Daily Cleaning Tasks
Trying to keep your house clean can seem like a never-ending battle. Get on top of house cleaning with these simple and easy to do daily chores
Not many of us can put house chores on top of our favorite activities list.
If you are anything like us, you tend to put off all those small cleaning tasks until it is impossible to ignore them ( or you do the 30-minute ” guest coming” mad clean).
The truth is though, that once you start a habit of completely small daily chores you will notice a huge difference in how clean your home is, and how much easier cleaning your home is too.
This is also a brilliant cleaning schedule for working moms. We know how hard moms work, make life easier and better with this quick every day clean.
Easy Daily Chores
The easiest way to keep a clean home is to create daily habits.
It may take a little time to develop these and you may want to tweak them to suit your home but these 5 daily chores are a perfect place to start.
If you want to make your house a home, check out these easy and quick homemaking tasks.
Wipe Down Surfaces That Are Used Daily
Take notice of what surfaces get used the most during an average day and take the effort to give them a quick wipe every day. You will be surprised at how much of a difference this small cleaning chore makes to a clean home. Some surfaces that you may want to wipe down are:
- Kitchen counter
- Kitchen sink
- Bathroom benchtop
- Bathroom Sink
- Toilet seat
- Laundry counter
Do a 10-minute Tidy / Declutter
Set a timer and quickly do a tidy and declutter. This could be a room that seems to need it the most or the whole house. It’s amazing how much you can do in 10 minutes. Here are some ideas on what you can do, remember this is a quick overall tidy so don’t get caught up doing one thing.
- Pick up things laying on the floor
- Sort the mail
- Declutter benchtops and counters
- Put any items away in their proper place
- Hang up coats, bags etc
- Put away shoes
- Tidy magazines, books and paperwork
- Clear the coffee and dining table tops
- Sweep floors
The laundry can be a huge part of cleaning your home, especially if you have kids. While it can be near impossible to ever see the bottom of the laundry basket here are some daily laundry hacks to help keep on top of the laundry.
- Do one load a day. Make a habit of putting it on first thing in the morning or even at bedtime so it is ready to dry when you wake up
- Fold washing as soon as it is dry ( once that folding pile starts accumulating, it can be hard to ever tackle it )
- Have a laundry basket for each member of the house and place clean, folded clothes in it. Make it each person’s job to put this laundry away.
Making sure the soft furnishings in your home are neat goes a long way to keeping your home looking tidy. Here are some things to quickly do each day.
- Make the beds ( and teach children how to make their own). Not only does it look better, getting into a made bed after a busy day is an easy way to lift your mood.
- Plump and tidy cushions around the home ( on the lounge, on beds etc).
- Straighten rugs.
- Give carpets and rugs a quick vacuum.
Dirty dishes can be easy to leave lying around but the longer they are left, the harder they are to clean. They also instantly make your home look messy and unclean too.
- Empty the dishwasher first thing in the morning.
- After using dishes get all household members into the habit of putting them straight in the dishwasher.
- Clean as you go when cooking. Having a huge pile of washing up at the end of cooking is a sure way to put off doing the dishes.
- Put the dishwasher on before you head to bed.
If you really want to step up your cleaning routine keep reading as we have a free cleaning checklist further on the page.
But first, want to make daily cleaning easier? Try the ideas below.
Hacks To Make Cleaning Easier
Give the Children Chores
Chores can be a great way for children to learn responsibility, how to work as part of a team as well showing them how to become more capable.
Children can do chores from any age, just pick activities that are suitable to their age and capabilities. You could create them a small daily chore chart. This way they have a sense of achievement when they tock off items, and an easy to see list to remind them of what they have to do ( remember it doesn’t have to be a written list, you can use illustrations too).
Some ideas for chores children can do:
- Help with the 10-minute tidy up with chores like picking up toys or putting laundry in the wash basket.
- Being responsible for their own belongings. Putting their shoes away, hanging school bags, making their bed.
- Taking out the garbage
- Sweeping floors
- Emptying the dishwasher
Sharing the Cleaning
Anyone that lives in the home should help keep it clean. By sharing out the cleaning, it can be done much quicker. Talk with everyone that is part of the household and see if there are jobs that they prefer to do? If not then divide jobs up and give everyone tasks.
Aim For Done Not Perfect
Remember you live in a home, not a display house. Don’t strive for a perfectly clean home because you will often just end up tense and grumpy.
Sometimes you will miss daily tasks, sometimes your home will be a mess, sometimes the kids will decide to build forts in your living room. That’s okay because life is more than having a spotless home.
The secret to a clean home is a cleaning routine.
This doesn’t mean that you need to spend hours every day cleaning. The perfect cleaning schedule is one that fits into your lifestyle, makes sure all the home cleaning gets done and makes life EASIER.
Everyone and every home is different. And we all have different standards and wants. Some of us may be okay with only doing laundry once a week, others may find that having dirty laundry piled up makes them anxious and grumpy.
A few ideas to help you create the perfect house cleaning checklist for you and your home is to ask yourself some questions:
- What often bothers me about my home? ( ie, paper clutter, dirty dishes in the sink, unmade beds)
- How much time do I realistically have and want to spend on cleaning?
- How can other household members help with a cleaning routine?
Once you work out the answers to these questions you can create a daily cleaning checklist that really suits your home.
Daily Cleaning Schedule
Want to really work on having a cleaner house? Or struggling with creating your own daily house cleaning schedule?
We have made cleaning your home super easy with this FREE printable cleaning checklist
Have you tried a simple daily housekeeping checklist? Did it make a difference to your home and life? We love hearing back from our readers so be sure to tell us in the comments below.
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