Maintaining a clean and happy home all year long kind of feels like a full-time job, but unfortunately, it’s not something we’re paid for, we just need to get it done. But keeping up with everything can feel overwhelming and it might even be confusing for some. How often do certain things need to be cleaned? Are you cleaning more than necessary or less than you should be?
Keep reading for a quick and simple guide on how to create cleaning routines for the whole year that work for you and help you stay on top of your chores without letting anything get out of hand.
We all know that January feeling – new year, new me. This is when you start a new diet, pick up running again, vow to journal every morning and dedicate yourself to your side hustle. These are great things to do – but January is also the perfect time to tackle major home maintenance tasks that you don’t want to be thinking about for the rest of the year.
These are big jobs that don’t need to be done often, such as upholstery cleaning, carpet cleaning, driveway maintenance, washing all the walls, cleaning the exterior of your home, and other major tasks that we don’t ever really think about.
Spring cleaning is another wonderful opportunity to manage some of the bigger chores that only need to be done every couple of months. This could include things like switching out seasonal clothing and decluttering a little. You might want to purge your pantry, clean out some drawers and start dusting and sweeping in those hard-to-reach places.
Once your home is spotless, remember that you could also spring clean your lifestyle by overhauling your habits and resetting your life to become a healthier and happier version of yourself.
It’s always a good idea to have a monthly cleaning routine. Completing a routine like this is a great way to feel refreshed and reset – ready for a new month with a spotless home.
Clean out the inside of your refrigerator and get rid of anything expired, clean your windows, windowsills, light fixtures, ceiling fans and other dust-gathering areas. You might vacuum your furniture, clean inside your appliances and do a deep clean in your bathroom and kitchen too.
More frequent routine habits are what will make the bigger tasks less of a problem. Each week you should be changing your sheets, mopping floors, doing laundry, etc.
Remember – everyone’s weekly cleaning schedule will look a little different. If you hardly ever cook at home, then deep cleaning your kitchen every Monday morning might not be reasonable or necessary for you. However, it is important to keep certain things well-maintained and clean in your home for hygiene’s sake.
Finally, the cleaning habits you implement every day are what will truly make the biggest difference to you. You don’t need to be spending hours cleaning each day though.
Create your own simple daily cleaning routine that you can follow without even thinking about it – small tasks like washing the dishes and making your bed will help you feel put-together and tidy.