A Simple Cleaning Plan For Busy Families
When people think of cleaning their home, they often visualize scrubbing away for hours and hours. Cleaning can be accomplished in much less time. By following this simple plan, families can keep their homes clutter- and dirt-free.
There are a few chores which should be performed daily. These daily cleaning tasks don’t have to take all day. Set a timer and see how fast you can beat the times listed below. Get your children involved and make a game of it.
- Making the bed – one to two minutes
- Declutter the bathroom counter – one minute
- Wipe down the bathroom mirror and countertop – 30 seconds
- Clear the dining table after meals – one minute
- Do a Load of Laundry – 10 minutes
- Unloading the dishwasher – three to five minutes
- Loading the dishwasher – two to four minutes
- Wiping kitchen counters after cooking – three minutes
- Throwing away items after using them – 10 seconds
- Putting up books, toys, etc. after using them – one minute
- Quick sweeping the kitchen and living room floor – three minutes
In addition to daily cleaning, perform weekly cleaning to cut back on dust, dirt, and grime. Fly Lady suggests dividing your home into different zones and then cleaning one zone a week. By the end of the month, you will have cleaned all areas of your home. By the end of the year, you’ll enjoy a spotless home.
The cleaning zones which Fly Lady suggests are:
Zone 1: Entrance, front porch, and dining room
Zone 2: Kitchen
Zone 3: Bathroom and one extra room
Zone 4: Master bedroom
Zone 5: Living room
An alternative method for deep cleaning your home involves creating a master weekly checklist. Write separate categories for each room of your home. Under each category list the following:
Add the following for the bathroom(s) only:
- Soap Refill
Durgol Bathroom Cleaner is a great addition to getting your bathroom clean. It removes soap scum, grime, and lime buildup from sinks, showers, tubs, tiles, and fixtures without any effort.
Add the following for the kitchen only:
- Clean out refrigerator
Durgol Kitchen Cleaner can be stored in your kitchen for quick clean ups but also for deeper cleans. It can be used on countertops, chrome and steel surfaces, cooktops, the insides of the microwave, sinks, tiles, oven hoods, high chairs, even garbage cans. Durgol® Kitchen Cleaner removes grease, grime, and lime buildup easily!
For additional ideas on what to add to your deep cleaning plan visit Fly Lady or Real Simple.
You can use this checklist from week to week. Make it a goal to complete two to three rooms a week. Don’t forget to set a timer for the weekly cleaning tasks as well.
Avoid Spring Cleaning…or the “We Have Guests Hurry Up and Clean!” Syndrome. Every few months, you can do some spring cleaning, just not right before guests arrive. If you want everything to be clean in a hurry, the Durgol Universal is great for when you need a thorough cleaning of your kitchen and bathrooms in a short amount of time. Use it in the tough spots that need decalcification. It comes ready to use without having to dilute.
Having a workable daily and weekly cleaning plan eliminates the stress and headache stemming from a messy home. It also keeps your family from last minute cleaning efforts for big events. So set up your family’s cleaning plan today.
Need more home organization tips? Read how to create a household notebook; tips on creating a morning routine or an evening routine; setting goals for your family, and setting up a weekly plan to eliminate stress.