Housework is a task dreaded by many, but it is made much more simple when divided into small chunks that are more manageable than leaving a mess to build up then trying to clean the entire house from top to bottom. Of course, you can draft in the services of a professional cleaning company if the thought of housework stresses you out. But if you want to tackle the domestic chores yourself, the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) has published a handy new infographic showing how often you need to focus your attention on the different areas of your home.
Tasks to complete daily
The GHI recommends that you should start each day by making your bed, which is a task that takes just a matter of seconds but can make you immediately feel a little more organised and less messy. After your morning shower, you should wipe it down and clean the toilet bowl to ensure it stays as hygienic as possible.
After preparing meals in the kitchen, you need to wipe down all surfaces thoroughly and clean the hob. This latter task isn’t for the sake of cleanliness, as a build-up of dirt on the hob can also be a serious fire risk. Crumbs or spillages on the kitchen floor can pose a health risk too, so make sure the floor is swept on a daily basis and always wash up after every meal if you can to prevent dishes from stacking up and turning into a bigger task. Finally, before you go to bed at the end of the day, spend a few minutes tidying up and decluttering your living space to keep the build-up of a mess to a minimum.
Jobs to do weekly
To keep on top of your housework and prevent it building up into a larger challenge to tackle, schedule an hour or two every week for a few important jobs that need carrying out regularly. Start by changing your bed linen and towels, washing the old ones as soon as possible to keep germs at bay. At the same time, do the rest of your laundry to stop it from piling up. While you’re waiting for the washing machine to finish its cycle, dust, vacuum and mop as much of the house as you can and clean out the inside of your microwave, as well as any other kitchen appliances that don’t get a daily wipe down. One area that many people neglect is cleaning their bathroom mirrors and the mugs they use to store their toothbrushes. However, the GHI recommends that these are cleaned at least once a week, otherwise, a build-up of germs from your gums and spittle could quickly occur.
Chores to carry out monthly
Some chores don’t need carrying out very often and you should be able to get away with cleaning your windows, curtains or blinds and doormats just once a month. A monthly look through the fridge and kitchen cupboards for any out-of-date items is also recommended by the GHI in order to stop mould setting in.
Tasks you can get away with less regularly
Every three to six months, the GHI advises that you should pay a little more attention to your bed, vacuuming the mattress and washing and dry cleaning the pillows and duvet.In the kitchen, empty fridge and freezer before wiping them down thoroughly, and wipe down internal paintwork such as skirting boards and doors, all of which will help to prevent a potentially harmful build-up of germs. Once a year, wipe down your window frames and light bulbs, give carpets and upholstered furniture a deep clean and draft in a professional cleaning service to help clean out your gutters, fireplace and chimney in a safe way.
To summarise, little and often is the key to keeping a clean house all year round.