Housekeeping isn't exactly an enjoyable task, but it is an inevitable one. Make cleaning your house less painful by developing a list of tasks for each room in your house. You can split these tasks up so that different family members can contribute, or you can choose to tackle a handful of tasks every day to avoid a major day of housekeeping. Think about the needs of each room when composing a list of housekeeping duties.
The kitchen can be one of the messiest places in the house, with plenty of activity, from big family dinners to regular cooking. Regular housekeeping duties in the kitchen include basic cleaning of the counters, stove and kitchen table. The floor will need to be swept and mopped once or twice a week as well. Wipe down the exterior of appliances, like the oven and microwave. Less frequently, you should clean out the refrigerator and freezer, ridding them of old food and leftovers and wiping down the interior and exterior. If you have a self-cleaning oven, clean it every few months as well.
The living room, den or basement -- wherever your family congregates to watch TV and hang out -- can get messy as well. Dust or wipe down the end tables, bookshelves and TV stand at least once a week to eliminate dust buildup. If you have carpet in this room, vacuum it weekly to avoid dirt buildup. Check for stains regularly, and use a carpet cleaner when needed to eliminate stains. If you have hardwood floors, mop them weekly to keep them shining.
Make the bed daily -- this will instantly give the room a cleaner look. This is a duty that the kids can help you with. Make sure clothes are hung up in the closet or put away in the bureau -- clothes strewn around the room make it messy. Keep bookshelves, desks and night stands dusted and well organized. Vacuum or mop the floors regularly.
No one enjoys cleaning a messy bathroom -- but no one enjoys using a messy one, either. Spray the shower or bathtub with a self-cleaning spray after every use to eliminate mildew buildup. Wipe down bathroom counters several times a week to eliminate stains, dust and product buildup. Clean the mirror at the same time. Scrub the inside of the toilet weekly, and wipe down the outside of the toilet as well. Mop the floors once a week.
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