As we continue to adopt a busier and busier lifestyle it can already be difficult enough to maintain the cleanliness of your home. Have you ever gone over to a family or friends house and wondered how on earth do they maintain such a clean house? If you know they don’t pay for a cleaner and their lifestyle is similar to yours you might begin questioning if the way you go about it is the right way. Like anything in life that appears to be a big task, you need to attack the clean of a house in bite-sized pieces. If you try and take out the whole house in one sitting you will likely struggle to move the next day from sore muscles and potential physical exhaustion. After all, like you have found in the past, cleaning an entire house is a marathon, not a race so please pace yourself. If you are in a race to clean your home, the only competitor in the race is you so try not to sweat it too hard. Back to the question of how someone can maintain a clean house weekly or monthly without too much stress.
First of all, this can be done, all you need is a schedule and to break it down in manageable, bite-size chunks so you don’t get overwhelmed or tired through the process. Here we’ll proceed to explain a proven day by day schedule to getting that squeaky clean house that you have been dreaming off. Let’s consider the following schedule and take the large cumbersome task day by day.
So you’ve just started your week after a likely weekend of lifestyle and leisure and the house could be looking a little worse for wear with sand running through the house after that fantastic trip to the beach. What better start than to get the house refreshed than a vacuum and mop on a Monday. Which is why we like to call it Mop it Monday, catchy isn’t it? Vacuuming and mopping is the best place to start as there is nothing worse than walking through the house and feeling crumbs sticking to your feet. So let’s fix that as soon as possible and get the house feeling less crumbly. We get that everyone’s lifestyle varies and perhaps some Mondays might be busier than other so if you just don’t have time to vacuum or mop the entire house one week, rather than throwing in the towel completely try to at least working through high-traffic areas in between full cleanings like the foyer, stairs, family room/den, mudroom, bedrooms, under the kitchen table and bathrooms if you can find the time to get to them.
In the second instalment of your cleaning episode, you might need to muster up that motivation as Tuesday is the day you go for your plastic gloves and the scrub brush because we’re diving right into an area people will tend to avoid for as long as they can. By now you have probably guessed right, it is all about investing that elbow grease into the bathrooms today on what we like to call Toilet Tuesday. It may not by any means be your most preferred day of the week now but once you’re done with this, guess what? You have now earned yourself the pleasure of recently cleaned bathrooms that you can enjoy the benefit off for the rest of the week and weekend. You will thank yourself after doing this task every time. Some of the most satisfying parts after finishing this clean can be the ability to see your reflection in the shower screen without the disgust of the constant soap scum buildup. Some of the bathroom cleaning pressure points you should consider are scrubbing down the toilets, clean bathtubs and showers, disinfect bathroom sinks and counters, spray plastic shower curtains with disinfectant, removing limescale from your shower screen and changing out the towels to set your week up.
Give yourself a pat on the back for surviving Toilet Tuesday and give a warm welcome to Wipe It Down Wednesday. So far we mainly focused on fixed surfaces in the house. It’s now time to consider more of the home’s contents and the dust, germs and grime that can come along with these. Let’s face it, if there’s a surface, at some point it must be cleaned. Today we should review our home contents like appliances and furnishing and eradicate any dust of grime that they may have accumulated through the week. Armed with your wipe you should go and consider the condition of items like your microwave, toaster, counters, tabletops, tv, toys, mirrors, ceiling fans, doorknobs, refrigerator handles, stove, refrigerator shelves, windowsills, mini blinds, light fixtures, telephone and furniture.
Today is considered a more therapeutic and cleansing day on what we call Throw It Out Thursday. Give yourself the opportunity to lose some of the unnecessary weight that’s laying around the house. This is all about decluttering and getting your home organised. Consider going through and turfing items like junk mail, magazines, catalogues, newspapers and expiring food.
After what may have felt like a long week may have left a long trail of washing following you. You’ve made it to Fold It Up Friday. Today we focus on everything laundry. Tasks you should consider today include soaking clothes with tough stains, make sure the kids’ sports uniforms are ready for weekend games, strip sheets from beds and launder, clean blankets, wash towels, fold clean laundry and try getting that ironing done.
After surviving what would have felt like a marathon, it is now time to enjoy the benefits of your clean house and be the envy of all your guests who come over that admire your sparkling clean home.