It’s a brand new year for all of us! Although the year 2020 already ended, Covid-19 is still walking around the corner. And as important as keeping ourselves clean is keeping our houses clean—where we stay most of the time! (And to some of us, it is where we now work as well). Cleaning our homes might be something that we don’t want to do, right? But it simply must be done. Given the best cleaning routine for you, you’ll find this not big of a task at all.
A cleaning routine is something that we follow systematically and regularly. Have you ever had a general cleaning at home where you spend almost half your precious weekend to get it done? Well, a routine could help you finish small tasks ahead of time so that it will not pile up later on.
No worries, it’s simple… once you get the hang of it. So, today, we’re here to help you work on your cleaning routine. Ready?
How Do I Start A Cleaning Routine?
The question is, how do you start one? The goal here is to work on a routine that will best work for you and your home. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Take a good look at your home. With a pen and paper ready, list down all the areas and tasks you need to include in your cleaning routine.
- List down your cleaning tasks. What are the things that you need to clean regularly? List them one by one. Best if you could order it from items on the ceilings to the items on the floor.
- Determine how often the task is. Decide whether it goes to your daily list, weekly list, or monthly list. Be sure to consider your lifestyle while doing so.
- Finalize your list and try it out!
Simple Cleaning Routine
If you already get to this point, you might be thinking, “What an overwhelming thing to accomplish!” Don’t worry! As soon as you start practicing the routines, it will eventually become a habit. One that could seem like a normal thing to do.
A simple cleaning routine is to include a daily and a weekly list. Adding a daily list makes weekly tasks easier because it prevents dirt or clutters from piling up. Sounds great, right?
To keep things in order and save energy, start cleaning from left to right. You could also do the opposite, whichever you are comfortable with. But be sure to clean from top to bottom (from ceiling to floor items).
The reason is because you don’t want to waste your efforts by cleaning the floor items, first. When you clean the ceiling, dirt falls on the floor. You’re going to save a lot of time and effort if you’re going to clean the ceiling first.
What Should Be Cleaned Weekly?
To help you with your list of cleaning routines, here are things that need to be cleaned weekly:
- Your Laundry (to save time, you could include separating light clothes from dark clothes in your daily routine)
- Your Appliances
- Your Furniture (Dusting)
- Your Carpet and Rugs
- Your Toilet (it just really needs to be cleaned)
- Your Sheets
- Your Mirrors and Windows
- Your Floors (sweeping the floor could be included in your daily routine, but you could mop your floors weekly)
What Should Be Cleaned Daily?
Daily cleaning seems like something we would want to pass, but some spaces or items need daily cleaning to enjoy a well-kept-home every day. Here are some suggested items you could include in your daily cleaning:
- Your Bed. Make your bed to set the mood for cleaning the rest of your house.
- Your Floor. Sweeping every day helps keep the dust away.
- Your Clutters. These could be papers, bills, toys, or items that are not in their proper places.
- Your Kitchen Sinks and Dirty Dishes
- Your Kitchen Counters
- Your Laundry. I know this is something we would want to do just once a week. However, if you are a family of five, it’s not a bad idea to also include the laundry on your daily list.
- Your Bathroom Sinks and Surfaces
- Your Doorknobs (well, you could put this in your weekly list once Covid-19 says goodbye)
Daily Cleaning Checklist
Your Daily Checklist could include the items listed above. Here’s an example.
- Make bed
- Declutter – put things in proper storage
- Sweep the floor
- Do the dishes
- Wipe Kitchen counters
- Sanitize Kitchen sinks
- Sweep Kitchen Floor
(3) Living Room
- Sweep the floor
- Sanitize bathroom sinks
- Wipe bathroom surfaces
Final Thoughts On Cleaning Routines
And we’re done! Simple once we list it down, don’t you think? An important thing to note is that there is no map to a perfect routine. These are just guidelines for you to create one. But remember that you could always tweak our suggestions to make it work for you and your schedule.
One last piece of advice to enjoy a well-kept home is to start now and never give up. You might miss one or two items from your daily and weekly checklist, but the most important thing is that you don’t stop until your cleaning routine becomes a habit you can’t live without. Happy cleaning!