If it's been a while since yo've considered the work to be done around the home daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally, and yearly, chances are you could use a cleaning primer.
In just about every section of this website, I've talked a lot about which chores kids can do and how old they need to be to do them.
I've been less specific, though, about which chores need to be done when.
This is because your family's chore list depends on how many kids you have and how old they are, the layout of your home, whether or not you have pets, where you live, how much (or how little) your family is home, and how meticulous you and the family intend to be with your housekeeping routine.
To give you a guide to create your own house cleaning timetable, I'd like to offer you mine.
Let's come clean here. The daily grind is challenging enough - and I'm just talking about the kids, carpools, and errands here - so don't let this daily cleaning list ruffle your feathers as you create your house cleaning timetable.
After all, now that you've rallied the troops, you'll have plenty of help getting the essential done daily. And exactly what those essentials are in your home is entirely your call!
In the Kitchen
- Rinse sink clean after each use.
- Put dishes in dishwasher (or hand-wash after use.)
- Wipe clean kitchen table, counters, and cook top or range.
- Wipe down interior of the microwave.
- Squeegee shower (or sponge-clean the tub).
- Wipe down countertops after use.
Here are the chores that should be done once a week.
- Sort, wash, and fold laundry.
- Dust furniture, shelves, and lamp shades.
- Wash out kitchen trash container and surrounding area.
- Wipe leather furniture with a soft cloth.
- Scoop and clean out the cat's litter box.
- Shake area rugs, depending on size.
- Clean telephones, computer and laptop screens, TV screens, video-game controllers and remote controls.
Bedroom Bliss 2
- Hang up clothes, tidy the closet.
- Wipe chrome fixtures, clean mirrors.
- Put out fresh towels and soap.
Monthly Cleaning Chores
Here are chores that should be done once a month:
- Vacuum furniture and curtains.
- Sweep and tidy up the garage.
- Wipe down walls of fingerprints, spills.
- Organize closets and clothes.
Seasonal House Cleaning
Some chores need to be done only in certain seasons. A few examples:
- Sweep the patio and porch.
- Clean the dryer's exhaust vent.
- Turn and vacuum mattresses.
House Cleaning Timetable: Yearly Chores
These chores need to be done only once a year:
- Scrub or strip and wax floors.
- Dust and vacuum corners and crevices from high point to low in each room.
- Remove dust ruffles from beds to wash or dry-clean.
- Check washing machine hoses. Replace if they're older than two years.
- Vacuum heating vents and ducts.
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