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Maintain

Once you’ve deep cleaned your home or office, it’s time to maintain it. Maintaining a clean home or office space can create a peaceful and tranquil environment. For those who don’t want to spend hours cleaning each day they’re in luck. Maintaining a clean environment really only takes a few minutes at the end of each activity before transitioning to the next.

Making it a habit to clean as you go is the most important factor in maintaining a clean home or office. Putting away items in their proper places when you are done with them, wiping down bathroom surfaces after use and wiping up spills as soon as they occur make maintaining a clean environment easier.

Having easy access storage is also essential for keeping a home or office clean. Draw organizers, shelving, bins and baskets can help make putting things away in a neat and orderly fashion.

When others share the environment, such as children and coworkers, getting them on board with cleaning up after themselves can also minimize the time it takes to maintain a clean and tidy environment.

For some people, having a designated cleaning time frame one or two times per week helps them to keep up with other general housekeeping tasks. Establishing a set time of day or day of the week to do the vacuuming, floors and other housekeeping tasks can help assure that they get done. Having set days to do laundry, grocery shopping, to pay bills and take care of other housekeeping related tasks can also make home and office maintenance either.

For those who share their environment with pets, using a lint brush to pick up stray hairs and vacuuming rugs and furniture daily can help to keep pet hair under control.

When considering your home or office maintenance schedule it’s important to remember that everyone doesn’t have the same cleanliness standards. Consider your level of cleanliness comfort and make your weekly cleaning schedule accordingly.

Daily Housekeeping Tasks

Kitchen Tasks

  • Wipe down kitchen countertops
  • Empty and clean dishes and sink
  • Wipe down spots on the floor
  • Wipe down stove top
  • Wipe off microwave keypad
  • Pick up crumbs with handheld vacuum

Bathroom Tasks

  • Wipe down the sink and counter surface
  • Wipe splatters off of the mirror
  • Wipe down the toilet seat and cover
  • Swish the toilet bowl with a toilet brush
  • Spray cleaner on the shower curtain

Bedroom Tasks

  • Make the bed
  • Clean up nightstand
  • Put clothes in the hamper
  • Put accessories away

Living Room Tasks

  • Pick up crumbs with handheld vacuum
  • Straighten the couches
  • Wipe tabletops
  • Clear away clutter

Office Tasks

  • Put loose papers away
  • Wipe down keyboard and screen
  • Empty trash
  • Sort mail

Weekly Housekeeping Tasks

Kitchen Tasks

  • Clean countertop
  • Wipe down appliances
  • Scrub sink and shine faucets
  • Wash floors
  • Wipe down counters

Bathroom Tasks

  • Wipe down sinks and surfaces
  • Scrub toilets
  • Scrub tubs and showers
  • Shine faucets
  • Wash floors

General Tasks

  • Dust
  • Polish wood
  • Vacuum rugs
  • Sweep floors
  • Wash floors
  • Clean mirrors
  • Shake or vacuum rugs
  • Change linens

Depending on your family, you’ll need to determine how often to wash, dry and fold laundry. Whenever you do it, be sure to put away clean laundry promptly.

10 Tips for Maintaining a Clean Home or Office

  1. Clean as you go. If you take it out put it back. Make it a point to complete a task or activity by returning used items to their proper place. Wipe down counters after use and pick up spills when they occur.
  2. Be sure the environment is clean before you leave it. Before heading out, be sure that the clutter is picked up and that the home or office is in presentable condition. Returning to a clean environment is great!
  3. Don’t put off cleaning tasks. Instead of letting clutter, dirt and dust out of control, address messes as soon as you notice them.
  4. Get everyone involved. Kids and coworkers can be partners in helping to keep the environment mess free. Give younger children specific tasks, like putting their dirty clothes and the cabinets and encourage coworkers to pitch in with cleanup.
  5. Have a place for everything. When everything has a place it is easier to not only put things away, but find them when you need them. It also prevents clutter from accumulating.
  6. Avoid wearing shoes in the home. Shoes track mud, dirt and lawn care chemicals from the outdoors in. While you can’t ask people do remove their shoes when entering your business, you can make the areas easy to clean by utilizing throw rugs in heavy traffic areas.
  7. Keep cleaning supplies handy. Keep cleaning supplies within arm’s reach to increase use. Store bathroom cleaner and paper towels under the sink and keep your favorite counter cleaner on the counter or under the kitchen sink.
  8. Have company. If you’re struggling with weekly cleaning, have dinner guests. There’s no better way to get motivated to clean than by hosting a gathering.
  9. Put a basket by the stairs. In multilevel homes and offices having a basket by the stairs to toss items in can help ensure they get returned to their proper floor.
  10. Hire a weekly housekeeper. If weekly home maintenance is overwhelming, consider hiring a weekly housekeeper. For a surprisingly small investment, you can have a super clean house without putting in the work.