Cleaning Test Dummy
Experiments to Find the Perfect Cleaning Routine
Is there a magic cleaning schedule?
This year I’m testing the most common (and not so common) cleaning routines to see which one achieves the biggest clean for the buck.
I’m going to give each system an entire month to prove itself amid the challenges and idiosyncrasies of family life.
Seasonal activities, guests, holidays and minor crises have an impact on maintenance.
To measure how successful each system is, I need to start with a standard.
Let’s define what clean would look like – in a semi-perfect world.
When my house is clean…
1. It smells clean.
2. There is no visible clutter – unless someone is actively using it.
(I know it’s tempting to duct tape people to the wall, but we have to live.)
3. Beds are made daily. Sheets changed at least weekly.
4. Surfaces are cleared off, clean and mostly dust free.
5. Floors are clear of stuff, swept/vacuumed and clean to the eye.
6. The fridge is clean enough that I don’t have the urge to apologize when a guest opens it.
7. No more than 2 loads of laundry waiting.
8. I wake up in the morning to a clean kitchen.
9. The kitchen sink is empty and clean after breakfast and after dinner.
10. Windows and mirrors are free of obvious grime and smudges.
(I don’t have a dog or small children – if you do, forget this.)
11. The guest bathroom is hotel clean every day.
12. The family bathrooms are clean-ish daily, with a good going-over weekly.
13. Trash cans are never more than 3/4 full, and the kitchen trash goes out every night.
14. All hot germ surfaces (switches, knobs, remotes) are disinfected weekly – more if someone is sick.
15. The dining table is clean and ready for meals.
A Year of Cleaning in the Lab
The Cleaning Test Dummy Experiment will not address junk stashed behind closed doors. That’s a topic for another series.
The kitchen cabinets may be a shambles, but the counters, sink, and floors still need to come first.