If you’ve already organized and decluttered then this should be a breeze. If you haven’t, today will be a bit more difficult. The basics of cleaning are pretty simple and straightforward. If you’re looking for something more detailed, you should check out FlyLady.net.
The first thing you should do is determine your cleaning schedule. Some people prefer to clean one room a day while others prefer to clean their whole house at once. Whatever you do, don’t be the person that never cleans!
Keep your cleaning goods together and in a convenient location. Use the right tool for the job. Decide what you need for each job and bring it with you. Take a good look at what is on the market and buy tools to make the job easier. Not sure if something is worth the cost? Ask a friend who already has one.
Work top to bottom. Clean the ceiling fan before dusting surfaces and dust surfaces before sweeping the floor. Don’t forget the skirting boards, those cobwebs in the corners and to spot-clean the walls.
Tidy up the soft furnishings. Make the bed. Fluff the pillows on the couch. Shove the dirty clothes in the hamper and the clean clothes in your closet.
Clean up after the pets. Change litter. Toss food and water bowls into the dishwasher (sanitize cycle please). Wash mats and beds. (You wouldn’t want to lay on a dirty bed or eat out of a dirty bowl – would you?)
If the weather and your allergies allow for it, open up the windows for a few minutes. If not, put your air filter on high – there is a lot of dust floating around in the air right about now.
Step out the front door. Wait a few minutes and walk back in. Now sniff the air – does it pass? If not, remedy that immediately!
Look around – was there anything that you missed?
You’ll also need a schedule for deep cleaning which could be as much as monthly or as little as twice a year depending on your house, occupants and use.