Most people want to live in a clean and tidy home but don’t want to do the cleaning. It is easily manageable once you break it down.
Break into Seasons
Seasonal cleaning, rather than saving it all for spring, offers a more inviting home year-round while taking the chore out of daily, weekly and fortnightly cleans. It is less taxing than cleaning everything from top-to-bottom every quarter. Things like outside deep cleaning are a yearly event and easy to assign to early summer when the grime of winter can be power-washed away.
While assigning areas into seasons, consider the make-up, medicine and toiletries. All of these have expiry dates and can cause illness or infection if used passed them.
Frayed power cords are easy to notice if the damage is terrible, even without training. If the damage isn’t bad, they still pose a risk. Hexo Services offers a range of residential electrical safety checks for the damage you can’t see. Electrical items don’t have a date written across them like the bottle of shampoo.
With the major cleaning out of the way, it is easier to maintain a clean and tidy home. Breaking things into weekly or fortnightly cleans is going to depend on your lifestyle and whether you have pets or children. If you have pets or no children, low traffic areas, such as the bedroom floors, only need attention every two weeks. Door handles and light switches also require a wipe. Dusting is best done every two weeks unless you suffer from hay fever. The inside of high-use appliances, such as the washing machine’s detergent drawer needs to be taken out and soaked in bleach, or tea tree oil. This stops mould building up.
Every week, clean high traffic floors and the areas that look grubby if left for two. Organise the laundry into cycles before it hits the basket. One basket for whites, another for darks for example. Don’t save it all for one day, but do a load of laundry for each basket every week. If it is only one or two of you in the household, break the laundry down into the fortnightly clean for larger loads and savings on electric and water.
Don’t allow clutter to accumulate. Before you know it, you’ll be surrounded by stuff, and the cleaning will become overwhelming. Put everything in its proper place before bed each night.
Wash dishes or load the dishwasher at least once per day. Always rinse dishes after use, regardless of how they get washed. It makes hand washing more comfortable and stops food from getting stuck if going through the dishwasher. Wash the pet’s dishes too.
Wipe spills. Spillages attract insects.
Don’t Clean Everything in One Day
There’s no reason why the fortnightly and weekly cleaning items need to be done on the same day. Devote half an hour of cleaning per day for the weekly and fortnightly areas. Save time and stress by keeping your home clean.