Operation Organize: How to Keep Your Home Sparkling

Operation Organize: How to Keep Your Home Sparkling

It’s hard to believe that spring is only a few days away. I hope you’re as excited as I am for sunny skies, spring fashion, and fresh, seasonal produce. And then there’s spring cleaning… I know I might be the only one who actually gets excited at the thought of scrubbing and dusting. But even if you’re not as obsessed with organization as I am, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be scary.

One of the biggest tips I’ve learned as a lifelong neat freak is that if you keep up with routine chores on a regular basis, things will never get out of hand. So to make things easy, I decided to put together a simple cleaning chart designed to keep you accountable on a daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal basis. If you can spend just a few minutes each day tidying up, you will never have to clean like crazy just before guests come over or when you’ve finally reached your limit.

Operation Organize: How to Keep Your Home Sparkling

A few more tips…

  • If it’s been a while since you’ve done a deep cleaning, it might be worth paying a professional to come in once just to get you started. After that, you can take over and just maintain the level of cleanliness you started with.
  • If you have pets, babies, or dust allergies, you will want to clean a little more frequently than what is listed in the chart.
  • If it feels like you’re doing laundry too often, splurge on another set of sheets, towels, or socks.
  • If it helps motivate you to actually check things off, frame this list and then use a dry erase marker to check things off on the glass.

I hope this post helps you to keep your space spick-and-span.

Do you have any spring cleaning tips of your own?

Happy cleaning!

xo Ilana
Team LC

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Categories: Contributors, Decorate, Ilana Saul, Operation Organize
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  • pretty little things

    I really need to start a simple cleaning regimen like this — thanks for sharing this! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

  • Floor | www.jadepillar.com

    Thank you for sharing Lauren. I am not your typical neat freak, but this list might just do the trick. ;-)
    x

  • Marie

    Great Tips! Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Cassidy Short

    SUCH great tips! Good to know :)

    xoxo

    Cassidy

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  • http://danakay16.blogspot.com/ Dana Kay

    As a self proclaimed “neat freak” who seems to always be cleaning the apartment, I truly appreciate this post! Great tips and thanks for sharing.
    xo,
    Dana Kay
    danakay16.blogspot.com

  • http://www.flonmymind.com Joanie FLOnMyMind

    Thanks for the tips. I need to print off this graphic!

    ~ Joanie
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  • Amber Naomi

    Thanks for the tips! they’re so helpful!

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  • http://www.shannonwitte.com/ Shannon Witte

    This list s great. I’m printing it out and putting it on the fridge to help my boyfriend remember how to clean. haha

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    • jbrett

      me too, LOL! I told him I’d walk him through how to do everything correctly though. :)

    • jbrett

      Me too, LOL. But I told him I’d walk him through how to do everything correctly. :)

  • http://pocketfulofmakeup.blogspot.com/ pocketful of make up.

    Oh I just washed my windows today. Best way to do this are microfibre cloths, one wet and one dry. It’s so easy and quick that it’s fun to do it ;)

  • http://liivingingrace.blogspot.ca/ Grace

    Thanks for this useful list!

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  • http://peachypains.com/ Kelby, PeachyPains

    I love this list! Thanks so much.

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  • Joanne B.

    I definitely needed to read this even if it was just to remind me to hire a cleaning lady. Haha I have a good excuse as I am giving birth in 13 days!
    Joanne xoxo
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  • http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca/ Ashley

    I am such a clean freak and really enjoyed this post!!!

    xo Ash,
    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • http://stayathomewifey-lg.blogspot.ca/ Lauren

    Great post! Makes me motivated to clean!!

    http://stayathomewifey-lg.blogspot.ca

  • ?? what

    You only clean and disinfect your shower and tubs once a month?! Ewww! You only didst once a month? I do these once aweek… I find that GROSS. I also vacuum and sweep daily mostly because I have dogs.

  • Jessica

    Already ahead of the game, I do these things religiously(clean freak), just need to tackle my refrigerator in the near future!

  • Amanda

    Honestly, I consider myself a slob, but I wipe down and disinfect counters once a day (who doesn’t do that?), vacuum at least twice a week and most of the time more, and I can’t believe you only clean your shower, fridge and tubs monthly. Grody!

    I guess I’m actually not a slob, afterall, if you’re considered a neat freak. I always feel like a slob, because most people I know clean way more than I do (mostly they have kids, though. I don’t), and my mom says I don’t clean nearly enough. I should send her over here.

    • http://eyespaintedblack.com/ Natasja

      I think you do just fine! :) No need to feel like a slob.

  • Style Bits & Bobs of ME

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing! Spring cleaning time! Woo hoo

  • Bri D.

    This is a perfect list! There are 4 roommates, and only 2 of us actually clean. I plan on printing this and taping it on our kitchen wall.

  • Julia

    This was very helpful! :))

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  • BerryBloomXO

    Love the idea of having a list to check off and things although I think I would forget to check it off! haha!

    I do like the idea, though!
    xoxo,

    BerryBloomXO.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://eyespaintedblack.com/ Natasja

    The dusting has to be done on a weekly base here otherwise it just piles up. Damn you dust! Be gone! Also, the bathroom is cleaned on a weekly base as well :) Unfortunately, I need to work on cleaning up/organizing my worn clothes. It’s just the lack of space.. so frustrating.

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  • http://www.smart-twenties.com/ Samantha Brown

    Great list! The most important of all of these are the daily tasks – if you don’t stay on top of them they pile up so quickly! My worst offence is letting my room get really messy – mainly just from clothes that I’ve tried on but decided not to wear! Once I got into the habit of spending 5 minutes putting them away before I go to bed every night it got SO much easier.

    Thanks for the great post!
    Sam xx
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  • http://dragonflyserendipity.com/ Karina Sage

    I do everything except I can’t help but throw clothes on my floor as I’m running late and I get lazy when it comes to washing the dishes

  • http://ebbapebbas.se/ Ebba

    Im going to Have My spring clearing in oure house next friday. The window looks so dirty haha. When the sun is shining you see all the dirt on them!!
    I am defintly not a slob. I clean my house every weekend like Laurens tips and do sesanoal clearing!

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  • Justeen Silvaz

    I love this post!! :) It will be good for me to try this since i have a bad habit of leaving things for later and then i end up not getting to it! I’m going to give this a try and I’m sure it’s going to be very helpful!! Thank you Lauren :)

  • http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    I think having daily, weekly and monthly goals like you suggest makes sense. It’s important to be in the mindset of keeping things clean. Everyone can tailor these goals to their own lifestyle. For instance, wiping down kitchen and bathroom counters are done daily for me as the microwave and fridge are done weekly.

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Holly

    Twice a year in the spring and the fall I wash, starch, and iron my curtains.

    • http://TheEnchantingLife.com/ Natalie:TheEnchantingLife.c

      Holly, great tip! Especially if people have allergies this can be a major dust bunny area! I have dogs and I’ve noticed the bottom few inches of my curtains can be covered in dog hair (especially if they lean on them to look out the window). Washing them helps keep my allergies at bay!

      Have an enchanting day,
      Natalie
      TheEnchantingLife.com

  • http://thelittlecave.wordpress.com Dalia

    lol You aren’t a clean freak, girl. I clean my windows once a month, dust and wipe down shelves and clean my shower weekly and wipe down kitchen counters daily. And my twice-yearly cleaning is a two-day operation where I launder all the curtains, clean the radiators inside and out, wipe down all the surfaces (window-frames, bathroom tiles etc.) and do maintanance on all my appliances.

    And I thought I was a bit of a slob.

  • Shel Billett

    Ilana this is a great way to organise the duties.
    i definitely recommend extra pillow cases to keep your skin clear &
    seasonally clean the filters in your vaccum (if it has them, or change the bags) – makes a huge difference.
    x

  • http://www.miniclean.com.au/ Mini Clean

    Woah! This one is really organized cleaning. Thank you Lauren for the guide. I do have a lot of things to attend to when it comes to cleaning, it is just that I don’t know where to start. Atleast now I have a detailed guide on what to do first.

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    HI, Ms. Lauren,
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  • Bia

    very close to my list… :)

  • Monica

    Great post! Im like forever cleaning, even after a grueling day at work! This list really put things in perspective, so I dont feel like im in a dash to get it all finished.

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    Absolutely ADORE this list! I made one just like this a couple years ago when I became a housewife and it does wonders for our home! I even made a calendar where I’d write in certain things that were done weekly-monthly so I could keep track of how often everything was getting taken care of.
    I see you have “Wipe down fridge” in your list but another very important chore is to clean INSIDE the fridge, it’s always good to check all of your expiration dates as you’re cleaning the inside of the fridge as well. I hate to waste food so I even write on my white board calendar on the fridge when certain foods/drinks are going to expire so whenever I want a snack I can eat in accordance with my money’s worth.

  • http://TheEnchantingLife.com/ Natalie:TheEnchantingLife.c

    For those with a glass shower door, I have found it’s easy to keep clean by keeping a squeegee nearby and I just do a quick run over the glass before I get out each day. It takes about 30 seconds but keeps it looking clear. If it starts to get water stains I just windex it (about every other week).

    Have an enchanting day,
    Natalie
    TheEnchantingLife.com

  • Lauren

    This is really helpful! I find that checklists really motivate me. I have found that doing all of one task is much more efficient than splitting it up over several days. For example, I save vacuuming and mopping the whole house for one day a week rather than doing it room by room. That way, I only have to pull the vacuum out once a week.

    I have some cleaning tips on my blog: http://nooksandcranniescleaning.blogspot.com/

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  • Brittany

    Everyone is different . . .I keep cleaning supply right by my bath tub and spray it down every time I get out of the shower. .. That’s just me though! Does not mean my way is the only way.

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  • Harira Ijaz

    wonderful tips, but i am always left with laziness and never followed my clean up schedule , which left my home dirty and my husband always get angry on this thing, can you suggest how can i change my cleaning attitude

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  • Joanna

    I am loving this blog and all the wonderful information and contributions. To those of you who feel it necessary to write criticisms and be judgemental and competitive about who is cleaner, just knock it off. Time to clean out your stinking thinking. If you are so darn fabulous you wouldn’t be looking for tips on cleaning and organizing on the internet.

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    I do everything except I can’t help but throw clothes on my floor as I’m running late and I get lazy when it comes to washing the dishes

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  • Andy

    Excellent tips. I found the table very useful. I am very busy and I am working all day long but if I have a table to remind me of my cleaning routine it will be easier to follow it. Thanks for the advices. Regards!
    Andy

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    Its really a great post. Do you think you can post a list or picture of what you put in your cleaning supplies bin…like what are the must haves for cleaning all these things? That would be AMAZING! Thank you so much.

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  • Sampson Greenovich

    I don’t think “a while” is a good description of how long it has been since I last deep cleaned. Never is probably a more accurate adjective. I need to know how to do some serious cleaning, I am open to learn.
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  • Heather

    I just found this post and I think it’s excellent. The advice may not be for everyone and I believe the people who find the cleaning not often enough might need to take in mind that Lauren’s household is different. My husband and I have one daughter, 5 bedrooms, no pets, no one shares a shower and we take our shoes off at the door. The daily shower spray is awesome and keeps you having a clean fresh shower for much longer and if your shower daily and rinse the shower when done, how dirty does your shower get anyway? Also, as a stay at home mom with a ten year old daughter, mostly I’m the only one in the kitchen so I keep it pretty neat. I love the post but you must keep in mind that if your are a family of 4, five or more, have less space and several of you share a shower , go for it! Clean your hearts out:)

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