Our lives are busier than ever, and for families, this is only the beginning. Between work, school, team sports, music lessons, commuting, and cooking, you're riding a wave of unending activity. Amidst all of this, you may lose sight of or neglect some of the necessary tasks involved with keeping your home in tip-top shape.
So, you may ask, what is the easiest way to keep my home consistently clean? The answer is simple: stick to a schedule. Sticking to a regular and regimented cleaning schedule frees up time and helps lessen your overall stress. Once you have set up a list of tasks, you'll find that your home will never be too far from perfectly clean. Additionally, the knowledge of when you need to accomplish your next cleaning task will help to alleviate any overwhelming feeling that builds around trying to prioritize what to clean.
In order to get the most out of a whole-house cleaning schedule, here's how to create a realistic list catered to suit the individual needs of your family and home.
Step 1: Take Inventory
By taking inventory of your home's cleaning and supply needs, you're well on your way to tidier living. In order for you to create a schedule that works, you must first gain a concrete understanding of exactly what tasks to complete. So, grab a pencil and paper. Let's begin your home's inventory.
As part of the inventory process, you should take stock of the current cleaning supplies you have on hand. Having these ready to go ahead of time will help avoid any unnecessary delays.
- Microfiber cloths
- Broom and dustpan
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- All-purpose cleaner
- Kitchen cleaner or wipes
- Bathroom cleaner or wipes
- Sponges, paper towels, cleaning cloths
- Mop and bucket
- Floor cleaner
- Oven cleaner
- Wood polish
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Soft scrubbing cleaner
- Glass cleaner
Please note: the above list should be adjusted to fit your home's individual needs.
Take Stock Of What Needs To Be Done
This is a crucial part of completing your home's inventory. First, begin the task by listing all the areas and rooms in your house that need to be regularly cleaned. Do not include areas that only need to be cleaned every once in a while. These less trafficked areas can be added to a monthly or yearly task list.
Walk through your home, room by room, look around and write down all of the cleaning tasks that are regularly required within each area. Order the items on your list from top to bottom or ceiling to floor. This is the order that these tasks should be performed.
Step 2: Schedule and Delegate
Every home and family are unique in their cleaning needs. However, despite this fact, there are some chores that will always need to be completed more frequently than others. This is where delegating certain tasks to family members comes into play. Tasks such as cleaning counters must be completed daily, and are easy for younger kids, whereas other lengthy tasks may only need to be checked off once or twice a year and are more suitable for older children in the home.
Your cleaning schedule must reflect the unique needs of your family. Decide how often you would like to clean each room within your home. While some areas will only need to be cleaned once a week, your family room, play room, and kitchen will undoubtedly need to be cleaned daily if you have small children. Remember, you don't have to do it all on your own. Get everyone involved.
The following list can be adjusted to reflect the needs of your family and lifestyle.
Daily Cleaning Tasks:
- Clean counters and sink
- Clutter clean-up
- Laundry (if needed)
- Make bed
- Take out trash
Weekly Cleaning Tasks:
- Change sheets
- Sweep (including porches/ decks)
- Wipe and disinfect light plates
- Clean bathtubs
- Clean mirrors
- Scrub toilets
- Wipe down shower
- Clean clutter in kitchen
- Wipe all counters and surfaces (bathroom and kitchen)
- Wipe down cabinets (bathroom and kitchen)
Monthly Cleaning Tasks:
- Clean ceiling lights
- Clear cobwebs
- Clean and organize closets
- Dust baseboards and around doors
- Dust ceiling fans
- Dust/wash knickknacks
- Wash rugs
- Move furniture and vacuum underneath
- Clean Garbage disposal
- Wipe off appliances
- Straighten kitchen cabinets and drawers
Yearly Cleaning Tasks:
- Clean behind refrigerator
- Shampoo carpets
- Turn mattresses
- Wipe down insides of cabinets and drawers
- Wash walls
Step 3: Adjusting Accordingly
Congratulations, it's now time to put your home in order by utilizing your new cleaning schedule! Begin your first round of cleaning tasks for the day, week, and month. Keep in mind, this is a trial run. After a month, you may need to make some adjustments in order to meet the unique needs of your household.
It's not easy running a busy household in this day and age. However, sticking to a cleaning schedule is a great way to make the most of your time and reduce the stress in your life. Happy cleaning!