Did you know that only 20% of Americans do a deep clean of their homes twice a year? Many do not even attempt to reach areas that are not within arm’s length or require more than a surface level of cleaning.
Would you like the ability to keep your home clean at all times, without having to dedicate hours and hours to deep clean every few months? You may want to consider making a cleaning schedule that will allow you to only do a few tasks every week. Here are some easy tips for sticking to a house cleaning schedule and keeping a home that is always spotless.
Create a Cleaning Schedule for Each Family Member
If you live in a home with your spouse or children, then you can take advantage of this arrangement and divide the housekeeping tasks between family members. For younger children, doing chores every day can be a good way to earn extra money and learn responsibility.
After you decide which chores need to be accomplished on a weekly basis, you can plan a schedule that works best for everyone, depending on age and ability. For example, teenagers may be more willing to unload the dishwasher, while a kindergartener can pick up toys or games in the common areas.
A great way to get your family members to do their chores is by offering an incentive. An allowance is a classic reward for children accomplishing tasks. If you want something for the whole family, try ending the week with a nice dinner out or a fun activity as a way to celebrate keeping the house tidy.
Tackle Tough Areas One At a Time
Sometimes areas of your home that have been neglected may seem overwhelming to work on. For instance, if you have never cleaned in sections that are hard to reach, you can schedule a couple of hours every week to focus on more intensive cleaning.
These areas can be stubborn due to general neglect or debris buildup that has occurred over longer periods of time. Some of the most difficult parts of your house to clean include:
- The tops of ceiling fans
- The attic
- High cabinets and storage areas
- Tops of door frames
- Storage cupboards
- Ceiling corners
A good example of how to divide a large task into small chunks is cleaning your baseboards. You can dedicate an hour or two every Saturday to work on the baseboards, or simply go room to room. This way, you will still be able to get your deep cleaning done without feeling flustered.
Keep a Reference Chart Close By
It is always a good idea to have a guide for how often to clean different parts of your home. Some tasks need to be completed on a daily basis, such as wiping down kitchen counters, while other chores only take place every couple of weeks, like washing linens.
It is much easier to craft a weekly or even a daily cleaning schedule for your household when you factor in the frequency that you should be completing these tasks. In addition, breaking it down into manageable chunks can make cleaning a quick part of your day, rather than a process that takes up a Saturday.
If you find yourself forgetting how often you need to be cleaning, then it may be ideal for displaying a reference chart or guiding on the fridge, or somewhere else that you look at several times throughout the day. You can also program your phone to remind you when the chores need to be completed, so you do not have to remember.
Organize Your Cleaning Supplies
One easy way to save both time and money is to ensure your cleaning supplies are organized and easily accessible. Clear a dedicated space for all of your sprays, sponges, rags and other items, where you will always be able to grab them quickly to take care of messes.
How you arrange your supplies depends on the space you can work with in your home. You may have a portable caddy that can be transported from room to room, a shelf underneath your kitchen sink, or even a spare closet that can also house brooms and mops.
Labels are especially important if you are making your own cleaners. For instance, you do not want to make the mistake of using a general, all-purpose cleaner for your granite countertops. The same idea can be applied to different supplies for specialized areas of the house, like grouping all of your bathroom tools together.
Consider a Cleaning Service to Ease Your Load
If you implement as schedule and you still find that you are overwhelmed, it may be a good idea to look into a cleaning service. You can decide how often you would like to hire your housekeeper, and what types of chores would be most beneficial to have taken off your hands.
You can work with your new maid or housekeeper to make a plan that works best for your cleaning needs. For example, you may want to focus on the deep cleaning projects yourself, but you struggle to wash the sheets and clean the floors every week.
Cleaning services tend to vary in cost, and it is heavily dependent on how often you would like your home cleaned, the size of your residence and which chores you would like to be completed. Before hiring a cleaning service, assess how well you and your family are doing chores, so you know exactly what type of help you require.
Ultimately It Is Up to You
It does not have to be difficult to design a weekly cleaning schedule that meets the needs of your household. Many families have a hybrid model where they still do chores but also rely on help from a housekeeping service.
Whatever method works best for you, it is sure to contribute to a much cleaner home for your family, and more importantly, more peace of mind and time to do things that you love. Contact us to begin your journey to a tidier home.