I’ve said multiple times that this isn’t a cleaning blog. However, cleaning comprises part of my day. So here we are.
We all have trouble keeping our homes clean and organized. Hell, I’ve been doing this thing ful-time for more than a decade, and I still let me dishes sit in the sink overnight to “soak.” We all love having clean homes, but few of us actually like the cleaning part.
The key to having and keeping a clean home is to do it consistently. This means honing your daily regimen—you should have a set of chores you can complete in 45-ish mintues that you feel comfortable doing every day. Then, you should have a set of chores you can complete in two hours every weekend. Then, you should have a set of chores you can complete in an afternoon every month. That’s how it works. I don’t make the rules.
If you’re curious to see what this looks like, here are my three lists. Of course, I probably have a bit more time than most working full-time jobs, but hey, be a little ambitious. These don’t all need to be completed at the same time (you make your bed in the morning, you do the dishes at night, whatever), but they should be done nonetheless.
Without further ado, the most boring to-do lists you’ve ever seen.
- Make the bed
- Wash dishes
- Clean kitchen countertops
- Wipe down appliances
- Clean up spills, dirt, messes, &c.
- Organize/put items in their places
- Organize mail
- Take out trash/compost/recycling
- Clean bathroom (toilet, sink, shower, &c)
- Do laundry (including bed sheets)
- Organize/clean out refrigerator
- Dust all surfaces
- Organize closet space
- Clean oven
- Clean out refrigerator
- Clean furniture (vacuum upholstery, wipe down wood)
- Wash ceiling light fixtures
- Wipe down baseboards