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The Guide to Survival Mode Cleaning for Busy Families 

In the perfect world our children would never throw tantrums, there would always be a home cooked meal for all three meals of the day, and our homes would be spotless. However, we live in the real world…

When life gets crazy, we need to do what we can to scale back and simplify things in order to regain some control and not get overwhelmed. To that end, here is my Guide to Survival Mode Cleaning.  

Basically, you need to prioritize. If you need any help with this step, then go ahead and check out my post about an awesome To Do list strategy I use:

Step 1: Figure out your non-negotiables. These are the things that HAVE to get done daily. Example – feed the dog.

Step 2: Figure out your basic cleaning needs that need to get done just for your home to be able to run at all. For most this will include the following:

  • Dishes
  • Clean food related messes (stove, microwave, etc.)
  • Counters and dining table
  • Laundry
  • Empty trash

If you are in full survival mode than steps 1 and 2 are all that should be concerning you right now. When things calm down for you but are still fairly busy, then check out the remaining steps below. 

Step 3: Typical cleaning list. This list contains items that you may normally hope to get done at least weekly. Things like clean the bathroom, or moping the floors.

It may look something like this:

  • Sunday- laundry
  • Monday- bathrooms
  • Tuesday- vacuum
  • Wednesday-pet cages
  • Thursday-empty all trash
  • Friday- clean room
  • Saturday- dust

I hope this helps you figure out what will work for you and your family. Best of luck; hang in there!



I am a middle school teacher and a mother of two. I have always had a passion for education. As an educator, I know that the children who are the most successful students are those who have families who support their education at home.

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