Between going to work, driving home, making dinner, helping the kids with their homework, putting the kids to bed, and squeezing in a little you time before you turn in yourself, there is no time for cleaning. The mere thought of it is making you more tired than you already are.
The good news is that you don’t have to scrub your entire house every night. You only need to go over the small things to cut back on germs and bacteria.
Here’s a daily house cleaning checklist you can use to make the chores go faster so you can get to the part where you get to enjoy your evening.
1. Set Yourself Up for Success
House cleaning takes up time you could be using to wind down from work but that doesn’t mean it has to be painful. You can make it fun by turning on your favorite songs to jam out to while you wipe things down.
Now that you’ve got a nice tune going on, it’s time to grab a trash bag and just clean up the general clutter. Pick up any large pieces of trash.
Once that’s out of the way, grab your kid’s toys and put them away (or make them do it). If your family is guilty of leaving their shoes out, put them in their proper place.
Are you guilty of scattering your clothes all over your room? Throw them on a hanger and put them in your closet. Now that the floors are all clear, you can focus on the stuff that needs to get done.
2. Kitchen Cleaning
After getting rid of the clutter, you’ll tackle your first room. The kitchen. The kitchen has the most bacteria but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to clean up.
You can tackle two birds with one stone by scrubbing while you cook dinner. Unload any clean dishes in the dishwasher and load it back up with the dirty ones. Wipe your sink out with a sponge to get rid of any stuck-on food.
Grab a microfiber cloth and go over your kitchen counters and stove unless you’re using the stove to cook. In which case, you can backtrack later.
The more you use the kitchen throughout the day, the more disorganized it gets. The dog brought a toy in from the living room, your kids didn’t put the bread back when they made a sandwich for lunch, etc. Take a moment to remove anything from the kitchen that’s not supposed to be in there and straighten up your countertops.
Hand towels can get pretty dirty. Buy a bunch of them and trade them out each day to avoid bacteria. Spot sweep the floors and mop up anything sticky.
3. Bathroom Cleaning
Since the bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, it’s one of the easiest ones to clean. All you need is a damp paper towel and a bottle of cleaner to take care of the entire room.
Giving the countertop, mirror, and sink a quick wipe down will be enough to send bacteria packing. Don’t get us wrong, you will have to scrub the toilet, shower, and floors eventually but doing it every day is a bit excessive.
Pick up any dirty laundry or towels that didn’t make into the basket and put them where they belong. If the towels have only been used once, hang them back on the towel bar to dry. This way they can be used again.
The less often you wash your towels, the longer they last after all. Take any makeup, brushes, or other clutter off the counter and put it where it goes before you move on to the living room.
4. Living Room Cleaning
Cleaning the living room is all about tackling quick messes. Fold your throw blankets and place them neatly on the couch. Fluff the decorative pillows so they’re comfortable and look nice.
You don’t have to go heavy-duty on vacuuming every single day but you should go over the rug and sofa with a little handheld vacuum if you notice any dirt or crumbs.
If you keep any magazines or books on your coffee table, straighten them up so they don’t look out of place. Stash away anything on the table that shouldn’t be there and give it a quick wipe down.
5. Bedroom Cleaning
The last spot that you need to take care of is your bedroom. You don’t need to do a lot but you do need to straighten up a little. It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep in a cluttered room.
Every single morning when you get out of bed, you should make it. We’re all guilty of doing laundry and then letting it sit in the basket all week. Go ahead and put it away so it’s not taunting you.
If you have any trash on your nightstand (nighttime water bottles, we’re looking at you), take it to the wastebasket. Do you have a book on the table that you like to read? Stash it in a drawer to keep it out of the way until bedtime.
Keep Things Tidy with This Daily House Cleaning Checklist
When you’ve got a jam-packed day, it’s hard to take the time to clean your house. If you neglect the areas in this daily house cleaning checklist, however, the duties will keep piling up.
It’s better to take care of everything once a day than have to do a deep clean at the end of each week. Stay on top of things and keep your house bacteria-free.
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