It is always nice and relaxing to come back to a clean home after a long day at work but no one really loves the cleaning job. There is so much to do yet so little time. Having an organized cleaning routine will help us to keep the house cleanliness in check from time to time.
While there isn't a perfect routine to fit every household, the following steps can be used as a guide to customize a routine that suits your own schedule.
Jot down the task as you walk around
1. With a piece of paper and a pen on hand, walk around each room in the house and list down the things that need to be cleaned. Try to make it as detail as possible just so you don't miss out any spots. For example clean skirting boards, polish wardrobe mirror, disinfect kitchen bench top, etc.
Assign frequency to each task
2. Go through the list of things you've listed down one by one and indicate how often it should be done. Task frequency can be daily, weekly, monthly or annually according to your judgement.
Example of a household cleaning routine
3. Once completed, group the tasks by their frequency of occurrence. This will help you to visualize the tasks that need to be completed daily, weekly, monthly and so on.
4. If you have little helpers at home or family members to help out, great! Assign each task to a name and ensure it is safe for the little ones to help, such as picking up the toys and keeping them in their dedicated storage.
Tabulate the routine in excel or word document
5. Put everything you've listed in a neat table format in Word document, or Excel sheet and print it out. Alternatively, you can use a blackboard or writing board. Place it near somewhere everyone can see it easily.
Print it out and hang it somewhere visible
Having a cleaning routine doesn't necessarily mean a clean house. It also requires great discipline and practice to follow through the routine on a timely basis.
Given that we all have different circumstances and life is sometimes unpredictable, I think it's understandable if we do skipped certain tasks at times as long as it's not repeated often and we make an effort to complete the skipped tasks the soonest possible.