Cleaning your entire home can seem like an overwhelming task. With planning and teamwork, 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: decorations, trash, paperwork all over the floor and a withered plants.
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. You know you should delegate because you’re tired of doing it all! 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 their misplaced items and return items where they need to go. 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. Do you have an appropriate wreath that you used to decorate the front door? Good! 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. If you don’t know what to do with mold in your house, we found a nice article at HomeGearExpert.com. Finally, wipe down the mirror. Be sure to ventilate the bathroom to allow fumes to escape.
You don’t have to do it yourself you can even hire home cleaners to have that extra help, or if you have visitors coming and you don’t have the time.
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?
This post was provided by Kathleen Crane. She runs a small company called Cleaners Canary Wharf. I’ve shared this post at the RefreshRestyle linky party.
good and easy step i hate it when i think that the house need cleaning time i always search for an easy way thank you for sharing
You can motivate yourself while cleaning with some good music though.
Celeste | The Whole Serving says
Like you list, I need to do this in my home. Thanks
Tonny Tran says
Thank for sharing your experience. I will apply these tips in cleaning mine.
Hope you are doing great.
Nice guide, thanx for sharing this information, this will make it easy for anyone to follow and get the job done correctly…
According to me one of the hardest things to do is pull out mold, mildew and gunk from in between the tiles in the bathroom. Can you tell me the best way to remove the mold, so that I can remove mold as soon as possible from my home?
I would suggest applying a cleaning spray containing bleach or a gel containing bleach to the tile grout. Let it sit for several hours and come back to see if it worked. Reapply as necessary. Make sure that the room is well-ventilated, you wear clothing that will not be ruined if it gets stained, and don’t let kids/pets in the room.
Let us know if this works for you.
Love love love this guide! Cleaning your home thoroughly is a huge chore that no one looks forward to, but the finishing product is always so worth it. Getting the whole family on board and assigning specific tasks to each individual is an excellent way to water down the stress and make the process more practical. Great tips! Thanks so much!
Stacey @ CCL Blog says
I am not a fan of house cleaning! really. I only do it because I so not like messes. I try hard to keep things organized, but it does not always happen.
Thanks for sharing all the wonderful tips. It really is difficult letting go of some items but when it comes to health, there is nothing more important! It is crazy how many toxic items there are but after reading your method of getting rid of these harmful things, I cannot wait to get started and make my home as toxic free as possible!
Steve Kimble says
For cleaning mold in the bathroom, my favorite cleaners are plain soap or vinegar most of the times. It does take some elbow grease, but works most of the times. If not, then you have the more powerful bleach for it.
Dividing a task can made any task much easier,but it must be divided properly.Day by day cleaning makes work much easier.Very informative article.Thank you so much for posting!
Martin Kessler says
WOW ! A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing all the magnificent tips. It truly is troublesome relinquishing a few things yet with regards to wellbeing, there is nothing more essential! It is insane what number of poisonous things there are yet subsequent to perusing your technique for disposing of these unsafe things, I can’t hold up to begin and make my home as harmful free as could reasonably be expected! Thanks everything’s
Dorris J Smelley says
Hey, You have provided very easy tips for handling these mold issues .
These mold mainly sets up their residence in the damp and murky spaces of your home. It is not always simple to find and sweeping black mold.
I need such informative tips.
Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us!
Great tips Rika! You nailed it with this simple steps to follow. Thanks for sharing
It can be a real nightmare trying to keep your home clean with your whole family but setting a plan and giving everyone a role can really help!
I do all of the house cleaning. Once in awhile I am able to get my husband to help, which is nice. I think the house cleaning goes quicker with more people. I typically spread it over the week – taking an hour or so a day to straighten up and do other necessities around the house. Great tips on how to make a plan. Thanks for sharing!
Sammy Dolan says
Thanks for the tips, I have 4 kids and we are constantly cleaning up! It makes sense to do the tasks that you enjoy, it makes it much more bearable!
Wow, great tips and tricks for cleaning around the house! Another great idea to consider if you may be too busy to clean yourself would be hiring a cleaning company. It can certainly help relieve a lot of stress and give you more free time with your family!
Ellia Blue says
These tips are great. We don’t have a dishwasher at our place, so I feel like I spend most of my time doing the dishes! Would be nice to be organised enough that I didn’t feel so rushed with the rest of the housework.
Thanks for the great schedule! I’m always trying to figure out how to keep up with the housework better and appreciate other ideas.
Emmerey Rose says
Hi Raki! Thanks for the tips! I was wondering, what bathroom cleaning products do you recommend? 🙂 Would love to know. Thanks in advance!
John Marc Ramirez says
I agree that cleaning the house must be an effort by everyone in the whole family because everyone has to be responsible in taking ownership due to they are part of the family. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this one.
I learned that delegation is a must to avoid being burned out from cleaning the whole house by one self.
I do all of the house cleaning but im a little lazy of changing sheets haha. I think the house cleaning goes quicker with more people. that why i prefer to pay a maid
but i’m going to try this!
Thanks Raki for your valuable info.Your tips are really made my home cleaning more easier.An ideal home cleaning procedures needs to require some serious efforts and idea to determine the best outcome. I was simply stumped on choosing the best strategy which could work effectively for me.I found your article more interesting and useful as a tool which could help me explore home cleaning planning ideas in this sector.
Irving Salgado says
Thanks for the tips, I have 3 kids and we are constantly cleaning or we have to pay, this tips help us a lot
Hi Nancy , you have mentioned all the things in your 5 tips for cleaning an house ,
i am lazy so i use vacuum cleaner to ease my work and save my time too…
carpet steam cleaner Dallas says
Cleaning leather sofas is slightly different to fabric, but again, you should always check the care label before trying to clean the sofa yourself.
Katherine Branson says
I know what a helpful post as I do clean myself to shine my house. There is nothing like a clean house to be proud of…whether others see what you have done or not, you know.
excellent tips to clean home. I will try to apply some of these to my home.
Easy Home Vacuum says
Thanks for the tips! I was wondering, what bathroom cleaning products do you recommend? I think the house cleaning goes quicker with more people. I typically spread it over the week. Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us!
Steve Settles says
Great post Raki..!I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading through your posts. Mold is a common problem nowadays, I have got a much clear idea regarding from this article. Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us and i really appreciate this one.
Elmer Morris says
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FloorCleaningTools Cindy says
Thank you for your brilliant post.
Really nice idea, love it. Thanks for sharing nice tips.
Ainsley Ash says
Hi, Thanks for sharing the experience, by profession I am a plumber so I had shared some Toilet cleaning hacks on my blog, check my blog empiretoilet.com