Cleaning house on a weekly basis, doesn’t have to consist of, a permanent unavailable note in your planner. Four hours could be better spent, than hunched over the vacuum cleaner and being suffocated by the noxious fumes coming from the bleach in the bathroom. Instead, your weekly home cleaning list could be made up of a series of tasks, which will take around an hour complete. Ready to find out how, read on.
Post Update: 6.13.12
Home Organization Routines and Habits
In previous posts in this series, we’ve been focusing on home organization by setting up routines and habits for having a clean house and an organized home.
We’ve worked on a morning routine checklist, a daily home cleaning list and organizational skills, of a good housekeeper, for easy housekeeping, by developing routines and habits for all of our daily home organization.
Weekly cleaning housekeeping guide
This is the next step toward your “clean house” and “organized home“
The daily cleaning routine and the morning routine checklist are the posts, that come prior to this one, and are the most important to master. If your ready however, we’ll move on to the 8 steps for weekly cleaning. “The secret housekeeper guide”
Cleaning Routine Habit
Decide which day will be cleaning day. Make it a habit!
Step 1: assemble these items into a bucket or basket. This is your cleaning kit. I have one with a handle like the ones builders use. Keep the items together so you don’t have to hunt for them next time.
- Wool duster eg: pledge grab bit
- Dusting micro fiber cloth
- Damp cloth
Note: These are for wiping over side tables and coffee tables any flat surfaces. Use the dry micro fiber duster, except for wiping stuff that is stuck eg: coffee spills. Use the duster for flat surfaces that only need dusting and not a polish.
- Garbage bags
For rubbish only stuff that’s obvious like newspapers, magazines, junk mail.
Note: Be ruthless it can all be replaced if really necessary. Keep mags for the month then throw them or give them away.
- Cream cleanser with antibacterial eg: Ajax
- Windex spray and wipe
- Cleaning sponge for bathroom counters
- Cleaning cloth for kitchen counters
- Cloth for mirrors
Note: For the bathroom and kitchen, you need separate cloths or sponges. I color code mine blue for kitchen and green for bathroom.
- Extension lead for vacuum cleaner
- Floor cleaning liquid (to suit your floor type)
Note: The extension lead is so that you don’t have to stop and change power points while vacuuming. It saves tonnes of time and means you can get started in the first area and not stop till finished.
- Enter the first room. Place your kit in the middle of the room.
- Start at the door and work to your left or right all the way around the room.
- Clean the door plate and handles with a damp cloth as well as light switches.
- Spray and wipe the mirrors with the Windex.
Note: Grab your duster and dust any horizontal surfaces in the room. If dirty marks are left use the damp cloth. Once back to the beginning of the room do a quick scope for rubbish pick it up and bin it then onto the next room. Remember if it’s not dirty don’t clean it. Your looking for dust, finger marks, spills, that’s it.
The Kitchen: Same as above only use the cream disinfectant to clean over counter tops. Wipe over fridge handles and light switches. Wipe any obvious marks on doors especially the fridge door. Clean the faucet and taps with dis-so. Remember if it’s not dirty don’t clean it.
The Bathroom: Here we need to clean the light switch’s, door handles, counter tops with dis-so, mirrors if dirty with Windex and clean with the cream cleanser the taps and faucet. Collect any floor mats to wash if needed.
Vacuum: Start at the front room with the vac and extension and off you go. Remember only visible places no moving furniture. I vac the kitchen and bathroom. You only have to vacuum around everything
Mop and Bucket: Fill the bucket with suitable cleanser and off you go. In our case we only have the kitchen and bathroom and office everywhere else is carpet. Quick mop with warm water starting at the furthermost point working your way to the door.
If you are changing the beds and towels today, also now would be the time to do this. I do this the day prior to cleaning day as I find it easier.
Once finished, return your clean kit to a cupboard or somewhere where you can leave it assembled. Return your vacuum to it’s spot. Empty the bag if necessary first. Empty the bucket and put the bucket and mop away.
Spray some nice smelling spray around. Water in a squirt bottle with your favorite aromatherapy oil is good. I love lavender oil or orange blossom. Of late I’ve been using up some old perfumes that I’m not over fond of wearing. The smell lasts a couple of days when sprayed around the house.
Additional Notes for Weekly Cleaning Help
Note: This is to be a weekly house cleaning session, where we speed clean and end up with a great result in not too much time.
For vacuuming don’t move furniture only
Same goes for mopping floors.
In total the whole job shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half.
Add 10 minutes for each bed that needs the sheets changed. I do the bed changes and towels the day before my housekeeping day as I find it too much to do all in the one day.
Be sure to put on some great music to clean to.
A Trigger for Motivation to Clean
The best way to form a routine habit for your weekly housekeeping is to, use a trigger to get you started. You’ve already picked the day of the week, but now, you need a starting time.
Straight after your morning routine, or as soon as you get home from work. The way to make it easy, is to set the schedule so that it follows, immediately after, another major task.
Like as soon as you get home from your morning walk.
If you sit down first at the computer or the television, it’s so much more difficult to get up and get motivated. Believe me, I know. This has been the only advice that I have been able to find that has really helped me get going on tasks, that I don’t particularly like to do.
Housekeeping and organizational skills
- It’s important that you keep up your daily cleaning tasks otherwise your picking up and putting away things instead of cleaning.
- If you get it out, put it back when finished. No excuse, doesn’t matter if you need it tomorrow.
- Kitchen has to be kept clean with spills wiped up immediately and counters being cleaned after use as the bathroom.
- Even the floors are attended to when crumbs or spills happen.
- Your working as an example to the family with the home organization and they will soon follow, by picking up after themselves.
If you didn’t manage to get it all done:
Don’t be hard on yourself if you couldn’t do it all. It’s much harder in the beginning starting with a not as clean home. By doing this once a week every week your home will be a very clean and very organized home.
It’s your turn
Tell me how you went in the comments. Were you able to get through the weekly clean in the hour and twenty minutes?
Remember this will really only be possible once your starting from a daily cleaned house.
Series: Housekeeping and home organization with routines and habits.
This was Part 4 of the series.
Don’t forget to call back tomorrow for the next part of the series, deals with a monthly home cleaning schedule.
As always, thanks for reading,