Daily Home Cleaning Maintenance: The Key To Mastering Mess

The Key To Mastering Mess

Too often, people find themselves in the following cycle: Their homes slowly accumulate dirt and mess over time, until it becomes unbearable and they decide they have to get down to business and deep-clean the residence from top to bottom. They do so, and for about a week, it looks beautiful! But somehow, despite resolutions to keep the house clean this time, slowly it succumbs to mess once more.

The problem is usually how these individuals view cleaning: As a large chore which is reserved for weekends, or worse, just once every fortnight. When the time to clean comes, they often find they are too tired, or too busy, to take on such a large job—and thus, the mess remains and grows larger.

The secret to ending this cycle lies in daily home cleaning maintenance: Knowing which chores can be done quickly enough to fit into each day, thereby reducing the weekend workload. Use the guide below as a template for quick, efficient daily cleaning, and you will soon find your home or apartment becomes much more manageable:

In the kitchen: Take 5-10 minutes to clear out and wipe down the sink, moving all dishes to the dishwasher. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe up spills on the counters and on the floor—save mopping for the weekend. Take another 5 minutes to put away dish towels, oven mitts, and any other clutter.

In the bathroom: Wipe out the sink, wipe off the toilet seat and rim, and clean the mirror. Give the toilet bowl a quick swirl with the brush and wipe down the shower door—this will keep stubborn grime from accumulating on either. (The whole job should entail about 15 minutes of cleaning in total.)

In the bedroom: Make the bed and tidy any clothing left lying around (about 5 minutes). Sort out anything on the nightstand that is creating clutter.

In the living room: De-clutter the area, making sure that video games, toys, remote controls, books etc. are in their proper places, then quickly vacuum any crumbs off the sofa and wipe down the coffee table. This should only take about ten minutes in total; if it takes longer, chances are that you lack an organised system of bins in which to place such objects. If that is the case, get a toy box, a box for movies and video games, magazine racks, etc. and label them so that others in the household can easily tidy up after themselves.

And there you have it: In under an hour per day, you can cut your weekend workload in half, and stay on top of the mess in your home. If you're truly pinched for time in the evenings, try fitting in these activities whenever you are waiting around for something else: e.g. while dinner is cooking, work on the bathroom and living room; on commercial breaks during your favourite TV program, get up and tidy the kitchen, and so on.

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