The low- maintenance, empty-nest cleaning schedule

The low- maintenance, empty-nest cleaning schedule

A well planned cleaning schedule will gain you valuable time to enjoy. Start planning your cleaning schedules for weekly, monthly and yearly tasks.

Remember the days when you couldn’t get a moment to fill the dishwasher, never mind do the daily cleaning? An empty nest means less housework, so low-maintenance is the way forward…

If your kids have moved out – or even if they’re just grown-up and a bit tidier – you may not have to clean the house as often. Hurrah.

You can optimise your time even more by taking an organised approach to cleaning that will ensure nothing gets missed – while saving precious hours for enjoying life more.

The simplest way is to divide the tasks into those that need doing weekly, monthly and those that just need a once-a-year blitz – and if you have a husband or partner, making sure he does his fair share too.

So we’ve done the hard work for you and come up with a plan…

Weekly

1. Sweeping and mopping

Hopefully, now there are fewer housemates dropping crumbs, sweeping and mopping is less urgent than before. To do your everyday cleaning quickly and thoroughly use a microfibre sweeper that can mop and sweep at the same time, making it more efficient than an ordinary brush.

2. Vacuuming

If you have moulting pets you may want to vacuum more often, but otherwise a weekly whizz round with the vacuum cleaner should suffice to keep carpets and rugs pristine.

3. Bathroom

No matter how many people in the house, this room will always get dirty. Shift stubborn dirt and soap scum effortlessly in your shower and bathtub with Flash Concentrated Cleaner, which has double the cleaning power per drop compared to dilute all-purpose cleaning products.

4. Kitchen

While surfaces should be wiped down daily, you can leave deep-cleaning your kitchen until the weekend, scrubbing the sink and taps as well as the hob, and wiping down appliances and cupboard doors.

5. Dusting

Keep dust mites and allergens at bay with a thorough weekly dusting, following a specific path through the house so you don’t miss a spot. Use a microfibre cloth to speed things up – dust and pet hairs get trapped in the microfibres.

Monthly

1. Skirting boards

Gone are the days when scuffs from muddy boots and greasy little fingerprints were the bane of your existence, but the walls still manage to get marked all-too easily. You can clean up the seemingly impossible, though, with the Flash Magic Eraser. Wet, squeeze out and then erase marks from skirting boards and walls – especially those finger prints around light switches!

2. Microwave

You may find you’re using the microwave less now the kids have moved out, in which case a monthly scrub will suffice. One easy way to do this is to place a microwave-safe bowl inside containing a cup of water and a chopped-up lemon, then turn it on high for several minutes until the window is steamy. Let it cool before wiping out with a clean microfibre cloth.

3. Fridge

While you should be checking use-by dates and discarding out-of-date food on a weekly basis, the fridge shelves should be cleaned every one to six months, depending on how good you are at avoiding spillages.

Yearly

1. Mattresses

Use the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to go over the top and sides of any mattresses in regular use. This will get rid of dust and dust mites.

2. Oven

You might not be using your oven quite as often now the family has left, so a once-a-year clean is plenty – if you don’t have a self-cleaning oven (which uses high heat to burn stuck-on grime into easy-to-wipe-away ash), you can clean it yourself.

Empty the oven and coat all surfaces – skipping the heating mechanisms – with a mixture of water and baking soda (1/2 cup of baking soda to a few tablespoons of water should do). Leave the surfaces coated overnight, then wipe away after about 12 hours with a damp cloth.

Add a few drops of vinegar to a spray bottle of water to hit any left-over paste residue (it will foam up), before wiping off to reveal a gleaming oven!

For more tips on revamping your home check out this article.

Have we missed anything? Do you have any cleaning tips you’d like to share with us? Please comment below!

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