One of the responsibilities of being a homeowner and a homemaker that takes the most time and effort is keeping the house clean. Seriously, who knew that homes could get dirty so quickly?
It’s a responsibility that doesn’t cross many people’s minds when buying a home, or at least it never crossed my mind. If you aren’t crazy about spending the entire weekend cleaning your entire home, you aren’t alone.
Who wants to waste an entire Saturday being cooped up indoors, surrounded by cleaners and disinfectants, wearing yellow rubber gloves pulled up to the elbows?
There is an easier way to keep your house in tip-top shape without feeling as though you spend your entire day cleaning. Free up your weekends, days off from work, and say goodbye to late nights by cleaning certain areas of your home on either a daily, weekly or monthly rotation.
And by doing that, you’ll eliminate the large hour-long cleaning spans that we’ve all come to dread!
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What To Clean Daily in Your Home
- Start by making your bed each and every morning. The first step to change the world (even if the world is defined as your home) is to make your bed. The moment you wake up, straighten out the blankets and comforter, organize and fluff the pillow, and knock this daily task off your to-do list. Completing this task the moment you wake up feels like an instant win to put an immediate pep in your step!
- Do those dishes! Don’t let the kitchen became an oasis for germs. Immediately rinse the dishes and utensils after eating. An incredible amount of time can be saved by simply rinsing. You can also go ahead and wash the dishes after each meal. It sounds like a lot to do, but washing 20 items takes less time that washing 60 items. Don’t stack the dishes in and near the sink and tell yourself you’ll get to it later. If you can knock it out immediately, do it!
- Toss in a load of laundry. If you have multiple children, you will never have an empty laundry basket. As hard as you try, it’s just not going to happen. However, washing, drying and folding a load of laundry a day keeps it caught up.
- Sweep those floors. Dirt is easily tracked in from outside the home and to each room. Take time to sweep the floors, especially in the high traffic areas, and gather up that loose dirt.
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What to Clean Weekly in Your Home
- Scrub those toilets on a weekly basis. No one likes this job, but it has to be done. If you have older children, especially boys, get them involved in this chore. After a few times of scrubbing, everyone will respect a clean toilet and do their best at keeping it that way. Note: I am a mom of boys. Therefore their bathroom is cleaned daily!
- Clean those carpets and rugs! Once per week is the typical rule that I tell myself, but use your own judgment with this. Obviously, there are times when you may need to spot check and vacuum areas more if needed. Vacuum the rugs, the carpets and any other surfaces that have fabric or fibers to keep your home fresh and clean.
- Dust surfaces, window sills, and fan blades. The window sills can become nasty if you let them go. The same goes for fan blades. I’ve gone a month without cleaning the fan blades and I bet I cleaned off an inch of dirt. It was nasty. The surfaces include the countertops, tables, shelves, fireplace mantle, and any other surfaces you think need cleaned.
- Clean windows and mirrors. Fingerprints and streaks stick out like a sore thumb. A clean window gives the house a clean appearance and allows more natural light, which makes you feel better.
What to Clean Monthly in Your Home
- Ever wonder where that bad smell was coming from when you open the fridge? You’re not alone. Although it’s tedious, a monthly cleaning of the fridge is necessary for both your sanity and your health. Don’t forget to scrub those shelves. It’s also a great time to throw away leftovers and other expired items that may be lurking in the shadows.
- Declutter your closets and drawers in your home. Decluttering is a form of cleaning and that clutter can add up quickly! Every month, go through your closet and make certain that you aren’t keeping items that cause clutter in your home.
- Scrub down the grime and hard water from your shower walls. Don’t let it build up and get out of hand. Be proactive by keeping that film under control.
Cleaning your home doesn’t have to be something that you dread. Break it down into manageable tasks that make it easier to do and accomplish.
By understanding that there are things that you can do daily, weekly and monthly, compared to cleaning everything at once, it will help you feel more inclined to tackle tedious tasks and enjoy the rest of your day.
Follow the suggested cleaning guide above and make them a priority. Before long, those chores will become a habit that you won’t have to think twice about doing and you’ll be cleaning your house in no time!
As you become more efficient in your cleaning patterns, you may find that you can add even more simple tasks to your daily, weekly and monthly cleaning needs!