Cleaning your entire home sounds like a daunting and dreaded chore, but breaking down each task into daily, weekly and monthly checklists can help you on your way to a spotless abode.
A made bed helps to set you up for the day ahead and rids you of those tempting back to bed thoughts.
Wipe the bench of water and tidy up any items you’ve placed on the surface. This keeps it tidy and ready to use again.
Do this morning and night with a bench spray to remove crumbs, prevent pests and maintain optimal hygiene.
Make sure you put any dirty dishes into the dishwasher throughout the day – after breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then, run a cycle overnight and empty it each morning.
An empty bin will prevent overflow, bag breaking and unsavoury bin smells
Doing frequent loads, rather than waiting until the weekend, means you’ll have more space on the clothesline to hang out clothes to dry, preventing unnecessary use of the dryer and thus saving on electricity.
Not literally with a broom, but rather take a moment to walk around your house and put away anything that’s been left out of place. This will help prevent things ending up misplaced or lost, and reduces clutter at the same time.
Ensure your food containers are empty and that dirty gym clothes aren’t left in bags.
Towels do not need to be replaced every day. If you have several bathrooms and bedrooms you may want to do the sheets and towels from one room on different days so the washing basket doesn’t overflow. There will then be more room on the line for drying, too.
Anyone with pets or kids may wish to do this task twice a week. For clean and shiny floors, use either hot water and methylated spirits for floor boards or hot water with a dash of detergent and white vinegar.
We’re talking about bookshelves, desks and side tables. This allows us to remove things we no longer need. After two weeks birthday or celebration cards have had their turn on display.
Remove dirty food scraps and prolong the life of your appliances.
Spray with glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth for a quick shiny result.
Throw away any food that has lost its freshness or has expired.
Don’t let this task stretch out to the once-a-month mark. Use white vinegar and gumption to remove scum and mould build-up.
The more frequently you do this, the less time you’ll spend on it. Just a once-over on the toilet, sinks and showers. You may alternate bathrooms so that one receives a mega clean one week, the other the next week.
Once a month, take some time to rejig and refresh your upholstery. Vacuum creases out, fluff your cushions and hit them with a dose of sunlight outside to remove stale smells. Lounge suites and sofas get so much use, and having them tucked back into shape makes them look like new without much effort.
Stop dust from flying around your home by wiping fan blades and vents with a microfibre cloth.
Wipe cabinets, inside and out, and don’t forget the handles, too, as that’s the first place to end up grimy. The kitchen is in constant use, so keeping the cabinets clean makes it an inviting space to spend time in. Spend time in the pantry and particularly on the shelf with condiments and sauces.
Run a hot wash and add vinegar, which both deodorises and prevents mould build up. A monthly clean of the dishwasher keeps the appliances hygienic and smelling fresh.