Let’s face it, I am not June Cleaver. Never will be. If I can close my eyes and make the clutter go away, I’d do it in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. That’s why this is such a wondrous discovery – scheduling house cleaning – it surprises me to know that I can actually do it all by myself. Even if I don’t stay completely on track with this schedule, I still look like housewife of the year. Thank you, thank you… (does a curtsy, head slightly bowing down, ego elevated)
This is tailored for yours truly (so you must tailor it to your own home) and is a combination of things I’ve learned at realsimple.com, marthastewart.com as well as what I’ve read in the housekeeping books by Real Simple and Martha Stewart. From the procrastinator to the overworked, this works for all of us imperfect people who wish to look like we are on top of things.
Try to whiz through this in a half hour each day. Of course you’ll need to clean certain things more than once (what’s with that kitchen sink anyway?) but this will help your day get started off right. When your home looks good, you feel good and can then do more.
Family Room, Living Room, Entry
Give yourself a few hours or more for this phase of your cleaning. (Doesn’t include the laundry since we dirty clothes like nobody’s business which means the actual day I do it can’t really be scheduled.)
|Kitchen||Bathrooms||Living Spaces and Bedrooms|
|Wipe down all appliances (save heavy scrubbing for monthly cleaning)||Clean showers and/or tubs||Vacuum carpets|
|Mop floor||Clean toilets||Sanitize telephones and remote controls|
|Scrub stovetop, counters and sink||Clean sinks and counters||Wipe off leaves of plants|
|Dust shelves or furniture (if applicable)||Wash bedsheets|
Devote at least one day each month for this phase. This will take the better part of that day.
|Kitchen||Bathrooms and Laundry Room||Living Spaces and Bedrooms|
|Clean microwave||Disinfect floors and toilets||Vacuum furniture|
|Clean oven||Clean sink accessories||Wipe down doorknobs, doorframes, light switches, windowsills, baseboards and other odd places|
|Clean inside of refrigerator (get rid of old stuff)||Wipe down towel racks, toilet paper holders, hooks and other fixtures||Dust behind TV and inside furniture drawers (use cleaners if applicable)|
|Wipe down cabinets||Dust and wipe down laundry room surfaces||Dust all surfaces in office and vacuum carpet|
Every 4-6 Months
You’ll need 1-2 days set aside for these chores.
|Kitchen||Bathrooms, Closets, Laundry||Living Spaces and Bedrooms|
|Clean waste baskets||Clean waste baskets||Dust moldings and other hard to reach things like ceiling fans, etc (entire house)|
|Wash walls||Wash walls||Launder curtains and drapes (or wash blinds/shutters)|
|Thoroughly clean cabinets and pantry (remove dishes, food, etc and clean inside)||Clear medicine cabinet of old items and wipe down shelves||Vacuum and flip mattresses|
|Clean coffee maker||Wipe down shelves in closets and replace sachets with fresh contents||Wash lamp shades (for entire house; blow-dry dust off first)|
|Clean stove hood||Deep clean washer and dryer||Clean inside and outside of windows (once after winter then again during summer)|
This is a short list of to do’s and should not take very long at all. Don’t forget to add to the following about every two years: touch-up wood floors, professionally clean carpets and clean ceiling.
|Kitchen||Bathrooms and Closets||Living Spaces and Bedrooms|
|Go through pantry and get rid of old stuff; wipe down shelves||Deep clean tile grout||Deep clean furniture, slip covers and pillows|
|Change or clean stove hood filter||Rewash any unused items in linen closet||Dry clean comforters|
|Clean behind refrigerator/coils using a vacuum with brush attachment||Wash walls|