What's your cleaning routine??

I've inquired about this before, but it's on my mind once again. I guess it's just that time of year.

I usually do one "big cleaning day" a week. This really isn't too big of a task since I live alone in a one bedroom apartment. I'm pretty good at keeping things picked up. I tend to be a bit of a neat freak and wonder if I wouldn't feel like my place was cleaner if I did certain things every day and maybe just vaccumed and did a more thorough cleaning once a week.

I'm curious as to other people's cleaning routines as I'm thinking it may be time to change mine up a bit.
Don't have one. My house is always a mess and nothing gets done. Or I do something and by the time I turn around it is a mess again.
My what routine???

My cleaning what??

Yeah, everytime I try to get into a housecleaning routine of any kind, it's fabulous for a month, maybe six weeks, and then not so much. Mostly, when things are dirty, I clean them. But my standards of tidiness is pretty low compared to a lot of people.

FWIW, when I do have a routine, I do a little bit every day. I don't like to dedicate a whole day or afternoon to deep cleaning unless there's a reason: company coming into town, for example. When my husband has a day off of work (he works at a school and has ridiculous days off, and I hate him for it-- in a loving way), I'll ask him to do something specific. Like clean the bathroom, or make sure the couches get vacuumed, or do a load of laundry. He's just as responsible for these things as I am (both a woman-power thing and the fact that I'm the breadwinner with the stressful job), and frankly, he's better at most of them than I am anyhow.
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Throughout the week, I put things away. I don't have a "messy house," but as far as cleaning...like vacuuming, mopping, etc...well, that's a different story. If I spill something, I clean it. But, to me, mopping and vacuuming (and dusting) every week is overkill....unless you have respiratory or other health problems in which it is needed. Maybe I'm not normally a messy person, so it doesn't look that bad. My husband has a higher standard of cleaning, so lately we've been cleaning every other week...and alternate...so it means, I personally only clean once a month. Even then, I don't spend a lot of time and do a very thorough job, unless it needs it. What's the point? I'm not going to eat off the floors. A quick mop, a quick vacuum...and voila!
Now, as far as laundry and washing dishes, I do try to stay on top of things like that.
Oh, I do have to wipe off my sink, as I shed like crazy. But that's not "deep cleaning" by any stretch of the imagination.
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I'm a putterer. So I clean daily (sweep, wash down counters, tidy up) with a big clean (1-2 hrs) on the weekend (laundry, bathroom, floors, dust, windows).
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On weeks that I work six days, the toilet gets cleaned once a week the rest of the bath is just rinsed daily. Everything else is just picked up. Dishes are done daily. I hate having dirty dishes. Laundry is done every Saturday. Sweeping and Vacuuming are done weekly because my doggy sheds like crazy and has a bad habit of of taking three or four mouth fulls of food to her bed, eat it and come back for 3-4 more instead of eating from her bowl like a normal dog.


On the weekends I have off, I spend Saturdays cleaning, dusting, mopping, de-cluttering, scrubbing the bath, the stove, and mopping plus the usual, laundry, vacuuming and sweeping.
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I've inquired about this before, but it's on my mind once again. I guess it's just that time of year.

I usually do one "big cleaning day" a week. This really isn't too big of a task since I live alone in a one bedroom apartment. I'm pretty good at keeping things picked up. I tend to be a bit of a neat freak and wonder if I wouldn't feel like my place was cleaner if I did certain things every day and maybe just vaccumed and did a more thorough cleaning once a week.

I'm curious as to other people's cleaning routines as I'm thinking it may be time to change mine up a bit.
Originally Posted by texascurly
I don't have one, as I'm very lazy, so much so that I've considered hiring a maid to give the place a thorough cleaning. That way cleaning won't be so overwhelming for me.
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I've inquired about this before, but it's on my mind once again. I guess it's just that time of year.

I usually do one "big cleaning day" a week. This really isn't too big of a task since I live alone in a one bedroom apartment. I'm pretty good at keeping things picked up. I tend to be a bit of a neat freak and wonder if I wouldn't feel like my place was cleaner if I did certain things every day and maybe just vaccumed and did a more thorough cleaning once a week.

I'm curious as to other people's cleaning routines as I'm thinking it may be time to change mine up a bit.
Originally Posted by texascurly
I don't have one, as I'm very lazy, so much so that I've considered hiring a maid to give the place a thorough cleaning. That way cleaning won't be so overwhelming for me.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
I've done that a few times before, actually. It's good to start very clean, that way you can have a lazy lifestyle like me and it isn't a big deal. If my house was very dirty to begin with, then I would have to clean more often and more thoroughly. Since most of the "dirt" is from shoes or dust, then I honestly can rationalize not needing to clean so dang often. A good thorough cleaning, but rarely, is what is needed...then mini-cleaning that doesn't take very long to do and isn't everyday can work out.
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I'm a neat freak, so I don't really have to worry about things being put away, surfaces wiped down, dishes done, garbage taken out, litterbox scooped, bed made, cat fur lint-brushed off stuff, etc. That's done every day, plus I live in a small one bedroom apartment, and it's just me.

Big cleaning meaning actual hauling out of machines and solutions is once every couple of weeks, or more if it needs it. It consists of lint brushing the cat fur off of all cloth surfaces, dusting all pictures, furniture and knick-knacks, then scrubbing the kitchen, then the bathroom, then vacuuming, then mopping down the hard floors. Finished by spritz of air freshener and a stick of incense (the people in my building are pigs, so the anti-stink stuff helps).

In the past nine months, it's also consisted of a few extras since my boyfriend is allergic to my cat. The extras include spritzing down cloth surfaces with Febreeze Allergen reducer, sweeping off the baseboards around the walls, and steaming the rugs after I vacuum. Makes a big difference, he's able to spend hours around my cat with no trouble if I just add those to my routine.
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I live in a big home - 3 floors, 5 BR, 4.5 BAs. But I keep it neat pretty much all of the time. I don't like piles or messes, so the dishes are done daily, counters wiped, papers/clutter put away, power room company-ready daily. As for dusting, vacuuming, heavier cleaning - I do that every week or so as needed. I'll usually do one floor each week - otherwise it takes too long and annoys me. Fortunately my dogs don't shed (yay for poodles!) and my kids and husband have been trained to clean up after themselves and do their own laundry!
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my cleaning routine is:

step 1: hire a cleaning service

step 2: pay the cleaning service



they come every other week and clean my 1500-sqft house for about $100
Im also in a one bedroom apartment with just me and my 2 cats. I do all the cleaning (dusting, vacuuming, bathroom and kitchen) once a week. I pick up after myself daily. The kitchen stays free of dishes and the bathroom stays free of stains. Other then that, I can wait until the weekend.
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On weeks that I work six days, the toilet gets cleaned once a week the rest of the bath is just rinsed daily. Everything else is just picked up. Dishes are done daily. I hate having dirty dishes. Laundry is done every Saturday. Sweeping and Vacuuming are done weekly because my doggy sheds like crazy and has a bad habit of of taking three or four mouth fulls of food to her bed, eat it and come back for 3-4 more instead of eating from her bowl like a normal dog.


On the weekends I have off, I spend Saturdays cleaning, dusting, mopping, de-cluttering, scrubbing the bath, the stove, and mopping plus the usual, laundry, vacuuming and sweeping.
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Dogs are supposed to eat from the bowl?? Both my dogs do this, drives me crazy, except they take the food to the living room!

I usually sweep/vacuum 3 times per week. Dishes are done daily. We pretty much clean as we do stuff. I hate dusting though...... I put it off until I have no other choice. It was my chore as a kid and I still hate it. Oh and sorting socks hate that too!
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I just clean as I go. If I notice the stove has splattered food on it, I clean it. If my desk is cluttered, I take a break and clean it up, and since I'm cleaning it up, I may as well polish the wood. And since I'm doing THAT, I may as well vacuum underneath it, and while I have the vacuum out I may as well do the rest of the house. It's sort of a snowball effect, I spend probably 15 minutes a day cleaning.

I hate hate HATE a cluttered, messy house. I cannot think, and frankly it's depressing. So it's not really a chore to me, it's more like self care. It's relaxing.
I hate hate HATE a cluttered, messy house. I cannot think, and frankly it's depressing. So it's not really a chore to me, it's more like self care. It's relaxing.
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I feel the exact same way - I actually feel bummed out if my apartment is messy and dusty. Of course, you sound better than me - I wouldn't exactly call my feelings towards it "relaxing", LOL! However, I'm ridiculously happy when it's all clean and nice again.
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Pretty much every day I do the dishes, wipe down the counters/ stovetop (if needed), and sweep (I live in a small apt and cat litter gets everywhere).

Once a week I clean the bathroom, give the stove a more thorough cleaning, and wipe down the dining and coffee tables.

Everything else gets done occasionally, or as needed.
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He's just as responsible for these things as I am (both a woman-power thing and the fact that I'm the breadwinner with the stressful job), and frankly, he's better at most of them than I am anyhow.
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My husband used to be the main cleaner in our home, but now he almost always works 6 days a week, and lately he's had several weeks where he had to work the whole weekend.

This past weekend he got off early on Sat; we did a bit of cleaning on Sunday- man did it feel nice to not have to clean the darn bathroom for once! However, he doesn't bother with the little details the way I do- for instance, when he cleans the tub he doesn't bother taking the various products out to clean underneath them...
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Cleaning routine. Hmmm.
The kids are assigned days to do the dishes, and I have one night each week. They also do their own laundry.
Sweep as I notice the sweeping needs to be done.
Bathroom is supposed to be cleaned weekly.
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