15 Tips for Drawing Up a Cleaning Schedule

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[Admin’s Note: Since I’ve been busy keeping up with my work and trying to achieve some productivity in real world, I haven’t had an extra time to devote to my blog. That is the reason why I encourage readers and bloggers to guest-post. I got another guest post here. This one is a little off the line of the usual content of this blog but I am publishing it anyways. The reason is that this has a lot to do with overall productivity. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Let’s do some GTD at home.]

Introduction

Face it. No-one enjoys using an entire weekend to clean the house. You could be out enjoying your day instead of up to your ears in dirty dishes and laundry. Using a cleaning schedule will break housecleaning into easy, manageable daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.

Daily Tasks

#1. Make up the bed:

  • Starting the day with a nice neat bed can set the tone for the rest of the day.
  • It’s faster than you think.
  • No-one says you have to have hospital corners on the sheets, or perfectly fluffed pillows. Just straighten the sheet and comforter and arrange the pillows.

#2. Unload and load the dishwasher:

  • The pile of dishes may look daunting, but once you start, you’ll see that it takes less than ten minutes to unload and load the dishwasher.
  • Don’t skip this task.
  • Dirty dishes pile up in the sink and on the countertops faster than you think.

#3. Wipe off the kitchen countertops and sink:

  • After cooking or snacking, wipe the countertops with a clean sponge and your favourite kitchen cleaner.

#4. Pick up around the house. Put items back where they go.

  • If you don’t, at the end of the week, the house will be strewn with shoes, toys, books, movies, dishes, etc.

#5. Take out the trash at least every other day:

  • The smell will remind you if you forget!
  • Don’t forget to rinse out the bin after you empty it.

Weekly Tasks

#6. Vacuum or sweep the floors:

  • Don’t push the vacuum back and forth like you are in a race.
  • Take some time to vacuum high traffic areas slowly.
  • Dirt and dust settle deep into the carpet. Carpet will stay new looking longer if taken care of properly.

#7. Clean the bathroom:

  • Using an all purpose spray cleaner is the way to go.
  • Spray the inside of the tub or shower and let it set, since the tub and shower are usually the toughest to clean.
  • Spray and wipe clean the sink and countertops.
  • Now go back and wipe out and rinse the tub.
  • Next grab the toilet brush and cleaner and scrub the inside of the toilet bowl.
  • Wipe the outside of the toilet lid and tank.
  • Last, don’t forget the mirrors, and you’ll want to use a glass cleaner so they don’t streak.

#8. Mop the kitchen floor:

  • If you’ve followed the schedule and loaded the dishwasher and wiped the countertops daily, all that is left for a sparkly clean kitchen is to mop the floor.

#9. Dust:

  • Use a feather type duster or one of the new dusters with the disposable dusters.
  • Dust tables, bookshelves, tables, dressers, nightstands, and picture frames.
  • Don’t forget to check electronic equipment which tends to attract dust.

#10. Sort and wash the laundry:

  • It would be ideal to do one load of laundry a day, and it never piles up. Most of us are too busy to make sure the load is completed. Otherwise, you end up with a dryer full of totally wrinkled clothes.
  • Sort the clothing by colour and then again by durability.
  • Wash towels with other towels or jeans. Wash more delicate items together.
  • The easiest thing to do is read the label. If it says wash in cold water on delicate cycle, do just that.

Monthly Tasks

#11. Clean out the refrigerator:

  • All those left over pizza boxes have to go.
  • Take out the Tupperware containers. If the contents is more than a 2 or 3 days old, toss it in the trash and put the plastic container in the dishwasher.
  • Check the vegetable crisper and throw out anything wilted or growing mold.
  • Wipe out any spills on the shelves. Use mild soap and a sponge or cloth.

#12. Clean the window blinds:

  • One of the most dreaded tasks, but it has to be done or you end up with yellowed, ugly blinds in no time.
  • You can buy special dusters made just for blinds. Some vacuums also come with attachments for cleaning blinds.
  • If nothing else, use your duster side to side or up and down depending on the type of blinds.

#13. Clean the oven:

  • If you have a self cleaning oven, follow the manufacturer’s directions. Usually there is a lock on the oven door. Lock that in place and turn the oven to 400 degrees. It takes about 4 hours.
  • If you don’t have a self cleaning oven, use a product made especially for cleaning ovens. The fumes are strong and toxic in many of the products, so make sure you have plenty of ventilation. Follow the directions on the spray can and be sure to wear gloves.

#14. Shine up the windows:

  • Use a glass cleaner and paper towels.
  • Don’t forget the sliding glass doors if you have them.

#15. Dust top to bottom:

  • In addition to the light weekly dusting, dust the ceiling fans, baseboards, light fixtures and window sills.
  • Check the ceiling and floor corners for cobwebs.

James is a writer at Spares Next Day who supply hoover bags for vacuum cleaners throughout the UK.

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