Perhaps you have tried setting up a cleaning routine in the past, only to find that following it is very difficult, if not impossible. A large part of the reason why that is so is that you do the schedule in a wrong way. With New Year coming fast, it is time to think how you can support your resolutions for better cleaning at home. Devising a working schedule is definitely a step in the right direction.
Here are few tips in that regard:
Use your own standards – before you do anything else, you need to consider why you are cleaning your home. It could be to keep the area in a presentable state so that others don’t think bad of you. It could be to keep yourself and other members of your family feeling well there. Once you know that, you will know what kind of standards you want to meet. It is essential to remember that you want to meet your own standards and not someone else’s standards. Don’t strive for perfection. Instead, clean so that you feel ok with it.
Think about which area is most important – when you think about home cleaning, you hardly believe that every single area of the place needs to shine. It is more realistic to focus on a few rooms – the ones you like to spend the most time in. Whether it is the bathroom that you wish to keep in a spa-like condition, or perhaps an orderly entryway to greet you when you come back home, pinpoint the most important areas of your home and make them a priority.
Evaluate available time – the next thing you want to consider is your available time. You cannot possibly clean 24/7, so try to be more objective here. Do you have more free time on the weekends? Can you sneak half an hour of cleaning on evening weekdays? When you know that, you will know how to allocate your cleaning chores.
What is your approach? – Do you prefer to address specific tasks, or do you like to clean room by room? Deciding on which approach to follow determines a large part of the schedule.
Develop a daily routine – if you have no daily cleaning routine, you best develop one. After all, you cannot expect to keep order around your home without doing the dishes, taking the trash out and addressing other minor cleaning tasks. Be sure to include them in your cleaning schedule so that they don’t fall behind.
Make your schedule official – to keep yourself on the schedule, you have to commit. Set up reminders on your phone, print out the schedule and stick it on your fridge door or do something else that will remind you to clean. If you don’t dedicate yourself to it, there is no way it will work.
Now that you know how to organise your cleaning schedule, you can better manage your chores at home.