A dirty home can be overwhelming. Breaking down the concept of housecleaning helps us approach with less stress and more method.
Housecleaning falls into four categories:
1. Tidying or Picking Up
2. Routine Cleaning
3. Thorough Cleaning
4. Special Cleaning
Tidying up is when you go through every space that has been used in the last day, and make things neat. You might empty garbage pails, straighten pictures, organize clutter or straighten throw cushions.
Routine cleaning is when you removed dirt, such as vacuuming, mopping, dusting, etc. Some of these jobs must be done 2 or 3 times a day, like wiping up your kitchen counter. other jobs can be done weekly, like cleaning the bathroom. Still other jobs can be done monthly, such as dusting walls and ceilings.
Thorough cleaning is usually a twice-a-year operation. This is when you tear your home apart and put it back together again. You can throw out things you don’t use anymore, pull out furniture and clean behind appliances that normally do not get moved, and replace worn or faded items. It’s also a good chance to keep an eye out for growing problems like leaks, mould and other needed repairs.
Special cleaning includes jobs that are unscheduled, and not always expected. Washing the kitchen ceiling, for example, or laundering a slip cover when a guest spills some food.
Because of the diversity of cleaning jobs to be done in every home, it is impossible for anyone except a complete recluse to have a precise system for cleaning the house. However, everyone comes up with a semi-system that works well until a major life change like having babies, moving or getting a new job. This is a chance to change your system for the better.
Published in: Personal Organization