Last week we talked about how taking little steps to cleaning your home can lead to big pay offs in keeping your living space in order. In addition to cleaning as you go and having your family help out, we have some more ideas for you to break down your cleaning tasks into manageable bite-sized pieces.
Breaking your home into zones gives you more manageable cleaning areas. Instead of looking at the house as a whole, look at it as different pieces and spread out your cleaning. Devote your efforts to a specific section each day. For example, Monday is dedicated to the living room, Tuesday the front office etc.
Zones: Kitchen, Bathrooms, Living/Family Rooms, Bedrooms and Miscellaneous (Office/Toy Room).
Quick Cleaning Kits
Take the chore out of the chore. We generally have a place in our home where we keep all of the cleaning supplies; and on “cleaning day” we pull out all the sprays, wipes and sponges as an arsenal for the tasks at hand.
Keeping little kits throughout the house makes quick cleaning more accessible. In each bathroom, keep a small kit with bathroom cleaner, window/glass cleaner, air freshener and toilet bowl cleaner. In your bedroom/office keep a kit of furniture spray, window/glass cleaner, air freshener and a lint roller. If needed, put a broom or vacuum on every floor.
As the mother of young children, I find that toys and trinkets seem to cause a lot of the clutter in my home. This is where open storage containers like baskets and bins make a great time saver. Having a place to quickly pick up toy cars and dolls makes the process simple and easy, especially when the toys seem to come back out as quickly as they are put away!
Create a Checklist
Let’s face it, we all have a lot going on and sometimes the only way to get things done is to put them on your to-do list. There are a lot of great checklists that help break down a Monday-Friday routine so you can stay ahead of the game when it comes to cleaning.
A couple of our favorite lists can be found below. What’s your daily cleaning schedule?