Scheduling helps us efficiently manage our time and reach all of our goals. It is effective in the many things that we do in our life, particularly at cleaning. Keeping your house tidy at all times can be overwhelming, especially if you just bounce back and forth instead of following a schedule.
When set up correctly, your daily cleaning schedule can lessen your stress and help you manage your time more efficiently. Having it is a lot less unsettling, especially if you see a messy area in your house and you have no idea when you’ll be able to clean again.
The trick lies in curating an attainable and realistic schedule that can work for you and your house. It should be based on the available time you have, the energy you can exert in a day, and the amount of cleaning needed for specific areas of your home.
At Helping Hands, we can help you create a better daily cleaning schedule. That’s why we would like to share these tips with you.
Tip 1: Observe Around
The key to making an efficient daily cleaning schedule is to know how much needs to be cleaned. So, grab a pen and paper, walk around and check every room and space in your house. Make a list of all of the tasks you should do, such as changing and washing the curtains, mopping and vacuuming the floors, and many more.
Tip 2: Classify the Rooms According to Cleaning Needs
What rooms and areas need regular cleaning and which ones don’t? Divide your paper into two columns; use one side for the spaces that need regular cleaning and the other for those that don’t need to be cleaned frequently. Doing so will help you incorporate them according to your daily cleaning schedule.
Tip 3: Rank the Cleaning Tasks According to Priority
Once you have the list of tasks and classification of rooms, prioritize which ones need to be cleaned first. Order your assignments from top to bottom, wherein those on top have the highest priority. Here’s what your list should look like:
- Dust light fixtures, dressers, night stands and other furniture
- Wipe door handles and door frames
- Clean the windowsills, blinds, lampshades, picture frames, and other ornamental furniture
- Shake out the rugs
- Wash or Change the sheets
- Mop floors
- Wipe and sanitize the countertop and sink
- Clean the oven, range hood, and stove
- Clean inside the microwave and wipe offother appliances
- Wipe the cabinet doors
- Wipe the mirrors and glass panes with a squeegee
- Sanitize the handles and knobs
- Clean the toilet, bathtub, and shower
- Clean the sink and countertop
- Scrub the bathroom floor
Tip 4: Consider Your Cleaning Materials
You cannot clean without the proper cleaning materials. So, check if you have them ready before you plan your daily cleaning schedule.
Tip 5: Select the Cleaning Frequency
Your cleaning frequency may vary on several factors. If there are not many people in the house, it won’t get dirty that fast and you probably won’t need to clean that much. However, if you have children and family members who have allergies to dust, then you have to clean more often. Moreover, you might need to schedule the housekeeping during weekdays, when they are away, so they won’t inhale the dust and other allergen particles as you shake things up.
Tip 6: Identify Your Cleaning Style
Now that you have prioritized your tasks and identified the cleaning frequency, it is time to decide how to clean your home. There are three options that you can try:
One Go and Done
You may clean everything in one go (day). This setup works well if you are busy with other things in life and only have a relatively small space to clean. However, if you have a big house, it is best to split the tasks into multiple days.
Decide on the specific days and the length of time you can allow for cleaning. For example, you can clean on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for an hour per day.
One Room A Day
You can also assign specific areas for a day. For example, Mondays are for the primary bedroom, Tuesdays are for the bathrooms, Wednesdays for the kitchen and dining area, Thursdays for the hallways and living room, and Fridays for the garage.
Tip 7: Dry Run Your Cleaning Schedule
Once you have your daily cleaning schedule set up, give it a go for at least two weeks to a month to see if it can work. Keep tabs on the actual time spent on each task and each room because you can use that info when you re-evaluate your schedule.
Tip 8: Stick to the Schedule
Don’t get carried away if you see the dust in the living room when the day is for the bedroom. Just think that the time will come for you to clean it. You will be able to do more once you learn to stick to the schedule rather than bounce back and forth.
Tip 9: Re-evaluate Your Schedule
After you practice for weeks or a month, it is time to re-evaluate your schedule. Backtrack how things went and ask yourself these questions:
- Does the time that you allot for a specific task match the actual time you spent doing it?
- Can you finish everything on the list on time?
- Is the workload enough or too much?
- Did you encounter any challenges while following your schedule?
Based on your answers to the questions above, you may tweak your schedule to become more doable and realistic. Then, give it a go again and re-evaluate until you get the right formula!
Tip 10: Cut Yourself Some Slack
You are not a cleaning robot! So, make time for some relaxation as well. If you push yourself beyond your limits, you might not be as productive as you should be. Besides that, you can get fed up and burnt out.
Helping Hands is Here to Help!
We know that not everyone can allot a whole daily cleaning or tidying up their house. If you do find yourself spending a lot of time cleaning, you may want to take a break sometimes to enjoy more things in your life. If you are one of those, don’t forget that you can also have your house professionally cleaned without breaking a sweat!
You can always reach out to Helping Hands Cleaning services to keep your house clean when you can’t. We have a team of professional and reliable housekeepers. Just ring us at (630) 530-1324 or send us an email at info@Hhcleans.com. We offer both residential and office cleaning!