Are you ready for Spring cleaning, or just ready to get a handle on your home? Well I am and I'm excited! A month or so ago, I purchased Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home.
It's fabulous. Martha tells me everything I need to do for my home and how to do it. It's a freaking encyclopedia of home maintenance. But my favorite part of the book is what to clean and when (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally). Many things may seem like common sense, but it has allowed me to think about my "cleaning schedule" and get organized.
For instance...I am obsessed with sweeping because of this list. I now love to sweep!
Six Things to Do Every Day
1. Make the BedTidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you'll let other things -- such as clothes and papers -- pile up around it.
2. Manage ClutterWhenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.
3. Sort the MailTake a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.
4. Clean as You CookInstead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.
5. Wipe Up Spills While They're FreshWhether it's tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.
6. Sweep the Kitchen FloorEvery evening once you've finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.