That feeling. You know the one. The one when you first walk into your home after your cleaning team is done, and all is right with the world. The one with gleaming floors and vacuum lines and the faint smell of… awesome.
And then life happens. And it’s gone.
Since many of our clients are on weekly and bi-weekly cleanings, we want to help you make the most of “the clean between:” the time your house fends for itself in the space between The Maids cleaning visits.
Everything in its place.
We know: Piles happen. Mail, dishes, laundry, kids’ artwork—when things don’t have a specific place, they create one. Before you know it, what once was a massive kitchen countertop for chopping vegetables is now a cluttered heap pushing you to order take-out. Before you set something down on a table or counter, pause. Could it go somewhere else? Do you really need it?
Identify your pain points.
Is there a room that affects the mood of the entire house? Does having a clean kitchen, for instance, make the entire house feel cleaner? If so, focus on the rooms that matter. It may just give you the motivation to extend the clean to other areas.
Divide and conquer.
Cleaning a house in one go creates a great final result, but it’s not always possible for busy people and families. So, break it up. Assign a room on each day and commit to spending only ten minutes to giving it a good cleaning. Why ten minutes? Because it’s short enough to commit to and long enough to put a major dent in dirt. And the good news is, it won’t even take you that long.
Keep floors cleaner longer.
To extend the clean on your floors, vacuum or sweep them daily. Keeping the fine dirt off the floor will prevent from bonding with the moisture in the air and creating the grimy film that eventually lands on every pair of white socks you own. If you do scrub your floors, make sure they are completely dry before anyone—people or pets—walk on them to keep them cleaner longer.
A little goes a long way.
You know that frantic picking up you do before we come? Try doing it at the end or the beginning of every day. You’ll find that you’ll have less to do each time, and also be more inclined to put things back where they actually belong. The quicker you put back what you take out, the cleaner your house continues to feel. Of course, the more people in your house who can share in this exercise, the better.
These are just a few ways you can make your professional cleaning last as long as possible. Do you have any other ideas that have worked for you?