What’s the simplest way to keep your home accurately clean? Stick to a clean house checklist and cleaning schedule! It’s not as horrible as it sounds or looks. In fact, once you get into the rhythm, you’ll feel less stressed because you’ll know that your task is not too far out of reach. You will also know when your due to clean and that’s a lot less unsettling than if you have no clue when you’ll actually get around to cleaning again.
The trick is based on creating a realistic and suitable house cleaning checklist and schedule that works for you and for your home. We will provide ideas so you can find the best way to organize and clean your place as fast as possible. If you follow these guidelines you’ll see that in no time you’ll have your home sparkling with less effort than never. So let’s get started!
First of all, you need to have a concrete idea in your mind of what’s going to happen for you to have a sparkling clean home. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and walk around your house, room by room, and try to understand how much cleaning and time each room is going to need.
Also, it’s very important that you have all the cleaning tools and supplies that you’re going to need at hand. This will help the cleaning process go so much faster. You don’t need professional tools, but the basics are essential. You may already have some of the necessities in your place.
List all the room areas in your home that require regular cleaning, including hallways, stairways, and entryways. Don’t give any priority to areas that you don’t use so often, such as guest rooms or storage areas. Only clean them seasonally or whenever you think it’s needed.
After this selection, you’ll understand that some spaces are more likely to need weekly or biweekly cleaning. However, you need to consider your lifestyle as well. For example, if your family is away from home almost every weekend, you might not need to clean as often as you would if you have small children.
You might also find that private spaces, such as bedrooms, don’t need as much cleaning as public spaces, such as the guest bathroom or the kitchen.
So by this step, you should identify both your cleaning tasks and frequency, now it’s time to decide how to clean! Here are some different options. Choose the one that fits you the most.
The first option is cleaning everything in one day. If you don’t feel like cleaning everything all in one day, you can just split your list in half and do it in two days. It will depend on how motivated you are.
The second way to do it is scheduling different sessions. Decide which days you’ll clean and set a period for each day. For instance, 30 minutes every day. Set a timer and start at the top of the list. Clean as much as you can until the timer rings. Then, on your next scheduled cleaning day, just pick up another task or room that you left off. Repeat it! This will split your different tasks, they’ll seem lighter and it’s probably a good option to start if you don’t feel like cleaning all in a day.
The third option is, a room a day. After deciding how many days you’ll clean assign specific areas to certain days. For instance, a Monday might be all about cleaning the entry, the kitchen, and the laundry room. On Tuesday, cleaning the dining room and living room. Make a list that fits your particular home and your routine. Try to divide it the best way you can so you can fill your week and by the end of it, your whole house will have been cleaned.
Start your first month of cleaning and consider it as a trial run. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself so limit time in each room and pick up where you left off next time, as we said before. Don’t worry, it will get easier! Like anything, it takes practice before the schedule functions get smoothly.
Mark your schedule cleaning appointments on your calendar until they become a part of your routine. If you struggle to finish a cleaning task on a scheduled day, don’t stress. You can either prioritize your cleaning sessions or even reschedule them.
The best way to stay on track is setting these cleaning habits to enhance your whole home cleaning checklist and schedule.
Step 6 – Do An Evaluation Of Your Schedule
After your trial month is over, do an evaluation of how everything went. What worked and what didn’t? And if anything failed think like you didn’t fail the schedule but the schedule failed you.
If the schedule doesn’t fit you for some reason, re-do some tactics and keep re-evaluating monthly until you find the perfect checklist or schedule for you! You will see that if you set up cleaning tasks correctly, your whole home cleaning schedule will allow you to feel less stressed about it.
As you can see good house keeping starts with a good cleaning checklist and schedule. And there’s nothing better than walking into a house that smells as good as it looks. You’ll feel the difference when floors are washed or vacuumed, dirty clothes are dealt with and put away, beds are made, dishes are washed put away and the kitchen and bathrooms are spotless.
Being clean and organized takes time. But if you try to get better at it, you’ll save time and money. For instance, you won’t spend minutes or hours looking for lost items. But also, if your items are well organized and you can easily find them, then you won’t spend money on replenishing stock. That’s where a checklist and schedule becomes very useful!
We’ve given you the way to do it, but no one is going to do the work for you. (Unless of course you pay them) Follow these simple steps and you’ll make what you previously thought was a boring mundane task, a not so bad habit and you’ll be a pro in no time.
This article was written by Olivia Orban who is a specialist for cleaning and home arrangement for 8 years. Her passions are green housekeeping, and environmental friendly housing. Since 2013 she’s blogging for Sparkle & Shine helping thousands of people to create beautiful and eco-friendly homes. Sparkle & Shine offers premium house cleaning in Melbourne.