One way to plan your housekeeping is to think in terms of public, private and functional spaces, as each set of rooms can have its own schedule.
Here are Blaelock’s tips to plan your housekeeping:
- Choose public
rooms :In the old days, people maintained a “front room” or parlour that was only used when people came to visit. It was the cleanest room in the house because no one used it, and you knew visitors were judging you when they sat inside it. If you dedicate spaces for entertainment, you only need to clean them when your guests leave. You can shut the door on it, and give it a quick once over the next time you’re expecting guests.
- Private rooms: You also have private rooms, where only the closest of friends are permitted entry. You might shut the doors to these rooms when you have guests because what’s inside is none of their business. You’ll clean these rooms more often, but not to such a high standard as your public rooms. Perhaps weekly or daily depending on your tolerance.
- Functional rooms: As the name suggests, functional rooms are there for a purpose; to prepare food, clean clothes, or run your business. Each room has different care requirements, and you’ll most likely clean them when you’ve finished using them, and often this will form part of your routine for using them.
- Outside as inside: Similarly, your yard has public, private and functional spaces, though there’s more overlap. For example, the sunny space where you hang your washing to dry is likely to be the best place for entertaining as well. Something to think about when you plan where to site your rubbish bins.
- Your car: You probably think of your car as a private space, but its interior can be clearly seen from outside. And people looking in will judge you on what they see inside. At the very least, put your empty take out food containers in the bin daily!
Alexandria’s tips to plan your housekeeping will help you plan how often to clean which rooms.
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