I clean up as I go along. My first baby is due tomorrow so I’m sure that routine will go out of the window!

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    Carole Nott
    November 11, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    i try to keep on top of it all daily so that no big cleans are needed very much

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    Jolanta K.
    November 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I clean and hoover every day, once a month general cleaning.

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    tee simpson
    November 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    no I dont. i just kind of do it as i go

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    tee simpson
    November 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    i just do it when I can

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    Katie Sharman
    November 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I do what I can when I can

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    Fiona Johnstone
    November 13, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I tidy up as I go usually.

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    Naomi Buchan
    November 13, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    My routine is, ignore it as long as possible then panic and run round like a crazy person when im expecting guests! 🙂

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    Sally Collingwood
    November 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I love cleaner with bleach

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    Caroline Blaza
    November 15, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    I like to clean downstairs before I clean upstairs as guests only see downstairs!

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    Marie Elvin
    November 16, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Hoover every other day and keep my kitchen sparkly clean

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    November 16, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I have no routines in place at all! I’m absolutely drowning in mess and clutter and I’ve been observing vicariously through the Facebook group. But I’ve decided enough is enough!!
    I’ve signed up for the email and from today I’m going to do SOMETHING every day!!
    And then hopefully I’ll get somewhere. Your YouTube videos have given me a huge boost of inspiration this morning and I’ve started putting things into action! 😀

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    Lorraine Stone
    November 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I do the ironing and hubby does the bathroom!

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    Allan Wilson
    November 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Yes – we do B&B in the farmhouse so have got our routine down to a tee

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    Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    November 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    More or less but not completely stuck to!

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    hayley pemberton
    November 16, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    i try and do certain jobs at certain times such as ironing on sundays

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    Nikki Hayes
    November 16, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I don’t have a routine – I just clean as and when its required (as little as possible!) 😀

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    November 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I have good intentions of having a cleaning routine but implementing it doesn’t go very well

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    Sarah Heath
    November 16, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I don’t have a routine, although I do think about one from time to time

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    Susan Trubey
    November 16, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I don’t have a routine

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    alice lightning
    November 17, 2017 at 2:38 am

    i try to clean room by room and end up in the kitchen last works for me,wonderful selection of cleaning goodies in the giveaway

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    Ursula Hunt
    November 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Do a little everyday to keep on top of it

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    Cheryl G
    November 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Little bit each day (kitchen, wash load etc.) and a big clean Saturday morning

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    Andrea Johnson
    November 18, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Nope! That’s why my life is chaos

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    November 18, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Sweep floors everyday with a brush- Hoover on weekend. a wipe down of surfaces. Including cooker. Washing goes on. Dishes. Light dusting etc..Mop on an evening so no feet on wet floors. Clean the the sink and toilet on an evening so bleaches can actually have a chance to work before someone comes in and flushes the loo. Then on weekends proper clean top to bottom

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    November 18, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Not really, I try to keep on top of it though!

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    Michaela Smith
    November 18, 2017 at 10:37 am

    To be honest no . I just try to do as much as I can when I can 🙂

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    Pauline Wilson
    November 18, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I just try and blitz it on my day off work but do get behind with the upkeep and the ironing

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    christine westlake
    November 18, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    yes I always try to clean the kitchen everyday and the bathroom is also given a once over the rest gets done as and when I have the energy.

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    November 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    No routine, when it looks untidy I will clean/tidy up

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    Joanna Ford
    November 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Friday is cleaning day!

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    Susan Sargent
    November 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I try to have a routine, but it depends on my health on the day

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    Allan Fullarton
    November 18, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I try to do a little bit each day

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    Carole Nott
    November 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    No set routines – but clean and tidy a little each day as you go

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    sharon martin
    November 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    i do little and often to keep onto top of it

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    Laura Norcop
    November 18, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I feed the dog and clean the kitchen cupboard and my partner cleans the garden and does the dishes 🙂 its a good routine!!

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    alison fisher
    November 18, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    i try to do little and often as i have arthritis and get tired quicjky

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    Karen Dixon
    November 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    little and often tends to work, with a major clear out every now and then

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    chloe brill
    November 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    i dont have a routine

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    Tracey Peach
    November 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Yes I have a daily routine I find it a lot easier if I do some daily

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    November 18, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Hoover every morning

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    Beky Austerberry
    November 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    No real routine – I have to do most of my cleaning on a weekend so I tend to put some music on and get it done as quick as I can!

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    Jo Hutchings
    November 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Not really! I wish I did though as I really envy those friends with immaculate houses.

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    Lyndsey Cooksey
    November 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    My cleaning routine is do all the daily chores as you would do, bedrooms hoovered every couple of days, have a declutter every few weeks!

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    Rebecca Alderson
    November 18, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    We have cats and a litter tray in the house so we really have to stay on top of it! Sweep the area at least twice a day for any stray litter

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    Amanda Norwood
    November 18, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Not got a routine yet. Something I need to work on

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    Karen watt
    November 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Tidy every day and do big jobs once a week house nice and tidy until teenagers and partner get home. Then I think why do I bother grrr

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    Lilly Anne Shayn
    November 18, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I think I need a routine to make my life easier… I tend to make sure my kitchen is clean before I start anywhere else and dust before you hoover up ?? Lovely prize, very useful ?? Fingers and toes crossed x

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    Lara Latchem
    November 18, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    None at all. Hubby does it all

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    donna l jones
    November 18, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    to a bit each day so it dont build up

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    Elzbieta Znyk
    November 18, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    No routine 🙁

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    November 18, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    not at all! i tend to be all or nothing!

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    kiya johnson
    November 18, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I just do 30min each day and do a big clean on a sunday

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    Hayley Elvin
    November 18, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    We have a chores list pinned up in the kitchen. As we are a family of 7, without it the house would look like a dumping ground in a few days if we didn’t have some sort of routine. I like the idea of different coloured clothes for the loo and the sink, I’ll pinch this idea. I’ve always used disposable cloths previously.

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    Janet Birkin
    November 18, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Try and do a bit every day

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    Julie Thomas
    November 18, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Yes bathroom cleaning daily and trying to keep on top of general household cleaning

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    Lindsey Stuart
    November 18, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Every morning after a shower I always dry my shower room and all of the surrounding panel, it is always shinning! I hoover every Sunday and Thursday and dust every 3rd day 🙂
    Laundry day on a monday and friday 🙂

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    Tania Robinson
    November 18, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I try to keep on top of it all, it’s hard with three messy kids and my partner is pretty messy too haha.

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    Adrian Bold
    November 18, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I have absolutely no set cleaning patterns. I just clean whenever I get time or feel I need to!

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    sarah fielding
    November 19, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I try to do a little bit every day!

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    Emma h
    November 19, 2017 at 6:22 am

    I try and clean as I go. Saves big jobs

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    Jill Fairbanks
    November 19, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I try and do a little bit each day but it’s certainly ready for a deep clean

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    carol boffey
    November 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I clean everyday

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    Stephanie Keill
    November 19, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Yes I like to use my mornings to get the whole house done, I start with the living room then work my way round. I always leave my windows till last.

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    Louise Blackah
    November 19, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I do a little every day, although with the dogs I need to hoover the kitchen and lounge, which are side by side, every day.

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    Cerys John
    November 19, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I like to get it out of the way first thing in the morning so I have the rest of the day to enjoy 🙂

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    Jules Eley
    November 19, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I like doing in all in two hours in the morning, its a rush but so worth it.

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    November 19, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Get kids to do it for pocket money

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    Jayne Kelsall
    November 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I do mine every morning when my kids have gone to school x.

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    claire w
    November 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Not really a routine just try to keep on top of it but i think i need to start one 🙂

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    tess d
    November 19, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I clean a room a day/evening instead of having 1 big cleaning day doesn’t seem to take so long x

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    kayleigh Robinson
    November 19, 2017 at 11:56 am

    No I don’t have a routine, I wish I was more organised but at the moment I just clean what needs cleaning at that time!

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    Deborah Clarke
    November 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I’m more of a panic cleaner ..soneone says they are visiting I panic , throw everything in cupboards, brush everythibg under the rug blane it on the teenagers etc etc lol

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    Sam Parkes
    November 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    The kitchen and bathroom has a deep clean once a week. I do a room each day

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    paula cheadle
    November 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I clean a room a day, and general clean the other rooms to stay on top of it

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    sharon stanley
    November 19, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I don’t have a routine as such, more of a never ending task with 3 children a dog and a fiance. I usually deal with the kids floordrobes from the morning once they have gone to school then tackle the rest of the house. Nice fresh canvas for them to leave their marks on when they return lol.

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    holly harmsworth
    November 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    No and one is needed! I have taken advantage of the freebie above so hopefully it will help 🙂

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    Tracy Gladman
    November 19, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I try to do a little every day but working full time it’s difficult to keep on top of it all!

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    Donna W
    November 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I empty the dishwasher first thing while the kids are drinking their milk – I find that helps keep the kitchen tidy all day as I can load it as I use things and I clean the surfaces and cooker top all the time. I also vacuum every day and try to clean the bathroom a few times a week. Dusting is rare for me, I hate it!

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    laura stewart
    November 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    yes i clean my bathroom every tuesday and mop the kitchen floor every sunday x

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    Rebecca Hobbs
    November 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    No routine for me, just a crazy bltiz every now and then other than every day hoovering

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    Terri Dudey
    November 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Just clean as i go along xx

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    Sharon Lou Johnson
    November 19, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    1 start at the top and work down and always do it when the kids are at school esp the twins! you can then throw things away , they never notice x

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    Michelle Wild
    November 19, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Clean as you go.

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    lorraine EVEMY
    November 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Clean as we go in our house.Sadly as I now have MS my husband has taken over most of the chores and he does a really fantastic job without a word of complaint.
    #one in a million.

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    Natalie Gillham
    November 19, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I start at the top and work my way down otherwise dust falls on what I’ve just cleaned, and I use big car washing sponges to wash down worktops as it cleans them quicker.

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    Andrea A
    November 19, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I don’t have a routine when it comes to cleaning my motto is little and often.

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    Angie McDonald
    November 19, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I try to iron the same day each week, hoover every 2 days sand put the washing on every morning if there’s a full load to go in

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    Kate Sabin-Burns
    November 19, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    no routine, just make it up as i go 😉

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    Simone Griffin
    November 19, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I do, but I need to be more structured with it

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    claire fawkner
    November 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Usually most of my cleaning gets down just before I have visitors……

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    Dale Dow
    November 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    yes! Sit back and let the husband do it all, he loves cleaning, I sometimes wonder if our roles are reversed x

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    Caroline Signey
    November 19, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I try and do little and often, I always do the kitchen and the washing daily but everything as and when I can fit it in

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    Julie Booth
    November 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I have a cleaner who does 2 hours per week so every weekend i ensure I do one big job such as cleaning the bedrooms, cleaning the oven or defrosting the freezer.

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    Tracey Bean
    November 19, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Weekends are normally our cleaning time, we start at the top of the house and work our way down

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    Kyomi Johnson
    November 19, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Always try and keep on top of it a little each day helps

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    Mary Houlihan
    November 19, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Little and often and make sure everyone helps.

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    Hayley Colburn
    November 19, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I tend to do a lot of my chores as soon as I get back from dropping the kids off at school, the usual, emptying the dishwasher, putting a wash on and running a quick duster round and vacuuming, it really doesn’t take that long and I can enjoy a nice coffee when I’m finished, I find if I dont do it in the mornings it becomes a much bigger task as the day goes on so it really is worth getting it out of the way, the weekends are for the bigger cleans, bleaching the bathroom and disinfecting the kitchen floor etc whilst the other half keeps the kids entertained

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    Emma smiley
    November 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I tend to do one big job a week and generally just tidy as i go. And I always do a spring summer autumn and winter clear out and clean cos we gather so much rubbish.

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    jacqui rushton
    November 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Yes, I clean daily and start with the kitchen and bathroom, moving on to all other rooms!

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    vivian allman
    November 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    i do a little bit each day , the bulk of our cleaning is done on sundays… as we are all home and share out the work 🙂

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    Carol Cliffe
    November 19, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I don’t have a routine as it depends how well I’m feeling and I give up when I get too sore. I do try to have certain days for certain jobs though (but usually fail!!)

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    Eve Ogden
    November 19, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Try and do a little bit each day to keep the place tidy

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    Laura Khomutova
    November 19, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I do a proper clean once a week

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    Tracey F
    November 19, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I feel like I am cleaning all day every day! I wish I had a routine but with young children they could be drawing on the walls as I’m changing a nappy!

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    jade rice
    November 19, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    hubby sorts the kitchen , i do the living room whilst tea is cooking usually

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    Stacey Kavanah
    November 19, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    no just do it when im in the mood

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    Tory Stockley
    November 19, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Clean and tidy a little everyday

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    Tammy Neal
    November 20, 2017 at 12:02 am

    I do a proper clean every Sunday but everyday I do a quick skim over xx

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