Erin Colburn
Erin Colburn
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My Cleaning Routine - How I Made Cleaning Easier


I love organizing, simplifying, and having a tidy home, so I combined all three into today's post to help anyone out there who needs to get a handle on the endless task we all face: cleaning.
Everyone has something else they would rather be doing, besides cleaning, but we all have to do it. We're adults, and that's part of life. But since we have to do it, why wouldn't we put some systems in place to make it as easy and painless as possible?
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The first step I took to make cleaning easier was setting up a schedule. I went through various online cleaning lists and picked out everything I need to clean and determined what frequency I would clean them. I have found that cleaning for 15-30 minutes per day is so much easier than the massive all-day-Saturday-cleaning-spree so many of us go on. Here's what my list looks like:
Daily:
Everyday: Make Bed, Pick up Around the House, Put Dishes Away/In Dishwasher
Monday: Dust Upstairs, Vacuum
Tuesday: Clean Kitchen, Sweep/Mop Hard Surfaces
Wednesday: Clean Bathrooms, Clean Interior Windows
Thursday: Dust Downstairs
Friday: Clean Office, Sweep Hard Surfaces, Laundry
Saturday: Collect Garbage
Monthly:
Vacuum Couch & Chairs
Clean Ceiling Fans
Clean Fridge Inside & Out
Wipe Down Switches
Wipe Down Cabinets
Wash Duvets/Comforters
Quarterly:
Wash Curtains
Wash Interior Light Fixtures
Declutter Bathroom Cabinets
Clean Oven
Switch Air Filter in Furnace
Vacuum Mattresses
Go Through Pantry
Clean Inside of Cabinets
Wipe Down Baseboards
Semi-Annually
Go through Clothing and Sell/Donate/Toss what I don't need anymore
Wash Exterior Windows
Wash Exterior Light Fixtures
Shred Old Files
Clean Gutters
I use Google calendar to setup my cleaning calendar, so I can easily see what needs to be done each day. I start with the daily tasks and move through each tier (weekly, monthly, quarterly), spacing them throughout the month so you have just a few items each day to accomplish. On these items, you can set "repeat" to daily, weekly, monthly etc., so these items continue to show up.
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The second step I took to make cleaning easier was by going through all my cleaning supplies and getting rid of anything I didn't need. A lot of us have a lot of extra cleaning supplies cluttering our cabinets, when there are a ton of multipurpose products out there. These are my primary cleaning supplies:
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  • Fiona Dorse
    on Jun 29, 2015

    Hmmm! My home is next to the sea so do you have a schedule for us? ;-) My windows are cleaned once a week by the gardner otherwise we would never get to see the sea! Then the maids dust everyday and sweeps and mop everyday otherwise everything would be sticky :-( She changes the sheets every 5 days and the bathrooms are cleaned once a day and fresh towels everyday as we all wash our hair once a day as we excercise. So any ideas?

  • Melissa Sinner
    on Feb 8, 2016

    Thank you for this.it never crossed my mind to use my Google calendar for this.

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