Spring cleaning for those who don't want to spring clean

5 Days to a Cleaner Home

by Paige Estigarribia

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For many of us, devoting an entire weekend or even a few uninterrupted hours to deep cleaning our homes is difficult. A clean and organized house is great, but getting to that point with a full-time job, a family, or many other responsibilities might be difficult on a weekly basis. So how about breaking up your cleaning tasks to be done according to a daily schedule, so you aren't faced with four hours of house cleaning on a beautiful spring Saturday? Here at TDS, we've come up with a few daily tasks designed to take only a short amount time per day. They're geared toward wiping out those weekly cleaning tasks and opening up your weekend schedule.

Day 1 - Clean the Bathrooms (estimated time 30 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on number of bathrooms)

First up, clean the bathrooms. It makes sense to do all of the bathrooms at once, because you likely won't use bathroom cleaning supplies anywhere else in your house. So gather gloves, supplies, and a bucket and work on the sink and countertop, tub, shower, and toilet. Don't forget any mirrors, too. And remember to check toilet paper to make sure there is plenty and empty the trash. Change out the rugs or bath mats for fresh ones.

Throughout the week, keep your eyes open for ways to keep the bathroom tidy. It may even make sense to keep a canister of wipes under the sink or in a safe and out-of-the-way spot in the bathroom to keep up with countertop toothpaste, water, or makeup spills in between Mondays.

Day 2 - Dust and Clean Mirrors/Glass (estimated time 30 minutes to 45 minutes)

On Tuesdays, get the dusting gear ready and the glass cleaner too because you are going to be walking around the house armed to wipe off dust anywhere you see it. Have fan blades that are covered in dust? Wipe them down. Have a picture frame with the top covered in dust? Give it a good cleaning. Wipe away the dust that you can see. Some things might not accumulate dust every week, but other items will. You know where dust accumulates faster, so give those a precautionary wipe down. While you are in the dusting spirit, also make sure to clean any mirrors or glass tables with glass cleaner.

Day 3 - Laundry and Linens (estimated time 30 minutes to 1 hour or more)

This day is reserved for washing, folding, putting away, and changing out bed linens. Get all of the laundry completed up until this point. You can always catch up on loads that accumulate throughout the week with any extra time you have.

Day 4- Kitchen (estimated time 30 minutes)

Today is reserved for cleaning the kitchen. Like your bathroom, your kitchen also has special cleaners that you'll only need when you clean it. Clean your appliance fronts and clean off your countertops. Wipe down your microwave and your sink. Check the inside of your fridge and throw out any old food or leftovers, and quickly wipe out crumbs or spilled liquids you might see.

Day 5 - Vacuum/Sweep and Mop/Pick Up (estimated time 30 minutes to 1 hour)

Today, tackle your floors with a vacuum or broom and mop your floors. Give everything a good vacuum or sweep (or both, depending on your preference). Then give everywhere a good mop. As you looking at the floors, you can also pick up any toys, shoes, or other items that might need to go back to their places.

Any Extra Time? - Vacuum, Catch Up On Laundry, or General Organization (varies)

If you find yourself with an extra half hour or so on the weekends, run the vacuum to keep up with tracked in dirt or spilled crumbs. Or continue to catch up on laundry that has accumulated since you did it last. Or you can even tackle areas of your house that might need a little extra organization.

This schedule isn't set in stone. Modify it according to your needs. With a little planning, you can schedule your cleaning tasks throughout the week, so you aren't stuck with a big chore on beautiful weekends.

Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.

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