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Day 28: Bathroom
The bathroom is the one room in our house that never gets cluttered. Its also the smallest room in the house, has no counter space, and very little floor space. So instead of talking decluttering today, I’m going to share my bathroom cleaning schedule for how we keep it clean.
But first, if you have skipped a few days of this challenge, make sure you revisit the following bathroom related posts:
Once those four zones have been addressed and decluttered, your ready to keep the bathroom clean.
Bathroom Cleaning Schedule
Daily – Wipe down the sink and counter. Clean the toilet. This only takes about 5 minutes each day, and either my 6 or 8 year old is the one who usually does it. Children are perfectly capable of helping with the household chores. In the evenings, we also take out the trash. I reuse plastic shopping bags in the small trash can that we have in there and it works well for us.
On Tuesdays & Thursdays – Clean the shower and tub. If there is mildew or hard water stains in the grout, I like using peroxide to clean it up. I purchase the large bottle from and then put a spray cap on it. Spray the grout, wait 5 minutes, and then wipe it away with a Norwex Bath Scrub Mitt. This is my job because the children are still too short to reach all of the tiles in the shower, but they do help with cleaning the tub and the final rinse.
On Wednesdays & Fridays – Quick mop the floor with a Swiffer. Again the children are the ones who usually do this.
Saturdays – I take about 30 minutes and clean the entire bathroom top to bottom. Because it has been maintained during the week, it goes really quick. I also scrub the bathroom floor with a bucket of warm water and Shaklee Basic G. Since our bathroom is so small, I find the old fashioned way of scrubbing a floor works best for me. However, when we had a larger bathroom in our last home, I used a mop instead.
We only have white bath towels and washcloths. I have found that having all of our linens a single color makes laundry so much easier. Each person in our home has their own towel, so I end up with 5 towels and a hand towel to launder every few days. I have enough towels to have 2 sets in the laundry, and a clean set out at any time. As towels start to get a little thin, or they get holes in them, they get relegated to a bin for cleaning (we keep a few by the back door to put wet and muddy shoes on after doing yard work). Since all of the towels are white, I can wash them together, and add a little bleach to the wash cycle to brighten them up.
With 5 of us, we go through a lot of toothbrushes and toothpaste. Change out the toothbrushes every 3 months or when the bristles start to wear out. I keep a stash of children and adult sized toothbrushes in our pantry so that there is never a question of whether or not its ok to throw out an old toothbrush. The children’s toothbrushes never seem to last 3 months because they get dropped on the floor or into the potty (I still have no idea how that happens since we keep the lid down), so we change them out a lot more often.
Do you have a cleaning schedule for your home or for specific rooms? Have you found that it helps to get stuff done?