We tend to dread cleaning because we try to do it all at once. Instead of tackling certain areas, we strive to make the entire place spic 'n' span in one long Saturday. If you’re like us, last-minute plans come up, our favorite TV show comes on or we just don’t feel like cleaning come Saturday morning, and it never gets done. Instead, break it up. Start tackling one chore at a time instead of all of them at once. Before you know it, you’ll have a super-clean house within one week, plus the ability to maintain it.
We like to start our week off on Sundays — the day you grocery shop, meal plan and get organized for the week to come. This is the day to make sure all the laundry and dishes are done, you’re stocked on household essentials, the meals are planned and the kids are prepared for the upcoming week. Cleaning-wise, just make sure the house is picked up — toys are back in the kids’ rooms, shoes are put away and miscellaneous items are put in their appropriate spots. Don’t worry — we’re not going to suggest deep cleaning the bathroom on this day, as it’s already pretty packed.
It’s Monday, and we’re just getting back into “work mode” for the week. Dust all large surfaces throughout your home. This includes televisions, bookshelves, dressers, desks, nightstands and on top of the fridge. If you’re feeling extra energetic, dust the blinds, lamps and fans.
As much as we hate dedicating an evening to cleaning bathrooms, it has to be done. If you do it weekly, it shouldn’t take longer than 10 to 15 minutes per bathroom. Spray the shower with bleach and give it a quick scrub, clean the sinks and countertops, put lotions and perfumes back in cabinets and give the toilet a deep-clean.
Kitchens are typically one of the highest-traffic areas of the house, so they can get pretty filthy. Wednesday is the day to get that mess in order. Give the fridge a wipe-down, throw out old leftovers and any food that’s expired, put back any spices you might have used during the week and wipe down the countertops. Just like with bathrooms, if you do this weekly (especially throwing out old food), the kitchen will never get out of hand and will always be easy to clean.
This will probably be the most time-consuming of days, but it’s the best day to clean floors for a few reasons. First, the week’s winding down, so you do have that cocktail to look forward to tomorrow. Second, you want to clean the floors at night after the kids have gone to sleep. Third, if you steam clean your carpets you’ll want to give them plenty of time to dry and not be walked on (Thursday night and all day Friday). So sweep, mop, vacuum and steam clean all the main room floors in the house (don’t worry about kids’ rooms if they’re sleeping). Time-consuming? Yes, but nothing says “clean” like a sparkling floor. It’s a great way to start your weekend.
Yes, you read that right. On Friday, simply rest. Don’t worry about cleaning, as it’s probably been a long week. If you have children, it’s their time to take over. Have them clean their rooms as thoroughly as possible. Afterwards, serve their favorite meal for dinner and watch a movie of their choice. It will encourage them to get their rooms cleaned.
Because Saturday provides a little more time for cleaning, it’s the perfect day to wash all the bedding and linens in the house. Luckily, it won’t be too time-consuming because the washer and dryer will be doing most of the work. In between cycles, get the closets organized (simply) by hanging up any out-of-place items or folding them and placing them back in the dresser.
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