With the kids back in school, you’re probably having to settle into a new routine yourself. Though your schedule is busier these days as a result, you still have to manage grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning and hopefully some downtime in there too.
In order to do it all, set yourself up for success by developing a routine! Routines will help you create structure, save time, build good habits, break bad ones and get the most important tasks done.
Before you begin, consider your work schedule and your standard of clean. Then prioritize the rooms that matter most, assess your available time and choose your cleaning approach. Decide whether you’d prefer to clean a little every day or clean full rooms on particular days.
Remember, any new routine is going to take some adjusting to, so be flexible as you adapt. Also, enlist the help of your children and other family members so no one person has to carry the load.
Whichever approach you take, breaking your house cleaning down to small tasks you can reasonably accomplish will help you feel successful. And if you fall behind a day or two, make sure it’s still doable to catch up.
Here’s a sample schedule of daily, weekly, monthly and even seasonal tasks. Many resources, such as templates, checklists and much more, are available online, so consult the internet as you develop and personalize your cleaning schedule.
Daily Cleaning Routine
Daily tasks should tackle messes and dirt that build up every day. These simple steps will help tidy your home without spending a lot of time on them. The reward is that you can rest easy after a long day.
Make Your Bed
Collect Dirty Clothes
Do Laundry When There’s Enough for a Load
Put Away Clean Clothes
Wipe Down Countertops, Especially After Preparing Meals
Load Your Dishwasher (or Hand Wash to Save Energy)
Wipe Out Sinks in Bathrooms and the Kitchen
Spend Time Picking Up Items and Putting Them Away
Vacuum High-Traffic Areas If Needed
Weekly Cleaning Routine
Schedule your bigger tasks by day during the week. That is if you want some down time on the weekends. If you save all the housework up for the weekend, you could easily feel overwhelmed. Be sure not to add too much more to days that are already set aside for things like grocery shopping or kids’ activities.
Wipe Down Cupboards and Walls
Clean the Stovetop
Clean Out the Refrigerator
Take Out the Trash and Recycling
Wash the Bedding
Disinfect Handles, Doorknobs, Etc.
Toss Out Junk Mail, Old Papers, Etc.
Monthly Cleaning Routine
Tackle the bigger chores less often, but make a plan to do them regularly. You’ll feel like you have a handle on your cleaning, and you’ll feel less overwhelmed as these tasks seem to get bigger and bigger as more time passes.
Declutter Your Home
Vacuum or Clean Furniture
Seasonal Cleaning Routine
Even bigger chores can be scheduled for every season, which will help you stay on top of tasks done once in a while. Incorporate these into your cleaning schedule so your house stays clean and organized, particularly among areas that tend to get neglected.
Clean Behind Large Appliances and Furniture
Steam Clean Carpets
Clean Exterior Windows
Wash Large Bedding (Comforters, Blankets, etc.)
Organize Garage and Basement
Clean Walls and Make Necessary Touch-Ups
Deep Clean Large Appliances
Organize Personal Files
If you find that it’s difficult to maintain this schedule or if you need the trusted professionals to give you a break or a helping hand, let us know! We serve the communities on the Eastern Shore and South Baldwin County, and we can help you stay on track or free up some time to relax at home. Contact us for a quote today!