Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule + a giveaway

I’ve got a special treat for you guys today! My newest sponsor, Christine, from iDreamofClean is here to share three easy steps to seeing a cleaner home right now, and to tell you more about her ebook, Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule! {Okay, so, when I read the title, I knew I couldn’t wait to read it! Create your perfect cleaning schedule? I’m so in!}

And guess what! She’s giving a copy of her ebook away to you guys too! {Jump down to find out how to enter!}

I’ve enjoyed getting to know Christine, and I think you will too- she’s an amazing lady. She had her second baby just three weeks ago and she’s already back in the swing of things! I interviewed her the other day so you guys could all get to know her too. {I added the bold and italics- she’s got such great things to say, I couldn’t help myself!} :)

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself? christine

I'm married to my high-school sweetheart and we are passionate about Jesus, marriage and family. We were in marriage ministry for almost ten years and were blessed to work with and learn from some of the best marriage experts around. Our focus has changed somewhat now that my husband is a pastor to young adults (18-34 year olds) but, thankfully, we still have opportunities almost daily to talk marriage.

We have two sons, a 2 ½ year old and a 3 week old, who keep me busy throughout the day…and night! Thus, my love for coffee has increased exponentially since their entrance into our family.

2. How did your blog iDreamof Clean and the idea for your ebook Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule come about?

The idea for iDreamofClean was born because, due to our life circumstances, I was constantly cleaning. Our little family of three lived in a 740 square foot high-rise loft, so we put in on the market in order to move into a home with more than one room. When you live in a home that small, you have to keep it organized and clean or you feel like your living on top of each other. Add in a couple of showings a week and your normal cleaning gets put into overdrive!

Shortly after launching iDreamofClean.net I began researching cleaning schedules to share with readers. The few I found didn’t work for my life because I didn’t have a traditional home. I tried to look at the schedules through the lens of other homeowners, apartment dwellers, or renters and realized that the schedules wouldn’t be perfect for their home either.

I came to the realization that we not only have different homes, but we also have different lifestyles, work arrangements, and cleaning preferences. That means it’s almost impossible to create a pre-made cleaning schedule that works for everyone. Each of us needs our own plan.

Creating a custom cleaning plan, however, can be time consuming, so I wanted to find a way to walk someone through the process easily. Thus, the idea for Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule was born.

3. Okay, let’s say I'm a total cleaning newbie- what can I start doing today to get on the path to a cleaner home?

Implementing a few routines in your life works wonders for keeping your home clean. The very first thing I would recommend is to “do one thing” every time you enter and leave a room.

  • When you walk into the closet, put one item that has fallen to the floor back on a hanger.
  • When you leave the living room, look for a glass to take to the kitchen.
  • When you walk into your bedroom, straighten the pillows on your bed.
  • When you are getting ready in the bathroom, clear the counters or wipe them down.

What you do doesn’t matter as much as consistency. Do any one thing as often as possible and you’ll see a noticeable difference almost immediately.

The second habit I’d recommend is to make up your bed daily. I used to think that it was silly to make up a bed every day when you were just going to get in it again that night, but having a made up bed actually makes the entire room feel cleaner (even if it’s not).

If you’re looking for minimal work, the final thing I’d recommend is to clean your kitchen every night until it’s spotless. Wash every dish, clear and disinfect the counters, switch the dishtowels, and take out the trash. It may not be the most fun thing to do after a long day, but your morning will be much more productive when you don’t have to deal with leftovers from the night before.

If you’re still motivated after doing those three things, you can continue the journey with the tips found in my 31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit series.

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Isn’t she awesome? I’ve just started implementing the steps for creating a cleaning schedule routine, and I love how easy they are and how each one is broken down specifically for you. She also provides lots of helpful resources for getting started and planning worksheets to get you on track!

Want to win a copy of Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule? Simply leave me a comment below with the answer to this question:

Are you a cleaner by nature, or is cleaning a habit you are learning?

Don’t want to wait for the giveaway? BH readers can get a copy this week for just $4.99! Just enter the code Clean2012 at checkout!

The ebook giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on January 12, and the winner will be announced Friday morning!

45 comments

Jennifer said...

always learning

philippians413 said...

My name is angela and cleaning is a habit I am learning. My husband and I have a 13 yr old adopted son and an 8mth old biological daughter and we all live in a little over 500sq ft house. Very tiny and very overwhelming!

Misty said...

I'm learning to clean this would be amazing!

thebartulabombdiggity said...

Cleaning is definitely a habit I am learning! I used to be obsessed, but my husband got tired of me stressing over it ALL the time! I have now gone in the opposite direction in the last couple years and need to find a healthy balance!

Asa said...

I'm cleaner by nature but always looking for new ways to make it a little easier to do and not so time consuming. I'm a stay at home mommy of two boys 2 1/2 yrs and 11 1/2 months, so there's ALWAYS something to clean, wash, and pick- up!

kabethsmama said...

I am a cleaner by nature, but have gotten behind and disorganized since the birth of our youngest. I am desperate need of a new schedule that I can and will stick to.

Chrissy said...

I am a mess!

Rachel said...

I am definitely a cleaner by nature! I love to have everything clean and organized so am always looking for new ways to go about that! With two kids faster more scheduled ways are generally better so this e-book seems perfect!

Jacque said...

This is definitely a habit I am learning! One of my New Year's resolutions actually! ;)

Diana Blackford said...

Cleaning is definitely a habit for me. I didn't grow up in an organized home, and neither did my husband. Keeping a clean, organized home is certainly a challenge for us!

Stefani Ketelsen said...

Cleaning is definitely a habit I am learning...and at a snail's pace it seems like.

Charlene Rae said...

I am a cleaner by nature! In a family of those who are not!

nicole said...

I have never been a clearner by nature! I have had to make a conscious effort throughout my life, more especially since I have been married. Every day it becomes more of a habit though!

Lewauna Truitt said...

I am wanting to learn to clean better and stay on top of it everyday. I would realy like to win and possibly learn easier and better ways of cleaning.

kristajlee said...

Cleaning is a habit I am learning! Christine's story sounds like mine. My husband is a pastor and we have 2 young children. We live in a teeny town home that I struggle to keep tidy and clean enough for company. I would love a copy of this e-book! I always walk away from cleaning "schedules" discouraged, because they tend to be for more traditional houses.

Ulrika said...

It's definitely a habit I'm learning. I LOVE a clean home but it keeps getting messy. I really know that routines around this is necessary to make it work, especially since we have a 19 month old who likes to leave toys and lego everywhere, drag out books from the shelves or things from the kitchen cabinets. So most of my daily organizing time seems to go to picking up the stuff he's left on the floor and I never get around to the rest. So I think I do need a schedule. :) Plus now that I am pregnant again it also makes sense to split cleaning into many little tasks that can each be done more effortlessly.

jennybc said...

I have always thought of myself as a cleaner by nature but I also know that my home has a personality that changes with the ages of my children. My older two are in college and as they are home right now, the mess abounds! I also have a 7 year old and I keep 2 small children so my days are busy and the stuff that they require amazes me! I have a system I use but fatigue gets me some days. Having a definite system will help me end my days in peace and start my days with joy!

Cortney said...

I would love to say I was clean by nature, but it is a habit I'm slowly learning. I thought I was going to be super clean and Mrs Organized when I got married, but I'm figuring out that's just not the case. I need motivation sometimes! I have attempted to use Martha Stewart's cleaning chart and it didn't work for me because our living conditions were so different than the ones the chart was based around. this sounds like a great book!

Joyce and Norm said...

I think I'm a cleaner by nature. Wherever I go, I just wanted to straighten everything up. But because I'm in a season where toys clutter the floor and craft scraps (both mine and the kids') are everywhere, so I definitely need some kind of plan.

Christie said...

I know I am a "straighten-everything-upper", but I could use some motivation for the how-to's, when-to's & even (I'm embarassed to say" WHAT-to deep clean. I'm very curious about this book :0)

Sally said...

Cleaner by nature - only because my mom was a great teacher when I was young! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Vintagevelda said...

I would love to win this. . .I am having to learn as I go in life with cleaning. thank you!

mandyBH said...

blogger import:

My name is angela and cleaning is a habit I am learning. My husband and I have a 13 yr old adopted son and an 8mth old biological daughter and we all live in a little over 500sq ft house. Very tiny and very overwhelming! on Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule + a giveaway

mandyBH said...

blogger import:

always learning on Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule + a giveaway by Jennifer K.

Yongue4ever said...

Not a cleaner by nature it is one that I am trying desperately to achieve... I have 2 boys at home now 13 and 8 and myself and my husband. I homeschool our youngest son and it just seems that there is never enough time in the day. A cleaning schedule would go a long way for me .. thanks so much!

Katy said...

That sounds like a great book! One I could use now. I was cleaner by nature, until I had my two boys and now I am struggling to keep up. Trying to teach them to clean and pick up after themselves is going nowhere right now. I need some new ideas!

Anna Wegner said...

I'm not a cleaner by nature. But I do like things to be clean, and I like to be able to find what I am looking for. I've gotten somewhat better as I've learned to use routines, and made some good habits. But I also get easily overwhelmed.

Jennifer said...

Cleaning is a habit I want to learn!!! My hubby is a cleaner by nature, but I am a homemaker and really want to become a "cleaner!" Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Looneylong98 said...

I think I was a much better housekeeper when I was first on my own, and first married. I find now with opposite shifts from Hubby, and a toddler, my house may look clean when I leave in the afternoon, but looks like a bomb went off when I get home at night. *sigh* I need something to help both of us to get in a routine. And, as I am pregnant right now, something that doesn't take hours to complete. I am on restriction already this time around at 8.5 weeks. *double sigh*

Cathy Nicolette said...

I am a cleaner by nature, but tend to be lazy. I like having things in their place and hate clutter. I don't have any kind of cleaning schedule, although I've tried. I can let it go for a few days but it starts to get to me.. even when I"m sick.

Amanda said...

I would love to be a cleaner. It's a habit I am desperate to learn. I am excited about the book!!

Ruby's Beauty said...

I'm a cleaner by nature but I have the hardest time getting motivated to do it. If that makes sense. Once I get started, I love it, and end up wearing myself out by cleaning too much in one day (we have a two-story house). I've tried making schedules for myself and to just clean a few things a day but that works for about two weeks before I quit. I could use some cleaning help. :)

Kmjez said...

I am definitely not a cleaner by nature. I love when things are clean, but I hate to clean it! I am in desperate need of a cleaning schedule but I am overwhelmed with the idea of putting one together.

Malissa said...

I was almost obsessively clean before my kids...somehow, even though I am fortunate enough to be a stay at home mommy, I struggle to keep the house clean! I know that I need to set up some sort of schedule to get back on top of things.

Giovanna said...

it's a habit, efinitively, but one that sticks because I like (need!) the result.

Erin said...

Not a cleaner by nature :-(... but I do make my bed daily and go to bed with the kitchen clean. I think this ebook would be helpful for me.

kelli said...

Cleaning is definitely a habit I am constantly having to refine for myself.
Love this article and can't wait to check out the website!

Amanda said...

Meh. Sometimes I clean by nature. The truth is, clutter drives me crazy, but dirt doesn't bother me! Yeah, I'm crazy.

Sarah said...

Cleaning daily is a habit I have been trying to cultivate for the past 7-8 years... now the kids are here, it seems like a constant uphill battle! I try to keep things clean, but not worry so much about the tidy factor, while they are little at least... so much of their joy involves messiness, and I don't want to miss any of that. I do appreciate tips on how to maximize my time with cleaning - I look forward to checking out the website. Love your blog by the way.

Lynette said...

Cleaning is a habit for me. Hiring a cleaning person would be amazing if I could bring my frugal self to do it. (I have a cleaning person coupon sitting on our kitchen counter right now!) I'm in the mist of trying to figure out a new routine with an 8 week old and 2 1/2 year old in the house. What I'm doing now just isn't working. I would love to win this ebook and figure it out! ;)

Deanna Jeffrey Cline said...

Cleaning is definitely something I am learning. And being a disabled mom of 4, 4 and under, I am in critical need of some help with coming up with a schedule. The newest addition is just 3 weeks old, and quite demanding. I have to feed her every 2 hours, and it take at least 30 mins to feed her! I hardly have any time left for anything else.

Bjrampy said...

Cleaning has never come naturally to me. I've always been more into the "organized chaos" thing. Slowly over the years, I've learned better cleaning habits, but there is always room for improvement. I'm still looking for the schedule that works best for me.

Martylee Haggart said...

I am not a cleaner by nature. I grew up with a mother and sister who thought life revolved around cleaning and they made me feel very inferior because I didn't embrace cleaning as much as they did. So I find it very hard to even know where to start because I always feel like a failure and what I am doing is not good enough. I don't want to be so harsh in my cleaning routine that I make the others in my house feel uncomfortable. But I also want to be a good example for my beautiful daughters (10 & 7) so that this is not something they struggle with.

Marci said...

I don't know if I am a "cleaner" by nature but I definitely love love love decluttering. To me cleaning is synonym with making my home as cozy as possible without too much stuff. I would love to win this giveaway. Thank you! I love your blog.

Jdewitt_76@yahoo.com said...

I would love to think that I am a cleaner by nature.....but I am finding out that I am not. I recently became an empty nester, three kids left home within 6 months (one child married and two went to college out of state). I had divided my cleaning list and the kids always did the cleaning as chores. Now I am overwhelmed trying to keep up wih my 5 bedroom 3 bath house. I need to find a routine to help me keep the house clean!