Jul 15, 2014

My new amazing system for a nice, clean house

I finally worked out a deep-cleaning system for my house that works for me!  It requires 2-3 hours of work a day and 5 days a week, but it leaves me with a super clean house and the weekend off.  Instead of trying to complete a few big tasks a day, like cleaning floors, windows, etc; I focus on a room/type of room a day.  I clean everything in that space and then I'm done.  Vacuuming isn't as daunting, dusting is more minimal, and everything is still completed by the weekend.  The first time doing this, however, will take the most effort, but sub-sequential weeks will become easier and faster as you'll have a solid base.  Depending on the size of your house, you may have to change things up to work for you.  I have a 3-bedroom, 2-bath with a living room and kitchen/dining room that are connected.  This will take effort and work, but this plan helps to divide that work over the course of a week.  The more you keep up with this system, the easier it will be to maintain.

Here is my weekly checklist for a solid, deep-cleaned home:

Daily
Dishes
Laundry
Make bed
Messes as needed

Monday: Bathrooms
Launder all towels/washcloths
Launder floormats
Bleach bath/shower/sinks
Wipe down bath/shower/sinks/counters
Bleach and wipe down toilet
Dust all surfaces including windows, blinds, vents, and fans
Clean mirror
Polish (or windex) faucets
Clean windows and windowsills
Organize drawers and cabinets
Wipe down drawers and cabinets
Wipe down doors/handles/light switches
Take out trash
Vacuum floors and baseboards
Wipe down baseboards
Mop floors

Tuesday: Bedrooms/Office
Laundry
Launder bedding
Organize dressers
Go through clothing, toys, and other items for donations
For kids room, sort and organize toys, diaper items, etc
Go through files/desk drawers/etc
Vacuum floors and baseboards
Wipe down baseboards
Wipe down doors/handles/light switches
Dust all surfaces including windows, blinds, vents, and fans
Clean windows and windowsills

Wednesday: Kitchen/Dining Room
Bleach sink
Clean fridge and freezer: throw out old food, wipe down doors, drawers, shelves
Wipe down counter-tops, tables, chairs, and microwave
Clean oven (as needed)
Clean stove
Polish faucets
Dust all surfaces including windows, blinds, vents, and fans
Clean windows and windowsills
Organize drawers and cabinets
Wipe down drawers and cabinets
Wipe down doors/handles/light switches
Launder any towels/potholders/etc
Take out trash and wipe down trashcan
Vacuum floors and baseboards
Wipe down baseboards
Mop floors

Thursday: Living Room/Laundry Room/Halls
Dust and wipe down washer/dryer
Sort and organize laundry items (detergents/bleach/etc)
Organize drawers and cabinets
Wipe down drawers and cabinets
Vacuum floors and baseboards
Vacuum couches/chairs/furniture
Wipe down baseboards
Wipe down doors/handles/light switches
Dust all surfaces including windows, blinds, vents, and fans
Take out trash
Wipe down electronics/entertainment center/coffee table
Clean windows and windowsills

Friday: Outdoor Chores
Mow/weed-eat lawn
Spray for weeds
Any additional lawn care
Sweep/vacuum garage
Organize items in garage
Spray for bugs (if needed)
Sweep porches
Clean windows and windowsills
Wash/rinse off house

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