If you dread cleaning your house, you are not alone. It seems that cleaning is hard for most women to complete. Well, it may only be me but I like to think that I’m not alone. : )
I get frustrated that my house is constantly a mess. It is stressful thinking about people coming over on a whim.
I can honestly spend all day doing chores if I’m not careful. I really don’t have time for that. So I needed a good plan to get things done quickly and efficiently. I finally found something that helped my house stay in decent condition most of the time.
Here are a few definitions. I kinda labeled these so I could verbalize what I was actually doing. I wanted to compartmentalize tasks to help me get things done.
- Cleaning is removing dirt, grime or other yucky stuff that has accumulated over time.
- Clutter is the stuff sitting. These are items you leave out on display most of the time.
- Mess is the items that were used today that need to be put away.
When you clean, you are physically cleaning not decluttering or purging or anything else. Cleaning is cleaning.
Now let me say this, I take time everyday to put away items that were used today and left out, mess. I get my kids and husband to help with this, too. I do not consider this to be a part of cleaning. This is part of our evening routine.
I also don’t consider washing dishes or clothes a part of cleaning. You should get a solid rhythm for these items outside of ‘cleaning’. This will save your sanity and time. I can share more on this later.
Now, on to cleaning.
When I first started getting serious about the details of keeping a cleaning home, I had to decide what goes into cleaning.
Here was my list of basic cleaning tasks that need to be completed each week.
- Bathroom – Toilet, Tub, and Counter
- Wiping down kitchen cabinets and fridge
For my house, this is a pretty comprehensive cleaning list. Again, this is not purging, deep cleaning, or picking up after the day is over.
I take one task a day and clean. It takes about 15 minutes a day to get the items on the list done.
That’s pretty much it. I do basic cleaning tasks daily to keep things looking good.
If my floors look really bad before I’m scheduled to sweep I can change days with something. Or if I know that I’m going to be busy, I can double up work one day. It only takes a few minutes to do.
Bonus, since you’ll be in each of the rooms cleaning throughout the week, try to spend a few minutes tidying up before cleaning. Some days I don’t have the extra time but when I do a few minutes goes a long way to help keep my house clean.
I’ll share how I deal with purging, deep cleaning, and picking up another time. ; )