Ever look at your home and feel overwhelmed? We all have those moments of “Ugh, I can’t do this”. It’s enough to stop you in your tracks. But with a little bit of planning, you can tackle any cleaning job.
Start by looking around at the mess and divide it up into sections based on what needs to be done: there are often several piles surrounding the kitchen, living room or family room. Many people use a chalkboard or sticky notes to divide the rooms, then you write down the tasks in each box.
Once you’ve got your tasks laid out, get started. For example, if you need to clean off the coffee table in your living room and there are no coffee stains on it, just put it back where it was. If you need to sweep the rug in front of your couch and it’s a size that you don’t have, just get it and pop it back.
Do whatever is necessary to make sure that the areas of your home that need to be cleaned have what they need to be cleaned. In some cases, this may mean buying more supplies or materials; in others, you simply knock out items on your list one by one. A good idea is to budget for small purchases ahead of time.
Once you’ve completed your cleaning, it’s time to make sure they’re caught up. Try to keep the same order of the rooms, so that you don’t waste time going back and forth.
Do a final check for any stains that may have been missed, then sit down and organize everything in place so that it’s ready for the next time you need to clean.
In many cases, organization is key to making sure that all of the parts of your home are tidy. Set up a volunteer schedule for your family so that you can all pitch in with chores.
If something needs to be cleaned, make sure it’s easy to find the supplies you need to get the job done. Keep all of your cleaning products in one place, and make sure they are clearly labeled so that there are no accidents.
Also, keep a list of the regularly used items in each room so you don’t have to dig around under piles of clutter. If you are like most people and have a lot of kids and pets, a good idea is to put all of the items in plastic tubs with lids.
This makes it easy to keep things clean!
Finishing up your home will make you feel like a better person and will help you stay well organized along the way. Cleaning your home on a regular basis accomplishes many different things at once: it keeps the air smelling good, it helps your house look better, and it even gives you some time for relaxation.
Organizing your tasks and keeping things clean is not only beneficial for you; it’s even better for those around you who visit your house. While it can be tempting to skip cleaning certain areas or to put off dusting, this is just going to make your home an unpleasant place to spend time in.
You’ll spend less time cleaning if you take care of things right away.
Many people like to split up the tasks of cleaning based on what room they are in. For example, if you want to clean the living room and dining room and the kitchen, put all of your cleaning tasks in a different area each time.
Then you can just look around your house from one room to another, eliminating the need to go back and forth.
If you have a relatively small home with only a few rooms, consider hiring help for some of the larger cleaning jobs. The best thing about a dishwasher is that it frees up your time so you can focus on other things, like working in the garden or fixing up the family car.
As you’ve seen, organizing your home can help you clean more efficiently and will make your life more enjoyable as well. With the right thought and planning, you’ll be able to clean your entire home without going crazy.