Cleaning checklists are useful for ensuring you don't miss any areas, establishing routines, simplifying the process and therefore motivating you to get it done. Woohoo!
Below you will find a house cleaning checklist for cleaning an apartment or a small space as well as some advice on possibly hiring someone. Enjoy!
• Take out garbage and recycling
• Wipe down kitchen counters after cooking
• Launder clothing as necessary
Every 2-3 Weeks
• Vacuum floors, rugs, carpets, bath mats, etc.
• Clean bathrooms - wipe mirrors and counter tops, scrub tub and toilet, dust vents
• Dust shelves, televisions, frames, tables, everything
• Wash sheets, blankets, bath towels, kitchen towels, all linens
• Mop floors
• Wipe off the front of the refrigerator and any other appliances in the kitchen with fingerprints, smudges, etc.
Every 2-3 Months
• Clean windows
• Wipe inside of refrigerator and freezer
How much is your time worth?
I will admit that I hate cleaning. Yes, I'm a professional organizer who hates cleaning! I just don't find peace in vacuuming or scrubbing toilets. I'll do the dishes, the laundry and other weekly tasks but I realized that the mopping and dusting was just not my thing.
With this realization of my intense dislike of deep cleaning, I decided to consider hiring someone to come clean my home. I took into account how many hours it takes me to do deep cleaning tasks, what I could be doing instead (i.e. working, resting, spending time with family), and my negative mental state that automatically appears when I "have to clean."
I couldn't put a price on my peace of mind and figured out that my budget could handle this extra expense. Thus, I decided to forget the cleaning checklists and hire someone to come clean my home once a month. I was referred to an angel who is trustworthy and does a fantastic job for a splendid price.
Next time you are struggling with a bucket of soapy liquid, consider what your time is worth.
A large part of being organized is reusing common items rather than going out and purchasing more stuff.