New Year’s Cleaning Resolutions
The holidays have come to a close, and you’ve likely found yourself with a list of resolutions for the New Year. If your list includes keeping your house in order, use these tips to help keep your home clutter free.
This cleaning plan will help you distinguish a daily, weekly and monthly cleaning schedule, and help you set organization goals. The best part about this plan is that even if you start to veer off course, you can jump back in at any time.
There are a few quick, basic chores that need to be done on a daily basis to keep your home looking and feeling clean. Try to do small bits of cleaning as you go about the day.
• Morning: Make bed, put dirty clothes in hamper, wipe down sinks and counters in the bathroom.
• Evening: Open mail and toss or organize as needed, wipe down sinks and counters in the kitchen, wash dishes, spot vacuum or sweep high traffic areas (if needed), and pick up toys and extra clutter around the house.
Weekly chores usually have a specific day assigned to them. Saturday is laundry day or Sunday designated for deep cleaning the kitchen. By assigning a specific day to certain chores, you are creating a routine and will be more likely to keep up with your duties.
• Day 1 – Bedrooms: Laundry, including linens.
• Day 2 – Kitchen: Clean appliances (microwave, toaster, coffee maker), clean the sink, scrub stovetop and disinfect counters, knobs and handles.
• Day 3 – Bathroom: Wipe down mirrors, wash curtains and rugs, deep clean shower walls and tub, bleach the sink, disinfect counter tops and scrub the toilet.
• Day 4 – Entire House: Dust furniture, deep vacuum, mop and sweep floors, and wipe down light switches.
• Day 5 – Paperwork: Sort out bills, throw away clutter, file important documents in a filing cabinet and take out the trash. Go through extra paperwork and toss or organize as needed.
• Day 6 –Organization day.
Most monthly chores tend to get overlooked, which is why it’s great to have a reminder.
• Week 1: Clean windows, floorboards, ceiling fans and decorative mirrors.
• Week 2: Clean the refrigerator (inside and out).
• Week 3: Vacuum furniture, walls and air vents.
• Week 4: Clean kids’ toys. Organize play areas, bookshelves and toy compartments. Or, clean office areas. Wipe down keyboard, mouse, and other desk supplies. Organize loose paperwork and files.
If this all this planning has you worn out, call The Maids and let them help you stay on track with your cleaning resolutions. Our team of specialists can create a custom plan designed especially for you and your home. Visit www.maids.com to find the office near you.