Any realtor will tell you that if you want to sell your home, you need to keep the space looking uncluttered, tidy and appealing to potential buyers. You want people to walk in and feel relaxed and like they could make the space their own.
For a few months, we rented a house that was actively on the market to be sold. This was great, because we didn’t have to pay as much for rent, but we did have to agree to keep it clean so that at any given moment a potential buyer could come walk through the house for a showing. At the time, my husband and I both worked outside of the home and we had an 18 month old, so I had to come up with a system to make this work.
My trick for keeping it clean around the clock? A cleaning checklist and getting into the habit of a daily “house sweep”.
I had a cleaning checklist, similar to the one I’m giving you free today, in a frame on the wall. This included daily, weekly, monthly and annual chores. I religiously followed my checklist every day and week until it became natural. Wipe down the bathroom before bed? CHECK. Sweep and wash the floors? CHECK. The daily maintenance made it MUCH easier to keep the house clean – no procrastinating and then having to do a bigger job scrubbing down the bathroom after weeks of use. Also, it only really took 20 minutes a day before bedtime.
You have to remember: Keeping your house is clean not a PROJECT, it is an ongoing PRACTICE. And it might take a little bit to get into the habit, but you become what you measure! Get into the habit of checking those boxes each day. If you didn’t get to something, then make sure you double up the next day so you don’t get behind.
The practice that made the biggest difference was doing a sweep of the house before bed every night, tidying the floors and finishing any checklist items I hadn’t gotten to yet that day.
I also found that I like having weekly chores without a specific day attached to them – if Friday came around and I still had not done everything, it just meant a little more work to catch up on that day. But otherwise, I could pick one or two tasks a day and by the weekend be done with those bigger, once-a-week jobs.
The other benefit was that I had more time to spend with my family, cook healthy meals, and work on projects I enjoyed, all in a stress-free and clean environment. And, having friends over at seconds notice never had me scurrying to make my house “presentable”.
So, here is my personal ultimate cleaning checklist for you to enjoy! I am including both a blank checklist and one with my list, in case you are looking for a starting point/inspiration. Download one or both! And if you would like a custom made checklist, I’d be happy to help you out! You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and hop over to my Etsy shop to purchase my blank Cleaning Checklist (without logo).
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