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If you’ve read our post about the cleaning jobs you should be doing every day, then you should be ready to start our amazing housekeeping checklist, these are the jobs you need to be doing each week to keep your house sparkling clean! If you missed the post about daily habits, you can catch it here. You’ll need to have those jobs in place before you start on your weekly jobs!
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What is the weekly housekeeping checklist?
The weekly housekeeping checklist is a thorough list of jobs that should be done each week after you have completed your daily jobs. I have split these jobs up into bite-sized pieces and have given you jobs from Monday to Friday. Do as much as you can from each list in 30 minutes. Your house does not need to be perfect, you just need to maintain it. So set your timer and dash about as quickly as you can to complete each list!
You will notice an extra job at the bottom of the housekeeping checklist. These extra jobs are your deep cleaning jobs which are not normally included in maintenance cleaning. I’ve added one deep cleaning job to each list, so you can get these done when you have the time, it means you can have a free weekend to spend with your family and friends. It also means you do not have to spend time deep cleaning your house as it has been worked into your routine.
Don’t spend too long on your extra jobs. Whatever you missed this week, you can catch up with next week.
You will also notice that I’ve included a lucky dip list. This is a list of chores you can choose to do anytime. Again, these jobs often get missed, so getting them ticked off regularly is good!
Housekeeping cleaning tips
- Keep all floors free from clutter.
Keeping the floors free from clutter allows you to whizz around and clean without having to start tidying up beforehand. If you have little kids, encourage them to utilize tables when building models and using Lego.
Sweeping up the main traffic areas of your home each day helps keep your house clean and tidy.
- Open all the windows!
I’m often asked how I keep my house smelling fresh. I always have the windows open, no matter how cold outside. Changing the air and allowing it to circulate allows the daily smells to escape and be replaced by clean, fresh air. It also prevents the growth of mold and mildew!
- Provide plenty of storage areas for toys.
Ensure storage is used after your kids play by teaching them to tidy away after themselves.
- Provide a workplace for arts and crafts.
Make up an area designed for arts and crafts and other messy materials, preferably in a place with hardwood or tiled floors to make daily house cleaning much quicker and simpler.
- Dust as quickly as you can
Grab a telescopic duster, fly around the house as quickly as possible, and sweep over skirting boards, door frames, and lampshades as swiftly as possible. This is how professional workers can clean houses in such a short period. We work super fast with the right tools! I can whizz around my whole house in less than five minutes!
If you ensure this job is done each week, you’ll find it’s a very quick swipe around each time! To clean your feather duster, take it outside and bang it a few times to release the dust.
- Stick to a cleaning schedule when you have time.
Get into the habit of sticking to the housekeeping checklist every day when you can. Sometimes life will throw you a curveball, and you may find that after a tough day at the office, you missed a day from the household chore list, but the beauty of having regular weekly jobs is that you can jump right back in where you are and can catch up next week. If you keep up with your few daily jobs, your house will never look trashed! And remember you’ll have weekends free too!
- Keep safety in mind.
Use steps where possible for cleaning windows and for cleaning hard-to-reach places. Even though I have suggested that you whizz around cleaning as fast as possible, I always advise that safety comes first! Be aware of mixing cleaning products, too!
- Do not mix cleaning products.
Each cleaning product is designed to be used on its own. You should never mix products as they may cause toxic fumes.
Keep vinegar-based cleaners away from bleach, as this combination is very toxic.
Do you follow a housekeeping list? Which jobs are on yours? Let us know in the comments!