This is part 1 of the series 7 Days to a Cleaner Home . The series that details how I get my home in company order (and a better place to live in) in 7 days.
Every so often I take a look around and my home and realize that things are a bit of a mess!
There is clutter everywhere. Dishes in the sink, clothes strewn about, junk mail and papers piled high on the dining table! And we won’t even talk about the dust! Everyone has a level of cleanliness that they like to achieve in their home and I’m no different. I like it clean but it happens, and quite often too, that we just get out of sync. Our home gets messy and lived in.
It’s about this time that I become motivated to clean up my act. I get tired of seeing the mess. And my family feels it too. There are only three of us but we all seem to feel it at the same time. I’m guessing that this happens to you too.
So this is how I deal with it.
Note: I do like to clean alone but I highly suggest that you get your family involved in your cleaning efforts. My husband usually takes care of the outside stuff and our daughter is in charge of her bathroom, bedroom, and all things cat. She’ll also help me get the kitchen in order.
Since I need to see a quick end to the chaos I usually give myself about a week to clean my home and to get things back in order.
If I do this kind of cleaning longer than a week I tend to lose steam not to mention time.
This is not a deep cleaning but a putting things to rights so that you can be at peace in your home (and stop apologizing to your guests for the mess).
Homes are meant to be lived in. We know things aren’t going to look like a magazine spread. Signs of life are okay.
So with that out of the way I’d like to share with you my 7 Days to a Cleaner Home Cleaning System
Clean Your Home in a Week, 1 Day at a Time
This article series contains the steps I take to bring back some order to my home in a week’s time. Use it to create your own week long home rejuvenation.
This cleaning plan is not Spring Cleaning. Spring Cleaning tends to be the details that we ignore year round and extra detailing of the home that is not done on a regular basis, but this is just regular righting of things in the home.
In each of the seven days there is some basic cleaning for each room in the home.
- I try not to take more than 30 minutes to clean up a room during this time. Occasionally an extra dirty kitchen or some extra organizing in the home office can warrant 45 minutes to an hour plus. When this happens, if it is okay with my schedule, then I do not resent the extra time.
- Remember this is not deep cleaning, it is what is called surface cleaning and tidying up. Don’t be openin’ up those drawers and cupboards.
- If you have small children try and work around their nap times or involve them in little ways. Yes this will take longer but small children love to “dust” and “sweep”. They will also learn from your example and as they grow will be a much bigger help to you in the home. Trust me, it does happen.
- Please don’t overwhelm yourself.
- To make this program work you should continue to keep up the daily order in your home by putting things away each day. Wash up the dishes as you cook and eat. Put away clothing. Clear off surfaces and toss junk mail asap! Put things away before you go to bed so you can start off with a fresh start in the morning.
- The order of rooms listed is based on how I tackle my home and how I’m most comfortable. Based on my personal energy level and also what else I have scheduled that week. Adjust accordingly.
- I also find it helps tremendously if I have a list of what I have going on for the day and the week. A to-do list. And also a cleaning list for the room I’m cleaning. To do lists keep me from becoming sidetracked which I can do quite easily.
So on with the show…
Next up… We start with the Bathrooms.