Spread Out Your Cleaning Tasks
By spreading out your chores to be done a little bit every day, cleaning will become more manageable. You’ll also be able to easily keep your home clean by cleaning a little bit each day. Rather than sacrificing too much of your time all at once, you can use a few minutes each day to clean up something in your home which is super simple. Instead of feeling like you’ve just worked for hours to get a clean and tidy home, you will have only spent a few minutes each day accomplishing smaller cleaning goals. And once you fall into a routine with your new cleaning schedule, you’ll start to notice that cleaning doesn’t have to be a hassle if you just keep up with it.
Daily House Cleaning
These daily house cleaning tips are meant for the high-traffic areas of your home. Rooms such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and living rooms should be kept clean and free of clutter. Because you use these rooms more frequently, they tend to get dirty more frequently. By cleaning these areas more regularly your home will look more presentable and well-kept. Fortunately, these daily tasks are simple and should only take about 5-10 minutes each (as long as you keep up with them!).
Small cleaning tasks to-do daily:
- Dishes – Either load the dishwasher or wash by hand, but be sure to keep dishes off the counter and out of the sink to make your home look cleaner.
- Wipe surfaces – This includes kitchen counters, bathroom counters, coffee table, end tables, dining room table, etc.
- Floors – Floors should be spot-cleaned daily. Sweep up small piles of pet fur, dirt, or other debris, and use your mop in spots that may need it.
- Pick-up loose items – Keeping loose items such as shoes, jackets, laptops, notebooks, backpacks, bags, etc., will help make your home look more organized and clean. Be sure to make a designated space for your things and keep them there when you’re not using them.
- Make your bed – Bedrooms weren’t on the list of high-traffic areas on your home, but you should still try to make your bed each day. A made bed will automatically make a bedroom look cleaner and better maintained.
Weekly House Cleaning
Our weekly house cleaning tips are meant to help you realize that you can break up larger cleaning jobs so they’re more manageable. Your bigger cleaning tasks can be done once a week, and helps you stay on track while giving you some flexibility with your cleaning routine. Luckily, with these weekly tasks you don’t need to worry if you miss a day because you can always complete the cleaning task the next day. Just be careful not to get too far behind! For this method to work, do one thing on the task list each day of the week to break up the workload. This way you’ll have cleaned the entire house just a little at a time.*
**Each task may take anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
Set up a weekly schedule to clean these things:
- Appliances – Be sure to clean the interior and exterior of the appliance. (Stove, oven, refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave)
- Dust – Make sure you dust each room and try to be as thorough as possible.
- Bathtubs/Showers – Wipe down bathtubs and showers, and be sure to clean any debris or hair out of the drain so that it doesn’t build up and clog your pipes.
- Furniture – This task is especially important if you have pets. Make sure couches and chairs are free of pet hair or fur, and wipe down hard surfaces.
- Sinks, Toilets & Mirrors – Disinfect and clean all sinks, toilets and mirrors in the bathrooms of your home.
- Floors – Thoroughly sweep and mop hardwood or tile floors and vacuum all carpeted areas.
Monthly House Cleaning
You may have noticed that there are only 6 weekly tasks listed above, but there are 7 days in a week. Well, the 7th day is left empty so that you have a spot in your schedule for one monthly task each week. Some parts of your home, such as baseboards and windows, don’t need to be cleaned as frequently as others. So, if you tackle these cleaning tasks just once a month, you should be able to keep your home clean, without sacrificing too much of your free time.
A few monthly cleaning tasks to-do:
- Baseboards – Cleaning baseboards or the trim in your home seems tedious, but the more regularly you do this, the less work it will be each time you do it. So, be sure to wipe the trim and baseboards in your home with a clean towel and some sort of cleaning solution.
- Cabinets – Cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms are often forgotten about, but they get dirty just like anything else in your home. Wipe these down with a cleaning solution and a clean towel.
- Windows – If you have large windows in your home that are prone to getting dirty, then it may be making your home look dirty too. Clean windows once a month to keep them looking clear and bright.
- Trash cans – Trash cans are obviously dirty pretty much all the time, but they need regular disinfecting so that they don’t give off any foul odors or grow any mold.
SOURCES: American Housekeeping