Have you ever wondered how often the different parts of your house need cleaned? Here’s the very scientific answer:
as often as they need it
I know – that sounds too simple but it’s the right answer.
There’s just no way to say for sure how often a room will need to be cleaned. The frequency and intensity will vary from one household to another based on some of these criteria:
Kids (or grandkids)
Ages of kids (or grandkids)
Size of house
Age of house
Age of homemaker
Use of room
When I was newlywed, I didn’t have to clean very much. Cleaning wasn’t a priority and we didn’t mess things up that much. We didn’t actually have much to mess up. After I had kids, I had to do more cleaning. And more, and more and more! But eventually the kids got old enough to help. When I was doing my weekly chores today, I really missed the days when the kids and I did the weekly cleaning together. They actually did a good job and it went a lot faster than it does by myself. But I’m getting sidetracked.
When my kids were little, I had to clean a lot of extra things. Things like:
hallways (they liked to walk up & down the hall with their hands on the walls)
spot clean furniture (kids are messy, you know)
spot clean carpet (kids are messy, you know)
bathroom, every day, sometimes more than once a day
sliding glass door (fingerprints everywhere!)
vacuum & sweep daily
But now the kids are grown and gone. The grandkids come over regularly so I have to do a little cleaning as a result of their visit, but mostly the house stays pretty clean. I hardly ever have to clean door knobs, door jambs or hallways. And the bathroom just gets a daily touch-up. The upstairs bedroom has been converted to my sewing room so it hardly ever needs (gets) cleaned. I do still have to vacuum every day because I have a very hairy Labrador Retriever.
But here’s the thing – one cleaning system does not fit all. Nor does one cleaning system last forever. Things change and your system will, too. What used to be cleaned weekly may only need to be cleaned monthly now. What used to be cleaned monthly may need to be cleaned weekly.
Be alert for changes in your life that require changes in your system! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But if it is broken, fix it ASAP. And never clean anything more than you have to!!!
How has your cleaning system changed lately? What changes do you need to make?
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