my cleaning routine + CHECKLIST DOWNLOAD

Hello all you fellow kozies

Today I'm going to share an easy-to-follow run down of my cleaning routine.  Back in 2017 I began sectioning off Sundays to, quite literally, get my shit together.  I started calling them GYST days and they quickly became a rarely missed part of my adulting life on the weekly.  Since then, I've narrowed down a relatively easy and adaptable routine to follow in order to get the most out of your Sunday cleaning sessions.

Now, I'm aware we all have different cleaning personalities... a fun bonus is I teamed up with Swiffer for this post and they made a super fun cleaning personality quiz you can take to find out what kind of cleaner you are (which may also help you plan how to best execute your GYST day).  I got the Zen Cleaner and I'll sprinkle some of my best zen cleaning tips throughout the routine, but feel free to check the quiz and see what you get  

Take the quiz here:


Step One: Zen Pre-Clean Prep

Before I dive into my cleaning routine I like to set a vibe for the day.  It goes a little something like this: 

1. Change into comfy/casual cleaning clothes (usually something like oversized loungewear and slippers) 

2. Pick a playlist to bop to (I have a GYST playlist specifically, or other times I'll choose specific artists to vibe to or a zen playlist to relax) 

3. Create a cleaning list OR reference a to-clean list you may have already created.

- I keep a running list of larger house chores like organizing certain drawers or cleaning baseboards in my bullet journal 

- outside of the usual clean, each Sunday I try to pick one overdue house task to keep everything generally up-to-date.

4. If you're really feeling into this GYST day, you can also sit and set an intention prior to cleaning.  This is totally not necessary, but I like to think of cleaning like a chance to rid yourself of old energy and make space for something new. I'll often just think of a few energetic things I'd like to let go  for the week or new energy I'm inviting in before beginning.

5. Light candles, turn on your essential oil diffuser, tie up your hair, make a coffee, tea or lemon water at the ready if that's the vibe, and let's get to it... 


Step Two: Clean, Clean, Clean 




It's always wise when doing a clean sweep of your house to start with decluttering.  I like to start by putting everything that is out of place or doesn't have a home in the middle of the room.  Clothing left on the floor, piles left on the countertops, stacks of office papers and mail, makeup left out in the bathroom, etc.



Moving room to room, I'll put away everything from the piles made of decluttered items.  With each item put away I'll organize drawers and shelves so everything has a place and space to go.  This ultimately minimizes the clutter around corners and surfaces and saves on cleanup time later on as well as time spent trying to locate things in the future. 



Once everything is put away, it's time to start cleaning.  I start by dusting easy to reach surfaces with my Swiffer Heavy Duty Duster, then move on to tall corners and hard to reach surfaces with my Swiffer Duster Super Extender! After dusting, I like to go around with a damp cloth and wipe down any surfaces such as countertops, sinks, bath tubs, night stands, etc.  


Once all the surface dust, dirt and stains are gone, it's time to move on to floors to pick up everything that got left behind.  If there's any crumbs or dirt on the floor, I'll start by cleaning those isolated areas,then I go around with my Dry Swiffer Sweeper to collect dust and hair from corners, behind doors, hallways and anywhere else in my apartment! Then to follow this up, I'll usually finish by using the same Swiffer Sweeper with the wet refills to mop the floors, or switch over to my Swiffer WetJet for any areas with more stubborn spills or messes. 



Now for the most satisfying part! To finish off the deep clean, I'll walk around and light  some candles, toss some freshly washed blankets on my bed and couch and diffuse some essential oils.  If I'm really needing a change in energy or atmosphere, I'll often move around some of my wall-art and furniture. And I’ll top off the routine by baking something delicious to make my house smell even more amazing, or cooking up my favourite meal to celebrate a job well done!


Also make sure you're stocked up on all the cleaning classics  


Swiffer Duster Heavy Duty Super Extender (6ft)  : perfect for reaching cobwebbed corners, tall book shelves and ceiling fans 

Swiffer Dusters Extendable Handle Starter Kit (3ft) : perfect for dusting off wall art, tops of door frames and small decor pieces on shelves 

Swiffer Sweeper Dry and Wet All Purpose Floor Mopping and Cleaning Kit : perfect for keeping first apartments or any home with hardwood or ceramic floors hair, dust and streak free!

Swiffer Dusters Heavy Duty Starter Kit : perfect for your weekly dusting routines of belongings, televisions, office areas, etc. 

Swiffer WetJet Mopping Kit : perfect for stuck on stains and isolated messes!

Swiffer 360 Heavy Duty Duster Refill  : perfect for any and all dusting jobs in order to pick up every last piece of dust with it's 360 fibres! 



Step Three: Relax + Recharge

Depending on how much cleaning there is to do and how large my GYST task of the week is, this Sunday cleaning routine can take me anywhere from one hour to four or more! I'm a strong believer if you get some good tunes going and the right mindset tuned in, doing this will not only give you a sense of completion and renewal heading into a fresh week, but it will also help move more mindfully into the coming week.  


I usually like to follow up my cleaning routine with my favourite meal, some good skin care and a hot shower or bath.  It's easily the most relaxing feeling I've discovered since becoming an adult (aside from the few times I've gone to those all-inclusive spas with arctic plunge pools, bottomless mimosas and deep tissue massages... but still, it's a close second).

Happy cleaning





Huge thank you to Swiffer for sponsoring this blog post


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Emily Burkhead February 25 2021

I love my Swiffer Wet Jet! I definitely need to get that duster extender. Looks like a life saver! Thanks for the cleaning list <3
Emily Burkhead

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