Setting up a routine can be hard, especially for cleaning your home. I’ve broken down some of your home’s common spaces and how often you should clean the important areas in them.
How Often Should You Really Clean These Spaces In Your Home?
When you’re trying to keep the house organized, it can be challenging to stay on top of everything, especially when you’re trying to balance work and kids, too.
When you’re leading a busy life, it’s crucial to drop chores that aren’t really important; while it’s nice to have an organized pantry, you don’t need to be doing it every day.
How Often to Clean Areas in Your Kitchen
Daily – You’ll want to tackle the dishes every day. Wipe down the countertops and the stove.
Weekly – Overall, you should give your kitchen a thorough cleaning once a week: mop the floors, scrub the countertops, clean out the sink.
Wipe down the cabinet doors, the outside of your refrigerator, your faucets, and your microwave.
In the morning the day, you’re going grocery shopping, clean out your fridge, and wipe down your shelves.
Monthly – Once a month, wipe out each of your cabinets; as you put everything back, check on expiration dates.
That gives you the chance to throw out anything past its date. Also, clean out your dish drying rack and wash your windows.
Every three months, clean your oven and trash can, and organize your pantry.
How Often to Clean In Your Living Room
Daily – It’s a good idea to pick up any clutter daily. Pick up toys, carry dishes into the kitchen, take dirty clothes into the laundry room, and sweep or vacuum high traffic areas.
Weekly – Every week, you should plan to vacuum all the floors, dust all surfaces, and work on clearing pet hair from couches and chairs.
Clear the clutter out of entertainment centers, off tables and bookshelves, and make sure that movies and games are back in their cases.
Monthly – Once a month, wash windows, and move couches and chairs to vacuum underneath and clear out the hidden treasure from toddlers or pets.
Straighten cords behind television stands and desks and make sure that any trash is cleared out from those areas.
Every three months, wash curtains and furniture covers and clear cobwebs from walls and ceilings. If you have a fireplace or woodburning stove, you may need to wash your walls.
Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Cleaning In Your Bathrooms
Daily – You should clean out the sink and spray down the toilet with a disinfecting cleaner every day.
If you live in an area with high humidity, you may want to wipe down the tub and surfaces to make sure everything dries out well.
Weekly – Every week, clean the whole darn bathroom. Yep, it’s a job no one wants. This one should be alternated.
Monthly – Once a month, wash your shower curtain. It may not look dirty, but I promise, it needs to be washed and dried outside.
Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Cleaning in Your Bedrooms
Daily – Every day, make the bed and pick up dirty clothes. This habit instantly makes your bedroom cleaner and less chaotic.
We should all be making our beds and picking up our dirty clothes, but to be truthful, I can’t tell you the last time I made my bed. I do pick up my dirty clothes regularly, mainly because if I didn’t, my dog would eat them. He has a thing for my socks.
Keeping your sleeping spaces clean and orderly makes it much easier to relax. I can’t tell you how nice it is to walk into my clean bedroom and be able to just climb into bed and lay there and not have to worry about anything. If you do the basics in your room, you can have that space.
Weekly – You should be getting your dirty laundry out of there, changing your sheets, dusting surfaces, and vacuuming your floors.
If your pets sleep in your room, you may want to wash the blankets every week. Also, remove anything from your room that shouldn’t be there.
In my house, my bedroom somehow becomes the place to put all the things. Laundry baskets, the scale, and Matchbox cars all end up there, and I’m not sure why. I make sure they end up in their rightful home every Saturday.
Monthly – wash blankets if you’re not doing it weekly. Also, wash your windows and your curtains.
Vacuum under your bed, and dressers and other furniture if you have visible space underneath them. Straighten all of your cords and make sure that there’s no surprise trash between the furniture and the walls.
Keeping your home clean and organized is not the most fun way you’re going to spend your time, but it can be a bit easier if you focus your effort in a way that makes sense!
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Keisha K. Page is a freelance writer, mother of five, and a grandma. She’s trying to embrace the chaos of working full time, chasing a giant dog, living in the mountains of Colorado, and supporting her two youngest children through chronic illness.