Planning a flexible cleaning schedule
It's fair to say most of us don't like cleaning.
For those of us who tend to procrastinate, that can make the job even harder in the end. The key to keeping the workload manageable (not to mention your abode or home office) clean and fresh-smelling is to develop a schedule you can stick to.
Job one is to consider the family dynamic. If you have young children (or grandchildren), cleaning is going to be a bigger job than if you live alone or you and your significant other are now empty-nesters. For most people, the list of daily tasks includes washing dishes, laundry and general tidying up. Involving the whole family will help teach a sense of responsibility in younger children.
Dusting, cleaning and vacuuming are typical weekly chores, but again those may vary depending on the number of people in the house and even the time of year. For example, spending more time outside during the warm summer months may buy you some time between cleanings. Set a day to do a specific task, such as vacuuming every Thursday. The key is to create a routine that becomes a habit. It's a good idea to the write your plans down; putting your plan on paper makes it more of a committment.
Tough jobs like cleaning the oven, dusting hard to reach places and washing walls should be considered monthly tasks, or every second month. A good idea might be to divide up the task and maybe do one each week over a couple of months. We aren't talking a weekend project here; do what you can in an hour or so and then call it a day. Pushing yourself one day and being exhausted the next isn't a good approach. Pace yourself and work cleaning jobs around more enjoyable activities.
Some people may want to focus on a task, for example do all the vacuuming one day and move on to the laundry tomorrow and dusting the day after. Others go room to room. There's no right or wrong approach, only the one that works for you.
Don't get discouraged if there are times when life intervenes and throws you off the schedule. The dust will still be there when you can get around to it.
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