Getting into a Good Cleaning Routine
Do you feel like cleaning your home seems never-ending? Do you feel like you always have to catch up? Do you manage to get everything clean but end feeling exhausted? Do you dread friends and family just dropping in for a visit?
You are not alone. Cleaning your home is the household chore that never ends, no matter how hard you try.
Keeping your house spic and span is a must these days and doing it all by yourself can be very overwhelming. Well, it doesn’t have to stay this way. All you need to do is create a plan and take control!
Having a good cleaning routine is not to have things done perfectly, but to do things at your own pace and on your time. If this sounds good to you, let’s get started!
Create a Cleaning Schedule
To manage the stress of keeping the house clean, or even take the stress away, start creating a cleaning schedule or tick list so easy and simple that it is impossible not to stick with it.
Making it yourself means that you can manage the available time you have and schedule cleaning tasks that can cover the entire house.
You don’t have to think deep to create one. Just being able to know what you can do next will lessen the burden of your household chores. So if you are ready, here are the steps on how you can create a good cleaning routine.
Determine what cleaning tasks must be done.
Before you can realistically create a cleaning schedule, you should be aware of the cleaning chores that need to be done around the house. Although this step sounds simple, a lot of us have never taken the time to sit down and sort out the cleaning chores: most of us just clean what needs to be done when it needs to be done. So a lot of jobs such as cleaning skirtings and washing down cupboards are missed.
Go ahead and do yourself a favour. Go around every room of your home and write down every cleaning chore you can possibly imagine. Include the frequency of cleaning which is doable for you.
Don’t worry about going overboard because this is just the brainstorming phase. You should always review your list weekly and take away tasks on the list that may now be redundant or unnecessary. Here are a few ideas for the living room.
- Vacuum the flooring – daily
- Vacuum the sofa – weekly
- Wipe the coffee table – daily
- Dust – weekly
- Clean any woodwork, such as skirtings and windowsills- weekly
- Wash the throw/cushion covers – weekly
- Deep clean the carpet – every quarter or twice a year
- Wipe any marks from the walls – monthly
- Clean the windows – weekly
- Declutter – every season
These are just examples. There is no right or wrong answer. At this point in time, do your best not to become overwhelmed. At first glance, it may seem difficult to carry out everything but it’s important to see them all so you can systematically group the task and schedule them for when you have the time.
Organise the cleaning tasks by frequency.
The next thing you should do is group the cleaning tasks by frequency so you will have a better understanding of how you can allocate the time you have to get them done.
Here are another few examples.
- Daily – vacuum the downstairs of the house, wipe the living room coffee table, wipe the kitchen table, wipe the kitchen surfaces, wipe the bathroom surfaces, make the bed, empty the kitchen bin
- 2-3x a week – mop the kitchen floor, clean the toilets, run some errands, water the plants.
- Weekly – dust the living room furniture and decor, change the living room throw/cushion covers, clean the living room windows, clean the kitchen windows, wash the clothes, iron the clothes, change the bedsheets, empty the bins all over the house, hoover the upstairs of your home.
- Monthly – wipe any marks from the walls of all major rooms,clean the garage/storage areas
- Seasonal – deep clean the carpets, deep clean the oven, declutter all storage cabinets, clean all storage cabinets, store away seasonal items that are not in use,
- Annual – giveaway or sell household or personal items not in use,
Allocate your available time.
The key thing here is to create a cleaning schedule around your life and not the other way round. Allocate whatever time you have available that suits your work and life commitments. For most people, a weekly cleaning schedule works fine.
If you really are pressed for time and you need to get something done, such as having your carpets and oven deep cleaned. It is best to delegate those tasks to the cleaning experts.
If you live in Swindon and the surrounding areas, you can rely on Oven and Carpet Bliss to do the hard work so you don’t have to!