Tips on House Cleaning That You Need to Know
Owning a home is a great feeling, as everything is yours and it means you have finally done something big. New or old it doesn’t matter because the place is yours and belongs to you. The walls, the floors, the ceiling, and yes the dirt are all yours. It might seem ok at first, as you want to keep the entire place clean. Before you start filling the place up with your furniture and decorations it will be very easy. Once it has been lived in, and life goes on it will become harder. But it doesn’t have to be hard, it can stay easy to keep the entire house clean if you follow these helpful tips:
Create a Routine
If you start off on day one in your new place on keeping it clean it will be much easier to maintain and to develop a routine of cleaning the place. If not, don’t worry it just takes a little work to get the job done. You don’t need to clean the entire house every day, although the kitchen is one place where this does need to be wiped down. Generally, in the kitchen you will be keeping the counters and cooking areas cleaned as well as the dishes. Place a calendar on the wall and mark it so that you do something different each day, or choose three days of the week to get the cleaning done. If you are a stay at home parent, you might be able to get more cleaning done depending on the age of your child or children. If you work every day or at least 5 days a week you might be doing a little work each day, with a cleaning day once a week and the other day for you to completely relax. Carpet might need to be vacuumed everyday if there is a lot of foot traffic in your house, or perhaps only once a week. This can be saved from a daily chore if everyone leaves their shoes at the door.
Make a List
Everything and every room in the house should be cleaned. Some will take longer than others to clean, while other places might be a breeze to get done. But not every room needs to be cleaned every day, some can go a lot longer, weeks even before you need to do anything about them. An office or spare room is one of those places. Creating a list will help you keep track of what needs to be cleaned. You should place high traffic, or highly used rooms at the top, such as the kitchen, bathrooms, dining room, etc…
While it’d not a race and you don’t want to rush to get a cleaning job done, you do want to know how long it takes to clean a particular room. Once you know on average how long it takes you to clean each room you will be able to plan out your day or week better. For example, if it takes 30 minutes to clean a bathroom and you have 3, then you need an hour and a half at least twice a week to clean it. If you have 2 hours available for housework then you have it covered, with time left over to do another chore on the list.
Delegate the Work
Your spouse might refer to this as nagging. The kids will refer to this as chores. However, they want to complain about the tasks it is the responsibility of everyone to keep the place clean. Even if you are the stay at home parent, this doesn’t mean that your spouse has to place it all on your shoulder and not pitch in. Personally I enjoy doing the dishes, and have no problem taking care of a sink full of dishes after I get off work. (The only exception was once I took a second job to make money for the holidays at a fast food sandwich chain. I spent 3 hours washing dishes, and when I came home there was a sink full as well.) Even it means the spouse has to take out the trash or mow the lawn, it is one less thing for you to do. As for the children, getting them involved at a young age will teach them responsibility and cleanliness. AS simple as picking up their toys when they are done, is a big step. As they get older you can teach them about allowance and even “tip” them more for a job well done.
Hire A Maid
This step is a little costlier and you need to determine if it is something you really want to do. You can hire different levels of maid service ranging from daily to monthly. If everyone is working in the home and there never seems to be the time, but you do have the funds it is a great step. Not only does it provide a job for someone but you get to have a clean home without lifting a finger. Be sure and hire from a company rather than individual people as they are generally insured. You have to realize you are letting a stranger into your home where all your valuables might be.
Once or twice a year there is what is known as Spring Cleaning. This is where a little more detail goes into the cleaning you normally do. Little nik naks might be dusted. Ceiling fans, table fans all might finally get a good cleaning before they are put to use. The garage, attics, and basements are all places that get touched during the spring cleaning as the generally get a little cluttered throughout the year. Dust the ledges and door frames, you would be surprised at how much dust and dirt is there. All that dust is something you are breathing in every day.
This is a bit more rushed cleaning, unless you know the guest is coming in advance. This means certain rooms might be off limits unless you are showing off the place. So those rooms might not get cleaned at all while all the rest of the house gets the royal treatment.