Making a list and checking it twice.
If you are like me, you have probably made quite a few lists throughout the holiday season. So why not just continue that effort with a house cleaning list for 2023?
Now take a breath and relax. A cleaning routine for your household doesn’t have to take up a huge chunk of your life. Even if you despise mopping and dusting, you can get it all done.
Below are some ideas to help get your cleaning journey started.
You get a Chore. You Get a Chore. Everyone gets a Chore.
Get the whole family involved. Divide and conquer with a chore list. But how much can children truly help? Well of course that depends on their age. Here is a helpful chore list by age to help you and your family set up a realistic chore chart.
I promise you can fit a few daily tasks into even the busiest of schedules. You can spare yourself hours of weekend cleanings by getting into the habit of cleaning up as you go. Here are a few simple daily tasks:
- Making the beds.
- Wipe down kitchen counters.
- Unloading, loading, and running the dishwasher.
- Taking out the trash when full.
- Hang up your bathroom towels instead of leaving them in a wet pile on the floor.
- Go through the pile of mail on the counter.
The following weekly tasks will help you stay on top of your cleaning routine.
- Vacuum carpets and rugs.
- Sanitizing the toilet and toilet bowl.
- Dusting surfaces.
- Changing bed linens.
Setting aside an hour or two once a month to tackle the often overlooked cleaning details.
- Disinfect kitchen and bathroom trashcans.
- Clean out refrigerator and freezer. Throw out expired food and leftovers. Wipe down shelves and drawers.
- Wiping down the inside of the microwave.
- Dusting the blinds or shutters.
- Wiping down baseboards.
One and Done.
Annual chores can be done and forgotten about until the following year.
- Cleaning behind the appliances. Moving the fridge, washing machine, and dryer takes some muscle, but a thorough cleaning can pay off in the life of your appliances.
- Deep clean the oven.
- Wash walls and touch up any areas that are needed with paint.
- Sweep and organize the garage or attic space.
- Deep clean carpets and rugs.
- Clean out the junk drawer. (Is this just a southern thing or does everyone have that one designated catch-all drawer?)
It just takes a few minutes to create a cleaning schedule that will keep you on track to a cleaner new year.