By Charlene Prince Birkeland, TLC
From top to bottom, inside and out, cleaning your living space can seem like such a mammothundertaking because you don't even know where to begin. The laundry? The kid' rooms? The kitchen? Don't forget washing linens, windows and floors! If you're totally overwhelmed with cleaning, it's time to reign it in. What can help? A simple cleaning schedule.
While various online resources can help you pull together a very organized cleaning schedule, you can handle it on your own in three simple steps.
Identify your goals. I mean, besides a clean house. Is your goal to better delegate cleaning jobs across your family? Perhaps you want to get your cleaning done during the week so you don't have to worry about it on the weekend. Determine your biggest pain points and what would make them better.
Look over your weekly cleaning routine Chances are high that you already have cleaning routines built into your days and weeks. Whether it's washing a load of laundry a day, changing the sheets every Sunday or wiping down the bathroom sink every single day, you're doing something.Make a list of all of the cleaning activities you do and the days you seem to do them. Take note of the patterns. What can you do once or twice a week? What needs to be done once a month? Are you ding something too often? Too little?
Create your schedule! Grab a weekly and monthly calendar and based on the list you've created, plot out your cleaning schedule. We're not talking time slots (unless you want to!), but rather identifying the days when you will complete an activity. Batch activities together.
It'll take a little bit of time to get into a cleaning groove with your new schedule, but if you try to stick to the routine, it'll feel like you're just tidying up instead of underatking a huge housecleaning effort.
Do you use a cleaning schedule?