How to Create the Perfect Cleaning Schedule for a Busy Household

It’s tough to keep the household clean and in order all the time. Schedules get busy and unexpected things tend to happen that take up your time. However, you can still keep your home clean even if you’re living in a busy household. All you really need to help keep things in order is a cleaning schedule that you can easily and happily follow. Here is how you can create the perfect cleaning schedule for your household and keep your amazing Judd Builders home in tip-top shape.

1. Prioritize
Every household is different. Every home has varied heavy traffic areas, different children, and a unique daily schedule. The first step to create the perfect cleaning schedule for your house is to prioritize. Highlight what is important to you and what you want clean. Do the dishes pile up constantly? Can you never catch up on laundry? These tasks that seem impossible to stay on top of are what you should prioritize cleaning. Whatever you decide are the main priorities of your household should be on top of your cleaning schedule!

2. Make a Small List
Most individuals schedule their life around their cleaning when it should be the other way around. If you schedule your household cleaning around your life, you’ll find that more gets cleaned. The next step in creating the perfect cleaning schedule for your busy household is to make a small and limited list from the priorities that you’ve decided upon. To keep things in check make three small lists of “must do’s” in these three categories: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly. Here’s a good example to follow:

Daily –

  • Make beds
  • Prep dinner
  • Complete at least 1 load of laundry
  • Do the dishes
  • Wipe down kitchen and bathrooms

Weekly –

  • Change sheets
  • Clean bathrooms fully
  • Meal plan (done every other week)
  • Vacuum household
  • Dust heavy traffic areas

Monthly –

  • Change Air Filters
  • Wash quilts and blankets
  • Clean out the car
  • Dust every room

Remember your cleaning schedule and priorities will vary from this list. So think about your household and plan accordingly!

3. Conquer the Clutter
Keeping the clutter under control is a huge aspect to keeping a tidy home. Before you start tackling your cleaning schedule, you should conquer the clutter around your house if you have any. Go through every space in the house and organize the whole room. Anything that you find that doesn’t fit in the room or doesn’t get used anymore put it in a bin to store away. Once the bin is full take it to a consignment store and donate it! Keep this up after clearing the clutter and place any new clutter in the bin to donate later.

4. Keep Up With the Routine
Once you’ve determined your daily, weekly, and monthly lists and conquered the clutter you’re ready to put your schedule to the test! Find a routine that works for you that helps you get your daily tasks done. If you prefer to put in a load of wash and clear the dishwasher in the morning, do it then or if you like to prep for dinner towards the evening that’s when you should do it. Figure out what works best for you and follow that routine!

5. Divide and Conquer
The best part of creating a cleaning schedule is that you don’t have to tackle it alone. Ask for help when it comes to your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Ask your wife or husband to help you complete a task or two. If you have kids assign them some chores that will help keep the house clean. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Dividing and conquering is always the best method.

6. Complete the Cycle
This step might seem confusing, but it’s one of the most important steps to follow. When you start a task make sure you follow through and complete it. If you start a load of laundry make sure to dry it, fold it, and put it away. Don’t leave any of your tasks unfinished. And don’t feel bad if you get interrupted and don’t complete the task fully at that moment. Just make sure the task gets done before the day ends. It will help keep the house tidier.

7. Schedule Your Tasks
For bigger and more time consuming cleaning tasks, schedule them around your everyday life. This works best for completing weekly and monthly tasks. Remember this will be different for every household so do things according to your needs.

Minor Home Fixes in a Flash

There are always those minor home projects that you end up putting off every weekend. Stop ignoring these minor fixes and cross them off your to do list in a flash with these helpful tips and tricks!

Furniture Scratches
Furniture scratches can be frustrating, especially when it happens on your favorite piece of furniture. However, there’s nothing a little Old English Scratch Cover can’t fix! They also provide information on how to care for your furniture as well as an array of products to upkeep your furniture’s natural beauty.

Water Rings
You know that frustrating feeling you get when you see water rings on your furniture because someone didn’t use a coaster? Well now you can let go of that frustration and get rid of those nasty water rings. There are multiple ways to remove water rings from your wooden furniture. So get cleaning and rid you furniture of those miserable looking water rings.

Carpet Spills
When something spills on a brand new carpet, it can send homeowners into a frenzy. So stay calm and make sure to blot instead of rub the stain. When you rub the stain you are only making it bigger. So blot stain and check out Shaw Carpets website for tips to help you clean multiple stains and keep your carpets in tiptop shape!

Lumpy Pillows
If you’re unsure if you should throw your lumpy pillow away, there is a way to test it! Perform the “break test” by folding your pillow in half and placing a heavy book on it. If it pops back into its original state it’s still good to use. If not, your pillow is dead and needs to be thrown out and replaced. Also, the “break test” only works on fiberfill, down- or feather-filled pillows not on foam or any other type of pillow.

Mildewy Vinyl Shower-Curtain Liner
This one is an extremely easy fix! Just take the shower-curtain down and throw it in the washer with some old towels. Make sure to put it on a short-cycle using hot water and bleach and it will be as good as new!

Crayon Off The Wall
If you have any kids or grandkids they’re bound to get crayon all over the place, especially the wall. A magic eraser will do the trick, but if you don’t have one handy you could always use a blow dryer to heat up the wax and wipe it off with a rag and dish soap. Or if you have WD-40 handy, spritz it on the crayon markings and wipe it away!

Musty Front-Load Washer Smell
One of the most frustrating things to deal with around the house is the musty smell front-load washers give off. To rid your washer of the unpleasant smell you should move your wet clothes to the dryer immediately before they get musty. That’s easier said than done, but if you’re able to it will help prevent the musty smell from manifesting. Also, keep the front door open to let the washer air dry. However, there are other measures you can take to combat against your washer’s musty smell. Clean the door’s rubber seal once a month with a half and half solution of water and vinegar. You can do a cleansing wash by running your washer empty on the hottest setting with a cup of baking soda in the drum and white vinegar in the detergent dispenser. Also, don’t forget to clean your drain pump filter every few weeks!

Hard Wood Floor Care

the floor clean with a vacuum cleaner

Hard wood floors are valuable and sensitive, but they don’t need to be specially cared for. There are simple methods to cleaning your hard wood floors while still keeping them in pristine condition. Here are tips and steps on how to clean hard wood floors:

First, here are some things to keep in mind before you clean to make sure they are extra clean and sparkly when you’re done:

  • Go shoe free. Keeping shoes at the door and avoiding wearing them on the floors all the time will prevent a lot of dirt from coming in.
  • Dust the baseboards. Before a floor cleaning and after you’ve dusted a room, sweep a dust wand over the baseboards. All the dirt will fall to the ground and will be picked up when you clean the floor.
  • Work from the top down. Clean your floors last because when you clean the rest of the house, dust and dirt will fall on the floor, so you might as well save the floor for last and get it all at once rather than having to go back after you clean the floor the first time.

Now for supplies, all you need is:

  • a broom
  • a dust pan
  • a steam mop
  • steam mop replacement pads

To give your floor a really good clean, move everything from the space, unless it’s furniture you can easily get under, and sweep the entire floor. This allows you to pick up dust bunnies, dirt and larger items that a Swiffer can’t pick up.

Next, use the steam mop to clean the rest. You don’t have to use any chemicals or carry around a bucket, mop or sponge and it does a good job. It’s all natural and will only take a few minutes. You will see the steam on the floor and will see the cleaning pay off when the pad visibly collects all the remaining dirt. Another good thing about a steam mop is that you can just throw the pads in the wash and reuse them. The steam dries pretty quickly so you can put everything back in its place in no time!

For a deeper cleaning every now and then, use a wood cleaning product diluted according to its instructions. Dip a sponge or mop in the water, wring it out as much as possible so it’s just damp, mop the floor with that then rinse the floor with a clean mop dampened in clear water. Wipe up extra liquid to prevent water damage on the wood. This only needs to be done every so often, maybe a couple times a year. The steam mop is perfect for your weekly cleaning.

Things in Your Home You Should Clean More Often

Closeup horizontal image of hands wearing rubber gloves while cleaning stove top range with spray bottle and microfiber rag

Cleanliness is an important aspect in a lot of people’s homes, but there are some places/things that you may not clean as often as you should. Some may seem fairly obvious and others not-so-obvious:

  1. Dryer Lint Trap– It’s very easy to forget to clean out this small nook of space. If you use dryer sheets, simply pulling the lint off the trap after a wash isn’t enough to keep it truly clean.  Washing the trap every six months will improve the performance of your dryer and increase its lifespan. To clean it use warm soapy water and a cleaning toothbrush to wash it gently and let it sit to dry overnight!
  2. Inside the dishwasher– A lot of people may think the dish washer doesn’t really need to be clean considering it cleans your dishes with soap and hot water all the time, but tiny bits of food and grease can get stuck inside small spaces in the washer, making it look and smell bad over time as well as decrease its efficiency.
  3. Refrigerator Coils– Spending only 15 minutes every six months cleaning your refrigerator coils can eliminate 70 percent of the refrigerators malfunctions, extend its lifespan and increase efficiency.When dirt and dust clog the coils, they can’t release heat properly, causing the compressor to run longer and work harder than it should.

For the rest of the important spaces to keep clean that most people forget about, click HERE for the full article.