Things You'll Need
Toilet bowl cleaner
Dusting cloths or duster
Newsprint or lint-free cloth
If you procrastinate in cleaning your house, when you do finally get around to it, you may be overwhelmed as to where to begin and how long it will take. Cleaning the entire house in one fell swoop will take a large portion of your day, but once it's done, you can relax for the week. Have a plan of attack, group your tasks and roll up your sleeves. It's possible to clean your entire house in one day.
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Draw up a checklist and plan of attack so you don't forget anything. Prioritize your chores and follow through for quickest results. Putting your plan on paper will help you visualize the details of your tasks ahead and keep your plan organized.
Don your gloves. Gather your cleaning supplies, paper towels, sponges and rags. Keep them in a central place so you can get what you need quickly.
Begin by removing all the linens from all beds. Remove towels and washcloths from the bathrooms. Throw them into the washing machine. By the time you're finished cleaning the house, the linens will be cleaned and dry and ready to put back on the bed and replaced in the bathroom.
Get rid of any clutter first so you'll be unencumbered when you clean. Hang clothes, put shoes in the closet, replace books on the bookshelves or put away toys.
Pour toilet bowl cleaner in the toilets and sprinkle cleanser in all the sinks. Let this sit and work while you get on with other tasks.
Vacuum rugs or sweep hardwood floors with a broom. Go from room to room and don't stop to do anything else. Mop the floors. Use a multipurpose cleaner that is suitable for both tile, hardwood and linoleum.
Quickly spot-dust the furniture, mantel, wide-screen TV or bric-a-brac with a duster.
Clean kitchen counters and stove. Wipe down refrigerator front and other appliances quickly. Load the dishwasher and let it run through its usual cycle.
Return to the bathroom and clean the toilets and sinks. Wipe down mirrors and put away any toiletries. Clean the bathtub and wipe down the shower. Hang the towels and put away the washcloths.
Put the clean sheets back on the beds.
Clean windows with a household window cleaner. Wipe with a lint-free cloth or newsprint for best results.
Elle Smith has been an advertising professional for more than 25 years. Her work for ABC, CBS and Sony Pictures Television has appeared on radio, on air, in print and outdoors. In addition, Smith has more than 20 years experience in marketing, graphic arts, commercial photography and print production, and is a licensed real estate agent with property management certification in California.