More often than not, we are all busy. If we are not busy, we are at least busy doing things we need to do or like to do. More and more, we can’t even spare an hour a day to clean. You may even decide to spend an hour or two cleanings every other week because it’s an easier goal to achieve.
Instead of making a weekly checklist to clean certain things or do certain tasks, make a biweekly checklist. You’ll be surprised at the results. However, making a list every two weeks is not an excuse to neglect small portions of your time to do things like clean dirty dishes or refill toilet paper dispensers.
When you make a home maintenance list, you will probably want to do some tasks more often than others. Some tasks can’t be done once every two weeks. The idea of making a bi-weekly list is that every two weeks you make sure that everything is neat and tidy. You can use it to check that your house is clean and organize what needs to be done.
A general list might look like this:
- Living room: Clean “dry” rooms such as the dining room, bedroom, office, living room, etc.
- Bathrooms: clean the entire bathroom as if it had been used by a guest.
- Floors: vacuum carpets in high traffic areas up to twice a week. Sweep or clean other areas as needed.
- Furniture: dust furniture, vacuum sofas, etc.
- Kitchen: wipe down or clean appliances, sinks, backsplashes, refrigerator, countertops and cooktops.
- Light fixtures and lamps: check lampshades for dust, check light bulbs and even the light bulbs.
- Laundry: Wash the laundry that you may not have had time to do in your daily routine.
- Pet houses: Clean items such as pet cages or baskets.
- Outside: Sweep areas such as porches and patios (in summer).
- Windows, mirrors, blinds: check window blinds, wash windows that need special attention and take care of any stains that have appeared.
It is important to clean daily in small amounts. If you do this, you will enjoy a home that is often very clean and tidy. Twice-weekly checklists are very helpful in ensuring cleanliness.