Camille Styles

Living Green

Your Weekly Checklist for a Clean Green Home

March 14th, 2016

Becoming a grown-up, owning a home, and having two small kids of my own has given me a whole new respect for my mom’s abilities to always keep our house so clean growing up. Sometimes it feels like a full-time job! I’ve always been pretty good at keeping things tidy and picked up, but tasks like wiping down cabinets and dusting furniture (in other words, the things that make a house feel really clean) can fall by the wayside when life get busy. I’ve found that it’s infinitely more manageable when I stick to a weekly schedule where I check a couple of housecleaning tasks off my list each day. It’s all about habit, right? Today we’re teaming up with Seventh Generation to kickoff a new series that I’m super excited about called Living Green. I’ve loved using the brand’s plant-based household products for years, so they’re the perfect partner to kickoff these new posts that are all about living a clean green life. Click through the slides to see what tasks I try to make happen every week — and download a cute checklist that we created for you to print out and tape to your cleaning caddy!

I’d love to hear — do you have any secrets for staying on top of housecleaning? Do you tend to do a power weekend clean, conquer one room a day, or have some other strategy?

*photos: Kate LeSueur

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15 Comments under :: Your Weekly Checklist for a Clean Green Home
  1. Jill says:

    How do you keep the children from following you around trying to “help”!? ?

    • Ha, it can be tough! I try to find manageable jobs for Phoebe that a 3-yr-old can do. Picking up her toys, dusting, etc. It’s fun to make a game out of it, and giving her tasks that she can “own” usually keeps her from getting too involved in what I’m trying to do. 🙂

  2. Sophie says:

    Love your jeans! Who are they by?

  3. justine says:

    yes, totally off the point of the post, but ditto to what Sophie said! I need a checklist! Or a cleaning company 😐

  4. Maria says:

    Do you have any help? or do you usually do all the cleaning?

  5. Love your home! I find the best thing for me is taking action when I see something that is particularly messy…taking action on the spot (when I have time) does wonders to my mind versus fretting over the fact that everything is messy!

  6. Meredith says:

    Adorable top! Can you share where it’s from? Thanks?

  7. Kelly says:

    One room a day. But it depends. Wiping doors cabinets or dusting goes all way round. Almost every week or two I choose one piece of furniture and I clean top to bottom. This week was kitchen time, next week I will do another.

  8. Laura says:

    I tend to set 20 min timers for myself as a way into tricking myself to clean. I hate cleaning, but I always think- c’mon it’s only 20 minutes! I’m always impressed by how much I was able to get done in those 20 mins that it’s positive reinforcement to repeat it the next day. By doing this consistently, I never have to spend hours at a time cleaning.

  9. Daniella says:

    Love this! So I have to ask… do the Seventh Generation products really work? Like really work well? I’ve been trying to find a good “green” cleaner and have found other products to be disappointing – like Honest Co. for example… would love your take Camille!

    • Hi Daniella! I know exactly what you mean… I have used many natural cleaners in the past that I *wanted* to like because they didn’t have toxins, but they just didn’t get the job done! Ever since we started our partnership with Seventh Generation last year, I’ve been using the products religiously in my house: laundry detergent, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner… everything! Really happy with how effective the products are at getting things really truly clean.

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