When it comes to your home, it’s safe to say that you’re always going to want to it be just right. No matter what the perfect home looks like to you, there are always going to be things that you want to do to make it feel cozy and homely. Alongside your decor, a huge part of this will involve cleaning. Because you could have the most stunning looking home in the world, but if it’s untidy or dirty, it won’t be at its best, nor will it feel right. And it’s usually for this reason that we all tend to commit to doing the right chores.
More often than not, you’re going to find that you tend to get into a rhythm with your chores. You’ll have set days and set times that you want to do everything on, and this will usually allow you to keep on top of everything in the best way. But that’s not all. Another reason why you may have some kind of schedule in place is because it’s easy. When life is busy, and you have the house to run, children to look after, and even work to stay on top of, it can all feel too much. So you often get into a rhythm that means you can manage it all well. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a schedule, despite one being a benefit.
So, let’s take a look at the ten things you should bring in to create a schedule so your home can always stay in tip-top condition.
We’re going to kick off with one of the most important rooms in the house – the bathroom. It’s safe to say that everyone will have their own routine when it comes to keeping the bathroom clean, but for hygiene reasons, you may want to make sure that you cover off certain things in the right order. For example, you should clean the toilet bowl, shower liner, and tiles weekly, whereas the basin should get a clean every day or every few days to keep it clean.
Then there are the floors. And we’re talking about all of the floors in your home here – carpets, tiles, woods, you’ve got it. Vacuuming will really depend on your lifestyle. Ideally, you’ll want to do this once a week as a minimum. But if you have a lot of high traffic areas or pets, then you’re going to want to do this daily or every few days. It will be the same as sweeping on harder surfaces.
When it comes to washing the floors, you’re going to want to make sure that you mop weekly. In places like the kitchen and bathroom, this is going to be even more important. But if you have rooms that tend to get dirty often, you should focus on these too.
Doing laundry can feel like such a chore, and a lot of the time, how often you need to do this will depend on the size of your family and how much you have to do. But when it comes to your bedsheets, you need to make sure that you change and wash these weekly to keep your bed fresh. Ideally, you’ll be able to work on a system for when this will be.
It’s pretty much the same with ironing. Again, this can be a big part of your laundry routine, but one that you wish you didn’t have to do. To make it more manageable, you may want to try and dry some items so that they don’t need steaming. If you can get them wrinkle-free in the laundry process, steaming won’t always be necessary. For the items that you do need to iron, think about having set times and days where you can do an hour or two to tackle that neverending pile.
Next, it’s the kitchen. And like the bathroom, this is another room that needs a lot of your time and attention. In order to keep this room together, there’s a lot of daily kitchen cleaning that you should do. Alongside loading and unloading the dishwasher, you need to be wiping down the sides and table, cleaning the sink and washcloths every day. This is the best way to keep your kitchen clean.
Tidying & Organization
Then you’ve got the tidying that you need to stay on top of. If you can make a habit of this, you will find that your home stays pretty clean and tidy at all times. By putting clothes away, always making the best, storing coats and shoes away, and washing up after yourself (for the entire family), your home will feel much more together. So these are priorities to stay on top of daily.
When it comes to your small appliances, such as the toaster, microwave, and coffee machine, if you’re able to clean this daily and follow up with a deeper clean monthly, they’ll not only stay hygienic, but they’ll last longer too. For your oven, look to do the same – wipe the door down weekly and deep clean monthly.
If you suspect that you have pests, or you just want to make sure they stay away, you can add this to your weekly and monthly schedules. By focusing on prevention by being mindful of food, keeping the house clean and using termite prevention spray, this will help you. But you may also want to bring in experts if you do have a big issue.
Finally, you’re going to want to make sure that you finish off your schedule with an exterior spring clean. While you will want to stay on top of your lawn and plants weekly or bi-monthly in the summer, other jobs don’t have to be done so often. Again, these can be done once or twice a year, depending on your home and lifestyle. By sprucing up the windows, cleaning the gutters, and cleaning off your decking area, you should find that your exterior stays just as clean and presentable as the inside of the home.