Weekly cleaning update 2 | Children’s books | The kitchen floor

Remember how I was working on a weekly cleaning schedule? I even posted an update of the first week. Well, I thought it would be good to post an update as it’s been almost a month since my last update.

This is what I managed to print out before our printer broke again:

The checks mean yes, I did it; the x’s mean nope, didn’t happen. So I’m about 50% on this week also. The next week, I tried to keep track on a little piece of paper, which I promptly lost (big surprise), and then I fell off the wagon on the whole “keeping track of the cleaning” thing.

But, I can say that the habit was starting to form, and I think maybe I’ve been able to hold onto my 50%-ish status on getting this cleaning stuff done.

I think I’d like to revise this file to be more of a chart with a grid-type checklist. A chart that would last for a month would be better. A new stinkin’ printer to print it would be nice, too! (Sweetie?)

I also wanted to show you a couple of other projects I was inspired to do recently!

I organized the kids’ books!

Before (this picture is actually from a few months ago, but this is a very good example of how the books usually look in the kids’ room):

It really bugs me when books are all over the floor getting stepped on!! Ug! Yes, there are more books under the toys.

I did some minor decluttering and got rid of 3 books, but mostly it was an organizing job.


This actually only represents about half of our children’s books. I’ll show you the rest another time. 🙂

At some point, I would like to get a little bookshelf for this spot. I think it would make it easier for the kids to manage and keep up themselves.

Now for the infamous kitchen floor!

I recently showed you how I sweep my floor. Well, with my nicely swept floor all ready, I got inspired to get it really clean! That’s right. Me on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor. I always think of Cinderella (before the fancy ball) when I do this. Let’s just say I don’t think of Cinderella very often. 😉

This next picture was taken under the table. It’s really bad.


Floor after sweeping. Yes, after.

Some spots were really hard to get clean. I had to get a little creative. Turns out a couple of them were gum. Gum?! I don’t know how I could have missed gum on the floor until it got to this point. But here we are.

Sorry, no pictures of me scrubbing the floor. Maybe next time. Maybe not.

But seriously. I’ve got good news here….


By the way, I’m planning to do some posts where I revisit some of the areas I have previously decluttered and cleaned up. Fun, fun!
How often do you mop/scrub your floors?

13 Comments on “Weekly cleaning update 2 | Children’s books | The kitchen floor”

  1. Kimberly says:

    Yay for clean floors! Unfortunately, I do not have a “mopping the floor” schedule… but, it probably gets done maybe once per month? Not so good…

    I love the shot of your little monkey on the books! 😉

  2. Theresa says:

    You go, girl! Yes, it’s hard, unglamorous work, but the payback in terms of mental restoration is immense. Keep it up. ‘Do not despise the day of small beginnings’ – Nehemiah and the re-building of the walls of Jerusalem.

  3. Barbara says:

    Lookin’ good! I dread doing my floors simply b/c there is so MUCH travertine tile downstairs. It seems like an insurmountable task. Plus now, I added more stress to myself by bringing a DOG into out house, DURING shedding months! Ack!!! The first week she was here I didn’t think I could survive the avalanche of hair she shed. I needed some motivation to tackle the kid grime, the dog hair in the corners, and the dirt dragged in by my 2 yr old dirt loving boy. Enter: The Shark! I puffy heart LOVE this device! I already own the Shark that is like the Swivel Sweeper, but sadly it’s little battery is not really too powerful to keep her goin’.

    Cruising Costco one AM, I spied a new product by Shark. It’s a lightweight vacuum that has 2 settings for hard floors and carpet. It has loads of those attachments to pick and choose the best way to suck up the yuckies. So now I delight in running my new BFF and watching all the hair and yuck accumulate in the wind tunnel. I lose my motivation to actually STEAM the floor with my Shark steamer, but at least I am halfway there!! LOL! (And no, I am not a Shark employee, just a big fan!) Maybe a new cleaning gadget would be motivating? I’ve heard that getting something new for a space (can be something simple, thrifted, or borrowed, no need to spend $$$- freshly picked flowers, new tablecloth, etc) can be motivating to maintain a space.

    Good job on maintaining the cleaning schedule. One unexpected perk of getting a dog is getting up early to let her outside to do her business, so I am getting my dishwasher unloaded, the 1st load of laundry started, and lunches packed b4 the monkeys even open 1 eye! It’s been surprisingly refreshing!

    Can’t wait to see your updates! Your progress is really inspiring! BTW, I loved your last post on the clean counter! I NEED a friend like that in my life to help me in my laundry room!!! I’m too embarrassed to allow anyone in there!!!

    Take care!

    • Hi Barbara!

      I’ll have to keep my eye out for this much-loved shark character! Another perk about having a dog is that they eat all of the food that falls (or is thrown) on the floor. We had a wonderful dog until about a year ago when she died 😦 . I used to have a problem with dog hair on the floor, but no food on the floor. Now I don’t have the dog hair, but there’s food on the floor!

  4. WilliamB says:

    I have a great cleaning schedule that works very well for me: a cleaning lady.

    I loathe cleaning. I’m fine keeping a place tidy and put away but cleaning I can do without. Especially dusting and vacuuming. So as soon as I had free cash I started hiring someone to clean my place, and have continued to do so ever since. One thing I note: it’s cheaper to get a small place cleaned than a large one. Yet another reason not to live in an oversized home.

    What about a reusable chore chart for weekly cleaning? I’ve seen both magnetic ones and repurposed dry erase boards. For the dry erase board, make a grid with painters tape (advantage: removable; disadvantage: comes off after some number of erasures) or electrical tape (advantage: survives infinite number of erasures; disadvantage: effectively permanent), then fill in chores and designated days. Hey if it works for kids it should work for adults, right?

  5. Nisrine says:

    Great job cleaning those floors. Waw.
    I mop my kitchen floors about once or twice a week. I don’t like scrubbing the floors and I usually don’t have to as long as I mop them often.
    I have a cleaning schedule that I try to follow as well.
    Check it out and let me know what you think.


  6. Alice says:

    I *despise* mopping floors, so it happens very infrequently – every few months? (I’m a huge fan of spot cleaning, though). I’ve actually gotten one of the Shark steamer things, but on our kitchen tile, it makes things feel dirtier afterwards! (I think that the tile just sucks up the moisture and then feels ‘sticky’ until it fully dries, which takes eons in FL humidity.)

    I’ve got to experiment with different types of scrubbing and mopping, but I haven’t found anything that doesn’t feel sticky after I’m done (though I haven’t rented one of those giant deep cleaner things from the grocery store, which is my next test.) So long as it’s that labor-intensive and unrewarding, it’s going to remain an occasional activity!

  7. Megan says:

    Hey, you’re doing great! Keep it up, woman!
    As for the floor mopping, I’d really rather not talk about it. It’s not often. Well, it’s about as often as I entertain, which might happen more if I were better about the whole mopping thing….

  8. I don’t have a schedule, but I mop probably about once a week or every other week. But then again it only takes me a couple of minutes, cuz we live in an 8 by 32 space… and half of it is carpet.

  9. LeeAnn says:

    I’m a bit behind in my blog-perusing, so sorry for the late comment.

    Hooray! Great job on the books and the floor. Books are one of my nemisis since my girls have about 2 truckloads full. I hate spending money on organizational stuff but we bucked up and bought a big storage bin to store all of our family room books. It’s much easier to chuck them in there rather than try to make them look nice on a bookshelf. Because we do have a bookshelf in my middle child’s room. I try to keep them nice and neat but there are usually a few on the floor and the rest are just piled on top of one another on the shelf. So maybe try a bin for yours or if you don’t want to spend the money a rubbermaid storage container or even a box might help.

    As for the floor, I get mine swept almost every day, but mopping just seems so futile since it’s disgusting an hour later. I probably mop (or clean on my hands and knees) every 3 weeks or so. Regardless, great job! It makes you feel so much better when it’s clean, doesn’t it?

    ~LeeAnn @ Living the Dream

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