How often should you clean your home? A 15-minute daily cleaning Routine
Does it seem like you are in a constant battle with the cleanliness of your house?
We've all been there. We put it off for so long that we end up not wanting to touch any surface or step into any room just to avoid the mess. You wonder how it got to this point, and where that funky smell is coming from…
The question of how often you should clean your house is a bit vague: it really depends on your space and your timetable, how clean is really clean?
And ultimately it’s up to you.
But you haven’t come here for a wishy-washy answer like that.
You should clean daily. That’s it. That’s our answer. But we don’t mean clean your WHOLE house EVERY day from top to bottom.
So we will break it down into a few different parts: a daily, monthly and yearly cleaning routine.
What needs a clean every day needs a different routine to things that you can give a deeper clean less often. All you really need is 15 minutes each day.
WHY Should you clean regularly?
Starting with the ‘why on earth would I want to spend more time cleaning’, we’ll tell you it’s for your damn health.
In the same way that attending that yoga class every Sunday evening, where you might not hold that downward dog for as long as everyone else, you still feel pretty clear and centred afterwards.
If the teacher or the level goes beyond what you can achieve, you’ll be discouraged and might stop going. Cleaning is exactly the same. Breaking everything down into sizeable chunks means you are much more likely to stick to your new routine.
Finding your cleaning routine should be approached with a similar mindset as when you approach fitness or eating changes: they should be consistent and permanent, not a once-off or a quick-fix.
Cleaning is a dedication to me-time. According to goodnet.org, the art of cleaning and decluttering affects both our mental and physical well being in more ways than one.
Your happiness, allergen sensitivity, productiveness and stress levels are all affected by the cleanliness of your space. Taking the time out to clean should be for your own benefits, not just to find that stanky smell.
HOW OFTEN should you clean?
In this series, we're discussing a 15-minute, daily routine to help surface clean your home. Each article will break down the 10 minutes you should spend spot cleaning certain areas of your house.
We will also go into the less frequent cleaning schedules, such as your monthly deep clean and specific tidying tips to ensure your house is regularly maintained at its optimal state - without becoming a neat-freak.
So, how often should you clean? It really depends on the amount of traffic or how often you use a certain area of the house.
There’s obviously the high traffic areas like the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, and then low traffic areas like an office or a spare bedroom.
The areas you use will be different from someone else’s. If it helps, monitor which rooms you spend your most time in over a week and break them down into categories.
Once you’ve figured out which have more traffic, you’ll be able to follow our cleaning schedule tips below.
Some things you should do every day. Just like exercising for 30 minutes, dedicate 15 minutes to cleaning.
Instead of dedicating one dreary, long day to cleaning, consider breaking it up. There are seven days in a week = one room a day.
(If you have more than seven rooms consider hiring a maid? Just kidding. Break your rooms down into two-week rosters.)
Depending on the size of your house, eventually, each room will get the benefits it deserves once and maybe twice a week.
OPENING YOUR WINDOWS
Start off your day by opening up all your windows, turn on some fans (if you have them) to circulate the air.
This airs out any dust and reduces odours and allergens present in your house. Then, close your windows just before you leave.
(If you work from home, leaving the windows open whilst you go about your day is a great way to take in some fresh air and helps your productivity!)
MAKING YOUR BED
Our number one habit to start the day is to make your bed.
“But,” I hear you cry, "why do we need to make our beds when we're going to make a mess of it again at the end of the day?"
Logical. However, making your bed as soon as you get up will accomplish a number of things:
Declutter the mind - less mess in your space means less mess in your head!
Accomplish a task before we start the day - We’ve all seen US Navy Admiral William McRaven giving a speech to some university students.
He emphasises that making your bed “...will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
3. A neat and tidy bed - just like the difference between putting on a day-old crumpled up shirt from your floor and putting on a freshly washed and folded shirt, a made-up bed feels better than a messy one. We will do anything for a good night's sleep.
Give your bedroom a quick vacuum. As you get into this routine, your floors will have less mess to deal with, making this process quick and painless.
These three things are our basic necessary cleaning habits to introduce into your daily life. Not only will your space feel cleaner, but your mental health, productivity and mood will all improve just by dedicating five minutes to these daily steps.
But we said you had to dedicate 15 minutes to daily cleaning, right? We sure did, so here’s where you’ll fill that extra 10 minutes.
ONE ROOM A DAY
The extra 10 minutes we recommend dedicating to your daily cleaning routine will be broken down into each room of your place.
Starting with the high traffic areas and finishing with the low traffic areas, you will dedicate some time to tidying and surface cleaning each room throughout the week.
By breaking each room down into 10-minute cleans, you’re less likely to be overwhelmed by one huge day of cleaning your whole house, and much more likely to quickly tidy up as you get used to the routine.
You should clean your house every single day. Whilst spending 15 minutes a day won’t give your house a really deep clean, it will keep your space tidy and free of clutter.
A clean and decluttered space has significant effects on both your mental and physical well-being. Cleaning is pretty rewarding and, through regular practice, it will be a regular part of your daily routine.
And just remember, your cleanliness is not a reflection of your success. We still (mainly me) have clothes on the floor and unwashed towels hanging around. Be kind to yourself, be gentle but be firm. You'll get there eventually!
Our next article will be breaking down our first day of cleaning - the bedroom. We'll break down the quick clean you should do at least once a week that will only take you 10 minutes.