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The Secret to Keeping Your House Clean All Week Long

March 3, 2024
The Secret to Keeping Your House Clean All Week Long

Make a Detailed Cleaning Schedule

Having a detailed cleaning schedule is crucial for keeping your house clean all week long. Here are some tips for creating an effective cleaning schedule:

  • Make a list of cleaning tasks. Go room by room and write down all the cleaning tasks like vacuuming, mopping, dusting, cleaning mirrors and windows, etc.

  • Assign tasks to specific days. Designate certain chores for certain days. For example, Monday could be bathrooms, Tuesday vacuuming, Wednesday dusting, etc.

  • Set a time limit for each task. This will keep you on track. Aim for 15-30 minutes per chore.

  • Alternate heavy and light cleaning. Balance more intensive chores like cleaning the bathroom with lighter ones like dusting on any given day.

  • Include daily tasks. Don’t forget daily chores like making your bed, tidying up, doing dishes, and wiping kitchen counters.

  • Repeat tasks weekly. Even if you fully clean a room one day, it will need to be addressed again the next week.

  • Use a calendar. Mark your cleaning schedule on a calendar you can see regularly to stay accountable.

  • Be flexible. Adjust your schedule if needed for special events or changes in plans.

Create Cleaning Checklists

Creating detailed yet simple cleaning checklists for each room is extremely helpful. Here’s how to make effective checklists:

  • List all tasks for each room. Break down cleaning each room into specific tasks like dusting, wiping, vacuuming, cleaning mirrors, etc.

  • Keep lists brief. Just list the tasks without too much detail so the list is quick and easy to follow.

  • Include daily tasks. Add mini daily tasks like making beds and tidying up to each room’s list.

  • Laminate lists. Laminate paper lists so you can mark them off with dry erase markers each time you clean.

  • Put lists on the fridge or in each room. Keep lists handy in each room you are cleaning or on the fridge.

  • Update periodically. Revisit your lists seasonally and update or remove unnecessary tasks.

Keep Supplies Stocked and Accessible

Running out of cleaning supplies or having to hunt them down will sabotage your schedule. Follow these tips:

  • Take inventory weekly. Check cleaning supply levels each week and restock as needed.

  • Have duplicates in key rooms. Keep backup supplies like disinfecting wipes and dusters in heavily used rooms.

  • Use labeled storage bins. Store supplies neatly together in bins labeled with their contents.

  • Centralize supplies. Have main supply station in a closet near high traffic areas of the home.

  • Stock up on staples. Replenish multi-use basics like microfiber cloths, all-purpose cleaner, gloves, sponges, etc

  • Buy in bulk when possible. Take advantage of bulk pricing on things you go through quickly like disposable gloves.

Schedule a Quick Daily Tidy Up

Daily tidying helps you stay on top of messes in between deep cleanings. Here are some tips:

  • Do it at the same time each day. Like after dinner or before bed. Consistency helps build a habit.

  • Set a timer. Aim for just 10-15 minutes so tidying doesn’t take over your evening.

  • Involve the whole family. Give everyone a tidying task like surfaces, floors, laundry, etc.

  • Put things away, not down. Return items to their designated spots, don’t just move piles.

  • Focus on high traffic areas. Target spaces like entryway, kitchen, living room where messes accumulate.

  • Deal with dishes. Always tidy the kitchen and do dishes or load dishwasher before bed.

Don’t Let Laundry Pile Up

Staying on top of laundry is key to maintaining a tidy house. Here are some laundry tips:

  • Do smaller loads. Don’t let it pile up. Aim to do 1-2 loads per day.

  • Fold right away. Fold items as soon as the dryer cycle finishes to avoid wrinkles.

  • Assign hampers. Give each family member their own hamper to contain messes.

  • Schedule it. Add laundry to your cleaning schedule like any other chore.

  • Tackle stains quickly. Pretreat stains so they don’t set in and become harder to remove.

  • Leverage help. Have another household member match socks or fold towels.

Stick to Your Schedule

Actually following your detailed cleaning schedule is the only way to achieve consistent cleanliness. Here are some tips:

  • Make it non-negotiable. Treat cleaning tasks like important appointments not to be changed or skipped.

  • Hold yourself accountable. Check off tasks as complete and review your progress weekly.

  • Build habits. It takes time, but regular cleaning will eventually become habit.

  • Reward yourself. Celebrate keeping on schedule for a week with a treat, time off, etc.

  • Involve family. Get spouses, kids and others in the household invested in the schedule.

  • Adjust as needed. Refine your schedule over time for maximum efficiency.

Be Consistent

Cleaning thoroughly each week is more effective than an occasional deep clean. Follow these habits:

  • Stick to routines. Even if you don’t feel like cleaning one day do it anyway to build consistency.

  • Clean top to bottom. Work from top to bottom so dust falls onto surfaces you will still clean.

  • Put items away. Always return items to their designated spots after use.

  • Do laundry frequently. Wash bath towels, bedding, and clothes regularly.

  • Take out trash/recycling. Don’t let it pile up more than a couple days.

  • Disinfect surfaces. Sanitize frequently touched surfaces like handles, remotes, phones, etc.

Keeping your house clean all week requires dedication and discipline. But putting routine cleaning on autopilot with detailed schedules, checklists and habits allows you to maintain tidiness for the long haul. Be patient as it takes time to adjust, but eventually the consistent effort leads to an always-clean home.

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