Can you have a clean house yet still be domestically disorganised or, in more common terms, a slob? Over many years of cleaning houses we have realised that every home has three distinct levels.
- Daily detritus. The empty coffee cup that’s waiting to go in the dishwasher; the clean laundry that needs putting away, the shoes and bag dumped as the kids walk in the door. It’s all high level, surface stuff that doesn’t take much to deal with.
- Clutter. The middle level is the junk that accumulates because it doesn’t really have anywhere to go. It is what stops your house from being the way you really want because it gets cleaned around, rather than cleaned under. It could include old or outdated clothes taking up space in your wardrobe or drawers, or that broken thing you meant to fix six months ago but which is still hanging around.
- Dirt, dust, and grime. Once everything moveable is put in its rightful place you are left with the surfaces to clean. You can have a clean house with level one items, but as soon as level one progresses into level two you will struggle. Keeping up with the daily detritus makes it much harder for clutter to build up, and keeps surfaces clear so they can be cleaned regularly.
In other words: if “I’ll hang that washing out after MasterChef” mutates into a “why bother putting that washing away when I’ll only wear those socks next week” then you’ve got a problem.
The easiest way to be the Domestic Goddess you dream of is to have a regular routine. Little and often is the key to a clean house. If you have kids, set them their own age appropriate chores and get into the habit of doing things at a particular time each day, like putting a load of washing on before bed to hang out in the morning, making beds before morning TV, or cleaning out the fridge before you do the shopping.
If the sink is the first thing you see when you walk into the kitchen then keep it clean and shiny, if your towel rack is immediately visible in the bathroom then hang your towels neatly. You’ll be surprised at how small actions like this have a snowball effect towards keeping your home clean and tidy.
If an item doesn’t have a place find it a home or get rid of it – this goes for objects in your backyard as well. Sell it, donate it, recycle it, or chuck it (responsibly of course!).
Daily, Weekly, Monthly
Daily – wash dishes, make beds, put dirty washing in the hamper, wipe kitchen counters.
Weekly – clean floors, change sheets and towels, do washing, clean the bathroom, wipe light switches and door handles.
Monthly – dust, clean out fridge, clean mirrors, wipe skirting boards and woodwork.
Seasonally – vacuum and air mattress, wash grout, clean windows.
If you find yourself so far behind you have no idea where to start then book a Spring Clean and let Family Clean get you back on track.