I had concluded a few things about cleaning my home:
- There are two kinds of cleaning: maintenance and heavy cleaning.
- If I want to heavily clean the entire structure 2x a year I need a plan AND I need to do the maintenance cleaning too.
- If I don’t do both, every week, I’ll never make it.
Previously, I’d made lists which were the heavy duty cleaning for each room. Then I made the maintenance cleaning list. My “maintenance” cleaning had to be 3 items per room or less, 2 preferred.
In EVERY room of the house the 2 items ended up being the horizontal surfaces: table tops, etc. and the floors. They are:
- Decluttering/straightening horizontal surfaces
- Maintaining the floor
The extras added for high-use rooms are:
- Dishes for the kitchen
- Laundry for the laundry room
- Glass on the wood stove for the hearth
My realistic expectation is that I can do all these chores once a week, at minimum. When I manage it, the house will be tidier and the floors will be cleaner than they are now.
If knowledge is power, I’m doing great!
Now, *all* I have to do is actually do it, that’s all!
If you don’t get why that might be a problem, see my post from yesterday.
On the other hand. . . because of writing this post, I swept the entry, stairs, hearth, and did more cleaning/culling on the kitchen counter. Took a load to the antique store too.