Friday, June 26, 2009

Homemaking 101 - Master cleaning list

Here's part three of my homemaking series.

There may things on here that apply to me but not you or vice versa, plus there might be things that I forget so just use this as a guideline.
Also the frequency may be different for you. I vacuum a lot more now that we have a baby. Before the baby I could get by with once a week, now I vacuum 3 to 4 times a week; once he's crawling it will probably be even more.

clean bathroom
clean kitchen
make beds
straighten up bedrooms & living areas
wash windows
wipe don walls & baseboards
wipe down appliances
wipe down cabinets
trash, recycling, compost
change lines, curtains, throw rugs
clean furniture, blinds, curtains
clean closets, drawers

  • make beds
  • wash dishes
  • wipe down counters & tabletops
  • wipe up any spills - the quicker the better & easier clean up!
  • Swiffer vac (sweep)
  • put clothes and shoes away
  • general straightening up
  • Vacuum carpets
  • Swiffer wet (damp mop)
  • Take out trash, recycling, compost
  • laundry - clothing
  • clean chair seats
  • wipe down appliances
  • dust
  • change & wash sheets
  • change & wash towels
  • wipe down mirrors & inside windows
  • run Swiffer duster over baseboards, corners, fans, lamps
  • wipe down switch plates, door knobs, remotes, telephones - daily if someone is sick!
  • clean bathrooms
  • shake, vacuum or change throw rugs, entrance mats, bath mats
  • wipe down inside of fridge & freezer - do this on the day you grocery shop so there's less stuff to move around. Also give the top of your fridge a good wipe too.
  • Wipe down fronts of cabinets
  • sweep porches
  • vacuum steps
  • vacuum furniture & drapes
  • spot clean furniture & carpets
  • change shower curtains/liners
  • clean out closets
  • sort out drawers
  • clean gutters
  • wash windows - outside
  • change curtains
  • wash pillows
Did you know the average for weekly cleaning is 10 hours a week?
Did you know that chores average about 15 minutes?

Next weeks topic will be scheduling.

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