A housecleaning routine you can actually stick to
It’s my day off and numerous low key activities call to me: yoga, going to the dog park, sinking into the new Ta Nehisi Coates novel; but a must do chore looms over all these attractive options: my husband and I have to coque etui huawei p smart clean the house. We’ve been procrastinating for weeks and now things have gotten just a tad out of control.
The problem is that I have essentially set myself up for failure by saving all my cleaning for one day and without any kind of a plan. The trick is to create a cleaning routine huawei honor 7x coque that I can actually stick to. What might huawei y6 coque 2017 such a routine look like Here’s what the experts helped me come up with.
“Look around and ask yourself which areas of your home bother you the most when they dirty These will be the highest priority,” says coque samsung galaxy a5 2017 transparente Ashleigh Edelstein, a marriage and family therapist. “It’s also important to think about your least favorite tasks; it could be washing the dishes, dusting or folding the laundry.”
I took Edelstein’s suggestion of looking around coque samsung galaxy grand gt-19060 the house and assessing what needed to be done, but I still found myself overwhelmed, because basically everything is overdue for cleaning. This is where getting super organized can help. Start by writing tasks down, room by room in a checklist format.
It’s a good idea to type up this list and print it out so that you (and everyone else in your house) can refer to coque samsung j330fn it later. “Whoever is cleaning bathrooms that week can pull out the coque samsung s3 licorne checklist and check off each task as it completed.”
“On a daily level, aim to do dishes, pick things up off the floor and wipe down surfaces. Once a week, tackle your medium effort tasks, like dusting and vacuuming,” Budzienski says. “Then, when you go in for your deep clean once a month to clean floors coque samsung a5 2017 darty and organize rooms, amazon coque samsung galaxy j5 2017 it’s a much easier task.”
Like the checklist, the schedule should be printed out and posted in common areas around the home.
“If you want to improve your household chances of actually following that cleaning schedule it has to be hung somewhere visible,” says Schulhof. “Hang your cleaning schedule behind your front door, in the hallway near your garage entry, on your fridge, or somewhere else in your home where there is a lot of family foot coque samsung j6 transparente traffic.”
Schedule it on your calendar with reminders on
Now that you’ve got your schedule written up and taped to the fridge (or wherever), you should block out time in your calendar to actually do the assigned coque samsung j3 2017 equipe de france cleaning.
“Block out cleaning time on your calendar every day, even if it just a few minutes of tidying up, and set reminders,” says Edelstein. “It way too easy to swipe away an alarm and tell yourself you do it later, so make sure to set your reminder for when you supposed to start. If you find you still ignoring it, try setting your phone in a different room when you get home so it harder to coque huawei p8lite 2016 silicone ignore.”
Delegate tasks to others (including kids)
“If you coque samsung grand prime carrefour have other helpers in the house, you can start to designate rooms or tasks to each person as a way to split up the work and help get everyone in the swing of cleaning,” says Stapf.
Schulhof seconds this advice, adding that cdiscount coque samsung a5 in her home, chores are divvied up “based on skill level (kids coque samsung s7 edge 360 get the tasks appropriate for their age) and desire.”
Have your cleaning caddy pre stocked and easily accessible
“Instead of wasting time collecting the cleaning products I need for a given chore, I have a cleaning coque nature huawei caddy pre huawei p smart 2019 coque harry potter stocked with all of the products necessary to get any cleaning job done,” says Schulhof. “Everyone in coque samsung core prime stitch our household knows where it is and can grab it to tackle a spill or mess anywhere in our home.”
Bunch like tasks together
“Make it an easier time cleaning by combining tasks that intuitively go together,” says Brittany Ferri, an occupational therapist. “For example, cleaning the kitchen can be done right before coque samsung galaxy note 2 silicone you go grocery shopping. This will give you time to clean out the fridge and pantry, wipe down countertops, scrub the stove and note things you need to pick up. Then you can bring groceries back to a clean and organized kitchen to easily coque samsung galaxy trend rose put enlever coque samsung s7 away. Similarly, dusting and vacuuming can be done at the same time. You can vacuum coque samsung core prime protective silver your biggest rooms, then dust to catch any stray debris. This can then be followed by cleaning out the vacuum bag or canister, and also cleaning out the dryer lint trap and wiping down any of those surfaces with stray or excess dust.”
How much can you get done in 15 minutes
“I set a timer for myself for 15 minutes each night to get as many tasks done on my schedule as possible,” says Schulhof. “It really surprising how much can be cleaned in just 15 minutes.”
Make your brain associate cleaning with a great book or fun music
Courtney Keene, director of operations at MyRoofingPal, says she used to loathe cleaning, until she implemented a practical schedule and slipped in some entertainment on the side.
“The biggest key for me is tying in something I want to do with something I need to do,” Keene says. “That works coque samsung galaxie s8 especially well for cleaning, which is boring and monotonous on its own. Instead of just listening to music, I put on an audiobook or podcast that I not allowed to listen to at any other time. It only for when I cleaning, so I can look at it not coque samsung galaxy grand prime keep calm as having to clean for an hour, but getting to listen to an hour of the book I been dying to read.”
Jennifer Rodriguez, chief hygiene officer at Pro Housekeepers, likes to associate a theme with cleaning, usually in the form of music. “I’ll play throwbacks on Thursdays, for example and by the time I’m done listening a dozen songs, I am typically done.”..