They have certain tasks that are done each day. Mop the kitchen on Monday; dust the living room, clean a bathroom, and tidy your bedroom on Tuesday. The list goes on.
And. They want you to do a load of laundry every day.
That, my friends, does not work for me.
If you can't follow those daily cleaning schedules, you've come to the right place. I work better on a different kind of schedule. One where I do all of the cleaning tasks in one day. When the hubs is around, so that he can help, too. He does all of the vacuuming. I hate vacuuming. Mostly because of the stairs. Vacuuming stairs is a horrible chore.
I digress. This isn't about horrible chores. I've already written about those (vacuuming and laundry). This is about how I get my house clean (and keep it that way).
Okay. I've kind of misled you thus far. You can't keep a house clean and picked up in one day a week. It just isn't possible, as messes are created every day. But, all of the "heavy cleaning" happens on one day.
Monday through Friday
- Set a timer for 10 minutes to tidy things up and put stuff away.
- Do your typical "chores" - wipe the counter and sink down after dinner, take the trash out when it's full (you know, those common sense things).
Saturday or Sunday
- Turn up the music and take care of everything else:
- Dust the whole house
- Vacuum (or, have your husband do it!)
- Clean all counters (kitchen, bathroom)
- Tackle the laundry. I hate laundry, and would despise having to do a load every day. It works much better for me to do it all in one day.
- Clean the bathrooms.
- Swiffer the non-carpeted floors after vacuuming them.
And, you're done.
In all seriousness, this takes about an hour to an hour and a half. I have a small house. That may be the reason that this schedule works for me. The daily schedules don't work for me because I don't work in the home. I return home with Kid around 4:30 or 5. By the time we get dinner on the table and play a little bit, I'm tired and want to relax. Cleaning is the last thing on my mind.