Sunday March 1, 2020
Cleaning is not fun by any stretch of the imagination. But it is one of those things that absolutely must be done so you don’t wind up being buried in an avalanche of kids’ toys, pet hair, and dust.
Unfortunately, many people aren’t sure of how to clean and this can lead to a downward spiral. You may know the routine—you feel so overwhelmed by everything that has to be done that you let the cleaning slide. You say that you will get to it when you have time. But when the time comes, you’ve just created more work for yourself to do.
So, here’s a way to put together a cleaning plan to help you stay on top of this chore:
- Dust — This is probably the most hated chore on the cleaning list. So, let’s start with it and get it out of the way. Dust your rooms from top to bottom, making sure to hit the tops of all surfaces. (Don’t forget those ceiling fans.) Try to dry-dust whenever possible and only use a lightly damp cloth to get up fingerprints. Do this through each and every room before you move on to the next step.
- Sheets and furniture — Next, strip all of the beds and start a load (or two) of laundry to get them nice and clean. (There’s nothing better than crawling into a freshly made bed with nice, clean sheets.) After you do this, go through and straighten up all of the furniture. Toss the throw pillows, fluff up cushions, and wipe down and clean any stains. Also, use a vacuum attachment to clean out the furniture of any crumbs as needed.
- Hit the bathrooms — Now that you’ve got that handled, it’s time to tackle the bathrooms. Scrub down all of the surfaces such as tub, shower, and toilet. Then make sure to clean the mirrors and windows thoroughly. Finally, wrap it all up with a good sweeping and mopping. (See that clean tub? Remind yourself that your reward at the end of all this could be a nice long bath in it.)
- Don’t forget the kitchen — Take everything you did with the bathroom cleaning and repeat it in the kitchen. This means wipe down and scrub all of the surfaces (counters, appliances, and inside the microwave and fridge). Then, sweep and mop and you are ready to go.
- Vacuum — The last step should be to go room by room and vacuum your floors. Before you do this, you may want to sprinkle some carpet deodorizer to get out any odors that the kids or pets may have left around.
Cleaning doesn’t have to be a horrible chore. If done step-by-step, you can keep it from being too overwhelming and have your house looking spic and span in no time.