Monday, June 19, 2017

A How-To Guide: One Weekend Home Deep Clean

Cleaning. We know we have to do it, but wow, is it something we’d rather not be wasting our time on. It’s a chore and it feels like one, especially when you’ve had a long day at work and just want to be zoned out on the sofa. 

The general advice when it comes to cleaning is that you should do it on a little-and-often basis. Sweep a floor here; wipe down a sink there - that’s how we should all be cleaning, a little bit at a time. This belief stems from the idea that if you’re constantly doing a little bit, nothing ever mounts up and you always feel the home is at least somewhat clean. 

However… how about we fly in the face of common knowledge? Rather than spreading the misery throughout our every day, is it possible to condense a major deep clean into a single weekend? 

It is - and it’s worth trying, especially during the summer months when you’d rather be spending time with your kids. While you’ll still need to do the basics of daily cleaning, you can skip over anything more intensive and let it build up. Then, you can blast it in all in a single weekend. 

Here’s how. 

1) Make A List

As you go through the month, make a list of all the chores that cross your mind. Maybe you go and put laundry away and notice your son’s bedroom needs a deep clean; or you see the freezer could do with a thorough defrosting and sort through. Write them all down, and then use that list as your action plan for the weekend you’re going to spend blitzing. 

2) Get The Rubbish Out

The first task of your cleaning weekend should be to thoroughly remove rubbish from every room. You can use the likes of to pick it all up and whisk it away, leaving you with the bare essentials to get through. It’ll save you a lot of time to get rid of the trash in one fell swoop, as you won’t have to be moving around it or sorting recycling when you should be cleaning. 

3) Group Tasks Together

With your list, you should be able to find tasks that can be grouped together as they are similar in application. That means you only need to get out one set of cleaning products at a time, making the whole process more streamlined. Examples of some groups - 

Cleaning the sink in the bathroom and kitchen is a fairly identical process, so do these one after the other. 

Sweep and clean the floors of every room at once, so you’re not having to constantly juggle equipment back and forth.

Clean all of the windows at the same time, for the same reason. 

By cleaning like this, you can make the most of your time and ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Then, you can spend the rest of the month delighting in the fact you don’t have to clean for 28 days out of the month - except in February, of course!

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