Daily, Weekly, and Monthly, Cleaning Tips


Let's face it. Without a system in place, or shall we call it a plan, our home will show it. Honestly, if I could have a full-time house keeper I'd be in heaven! I don't mind maintaining my home, it's that deep cleaning I've never been fond of. I remember my mom expressing to me one day, her love for cleaning.  We don't share the same love... I love a clean home alright, just cleaned by someone else! Alas, until that goal of mine is met, I need to do it myself, and I love Martha Stewart's huge, Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home. It has everything you could ever think of to get your home looking your best. I took her 3 basic steps, changed a few things that works better for me, and wanted to share them with you. 

Print these steps out, and using a 3-hole, paper punch, put each one in your monthly, goal pages in your Planner Perfect.  Then you can write them in your daily pages to execute;  having the hard copies to always adhere to.

Taken from Martha Stewart's book:

Six Things To Do Every Day

#1 Make Your bed
Tidiness beget tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more tidy. Have all your children do the same.

#2 Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same. Another great tip is to wipe down all the bathrooms with those Clorox wipes. Keep them handy, one each under each bathroom counter for fast and easy cleaning.

#3 Check and Sort Mail
Use about 15 minutes to check you email, sort mail, file anything that needs filing. Sometimes I make a slot for myself in the morning for my blogging/devotions, and/or exercise and use about one hour. It all depends on my week, so I plan accordingly. Sometimes it's best for me to attend to personal things in the evening when kids are in bed. Write down what is best for you.

#4 Clean As You Cook
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal. I always, always, no matter how tired I am, make sure my kitchen and family room is spotless before we go to bed. I usually recruit my children to help. This makes mornings, marvelous.

#5Wipe Up Spills While They're Fresh
Whether it's tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.  

#6 Sweep The Kitchen Floor
Every evening once you've finished ashing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker. 

Weekly Homekeeping

Kitchen
  • Wipe surfaces, including sink, countertops, the outside of the ventilation hood, refrigerator and cupboard doors, top of refrigerator, appliance exteriors, shelves, and furniture.
  • Wipe the inside of the oven, microwave, and toaster oven
  • Discard foods and beverages past their prime
  • Dust  light fixtures
  • Wipe the inside and outside of trash and recycling bins
  • Vacuum and mop floor
Dining Room
  • Dust surfaces and objects, including furniture and light fixtures
  • Vacuum upholstery and floor
Living Room
  • Fluff and rotate sofa cushions
  • Discard magazines that you are done with
  • Dust surfaces and objects, including furniture, light fixtures, and electronics
Home Office
  • Sort through in-boxes: pay bills, file paid bills and paperwork
  • Dust surfaces and objects, including furniture, light fixtures, and electronics
  • Empty trash bin
  • vacuum floor


Entryways, Stairs, and Hallways
  • Dust staircase banisters, furniture, objects, and light fixtures
  • Wipe mirrors
  • Launder machine-washable throw rugs and runners
  • vacuum stairs and landings
  • Vacuum and mop floors


Bedrooms
  • Change and launder sheet and pillowcases
  • Discard magazines on side tables
  • Dust surfaces, including furniture, objects, and light fixtures 
  • Empty trash bins
  • Vacuum floors


Bathrooms
  • Clean toilets, bathtubs, showers, and sinks
  • Wipe mirrors
  • Change and launder bath mats, towels, and wahsclothes
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Empty trash bins and wipe the insides and outsides 
  • Vacuum and mop floors


Throughout the House
  • Wipe hand and pet prints from windows and glass doors
  • vacuum vents




Monthly Homekeeping

Kitchen
  • Wash ventilation hoods
  • Discard food in the freezer that's past its prime

Living Room
  • Vacuum fireplace screen 

Bedrooms
  • Launder duvet covers, pillow protectors, mattress pads, and shams

Bathrooms
  • Wipe tub adn shower surrounds
  • Scrub grout
  • Wipe insides of medicine cabinets

Closets
  • Dust shelves and storage bins
  • Vacuum floors and baseboards

Throughout the House
  • Vacuum window treatments, moldings, and windowsills
  • Dust portable and ceiling fans
  • Wipe interior and exterior doors and trim
  • Wipe switch plates
  • Wipe telephones
 Well, there you have it. This has been a wonderful way to keep my home clean and have a system in place. Put all 3 copies, in each month in your Planner Perfect as your hard copy. 

Then for your Daily Homekeeping, jot them down in your daily pages as a statement of intent and when you plan on tackling it. Don't go by strict time-lines, but more of a time-frame. These are best done tackled in the morning, so put it up at the top of each of your daily pages to make it happen sometime in the morning. Time-lines are stressful and who needs that!

For the Weekly Homekeeping, I look at my week and either do it all in one day and recruit all seven children and a husband to help, or I break it up in my week. This is why planning is so important. It gets the jobs done! Since you have the hard copy in your goal section, just write zones that you are going to tackle in your day(s). So if you are going to break the weekly cleaning into three days, you could say on a Monday, Daily page, that you are going to do the dining and kitchen zones, and what zones you want your children responsible for, a Wednesday you'll do the living room, home office and entryways, and on Friday, bedrooms, bathrooms and throughout the house. Then you can just adhere to your hard copy for the details of what to clean in each zone.

Monthly Homekeeping...along the same lines, except pick either the beginning or the end of the month to do your Monthly Homekeeping and since and put it in one of your week days or weekends to tackle it. You'll always have your hard copies to adhere to. 

I hope that these steps will help you to be on top of your housekeeping. I know it does for me! Leave any homekeeping tips that has kept you sparkling...we'd love to hear! 

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8 comments:

  1. great tips! thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing this!

    Danielle

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  3. Really goog tips!! Thanks

    Maria

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yikes! Now that i see it in a list, it is no wonder why I never get done everything! I am for sure printing these out! I came over from "Not Just a Housewife", and am your newest follower.
    Thanks Ms. P. Perfect!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hey, great post and tips! Keep up the good work

    ReplyDelete
  6. Knowing what to do first and what to do next will compress the time to tasks ration. If you have the money and no time to do it, hire professionals to do it for you.

    chimney cleaners

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is just what I need to get back on track! Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Cleaning is the hardest job for me, the kitchen and the office-space are the dirtiest places in my home. Need to follow your cleaning methods soon.

    ReplyDelete

leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Daily, Weekly, and Monthly, Cleaning Tips


Let's face it. Without a system in place, or shall we call it a plan, our home will show it. Honestly, if I could have a full-time house keeper I'd be in heaven! I don't mind maintaining my home, it's that deep cleaning I've never been fond of. I remember my mom expressing to me one day, her love for cleaning.  We don't share the same love... I love a clean home alright, just cleaned by someone else! Alas, until that goal of mine is met, I need to do it myself, and I love Martha Stewart's huge, Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home. It has everything you could ever think of to get your home looking your best. I took her 3 basic steps, changed a few things that works better for me, and wanted to share them with you. 

Print these steps out, and using a 3-hole, paper punch, put each one in your monthly, goal pages in your Planner Perfect.  Then you can write them in your daily pages to execute;  having the hard copies to always adhere to.

Taken from Martha Stewart's book:

Six Things To Do Every Day

#1 Make Your bed
Tidiness beget tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more tidy. Have all your children do the same.

#2 Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same. Another great tip is to wipe down all the bathrooms with those Clorox wipes. Keep them handy, one each under each bathroom counter for fast and easy cleaning.

#3 Check and Sort Mail
Use about 15 minutes to check you email, sort mail, file anything that needs filing. Sometimes I make a slot for myself in the morning for my blogging/devotions, and/or exercise and use about one hour. It all depends on my week, so I plan accordingly. Sometimes it's best for me to attend to personal things in the evening when kids are in bed. Write down what is best for you.

#4 Clean As You Cook
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal. I always, always, no matter how tired I am, make sure my kitchen and family room is spotless before we go to bed. I usually recruit my children to help. This makes mornings, marvelous.

#5Wipe Up Spills While They're Fresh
Whether it's tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.  

#6 Sweep The Kitchen Floor
Every evening once you've finished ashing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker. 

Weekly Homekeeping

Kitchen
  • Wipe surfaces, including sink, countertops, the outside of the ventilation hood, refrigerator and cupboard doors, top of refrigerator, appliance exteriors, shelves, and furniture.
  • Wipe the inside of the oven, microwave, and toaster oven
  • Discard foods and beverages past their prime
  • Dust  light fixtures
  • Wipe the inside and outside of trash and recycling bins
  • Vacuum and mop floor
Dining Room
  • Dust surfaces and objects, including furniture and light fixtures
  • Vacuum upholstery and floor
Living Room
  • Fluff and rotate sofa cushions
  • Discard magazines that you are done with
  • Dust surfaces and objects, including furniture, light fixtures, and electronics
Home Office
  • Sort through in-boxes: pay bills, file paid bills and paperwork
  • Dust surfaces and objects, including furniture, light fixtures, and electronics
  • Empty trash bin
  • vacuum floor


Entryways, Stairs, and Hallways
  • Dust staircase banisters, furniture, objects, and light fixtures
  • Wipe mirrors
  • Launder machine-washable throw rugs and runners
  • vacuum stairs and landings
  • Vacuum and mop floors


Bedrooms
  • Change and launder sheet and pillowcases
  • Discard magazines on side tables
  • Dust surfaces, including furniture, objects, and light fixtures 
  • Empty trash bins
  • Vacuum floors


Bathrooms
  • Clean toilets, bathtubs, showers, and sinks
  • Wipe mirrors
  • Change and launder bath mats, towels, and wahsclothes
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Empty trash bins and wipe the insides and outsides 
  • Vacuum and mop floors


Throughout the House
  • Wipe hand and pet prints from windows and glass doors
  • vacuum vents




Monthly Homekeeping

Kitchen
  • Wash ventilation hoods
  • Discard food in the freezer that's past its prime

Living Room
  • Vacuum fireplace screen 

Bedrooms
  • Launder duvet covers, pillow protectors, mattress pads, and shams

Bathrooms
  • Wipe tub adn shower surrounds
  • Scrub grout
  • Wipe insides of medicine cabinets

Closets
  • Dust shelves and storage bins
  • Vacuum floors and baseboards

Throughout the House
  • Vacuum window treatments, moldings, and windowsills
  • Dust portable and ceiling fans
  • Wipe interior and exterior doors and trim
  • Wipe switch plates
  • Wipe telephones
 Well, there you have it. This has been a wonderful way to keep my home clean and have a system in place. Put all 3 copies, in each month in your Planner Perfect as your hard copy. 

Then for your Daily Homekeeping, jot them down in your daily pages as a statement of intent and when you plan on tackling it. Don't go by strict time-lines, but more of a time-frame. These are best done tackled in the morning, so put it up at the top of each of your daily pages to make it happen sometime in the morning. Time-lines are stressful and who needs that!

For the Weekly Homekeeping, I look at my week and either do it all in one day and recruit all seven children and a husband to help, or I break it up in my week. This is why planning is so important. It gets the jobs done! Since you have the hard copy in your goal section, just write zones that you are going to tackle in your day(s). So if you are going to break the weekly cleaning into three days, you could say on a Monday, Daily page, that you are going to do the dining and kitchen zones, and what zones you want your children responsible for, a Wednesday you'll do the living room, home office and entryways, and on Friday, bedrooms, bathrooms and throughout the house. Then you can just adhere to your hard copy for the details of what to clean in each zone.

Monthly Homekeeping...along the same lines, except pick either the beginning or the end of the month to do your Monthly Homekeeping and since and put it in one of your week days or weekends to tackle it. You'll always have your hard copies to adhere to. 

I hope that these steps will help you to be on top of your housekeeping. I know it does for me! Leave any homekeeping tips that has kept you sparkling...we'd love to hear! 

8 comments:

  1. great tips! thanks for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for sharing this!

    Danielle

    ReplyDelete
  3. Really goog tips!! Thanks

    Maria

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yikes! Now that i see it in a list, it is no wonder why I never get done everything! I am for sure printing these out! I came over from "Not Just a Housewife", and am your newest follower.
    Thanks Ms. P. Perfect!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hey, great post and tips! Keep up the good work

    ReplyDelete
  6. Knowing what to do first and what to do next will compress the time to tasks ration. If you have the money and no time to do it, hire professionals to do it for you.

    chimney cleaners

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is just what I need to get back on track! Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Cleaning is the hardest job for me, the kitchen and the office-space are the dirtiest places in my home. Need to follow your cleaning methods soon.

    ReplyDelete

leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!