Create A Weekly Cleaning Routine To Save Yourself From Chaos

Create A Weekly Cleaning Routine To Save Yourself From Chaos

Creating a consistent weekly cleaning routine is the best way for you to keep your home looking and feeling fresh all the time. Knowing where to start can be tough, it’s not like we all grew up with a governess that taught us the proper way to fold a fitted sheet or polish antique silver!

Weekly Cleaning Routine Video:

Your parents were probably so busy that finding the mate to a sock was considered a victory! But you want to have more of a handle on things around the house so a routine is the simple answer to a seemingly complex problem. Cleaning is like working out the more consistent you are the easier it is to accomplish your goals. So put your hair in the best yoga bun you’ve got and lets do this!

I share my space, who does what?

If you share your home with a roommate or partner dividing tasks up is a great way to keep it together. If one person prefers to handle laundry and the other can do the bathroom its a win win (as long as everyone holds up their end of the bargain!) When you move in together having a conversation about the expectations is the best way to avoid either a disaster of a home or a destroyed relationship. The way you live is very personal but an acceptable level of cleanliness is simply you respecting your home and the people you share it with. For example leaving dishes in the sink and assuming that a magical fairy will miraculously appear and clean it is no way to respect your kitchen. However we all have more to do than time to do it and there is certainly room for error. But if most of the time you keep it together a few dishes once and awhile when you are rushing out the door shouldn’t rock the boat too much. If you are on your own then you can decide exactly how often you need to clean and what parts are particularly important to you.

 

The Checklist:

Weekly Cleaning

Bedrooms:

  • Strip the bed and put the sheets and pillowcases in the laundry.
  • Check for any clutter that needs a home ore can be tossed.
  • Dust closet shelves, side tables, window blinds, lighting and artwork working top to bottom.
  • Clean any mirrors or glass.
  • Wipe down doorknobs and light switches.
  • Vacuum floors including the closet.
  • Mop hard surfaces.

Bathrooms:

  • Add towels, washcloths and bathmats to laundry (its the perfect time to switch loads)
  • Take out items from the medicine cabinet and clean the shelves.
  • Dust shelves, remove any magazine or catalogue clutter.
  • Clean shower and bathtub, sink and toilet.
  • Clean mirrors, shower doors, tops of lighting.
  • Wipe down light switches.
  • Vacuum and mop the floor

Living Room/ Dining Room:

  • Remove any clutter including magazines and books.
  • Dust from the top down artwork, objects, surfaces, furniture.
  • Clean any glass and mirrors.
  • Vacuum under seat cushions (rotate if needed) and floors.

Stairs and Hallways:

  • Dust light fixtures and artwork.
  • Clean mirrors or windows (if needed)
  • Vacuum floors, rugs and moldings.
  • Mop floors.

Kitchen:

  • Fill the sink with warm soapy water and set stove grates and covers to soak. Clean the cooktop and finish by cleaning and replacing the grates
  • Check the refrigerator for items that need to be tossed and wipe the interior surfaces.
  • Clean all surfaces from top down including any hoods, open shelves and cupboard doors.
  • Clean the outside and inside of the trash can and recycling bins.
  • Clean the coffee maker parts.
  • Clean the sink.
  • Vacuum and mop the floors.

Your home is different from the rest of us so what items would you add to this list to make it fit your space?

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