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Have you ever wondered how some people seem to always have a clean house? Well, here are three possible answers for that question. 1.) They cleaned it just for your visit. 2.) They have a cleaning service. 3.) They have worked out a way to keep up with their housework. Do you fall into one of these categories? If you are a person who cleans just before company comes, then any visits from friends or family are most likely preceded by a frantic cleaning frenzy. If stress is what motivates you, then this approach might not be a problem for you. If you are fortunate enough to afford a cleaning service, then more power to you! If you are one of the people who have worked out their own system for your housework, congratulations are in order for you! If you are anywhere in between these categories, and would like to figure out a way to keep up, then read on!

Tackling all of your housework in a weekend takes your weekend away. Not cleaning your house weekly brings sticky floors and dust bunnies. So do you have to decide between no weekend or an unclean house? The answer to that question is NO! Here is a simple plan for you to follow that will help you maintain a clean house and still have your weekends free!

Maintaining a clean house requires a system. Your system is going to be unique to you, because not everyone has the same size of house, and people have their own way of cleaning. A great way to start your system, is to tackle one room, or type of room per day. Below is a great cleaning system example:

Monday: Kitchen
Tuesday: Bedrooms
Wednesday: Living room and family room
Thursday: Bathrooms
Friday: Halls and stairways

This will leave your weekends free for fun. You may choose to deep clean one week, and do a light cleaning the next week. This will give you more free time on the week that you do the light cleaning, but you will still have a clean house. You may rotate particular tasks within the month as well. There are still chores that will have to be done daily, like laundry and taking out the trash, but in the long run, you will still have more time if you follow a system for the rest of your house. A quick clean-up of picking things up and straightening at the end of each day before you retire to bed will also help your house stay clean.

Once you incorporate daily cleaning, it will become easier and easier. Company coming won’t fray your nerves, and you will be able to enjoy their visits more if you aren’t mentally trying to notice what they see or how they find your house. You will be more content with your own house, just knowing that it is clean. You won’t have the nagging in the back of your mind: “I’ve got to get my house clean” or “I’ve been meaning to clean that for weeks.” Give it a try, and if you find that it’s not for you, by all means – go back to weekend or monthly cleaning. The only thing that you have to lose by trying it out, is weekend cleaning.