Cleaning Room by Room
Cleaning our entire home at once can be overwhelming and unrealistic. It is difficult to adequately clean that large of a space without becoming overworked and exhausted. Instead of frantically trying to cram our cleaning all into one day, it is better to break things down. If you break your house into smaller increments, you can focus on one section at a time and more efficiently clean your home. Your house will be tidier, you will be less overwhelmed, and your goal of a clean home will be more obtainable!
Here are some ideas for how to keep your house clean by breaking it down room by room:
1) Divide Your House into Sections
Before you begin, pick a general area to focus on. You can do this by room or by floor level, whatever you prefer. Make sure that your sections aren’t too large before you begin. Once you have your strategy, remember that you must stick to it! No cheating. You can also write out a plan for which days you will focus on each section. If you have 4 divisions, you could pick a week out of each month to tackle each section.
2) Write Tasks by Room
Once you have split your home into sections, write down the different tasks that you want to complete in each room. Find the best way that works for you to keep track of these individual tasks. You may want to write them on sticky notes to post in each room, keep a running master list on your phone, scribble them all down on a notepad or Whiteboard, or whatever else works best for you. The point is to make sure they are clearly in writing so that you do not forget any tasks, and also to hold yourself accountable as you work. No matter how minor, make sure to add every single item to your list. For example, if you are writing your kitchen list, it may include some of the following:
3) Once You Have Finished, Start Over
If you divide your house into areas and clean one section every week or so, by the time you finish, it will be time to start over again. By creating this continuous cycle of cleaning, you will consistently have a tidy home. In the meantime, the cleaning will be less taxing and stressful.
If you follow these general guidelines, you may even find that cleaning your house does not seem so tedious anymore. Instead of cramming cleaning in before company arrives, a quick pick-up will have your home ready for house-guests. Your new way of cleaning will become a normal part of your weekly schedule.
Here's a good one to add to your bookshelf:
"The Lost Art Of House Cleaning:
A Clean House Is A Happy Home"