Use A Cleaning Schedule To Conquer Messes

Cleaning tasks left for another day have a habit of growing into monstrous, time-consuming messes. Use a cleaning schedule to makes sure your messes don't grow into Saturday-slaying monsters. Photo by Todd Baker.

Looking at your house after a long day at work and seeing it as a giant nebulous project that you're shamed into completing is disheartening. If you have a schedule set up to tell you what gets cleaned and when, you'll know that there are only a few things that need to be done each day to stay on top of the housework. At Re-Nest, the household-centric blog, they've highlighted the daily cleaning routines from Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan's book The Eight-Step Home Cure. There are daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly schedules. From the daily schedule:

  1. Make bed
  2. Wash dishes.
  3. Put clothes away.
  4. Sort mail.
  5. Clear answering machine.
  6. Clean all kitchen surfaces
  7. Take out full garbage.

You can adjust the schedules based on the needs of your household. Maxwell's suggestion to vacuum, sweep, or mop all your floors once a month would be fine for a single person without a lot of traffic through their home, but in a household with multiple pets and children, you can bet you'll need to vacuum the high-traffic areas with more frequency. If you're all for the cleaning schedule but you've got company coming over tonight and no time for the deep cleaning, make sure to check out how to fake a clean house to get by until your new cleaning schedule has worked its magic. If you already use a reasonable, crafty cleaning schedule, we want to hear about it in the comments below! Make a Cleaning Schedule [Re-Nest]


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