The 30-Day Cleaning Schedule: Let’s face it, house cleaning is a chore. It’s hard work, boring and never seems to end. Often you feel completely overwhelmed by the task. This totally de-motivates you, so you never get going and the dirt just piles up and up.
All is not lost, though, as once you do get started, you’ll probably keep going until it’s done.
So, how do we get started? Firstly, we need a plan!
Target the most important and dirty rooms first. Then breakdown what needs to be done in each into lots of manageable bite-sized chunks (be realistic here and don’t get too ambitious). Finally, set aside a time to do each task and then get cleaning. If you start slowly and build yourself up, before you know it, you’re done!
This is where having your own cleaning schedule becomes invaluable. This will help you identify, organize and prioritize individual tasks and set achievable goals. To do his, you can follow my own 30-day cleaning schedule in the next section of this book. Feel free to chop ‘n’ change any part to tailor it to your own needs.
To give yourself extra motivation, you could even see how many of the allotted tasks can be completed within a given time by setting the alarm on a kitchen timer. This can be especially useful for motivating you to complete a number of the more unpleasant household chores.
Now, that’s enough of the lecturing from me, so let’s go grab that pen and paper and plan away!
THE 30-DAY CLEANING SCHEDULE
Day 1. Clean the surfaces in the kitchen and living room (clear away stray items, dust, sweep, and vacuum)
Day 2. Clean the bathrooms (toilets, showers, bathtubs, floors, walls, and mirrors)
Day 3. Clean the surfaces in the bedrooms (tidy away toys, clothes, and dust)
Day 4. Clean the surfaces in any “extra” rooms, such as the basement, office, and kids room
Day 5. Clean the surfaces in the living room and kitchen
Day 6. Clean the bathrooms
Day 7. Clean all the interior windows
Day 8. Sweep and vacuum all the floors and stairs
Day 9. Clean the surfaces in the bedrooms
Day 10. Deep clean the living room (mirrors, baseboards, and dust artwork)
Day 11. Clean the bathrooms
Day 12. Clean out the closets and hang up clothes, mittens, jackets, and hats
Day 13. Clean the surfaces in th e “extra” rooms
Day 14. Deep clean the bedrooms (organize drawers, check under the bed, tidy the closet, dust artwork, fans, lights, and mop)
Day 15. Clean the surfaces in the living room and kitchen
Day 16. Deep clean the bathrooms (clean inside drawers, inside of trash cans, tops of mirrors, tiles, and mop)
Day 17. Clean all door knobs, phones, entertainment equipment, including remote controls, switch plates, banisters, and other things which are constantly touched
Day 18. Clean out the refrigerator, take stock of food, and organize the pantry
Day 19. Clean entrance ways, sweep the porch, and clean out the car because this can often be an extension of our home
Day 20. Clean the surfaces in the living room and kitchen
Day 21. Clean the surfaces in the bathrooms
Day 22. Clean the surfaces in the bedrooms
Day 23. Sweep and vacuum all floors
Day 24. Clean the linen closet; straighten towels and sheets
Day 25. Clean the surfaces in the living room and kitchen
Day 26. Deep clean the kitchen (scrub appliances, wash trash cans, base boards, wipe down and straighten cabinets)
Day 27. Clean the surfaces in the bathrooms
Day 28. Clean the surfaces in the bedrooms
Day 29. Clean one thing you haven’t had the chance to do so far, such as deep cleaning your stove, wiping down all the light fixtures, or tackling a particularly difficult area
Day 30. Sweep and vacuum all floors
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