Establishing an Effective Cleaning Schedule

Paper & Pencil Illustration "To Do List"For many people, cleaning the home can be a task that seems never-ending.  And while this is true to an extent, there are ways that you can make more efficient use of your time.  Whether you are planning on entertaining guests, selling your home, or hosting in-laws, you don’t want your home to look like a tornado just tore through it.  Instead of doing the mad-dash cleaning like you’re used to, sticking to an effective cleaning will keep your stress levels down, while keeping your home looking beautiful.  Here’s a few tips to get you started.

  1. Make a list of every chore to be done in your home. This includes everything from checking smoke detectors, to more mundane tasks, like dusting or fridge cleaning.
  2. Once you have your list, separate the tasks into daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly lists.
  3. Either print out charts, or write down notes to follow to help you remember what needs to be done, and when.

Now, when it comes to making the type of list that works best for you, it’s really your call. You could use a dry erase board, print out schedules from your computer, or keep your cleaning list completely digital.  Sometimes, utilizing more than one kind of list is beneficial.  you could map out your daily and weekly chores on a dry-erase board, while using a calendar to map out the monthly chores.  Maybe every third day of the month, you check to make sure your smoke detectors are functioning properly.  No matter how you end up creating your schedule, follow the formula of daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly.  This will ensure that you aren’t overdoing yourself, and will help you to utilize your time much more efficiently.  You’ll notice your house looking better, and you’ll feel better about it.  Plus….No more mad dashes to prepare for guests.

Happy cleaning!

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