Cleaning your entire home can seem like an overwhelming task. With planning and team work, you (and your family) can get it done in no time! It can be broken down into these five easy steps.
You are sitting in the corner of your living room, looking at the leftover clutter: Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, pine needles all over the floor and a withered mistletoe.
Before you break out in a cold sweat at the thought of doing all of the cleaning yourself, stop. Cleaning should be a family affair. Since everyone contributed to the mess, everyone is going to clean the mess. Here are a few cleaning tips for you to make cleaning stress-free for your whole family.
1. Family Meeting
First things first, gather your children and hubby together and make a game plan. Before any cleaning starts, put some party music. This will get you all in the right mood.
Now, ask everyone to help you put away all holiday-related stuff and take down the Christmas decorations. Your younger children can remove the decorations from the tree. Assign different tasks to each person. One team can put away all the toys. Another one can sort through the gifts and set aside the ones to return.
2. Kids’ Bedrooms
The next thing you want to do is have your kids clean their rooms. Give clear instructions so that they know what they have to do. You can write down all the tasks they have to handle. For example:
- put away all dirty laundry
- make your bed
- organize your drawers
3. Common Areas
In the meantime, you and your hubby can clean the kitchen and living room. The basic tasks you have to tackle include:
- cleaning and disinfecting all counter tops and surfaces with an all purpose cleaner
- sweeping and mopping the floors
- scrubbing the sink
- emptying the trash and disinfecting the trash can
- wiping down appliances
- wiping down electronics and knick-knacks
- cleaning baseboards
- clearing and wiping off tables, chairs, and shelves
If you want to enjoy cleaning, pick the tasks you enjoy the most. For instance, if your spouse likes dusting, let him dust. If you prefer cleaning the sink to sweeping the floor, ask your hubby to handle the sweeping while you focus on getting the sink shiny. Before you know it, you’ll be done.
As you go through the house, vacuum all floors, carpets, and baseboards to ensure there is nothing left. While you’re at it, you can vacuum the corners of your ceilings along with your ceiling fans.
The next thing you want to focus on is the entry way. Take down the Christmas wreath that you used to decorate the front door. You might want to divide these tasks:
- sweep or vacuum
- wipe down the door
Ask your kids to wipe down the staircase railing while you tackle the bathroom(s).
Clean the toilet, mop the floor, and clean the sink. If the tub and shower need attention, use a spray-on cleaner to tackle soap scum, mold, and mildew. Finally, wipe down the mirror. Be sure to ventilate the bathroom to allow fumes to escape.
Clean living spaces will put you in the right mood and help you get back into your normal routine more quickly. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Clean your home today, so you can enjoy it again.
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How does your family tackle cleaning your whole house?