Regardless if you own your home or live in a rental, deep cleaning is something we are all faced with and all too often if you ask me. I have admitted in the past that I’m a clean freak, and it’s not my fault either. I like to blame that on my parents. It’s always nice to have someone to blame, isn’t it?
This is how I need my home to look like all the time. Is it always this clean and neat? Well, mostly, yes, but always, no. See that out-of-place dish towel on my counter top and the drawer in the coffee table that’s not quite closed properly in the image below? Maddening!
The Easiest Way To Clean Your Home And Keep It That Way
As much as cleaning is ingrained into my core, I still hate doing it. Don’t think I’m a cleaning snob either, please; when my home isn’t picture-perfectly clean, I feel a mess inside. I always admire the folks who can have a messy house and not give a hoot.
It’s just not me and my neuroticism about cleaning either – it annoys everyone around me. I’ve even used a dust buster once to vacuum crumbs off my husband’s shirt – he laughed, but trust me, it wasn’t one of my better moments. By the way, be sure to check out my new favorite Dyson Vacuum!
I’ve evolved since then and wouldn’t dare do something that today. Now, if you are too busy to do the cleaning yourself, you can always give this list to your cleaning service, and I’m sure they will be happy to oblige you.
With that said, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite deep cleaning tips that have worked for me all of my life and the perfect deep cleaning checklist for you to download that will always keep you in check with the chores.
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Deep Cleaning Tips
1 – Never Let Things Get Out Of Hand – Once you get your home nice and clean, try and keep it that way. To do this, make sure you do touch-up cleaning at least every other day. This means to touch up the bathrooms by going in with some Windex or Fantastik and give them a quick once-over. I love using Fantastik. It disinfects and shines – it’s a win-win! This helps out big time in keeping them in tip-top shape and only takes about 5 minutes.
Go into the bedrooms with a Swiffer Duster ( I only use the yellow ones) and give everything a quick dusting, too – you will thank me for this tip. It keeps me from having to look at the dust that builds up daily and prevents me from having to do a heavier dusting with some Pledge.
Give the floors a quick vacuuming and then give them a quick mopping. I’ve tried dozens of mops, and my favorite one is the Swiffer Wetjet – it’s simply the easiest and fastest way to get your floors clean. The cleaning fluid and the floor pads can get a bit expensive, but other than that, that mop rocks! You can see how clean and shiny my floors are below.
I can’t express strongly enough how important it is to own a stick vacuum like the one I recently bought called the Shark Navigator Freestyle Cordless Stick Vacuum – it’s one of the best I’ve ever owned and, it’s easy to use and clean. I keep it housed in the corner of my dining room, which is out of plain sight, and it’s so easy to reach for when I have to do quick cleanups. If company comes over, no worries – you can easily move it into a place where it’s out of sight.
2 – Never Overwhelm Yourself By Trying To Clean It All In One Day – This is where I always make my biggest deep cleaning mistake. I used to try to get it all done in one day. Please don’t do that! All it does is exhaust you and make you hate deep cleaning even more.
Tackle a few tasks in one day and then schedule a few more for the day after. Before you know it, you will have your whole list completed, and you won’t feel like signing into a rest home afterward. If you don’t have time to do it yourself, you can always outsource everyday tasks too!
4 – Make Sure You Ask For Help – There’s nothing wrong with asking folks to pitch in and lend a hand. Ask the hubby, your kids, and yes, even your mother-in-law. Why not? My theory is if they are eating and sleeping in your home, they can pitch in to help with the cleaning.
When I ask my husband to dust the dining room or polish the kitchen cabinets, it’s such a huge help and takes loads of time off my busy cleaning schedule. Get the kids to chip in! It can be a great bonding experience too.
5 – Stay Organized And Follow Your Cleaning To-Do List – It may sound obvious, but having a cleaning schedule is important. I always make sure I schedule my deep cleaning tasks and then check them off my list when I’m done. Seeing them getting checked off my list is a great emotional benefit, too, as it allows me to see there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
I’ve included an awesome Deep Cleaning Checklist Freebie for you today! I use this list all the time as it helps me stay organized and reminds me not to clean something.
Click Here To Download The Deep Cleaning Checklist! (Word Version)
Click Here To Download The Deep Cleaning Checklist (PDF Format)
I hope you were able to get some useful tips today. Remember, it’s just cleaning at the end of the day – don’t be too much of a clean freak! I have to listen to my own advice!