Hi all! I’m back. May… the busiest month of the year. (Besides December with its last minute Christmas shopping, but that’s an entirely different blog.) With all the craziness in our lives, it’s difficult to find a few uninterrupted hours for cleaning. So, I have a new cleaning proposal.
First off, cleaning my home room by room, i.e. zone cleaning, just has not been working well for my family. Zone cleaning works great for Straighten Your Paths jobs. We have cleaning bags that make it efficient for deep cleaning each room top to bottom. At my own home, though, I have young kiddos who continually move around the house as I clean. They pull out toys, eat snacks, and make a mess directly behind me.
Thus, I present to you task cleaning or cleaning your home one task at a time. Task cleaning keeps me moving (getting more exercise… a major plus) and keeps me on track. No more getting distracted by toys and clutter! We pick up first and the cleaning begins: one task at a time.
An article from Woman’s Day explains task cleaning at its finest. (The following quotes are from their article titled A Quicker Way to Clean House.) The seven steps you need to task clean your entire home are:
1) Dust. “Dust each room, including the topsides of all the furniture, the undersides of all the shelves, and all handrails, as well as picture frames, TV screens, and knickknacks.” And don’t forget all of your air vents!
2) Furniture and fabric. “Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets.” I spray down my bedding with antibacterial spray every morning and my blankets/pillows while cleaning. Everything smells great, and I don’t have to worry about germs in between washes.
3) Mirrors and glass. As you can see from steps 1-3, task cleaning helps you work your way from top to bottom. It also helps to move from left to right in each room. You won’t miss a thing!
4) Surface cleaning. “Wipe down all surfaces and counters throughout the house.” This includes and is not limited to end tables, TV remotes, light switches, door handles, etc.
5) Kitchen and bathroom. “Walk through and spray cleaner on tubs, sinks and toilets. Return and scrub. Then, in the kitchen, wipe down the inside of the microwave, and cabinet and appliance doors.” Always remember, top to bottom.
6) Floors. Sweep and mop.
7) Vacuum. Step 6 and 7 are interchangeable. Vacuuming first works best in my house. Vacuum, mop and then vacuum our upper level. The key is to do what works most efficiently for you!
Reminder: this is all about moving quickly through your house and getting it as clean as possible. I have been practicing task cleaning in my own home for the past two weeks and love it! I can complete it in less than two hours and just spot clean the rest of the week. Another option is to split each of the seven tasks to one per day. Simple, quick and on task!