Instead of dedicating an entire day each week to cleaning, follow this simple chore list suggested by cleaning experts Cheryl Sameshima at Domestic Aide (2335 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, 417-862-4414, domesticaide.net) and Serenia Stults at Spic-N-Span (17321 Bus. Hwy. 13, Unit H., Branson West, 417-239-5912, spic-and-span-cleaning.com).
In the Kitchen
“Keep up on cleaning the daily stuff, especially the microwave,” Sameshima says. “Clorox wipes are fantastic for quick usage on daily things.”
Daily: Wash dishes, wipe counters, sweep the floor
Weekly: Clean small appliances, mop the floors
Monthly: Audit your pantry and fridge and throw away any old food
Seasonally: Wipe down cupboards and large appliances
In the Bathroom
Wipe down the shower with a squeegee after each use. “It works great to get rid of water and soap spots,” Sameshima says.
Daily: Wipe down sink area and toilet
Weekly: Mop the floors, wipe down shower
Monthly: Deep clean baseboards, tub and sink; wipe down walls
Seasonally: Audit your medicine cabinets for expired products, organize cupboards
In the Living Room
“Changing your furnace filters reduces the amount of dust your house accumulates,” Sameshima says.
Daily: Lightly dust, straighten blankets, pillows, throws and décor
Weekly: Dust; vacuum, sweep or mop floors
Monthly: Wipe baseboards and above doors, vacuum furniture, and clean blinds
Seasonally: Wipe down light fixtures, clean windows
In the Master Bedroom
Organize. “Use shelving or baskets to store items that don’t have a home,” Stults says.
Daily: Pick up clutter; vacuum or sweep floors
Weekly: Move and clean behind furniture, clean baseboards, vacuum (change vacuum filters if houseshold has pets)
Monthly: Raid the closet, and downsize (If you haven’t worn it in months, get rid of it!); vacuum underneath the bed and get rid of spider webs
Seasonally: Change out any seasonal items or décor to minimize clutter, clean out window gutters and screens, change air filters (every three to four months)
In your Kids’ bedrooms
“Make it a routine to pick up before bedtime or after every session of play,” Stults says.
Daily: Sweep or vacuum, pick up toys off the floor
Weekly: Go through toys and throw out ones that are broken or don’t have all of the pieces, dust fan blades
Monthly: Go through closet and get rid of things that have been outgrown
Seasonally: Clean out window gutters and screens, change air filters (every three to four months)