If you leave all of your cleaning chores until the weekend, it’s going to take the entire day to make an impact. The easiest way for you to clean is to spread those chores over the week. Not only will it free up your weekend, but it’s also going to mean that your home is consistently clean and tidy, rather than only for a few days after you do a deep clean.
It’s easier said than done, we get it. But with a detailed plan, you can simplify your chores into a regular routine which you’ll be able to maintain. To begin, let’s look at the most important tasks that you can do daily:
- Clean the kitchen surfaces
- Do the dishes
- Vacuum the main walkways
- Take out the trash
- Tidy up items that are left out
These five chores, we believe, give you the greatest bang for your buck. Typically, your kitchen and main walkways are going to become the dirtiest and have the greatest impact on the appearance of your home. By focusing the vast majority of your energy to these areas, you’ll be able to magnify your efforts and keep your house looking beautiful throughout the week.
Cleaning the Kitchen Surfaces
Many of us cook at least a couple of meals at home each day. Therefore, you’re going to make a mess, no matter how hard you try. Bread crumbs are going to end up on the floor, the sauce will spit from the pan onto the stove top and spills will stick to the counter surfaces. There’s practically nothing you can do about these problems. But leaving them to sit until you do a deep clean on the weekend is a terrible idea. As they harden it’s going to become tougher to scrub them without cleaning chemicals, meaning more effort for you.
By cleaning your kitchen surfaces every day, after you’ve finished eating, you can sanitize as you go. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes for you to do this, at the maximum, but it will make a huge difference to the appearance of your home and therefore how it makes you feel mentally. To clean these fresh messes, an all-purpose cleaner and paper towels should suffice. By cleaning them up quickly you ensure that you’re able to wipe them once and move on with your day.
Doing the Dishes
If you have a dishwasher, this task shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Fill up the machine after you’re finished cooking and let it run through the evening. Before you go to sleep, put all of the now clean dishes, cutlery and utensils back into their appropriate place. By doing this, you can wake up to a fresh and spotless home that you’re proud of. If you don’t have a dishwasher, it’s going to take you a lot longer. To minimize this, fill up the sink with soapy water and let the grubbiest dishes soak while you eat dinner. After you’ve wiped the surfaces, start doing the dishes and get them all done before you sleep. Let them dry overnight and put them away in the morning.
This recommendation might be shocking to some. Many of you might only use a brush or vacuum weekly. But we guarantee that you’re creating enough mess and bringing in dirt from outside each day, which is why you need to vacuum daily. Doing so will prevent it from building up, where it will spread and get trapped in corners and under furniture where it’s harder to get. Vacuuming daily shouldn’t take you more than five minutes, but it will save you plenty because you won’t have to do a deep clean on the weekend when you’re looking to relax and spend time with your family and friends.
Take Out the Trash
Simple enough, right? Trash festers and can smell if left for more than a day. We recommend taking your garbage out daily, as well as any recycling or other waste. Doing so will give you more space, prevent bacteria from developing and prevents you from having to wash your waste bins as regularly. Again, by doing this task daily you can save yourself time in the long run. It shouldn’t take more than a minute, so, we’d suggest doing it before going to sleep in the evening.
Tidying Up the House
Similarly, throughout the day you’re going to use items in your home and leave others around. Towards the end of the evening, we would recommend ensuring that everything is back in its correct storage position, no exceptions. Doing so will make it easier for you to do cleaning tasks like wiping the surfaces and vacuuming. It will also make your home feel far nicer and more cleanly, with just a small amount of effort. Take five minutes each evening to do this, you won’t regret it.