Cleaning your house on a daily/weekly basis doesn't have to be a lot of work. The key is picking up after yourself each day and organizing the larger tasks into chunks so that they're easier to manage.
Daily/weekly tidying is what is called surface cleaning. A guest may come into your home after you've surface cleaned and think your home is immaculate. However, beneath the surface, there may be germs and allergens waiting to attack you or your family, causing illnesses and allergy flare ups. That is why it is so important to take care of the deep cleaning as well as the surface cleaning.
Using the following Deep Cleaning Checklist, you can be sure to get the larger jobs done without spending an enormous amount of time on any of them.
Week One: Kitchen Duty
Clean the inside of the oven, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher. These should all be wiped down on a more frequent basis, but during this week, take the time to deep clean each. Remove shelves and use cleaning products and elbow grease to make the appliances look like new.
Week Two: Glass
Prepare or purchase a glass cleaning solution. You can find homemade glass cleaning recipes here. Travel throughout the house cleaning every glass surface in the home. This includes windows, shower doors, mirrors, tables, and shelving that may be glass. Newspaper is a great alternative to cloths or paper towels and will reduce streaking.
Week Three: Storage Areas
Take a glance in all drawers, mail bins, closets, cupboards, and magazine racks. Discard any unneeded materials you find. Encourage each family member to do the same in his/her bedroom. Organize the pantry and linen closets, as well as the cabinets in your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.
Week Four: Odd Jobs
Clean all accessory items on display in your home (ie., figurines, baskets, glassware displayed in a hutch, etc.) Clean lamp shades and polish lamps. Check your home for light bulbs that need to be replaced. Perform any needed tidying in outside living areas. Use disinfectant wipes to clean fixtures and door knobs. This is a light week, so it's a great time to squeeze in any necessary minor repairs such as tightening knobs, leveling shelves, caulking an edge, etc.
This checklist is based on a four week month. The months that have a fifth week will allow you take a break and enjoy your nice, clean home.