Ever dream about walking into your own home and just enjoying it and not feeling like you need to pick up, clean? You could sit in a chair and read or enjoy your family?
Your dreams can come true, and it’s not that hard. It is simply a matter of knowing what to do and when to do it. The less you have, the easier it will be to clean, but I will write more on that later. Now the focus is how to clean your house.
One thing goes into a clean house. That thing is a list of what needs to be done and a time to do it.
One thing does NOT really go into a clean house. The one thing that does not: how to clean. For now, it doesn’t matter if you wash your tile floor with a wet cotton rag or a steam cleaner. Just do it. Again, more on that later. The one thing you need is a list of things to do and knowing when to do them.
Daily list for cleaning and a time to do them
Weekly list for cleaning and a time to do them
Monthly list for cleaning and a time to do them
Annual list for cleaning and a time to do them
I will address each of these lists separately.
When you start doing this, your house will always be clean. You will know what you need to do when and you won’t have to sit and figure out what you need to do.
One of the tough things about maintaining a house today is there is no longer any guidance. People used to have systems like: Monday, washday. Tuesday, ironing day. Or dinner is at 6:00. Now there is an belief that if you have 15 minutes, do a 15 minute cleaning job and do cleaning whenever. The problem with that is how do you decide what to do? Besides there are other options…should I play with the kids? Do I do laundry? Cook? Volunteer? Overwhelm takes over and nothing gets done. Barry Schwartz addresses the paradox of choice in this excellent Ted Talk.
Start building your four lists of daily, weekly, monthly and annual cleaning jobs. I will share mine with you to give you ideas and suggestions.