As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I’m a little bit neurotic. One of the things that I’m most neurotic about is my house and it’s cleanliness (or uncleanliness). I’d love to have it just so, Pottery Barn catalog perfect, at all times. However, with three kids, three pets, and a husband in the house it’s not really feasible.
But I try.
Recently, I’ve discovered that having a set cleaning schedule has really helped my efforts. It ensures that the house is relatively clean most of the time. A couple of friends on Facebook asked about it, so here it is:
Unload the dishwasher
Make the beds
Wipe down the bathroom counters (typically I only do this in the master and guest baths, because they get used more often than the bathroom upstairs)
Do the dishes
Wipe down the kitchen counters/table
Sweep the kitchen/living room
De-clutter/pick up toys
And then throughout the week I do the following chores per day:
Monday: Deep vacuum.
Did you know that it apparently takes SEVEN passes of the vacuum cleaner to actually clean the carpet? That’s a bit much for me, but I have tried to do at least four passes per section before moving on. Sometimes.
Tuesday: Dust surfaces and wipe mirrors.
Typically, I just use my Swiffer duster and give a pass over all of the blinds and the furniture – I don’t actually polish anything.
Wednesday: Tubs and Toilets
Thursday: Mop all of the floors
Friday: Rotates between the following:
1) Polish all of the furniture and wipe down the cabinets
2) Clean all of the baseboards (again, I just use my Swiffer duster to do this)
3) Vacuum/wipe all of the uphostery
4) Scrub the fridge, microwave, and oven
I know it sounds like a lot, but it actually saves me SO much time. Rather than wasting a whole Saturday morning cleaning the house from top to bottom, I do it in little increments throughout the week. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Or you could just hire a maid. Which actually sounds pretty awesome.