For all of these simple systems in this article series, please remember that they are just examples. You should modify them to fit your life.
And another important guideline: write them down, put them somewhere you’ll see them, and focus on making them a habit for at least a month.
A sample house cleaning system
- First, have a big weekend dedicated to cleaning, so you can start your system with a clean slate. Get the whole family involved (if you have one), and clean one room at a time, from top to bottom, clockwise, until you’re done. It also helps to get rid of clutter. You might need two big weekends if there’s a lot of cleaning to do.
- From now on, have a clean-as-you-go routine: when you’re getting ready in the morning, do a quick wipe of the sink and toilet and bathtub. Put things away as you go through the day, wash dishes when you’re done using them, wipe the counters and table when you’re done cooking or eating.
- Also have a daily routine: Every morning, make your bed, take out the trash, and do a quick pick-up. In the evening, sweep the kitchen/dining room, clean up after dinner, and do a quick pick-up before bed.
- Have a weekly routine: either designate one day for a quick 1-hour clean (it shouldn’t be that dirty if you’ve been cleaning as you go), or have different days designated for different things — vacuum the living room, for example, or wash the linens, etc.
- Every few months, do a deep clean: Clean out the refrigerator and oven, clear out the cabinets and clean them, etc.
Read all of this series
- Simple systems to make your life more organized
- House cleaning: A simple system
- Other chores: A simple system
- Errands: A simple system
Article by Leo Babauta of zenhabits.net