Where Do I Start Cleaning?

Cleaning can feel like a never-ending marathon. It’s easy to get off track, whether someone comes in with a cold, you’re distracted by a text or your kids are fighting over who gets the last of the popcorn. And then there are the mental roadblocks – like knowing where to start.

Where Do I Start Cleaning?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount to do, break down the task into manageable parts. Cleaning expert Debbie Sardone suggests using a system, such as working room to room, and starting at the same spot in each room each time (e.g., the chair at the foot of the bed). She also recommends adjusting the timing to suit your mood or motivation, even if that means cleaning for 5 minutes and taking a 30-minute break.

The first step is to figure out what you want to achieve – do you just need a quick wipe-down of kitchen counters, or is your bathroom in dire need of a deep cleaning service? Then write down a list of the tasks that would give you the most sense of accomplishment or make the biggest difference. Whether it’s on your phone, in a journal or on the fridge, having this list to refer to when you feel stuck can be a big help.

Next, focus on wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. It takes time for cleaning solutions to soak in, so it makes more sense to do these tasks first. Also, once these are done, any debris, dust or food left on the surfaces will be much easier to wipe up and dispose of.

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