You probably know this, but here it is again. House cleaning on a schedule is the best way to keep your home looking fabulous 24/7. Yep, we’re all busy. Cleaning the house can take a back seat to soccer games, play dates, brunch outings, or if we’re honest – just plain laziness. Scheduling cleaning weekly is the best way to avoid those overwhelming “OMG! Why is the house so dirty?” moments. You know what I’m talking about. To avoid those housekeeping freak-outs, schedule your housework. Doing so gets it done easier and faster.
Housework delayed is housework multiplied. Sweeping the kitchen floor daily makes weekly mopping no big deal. You know that when you skip the sweeping for a few weeks, your kitchen floor a dusty, grease stained mess.
Reconsider whatever is preventing you from sticking to a cleaning schedule. More time spent cleaning daily means less time you’ll spend on weekly cleaning or less time your housecleaner has to be there – which translates into a couple of things – savings of money and your precious time.
So what should you be doing on a daily basis?
- Make your bed
- Put dirty clothes in the laundry
- Wash, dry, and put away one load of laundry unless you have a designated Laundry Day
- Sweep the kitchen floor
- Tidy up the kitchen
- Take out the trash
- Pick up all the rooms in the house
What should you be doing weekly?
- Change bed linens and bathroom towels
- Clean bathrooms
- Clean kitchen counters and the inside of the microwave oven
- Wash or dust hard-surface floors
- Dust furniture
- Vacuum carpets and rugs
- Sweep your entryway or porch–This will help maintain your floors, too
Realistically, it shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes a day to accomplish the daily chore list. It may take even less time if you enlist your family members to help as well. Delegation is key. Keep everyone accountable by posting a written list of work to be done on the fridge. Rotate chores on a weekly basis to keep it “interesting”.
Now, go to those soccer games, plan those play dates and enjoy a brunch outing. You don’t have to worry about coming home to a dirty, messy house.