Updated: Mar 19
Do you find yourself starting to clean house but getting distracted by a ton of other (more fun or more pressing) things to do? I can nearly always procrastinate the cleaning of my house because, well, it’s just not fun and I rarely take the time to complete it all at once. I’ve tried the “15 minutes a day” plan, and the “finish this checklist in a month and your house will be totally cleaned” plan. But no matter what kind of plans I make, they seem to fall through way too easily. This is why I made a free Weekly Cleaning Schedule that gets it done completely in the quickest most concise way, and that is totally adaptable to your own home and schedule.
To Clean or To Declutter First?
A clean home is easier to declutter, and in reverse, a decluttered home is much easier to clean. Surface decluttering can be done along with cleaning, although it will take longer to accomplish. So if you want to get through your cleaning quickly, your surfaces should be decluttered to avoid having to move piles of things just to dust, which takes more time and leaves a less-than-satisfying result. I will often take a laundry basket with me as I clean and put everything in it that doesn’t belong in the area. If I am efficient, I can also return items from the laundry basket to their proper place as I move through the house doing the cleaning. Invariably, there will be leftovers in the bottom of the basket that have no home or serve no future purpose. If this is the case, now is the time to decide to either give it a home or get rid of it.
Just Start Cleaning
It all starts with a skeleton list of non-negotiables. Yes, the toilet must be cleaned. Yes, surfaces must be dusted. Yes, the floors must be mopped. And so on… Once these necessities are completed, you can add on from there. But you don’t have to design your own plan. I’m offering you a free printable Weekly Cleaning Plan. To get this printable and much more, sign up for access HERE (subscribers sign in HERE).
It all starts with a skeleton list of non-negotiables. Yes, the toilet must be cleaned. Yes, surfaces must be dusted. Yes, the floors must be mopped. And so on… Once these necessities are completed, you can add them from there. But you don’t have to design your own plan. I’m offering you a free printable Weekly Cleaning Plan. To get it now, sign up
Getting sidetracked is a common problem with me. I start out resolving that I will not be distracted from my goal of getting the entire house cleaned, and end up moving the furniture, or sorting papers, or sticking new felt pads on the bottoms of the chair legs. But don’t follow in my footsteps. If you can meet your goal of getting your house cleaned once, you know you can do it again...and again. And after several times, you have a new habit. Remember that bad habits are formed the same way that good habits are formed: by repeating an action.
If you are cleaning and you think of things that need to be done (either for your home or otherwise) it’s a good idea to have a pen and paper in your pocket or in your cleaning basket to write it down rather than trying to accomplish it right then. And don’t burden your mind by trying to remember these things. Simply writing the thoughts and ideas down as they come to you relieves you of that burden. Later you can talk with your husband about the list, or make the calls that need made, or schedule them to get done. Some of the things that have come to me while cleaning are as follows:
“Oh, there is that card I need to send to ____”
“I think a throw rug would look good here.”
“There is that _____I’ve been looking for.”
“I’m nearly out of furniture polish.”
“Oh my, the microwave has a crack in it. We need a new one ASAP (yes, this happened).”
“I totally forgot about that empty spot that needs a picture.”
“I can’t forget to text ______ and ask her about _____.”
“Well, what do you know, here is a Christmas decoration that never got put away.”
Do ONE TINY TASK each day
I’m not advocating trying to accomplish the whole cleaning in so many minutes a day. But if you develop the habit of doing small cleaning tasks on a daily basis, you will have less to do on cleaning day. I like to wipe out the bathroom sink every other morning, and on opposite mornings I wipe off the toilet and clean the bowl. Some other examples of these One Tiny Tasks would be wiping out the kitchen sink with the dirty dishcloth daily after cleaning up dinner. And if you throw that dirty dishcloth in the laundry basket and get out a fresh one, you’ll start the next day with a clean sink and a clean dishcloth. Begin with your One Tiny Task a day and when you have mastered one, add another. Don’t get discouraged. This is a slow habit to develop, but if done, you'll see great long-term results.
I have cleaned my own house. I have hired a cleaning person to clean for me. I have NOT cleaned my house. At all….(Um, I’m an organizer, not a cleaner). But the best ever has been this Weekly Cleaning Plan. The advantages have definitely outmatched the downsides of doing my own cleaning. Here are a few of these advantages:
Cleaning is great exercise, good for flexibility, burning calories and sometimes even a little weight lifting.
As I clean I keep a list of things I see that need done throughout the house.
Doing my own cleaning is free. Totally free. Think of the money this can save.
I carry things with me that need put away. And when the cleaning is done, everything is in their places.
I can do my own decluttering on a small scale while cleaning, whereas a hired cleaner wouldn’t know where to put my things that are out of place.
My thoughts can wander while cleaning. I have solved the world's problems and had some brilliant ideas all the while ridding my home of dust and dirt.
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