Most people honestly do not take the time to develop a house cleaning plan - rather they simply pick a chore and complete it on a "need to be done" basis.
Not only is this not time effective - but it often creates a negativity towards house cleaning that really doesn't need to exist.
Cleaning your house on a regular - pre-set plan is fast - easy - and prevents those endless weekends where everyone is madly cleaning before they can go and have fun.
By following a thirty day cleaning plan about 20 minutes a day is all that you will need to commit to, for a clean - well kept house.
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There are basically three types of cleaning jobs, daily, weekly and monthly.
Daily chores are those that need to be done everyday to keep the house looking sparkling and clean.
They usually include:
Weekly chores are those that are the big items that are necessary to keep the house looking good.
These may be done more than once a week depending on the room, number of people and overall use of the area.
Weekly chores typically include:
The monthly chores are those that are done infrequently - usually these tend to be larger - more involved projects. Monthly chores may involve:
To develop your 30 day house cleaning plan use a calendar and mark on each day the daily - weekly or monthly chores that will be completed on that day.
Try to limit it to three chores in total - but a large monthly chore may replace three daily or weekly chores.
For example - on the first Monday of the month you may check the air conditioner filter - vacuum the living room and clean the kitchen counters.
Your partner may clean the bathroom sink, wash the dishes and take out the trash.
Remember that the whole house doesn't need to be vacuumed on the same day - break it down by common areas and less used spaces - and focus your efforts on the common areas.
In addition choose a time that you routinely do the chores - this will help in getting into a habit.
Only complete the tasks assigned for that day - but be flexible and adjust for variations in the schedule or special projects that come up.
Based on the comments below (thank you pattiemcintyre and Gina C) I've decided to include downloadable a house cleaning plan that you can use. Disclaimer: If you live with a big family this plan may not be for you. Click here to download the house cleaning plan.