Are you all moved out and struggling to handle all the housekeeping that comes with independent living? Here is a basic cleaning schedule to follow throughout the year to keep you on track.
Any surface with a weird substance or smell on it must be cleaned first and immediately. Any clearly soiled item needs to be dealt with when you find it. It should take precedence over other items.
- Make your bed up. The best way to make your room look great and keep you in a good mindset for the rest of the day is to make you bed. This simple cosmetic change takes no time and makes a world of difference!
- Clean your dishes after every meal to avoid smells and eyesores in the kitchen.
- Sweep your floors to make sure you and your guests aren’t walking on crumbs.
- Freshen up your bed with new sheets.
- The modern home owner uses the microwave often. If you aren’t careful, the splatted spaghetti sauce, butter, and other liquids get stuck on the walls. Use a wet sponge and scrub the surfaces until they are clean again.
- Your bathroom could use a good scrub. Clean the mirror, sanitize the sink, scrub the toilet, squeegee the shower, and mop the floors for a sparkling clean bathroom.
- Clean the furniture and carpets by using your vacuum and duster for the rest of the house.
- Do your laundry to get resh clothing for the rest of the week.
- One of the most unforseen weekly tasks is sanitizing your sponges. After the house is scrubbed down, kill the bacteria that your sponges picked up. Fist, mix ¾ cup of bleach with one gallon of water and afterwards, soak your sponges for 5 minutes. Finally, rinse, and you are done!
- Give your appliances a refresh. Dishwashers, laundry machines, and vacuums all need cleaning. Make use of the self-cleaning cycles these appliances offer and change your vacuum bag to keep them running strong.
- Treat your blinds, light fixtures, and fans to a good cleaning keep them at their best. Use a spray and a feather duster to keep them dust-free.
Every Couple of Months
- Wipe down the inside of your fridge. Take everything out of the fridge and clean up any juices or crumbs that have been sitting on the shelves.
- Wash your shower curtain to combat any mold and bacteria built up.
- Get rid of any strange smells from your sink by cleaning out the sink drain and garbage disposal. Bobvila has the best pro tips to get rid of those odors and keep your kitchen smelling fresh.
- Deep clean your carpets and upholstery with a carpet cleaner to remove any stains. Investing or renting one will give you your best bet to the cleanest carpest. It will be much better than
- Deep clean your windows. Remove dust and grime first, spray the glass with a cleaner and wipe away with a microfiber cloth.
- Clean dryer and vents to prevent house fire. Use the crevice tool of your vacuum to remove desbris from those areas.
If you want a more in-depth cleaning schedule, try Good Housekeeping to build your routine. If you need help getting your cleaning schedule done before the spring cleaning season is over, try these tips of ours!