It can be stressful to keep on top of things, but it doesn’t have to be when it comes to messy homes and busy schedules. Since the pandemic, people have been creative in coming up with activities that will let them be preoccupied in their homes.
A survey said that around 70% of people have completed cleanup projects within the last year and that 43.9% of Americans say they are very likely to start a decluttering project in the next six months.
Make cleaning a team effort by dividing it among your housemates. No one wants to hang out in a dirty house. Map out tasks, assign them to people, and you’ll be done in no time. If a seasonal deep cleaning is new to you, you’re going to be amazed at how streamlined your life becomes. By implementing a regimen of deep cleaning every three months, you’ll experience a heightened sense of control over your routine.
If that schedule doesn’t work out for you, there is still another option. The idea is to get started with small everyday changes and cleaning one room per month. That can be more achievable rather than trying to tackle all your cleaning in one go. A bit of planning, some self-discipline, and you’ll make your home feel fresh and spotless in no time!
Think of a cleaning schedule as a way to stay organized and focused, not a chore itself. Make it a point to have a cleaning schedule to know what needs to be taken care of at any given time.
Make Sure to Declutter First
Before you can start cleaning or organizing, declutter first. Once that’s taken care of, it’s easy to keep everything organized and clean. Start by picking up the clutter before you start cleaning your house. As you pick up each item, consider whether it can be discarded in your garbage or storage unit or be donated to charity. It’s also easier to maintain a space with just a few things.
Prepare Your Cleaning Materials
You probably have the supplies in your cabinets right now. It’s helpful to keep things organized and choose a single place for all of your cleaning products. You can take cleaning supplies off the countertop and into a more orderly system. Label your supplies or assign them to specific buckets or caddies. Here are some examples of what is needed for a deep clean.
- Rubber gloves
- All-purpose cleaner
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Broom and dustpan
Remove Dust from Every Surface
Dust is a dry collection of particles. It can be made up of various things, including dirt, dust mite droppings, mold, pollen, and more. If you have pets, dust can have animal dander, cat saliva, and the dust mite themselves.
Dust each room in the house, including the tops and undersides of furniture and shelves. Make sure to get every corner and surface, including picture frames, TV screens, and shelves, with a damp cleaning cloth. Be sure to wipe ceiling fans, air vents, and vent fans since they collect a lot of dust. Even your plants, if you have any indoor house plants, it’s a bad idea to leave them be.
Dust and Mop Your Floors
Buy a decent vacuum cleaner that can do the job of sweeping in the smallest bit of particles. Stick with durable and popular brands but remember that it still needs maintenance, no matter how strong the vacuum is. You can bring it to a vacuum repair service to get it checked once in a while.
After vacuuming every spot in the house, it’s time to proceed with mopping the floors to get rid of any dust particles left on the floor.
Mix one-fourth to a half cup of white or apple cider vinegar with a cup of water, which creates a nontoxic disinfection solution of vinegar and water to clean hard surfaces in your house for three to five minutes.
Don’t neglect toilets, sinks, and tubs. They can magnet several bacteria and viruses that need to be deep-cleaned with the right formula and solutions from the cleaning materials.
If you spray cleaners onto them, let them sit for a few minutes to dissolve the dirt. Toilets, sinks, and tubs are full of bacteria since they are exposed to rotten food, people’s excrement, and other waste. Wear your gloves and never skip to disinfect them.
Deep cleaning your house needs hard work and can be time-consuming. It can be fun once you see progress. But in the meantime, if you’re planning to clean your house thoroughly, set a schedule, prepare what you need, and clean the spots needed.