Your Cleaning Schedule

by Rikki
(Canada)

Keeping up with the house cleaning can seem overwhelming, especially if you're behind.
If you break your house cleaning up into sections or days, then it makes everything much more efficient. You can spend less time cleaning and more time doing the things you really want to do!

Plan your cleaning checklist around your schedule. What days do you have to spend more or less time on upkeep. Be sure to give yourself a day or two off per week too, to avoid burnout. Of course, there are things that need to be done every day, like washing the dishes but if you keep that major cleaning all to selected days you'll find life is much better.

Depending on how large your family is, some tasks like laundry will need to be done every day, or once a week.
Start with the most repetitive tasks every day. Begin by doing your general tidy up, cleaning dishes, cleaning kitchen surfaces and making beds.

The best way to divide your week is to divide your cleaning schedule by sections of your home.
For example, Day One is Kitchen Day. This coincides with grocery day as you'll be cleaning out the fridge and cupboards, allowing you to take stock of what you need to buy. Take this time to clean appliances like the microwave, oven and coffee maker. Do a good sweep and scrub of the floors.

For Day Two do the bathrooms. Scrub the shower, toilet, floors, sinks and counters. Take out any dirty towels, or laundry that was left behind. Go through shelves and drawers to see if there are any empty product bottles and discard or recycle them. Bathroom day coincides with laundry day, as you can wash towels, shower curtains and bath mats along with other laundry.
On Day Three take care of your living areas and bedrooms. Vacuum, or sweep and mop floors, dust, organize and wash the linens. This is also a good day to water plants.

Day Four is a good day to dedicate to any big projects that need to be done around the house, whether that be to clean out the pantry, sort through the kids' toy boxes and clothing, wash walls or clean the garage. You can take out or sort the recycling on this day.

On Day Five, hopefully your last cleaning day of the week, after your regular daily cleaning tackle the floors. Floors get dirty so fast! Sweep, mop and vacuum the whole house to a sparkling finish. Then relax with a cup of coffee and get ready for your weekend!

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