1. Make your bed.
Start off your day right by making the bed. Invest in good-quality sheets and blankets that are easy to care for. This task only takes a few minutes and will help to make sure you have a neat and tidy bedroom that you can come home to after a long day.
2. Do laundry: sort, wash, dry, and put away clothes.
This is a must-do task that should be done on a regular basis. Sort your laundry into light and dark loads, use the correct water temperature for each type of fabric, and make sure to follow garment labels for best care. Don’t forget to fold or hang clothing properly after drying.
3. Vacuum/sweep floors.
Vacuuming or sweeping your floors regularly will help keep dust and dirt from building up in high-traffic areas. Make sure to get under furniture and in tight corners where dirt tends to accumulate. It’s also important to sweep outside porches, decks and patios if you have them.
4. Dust furniture and surfaces.
Dust can accumulate on furniture and other surfaces quickly. Make sure to dust regularly with an appropriate cleaning cloth or duster, and always use a damp cloth for better results.
5. Wipe down kitchen counters/appliances.
The kitchen is another area that tends to get dirty quickly, so make sure to give it a thorough clean once a week. Use an all-purpose cleaner or diluted vinegar solution to wipe down countertops and appliances (including the refrigerator). This will help prevent bacteria from spreading in the kitchen.
6. Disinfect bathrooms (clean toilets, sinks, showers).
It’s important to keep your bathroom germs-free by disinfecting it regularly — at least once a week. Use an all-purpose cleaner or bathroom disinfectant spray to clean the toilet, sink, and shower. Don’t forget to scrub the bathtub and tiles with a brush and cleaning solution.
7. Empty wastebaskets and recycling bins.
Make sure to empty out your trash cans and recycling bins regularly, especially if you have pets in the house. This will help keep odors from accumulating and prevent pests from getting into your home.
8. Take out the garbage to the curb or designated area.
Don’t forget to take out the garbage when needed — it should be done at least twice a week (or more frequently if necessary). Make sure all garbage is sealed in bags before disposing of it in the designated area.
9. Clean mirrors and windows.
Cleaning mirrors and windows will help keep your home looking clean and inviting, so make sure to do this task often. Use a glass cleaner or an all-purpose cleaner with paper towels to effectively remove dirt and smudges from these surfaces.
10. Water plants inside and outdoors.
Don’t forget to water the plants regularly — they need water just like we do! Make sure to check on your indoor and outdoor plants at least once a week, and adjust their watering schedules according to the weather conditions outside.
11. Prepare meals for the day or week ahead.
Eating healthy is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Spend some time preparing meals for the day or week ahead, so that you always have nutritious food on hand when hunger strikes.
12. Wash dishes after every meal.
Dishes should be washed after every meal or snack. Make sure to use hot water and a dish detergent to get rid of any grease or food particles that may remain on plates, cups, and cutlery.
13. Clear clutter from living spaces.
Living spaces tend to accumulate clutter, so make sure to take some time every week to declutter your home. Sort items by type and put away any extra belongings that you don’t need immediately. This will help keep your living areas looking neat and tidy.
14. Put away items that don’t belong in common areas.
Make sure to keep common areas neat and orderly by putting away items that don’t belong. This includes books, magazines, toys, and any other items that may be left out in these areas.
15. Clean pet areas and dishes.
If you have pets in the house, make sure to keep their areas clean and hygienic. Clean pet dishes regularly, and vacuum or sweep floors to get rid of any pet hair. This will help prevent the spread of bacteria and germs.
16. Sweep porches, decks, and patios.
Sweep porches, decks, and patios regularly to get rid of dirt and debris. Make sure to use a broom or vacuum cleaner with an extension hose so that you can reach tight corners and hard-to-reach areas.
17. Mow the lawn (if applicable).
If you have a lawn, make sure to mow it regularly. This will help keep your grass neat and tidy, as well as preventing weeds from growing.
18. Weed garden beds and planters.
Weeding garden beds and planters is an important task that should be done regularly. Make sure to pull out any weeds you come across and dispose of them properly.
19. Wash cars or arrange for car detailing.
If you have a car, make sure to wash it regularly. You can either do it yourself or arrange for professional car detailing services. This will help keep your car looking nice and clean.
20. Clean garage or storage shed (if necessary).
Garages and storage sheds tend to accumulate dust, dirt, and clutter over time. To prevent this from happening, make sure to clean these areas regularly. Vacuum floors and shelves, wipe down surfaces, organize items and discard any unnecessary items.