For several years, now, I've followed a cyclic house cleaning system that broke up the house into different areas and focused on one particular area per week for deep cleaning purposes, in addition to the regular daily/weekly cleaning.
Over the years, I've adapted the original suggested areas to suit my particular house. For example, the original cleaning schedule had listed the entry and living room for week 1 and the dining room and laundry room for week 2. I have no entry area (the front door opens directly in to the living room) and the dining room is at one end of the living room, so, for me, it makes sense to do the living room and dining area in one go. Also, my laundry room is off my family room, so I like to combine those two areas and I've listed them for week 2, instead of the dining room and laundry room. This makes for better progression through my house, as one moves from the living room to the dining room to the family room.
Some weeks, there are more deep cleaning type tasks to be done in these areas; other weeks, things are already in fairly good shape and only the minimal cleaning needs to be done. Sometimes, I have a long list of cleaning tasks and not enough time or energy to do them all; when that happens, the undone tasks get put off until the next time that particular area comes up. Or, I do them the following week, in addition to that week's area (provided I have enough time and energy).
The cycle ends with a week of "whole house" cleaning, which is what I did for the past two weeks, over the holidays. With the new year starting this week, it makes sense to start the whole cycle of cleaning from the beginning. Below is my house cleaning schedule:
Week 1: Living Room/Dining Room
Week 2: Family Room/Laundry Room
Week 3: Bathrooms
Week 4: Kitchen
Week 5: Daughter's Room/Guest Room + Closets for those rooms
Week 6: Front Porch/Back Porch/Garage
Week 7: Master Bedroom & Closet
Week 8: Whole House Cleaning
This week is Week 1 and I am starting with the living room and dining area. I have already tidied and dusted both these areas as part of last week's "whole house" cleaning. So, all I plan to do this week will be:
- Put fresh flowers
- Polish brass decorative items
- Look through shelves and drawers to see if there are any items to be decluttered
Do you have a house cleaning schedule? Do you follow a similar cyclic cleaning system? If not, how do you deep clean the various rooms and areas of your home?