Confession…I'm a messy person.
Don't get me wrong, I love having a clean house and try my best. But I have to really concentrate on staying on top of my messes (yes, MY messes). Plus I have 3 young kids (my oldest is 4) and a large house (5,200 sq feet, super-duper-clearance short sale – story for another day). Between those excuses and the fact that I have a million and one things to do each day (and the fact that I don't like cleaning and would rather do a million and one other things…), keeping my house deep-cleaned is a challenge!
Years ago I came up with a system for being able to deep clean your house (and keep it clean) focusing on just one chore per day. At first the chore might take you some time. But as you stick to the list, each week you'll see the chore going quicker and quicker because it becomes maintenance cleaning. Before you know it your house will be deep-cleaned with little effort!
This system has gone viral on Pinterest and has worked for thousands of people. Since it's Focus on Organization month over here, I thought it was time to update and re-post the system! Hope you enjoy!
Deep-Clean Your House with 1 Chore Per Day
In addition to typical daily chores (dishes, taking garbage out, picking up your floors, wiping up spills, etc.), by focusing your attention on just one main chore per day, it will help you stay on top of your home's deep-cleaning needs! The best part? If you stay on top of the list you'll be able to complete the chores in 20, 30 minutes.
Another perk? Saturday and Sunday are your DAYS OFF! Use those days to catch up on additional deep-cleaning needs, use it to organize, or use it to have fun with your family!
Here's a FREE PRINTABLE for you to print out and post in your home, to help you stay on schedule:
Again, print this list HERE
Here's a breakdown of how this works:
(For a printable version of this breakdown click HERE)
(Monday is technically cheating because it is 3 chores…but they are smaller, more intermittent chores so you can squeeze in more.)
- Laundry day. Always keep your machines running. Start first thing in the morning and consciously keep loads going throughout the day (or whenever you're home). Set an alarm in your phone if you need to. Fold laundry at night watching TV. Make sure all clothes are put away before you go to bed.
- Note: Yes, you'll probably need to do laundry throughout the week as well. But this is your day to switch out towels and linens, and the day to make sure everyone in the family gets you their dirty clothes.
- Tidy the house. Go through every room in your house and put everything away.
- Tip: Never leave a room empty-handed! As you walk throughout the house ALWAYS pick at least one thing up as you come/go. Your house will be picked up before you know it.
- Vacuum main rooms (not bedrooms or stairs). As you walk through the house picking things up, drag a vacuum behind you. **NOTE: I vacuum a lot because I have a dog that sheds. You may not need to vacuum as much as I choose to do, but it does prolong the life of your carpet and makes you feel SO GOOD to see those gorgeous vacuum lines in the floor 😉
- Bathrooms. Do it all! Toilet, tub/shower, replace towels and wash clothes, sink, floors, wipe out drawers/cabinets, mirror, re-stock toilet paper/fresh towel supply. Spray some good smelling stuff in there when you are done, the satisfaction is amazing.
- Surfaces. Anything that can be dusted, mopped, swept, wiped, vacuumed, etc. For me, this is the biggest chore of the week.
- Tip: Make the list work for you. For me this includes disinfecting counter tops, cleaning windows, banisters, mopping the floors, cleaning out the microwave, kitchen sink, wiping down kitchen chairs, dusting and wiping all mantles/shelves/dressers/night stands/etc., wiping the top of the fridge, etc.
- Note: Yes, you will probably need to clean surfaces throughout the week. So use this day to DEEP CLEAN; focus on those surfaces that you normally don't get to, or use it to give your surfaces a good, hard, disinfecting scrub.
- Organize/clean out something. This can be a closet, your car, your child's toy box, your makeup drawer, pick one thing and don't stop until it's clean/organized. Get a good list of ideas HERE.
- Tidy the house. Go through every room in your house and make sure everything has a home. Never leave a room empty-handed!
- Vacuum all rooms including stairs.
Divide up levels in your home
I originally made this list when we lived in our 2br town home. My house now is much larger. What I do now is divide up the chores and levels of my home to make it manageable.
- Week 1 of the month, I do my main floor (but follow the same schedule – Monday, vacuum. Tuesday, bathrooms, etc.).
- On week 2, I do my top floor.
- On week 3 I do my main floor again (most used, after all),
- and week 4 I do my basement.
That way I'm staying on top of the floor I use the most, but making the task and list realistic.
Day or night, doesn't matter.
I'm a stay-at-home-work-at-home-mom (yes, there is such a thing). Yet, it's rare that I complete my chore during the day, I usually do it at night once the kids are in bed. So whether you work full-time or stay home full-time, just find the time of day that works for you!
Stay consistent, or it might not work.
It's more important for you to do the chore every day and only complete PART of the chore, than it is to complete the chore in full, but not do the list every day. Keep the purpose of this system in mind: By doing A LITTLE EACH DAY, you conquer big tasks bit by bit and stay on top of the mess. If you do it one week, then not the next, then kind of do it the following week…yes, it's going to take you a long time to complete the chore when you finally get to it, making the system unrealistic, harder to do. Stick with it and you'll get to the point where you can bang it out in 20-30 minutes…or less!
Get your family involved.
Who says YOU have to be the one to keep your house deep-cleaned? Get everyone involved on the chore each night before dinner, before school, or whenever it works for you, and it will be done in no time.
This system has worked for me, so I hope you give it a try and make it work for you! Happy cleaning 🙂