Have you ever wished you could decrease the amount of time you spend cleaning your house? Do you want to be more organized in your cleaning efforts? As busy people, we look for ways to create efficiencies in our work and personal lives but sometimes neglect to apply those same lessons to our homes.
At TLC Cleaning, we understand you don’t have a lot of time for housework, which is why we offer a variety of cleaning services to meet your needs. If you are looking for ways to clean your house more quickly so you can spend more time doing the things you love, read on for some tips from the professionals.
The Importance Of A Housecleaning Checklist
With our many work and personal commitments, cleaning our house can often fall to the bottom of the priority list. When we finally have the time to begin, we may feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start.
By using a house cleaning checklist, we break up the larger job into smaller tasks which can feel more manageable. According to Hartford Business, “since checklists can make us feel successful, (the list) becomes a virtuous circle where we are often motivated to accomplish more due to the positive results we get.” Additionally, we avoid duplicating or skipping tasks due to interruption or forgetfulness.
Other Benefits Of Checklists
Using checklists can also be beneficial for many reasons. For example, when we use a list, our brain does not have to remember those tasks. Instead of being distracted because we are trying to remember a household chore, we can spend more time thinking about other important things going on in our lives, such as work, friends, family, and hobbies.
Since most household chores can be completed while multi-tasking (such as talking on the phone), a housecleaning checklist becomes another way you can maximize your time while still keeping the house clean.
Use The Checklist To Delegate
Since checklists break down the work into specific tasks, they can be helpful when delegating work out to others. Others in your household will know what needs to be done because the housecleaning checklist outlines the jobs for them.
The next time you ask your roommate, spouse, partner or child for help, you can hand them a checklist to make the job simpler for everyone!
Types Of House Cleaning Checklists
Housecleaning checklists are organized in various ways for different purposes. Common types of lists include regular cleaning daily, weekly, monthly or annually. It will be useful to have a checklist when doing deep cleaning or seasonal cleaning. Some people even keep a checklist handy for when they have unexpected guests and need to do some emergency cleaning!
After a long day, it is so tempting to leave your coat and shoes at the door – or leave your dirty dishes in the sink. Taking care of these daily chores will help you stay on top of the mess, so when you begin your monthly cleaning, you won’t have to spend time picking up first.
- Make the bed
- Pick up your bedroom
- Put away clean/dirty dishes
- Wipe counters and tables
- Spot vacuum and sweep as appropriate
All of our homes can use a good weekly cleaning to remove the dirt, grime, and dust we have accumulated over the last week. In fact, health benefits from regular housecleaning include decreased stress and fatigue, improvements to asthma and allergies, greater safety, and of course, minimize the spreading of germs. Here is a handy list for weekly cleaning.
- Change sheets on beds
- Wipe bathroom countertops and sinks
- Wash bathroom showers/tubs
- Clean toilets
- Clean mirrors (bathrooms and others around the house)
- Dust furniture (Be sure to dust before you vacuum to avoid dirt onto a clean floor!)
- Vacuum and mop floors
- Clean all the kitchen appliances (including the inside of the microwave)
- Don’t forget to toss old food left in the refrigerator!
- Wash, dry, and fold laundry (This is a great one to tackle a little bit every day.)
If staying on top of your weekly cleaning is a challenge for you, consider our basic cleaning package. We clean the kitchen, bathrooms, bedroom, living areas, laundry room, and entryways for you!
Deep Cleaning Checklists
While we would like to think daily and weekly cleanings are enough, there are times when it is essential to deep clean as well. Using a checklist for these particular cleaning tasks ensures they get completed instead of forgotten. As you put together your housecleaning checklist, here are some additional chores to consider.
- Vacuum and dust vents, baseboards and trim
- Move furniture and vacuum/mop appropriately
- Dust blinds and light fixtures
- Clean inside of the fridge
- Steam clean carpet and other upholstery
- Wash windows
- Clean window treatments (i.e., curtains and drapes)
- Wipe down cabinets
Put The Checklist To Good Use
Cleaning the entire house can often feel daunting, but the beauty of a checklist is the chores are broken down into small and completed tasks. According to Better Homes and Gardens, “most household chores can be completed in 10 minutes or less.” One way to utilize a weekly cleaning checklist is to pick tasks to complete depending on the time you have available.
If you finish one or two chores each day, by the end of the week, the whole house will be clean! The checklist helps you keep track of what you have already cleaned, so you don’t accidentally clean the same thing twice. The same concept works well with deep cleaning efforts – a little bit each day can go a long way!
Instead of coming home to a messy house at the end of a long day, organize your cleaning into a housekeeping checklist. You will feel less stressed out and have more time to focus on the things you enjoy because your household chores will be more manageable and efficient.
And if you like the idea of using your checklist to communicate and delegate household chores, remember TLC Cleaning would love to be part of your team. We can help with your regular or deep cleaning, so your checklist is completed faster than ever!