Ever heard disparaging remarks about “too-perfect” houses, or people living in “showhomes”? Yet some of us crave that kind of minimalistic order. There are some of us that let it pile up for weeks then panic when we have guests coming round and there are the Monica from Friends type. So we have set about looking for some tips on how to keep interiors spotless with simple day-to-day routines.
To routine or not to routine?
If you are someone who works hard and has a social life to match, it is hard to set a weekly routine as your ‘spur of the moment lifestyle’ can change this routine quite quickly. Also, it’s nice to try and keep your weekends free so you can thoroughly relax and avoiding onerous tasks of any kind, so having cleaning scheduled in every weekend can become a chore. However, if you’re the kind of person who works well with set routines, it’s a great idea to have a look at the many online examples of weekly cleaning routines which means that you do a bit a day, and everything gets sorted with minimal planning time.
Make a list
Keeping a list of small tasks (perhaps pinned to the fridge) and picking a couple to do each day that you’re at home, or not on a day off can really help fitting the small cleaning jobs that pile up at bay. Obviously, things like cleaning bathroom appliances will need doing more often than deep-cleaning jobs such as dusting blinds.
But what to do and when?
So how often should we do each cleaning snippet in order to maintain a somewhat perfect living environment? Washing up has to be done daily, or rather straight after you’ve eaten, add to this wiping surfaces, sweeping the floor, and shining your kitchen sink and draining board. As for general tidying, housekeeping just picking up after yourself can really help, then you never have to have a big tidy.
Keeping a squeegee in the shower lets you give your shower surround a quick clean each day and it’s a lot more fun than a long-protracted scrub every couple weeks. Bathrooms need to be cleaned every week to 2 weeks depending on how much use they get – again, this is something you can break down into small, quick tasks to go on your daily list. Hoovering floors tends to need doing once a week at a minimum and changing bed sheets is a weekly job too.
Finally, the more deep-clean stuff and the key to keeping things looking spotless long term. These are things that need doing every 2-6 months-ish. Cleaning kitchen cupboards, dusting skirting boards and doors, cleaning the fridge, hoovering under sofa cushions, cleaning windows, and cleaning blinds etc.
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