Since I first started staying home full-time, 30 years ago, two of the top three items on my to-do list have been:
If I never get any other cleaning done, I’m happy as long as I tidy and sweep. The truth is . . . if your house is tidy and the floors are swept, it looks cleaner than it might really be. That’s not why I tidy every day, though. I do it because I like my house being tidy and the floors swept. I function better when the house is in order.
I’ve talked before about what I do when I tidy. If you’re interested, you can read about that here. Today we’re going to talk about my sweeping routine.
At my last house, I vacuumed every day and swept as needed. At this house, I sweep every day and vacuum as needed. I’m not sure why the difference except that I have more tile floors here and a new vacuum that doesn’t do as well on non-carpeted floors. I use a plain broom that I’ve had forever. I tried using a dust mop but I don’t like it. A broom works just great. So here we go.
I always start with the kitchen. The floor is tile and there are three rugs. Two are by the back door to help the dog’s traction. My 13-year-old black lab’s legs aren’t what they used to be! I also have a larger rug in front of the kitchen sink. I shake the rug by the sink right there in the kitchen, but gently so as not to scatter dirt everywhere, and then drape it over the chair. I usually leave the rugs near the back door and shake them once or twice a week. Then I start sweeping and go over the room. I sweep under the edges of the cabinets, a little ways under the stove and sink, behind the trash can and a little bit under the table. I only move the chairs if it’s really dirty under the table. I just sweep around and under the chairs.
Then I head upstairs. I usually just get the middle area of the office. Once or twice a week I sweep under David’s desk.
I shake the rug in the master bathroom, again, right in the bathroom, and drape it over the door. Then I sweep that room very thoroughly. There’s usually a lot of hair (mine) in there.
In the master bedroom, sometimes I just sweep the open areas and other times I get under the bed and behind the chairs near the windows. It depends on how long it’s been since I’ve been thorough and how much time I have.
Then I sweep the stairs and head into the dining room. We used to have a rug at the top of the stairs but I got rid of it. It wasn’t really helping and I didn’t like how it looked. Now that room is easier to sweep. Just like in the kitchen, I get under the table as much as I can without moving the chairs. That usually is good enough. Once in a while I move a couple of the chairs and do a more thorough job.
In the living room and entry I don’t have to move any rugs. I do try to sweep around the dog bed in the corner. There’s usually a LOT of hair around there. I sweep under the tv shelf, the big cabinet on the back wall and the end table.
I hit and miss sweeping the grandkids’ rooms. They aren’t here every day so if they’re not here, I don’t always bother sweeping in those rooms.
In the main bathroom, I shake the rugs and drape them over the toilet. Then I sweep the floor, under the cabinet, under the trash can and under the step stool.
When I’m finished, I put all the rugs back. Sometimes I put them back as I leave a room. It just depends.
If I’m pressed for time, sometimes I only sweep the main floor or just the kitchen.
My goal is to sweep every day but sometimes I only get 5 out of 7. When I miss, it’s amazing how much dirt and dog hair I get the next day. That motivates me to sweep DAILY.
As far as vacuuming, I would like to vacuum the living room rug daily but that doesn’t always happen. That area receives a lot of traffic and the dog lays on it a lot. Vacuuming daily is ideal but I probably actually do it three times a week.
And that’s my sweeping routine. All in all it probably takes about 15 minutes. And in my opinion, it’s 15 minutes very well spent!
NOTE: I’m not saying you need to sweep daily. You need to sweep as often as you need to for your needs. I have a black lab that sheds like there’s no tomorrow and two young grandchildren who make LOTS of messes! Plus we’re remodeling. So daily floor care is a must for us. But it may not be for you and that’s okay.
Do you sweep or vacuum daily? Which do you prefer & how often to you do it?