The Ultimate Guide to Housekeeping
Tackling the chores in a messy and dirty house can be overwhelming. There is so much that needs to be done that sometimes it is just easier to drop onto the couch and binge watch TV. Unfortunately, ignoring the chores won’t make the mess go away.
Setting up a list system of daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonally-needed chores will make housekeeping easier. Breaking down the tasks into small steps that can be done in just a few minutes each day will keep the mess under control. Dividing the chores between family members teaches responsibility and makes everyone’s life better. Kids as young as three can begin to help with things like sorting clothes and toys. More good news, doing chores can count as exercise and help burn some calories.
There are tasks that, if done daily, will keep your home in order and prevent that overwhelming feeling that everything is out of control. Some chores can be done first thing in the morning, some should be done throughout the day as you do other activities, and others can be done at night so that you wake up to an orderly home.
Eliminate Dirty Dishes
Hand wash or load the dishwasher after every meal and snack. There should never be dirty dishes on the counter or in the sink. Be sure to give the sink a good cleaning every day!
Declutter and De-crumb Counters
After any food preparation, put everything away and wipe down countertops and appliances to get rid of crumbs and spills.
Sweep, Mop or Vacuum Floors
The kitchen is always full of activity and the floor shows it. Clean up any messy spills immediately and get rid of crumbs.
Recycle, Compost, and Empty the Trash
Emptying or dealing with garbage each day will help keep away pests and leave a fresher smelling home.
Make the Bed
Fluff the pillows and choose bed linens that are easy for everyone to quickly spread up quickly.
Put Away Clothes
Place soiled clothing in a hamper. Return clean clothes and shoes to the closet or drawers.
Check the Laundry Hamper
Depending on the needs of your household, laundry may need to be done daily. It is much easier to deal with one laundry load per day than seven loads at once.
Return Things to Their Proper Place
If cups or dishes have migrated to the bedroom, return them to the kitchen. Teach kids to put away toys and gather school-items needed for the next day.
HOW TO CREATE A CLEANING SCHEDULE THAT REALLY WORKS!
Cleaning the house and keeping on top of all the housework can be overwhelming and totally never ending – unless you have a plan! If you want to change how you go about cleaning your home, so YOU are in control rather than your home controlling you – then you’re in the right place
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLEANING YOUR HOME?
It’s never done completely
I always feel like I’m trying to catch up
I can’t get ahead, or get a system that works for me – I’m just too busy
I get things done as they need doing – it’s exhausting
I never feel OK to have people round because my home is never ready
So we may as well take control back and help ourselves.
And what better way than to create a plan that’s totally based around you and your own homes needs, that works for you with the time you have available. It’s not necessarily about perfect, it’s not about miracle working, it’s about making your home clean enough for you at any given point on any given day – so that you can lead the life you want without feeling stressed out all the time with the jobs you need to do.
A SCHEDULE? REALLY?….
Yes, really! Contrary to popular thought, a cleaning schedule doesn’t add hassle and stress to the house – it takes it away. If you never quite know what the next job is, and whether the house is clean enough, then even subconsciously you are looking around for all the jobs that need doing (even when there may be nothing to do).
It’s time to get to grips with the house once and for all.
Creating your own schedule means that you can design it around what works for you – and you then don’t have to think about it, just get what needs doing on what days out of the way and ticked off.
Cleaning Service Business Plan
The wealthy single income families, and affluent double income families of Cleanly,Wa are in need are a house cleaning service that is professional, trustworthy, and highly effective
all residential cleaning services in an environmentally sound, completely trustworthy, and professional manner. We exist to attract and maintain customers. When we adhere to this maxim, everything else will fall into place
will be focusing on two upper socio/economic groups. The first is the affluent where only one spouse works. Although the other spouse is at home and has time to clean, he/she chooses not to.
second segment of the market that we are targeting is the two income family. Both spouses work long hours and have no time to clean or do laundry. Further it is essential that we are trustworthy and professional.
The residential house cleaning niche is a subset of the larger cleaning business.. The residential house cleaning market is serviced predominately by independent companies. There are however, a few large franchises. Residential services are divided into a couple of different categories, maid or house cleaners, carpet cleaners, window cleaners, and a variety of other services that are required on a less frequent basis
The Minimalist’s Guide to Simple Housework
It’s a rare person among us who looks forward to cleaning the house. I certainly don’t, but a clean house is something I enjoy perhaps too much. I love a clean, uncluttered house, and I’m not afraid to admit it. So how does a person like me — a clean freak — get the house nice and clean without too much work? I’m sure you know by now that if I can keep things simple, I’m happy.
I constantly experiment with ways to simplify my house-cleaning routine, and what follows are some options I’ve experimented with or am trying out now. Not all methods will appeal to everyone, but I’m hoping that at least a few of the ideas will have some use to you, and perhaps inspire a simpler routine in your life.
Guiding Rule: Simplify, Simplify
Thoreau, of course, had three simplifys in his famous quote, but I’ve simplified that rule even further. 🙂 To keep a house clean with minimal effort, the guiding rule is to simplify as much as possible. The less you have, the less you have to keep clean and put away.
An uncluttered room, with only furniture on the floor, is extremely easy to clean. See below. But if you have all kinds of stuff in the room, you double or triple your cleaning time (or worse).
Fewer clothes means you have fewer things to put away and to wash. Sure,if you have lots of clothes, you can go longer without having to wash, letting the clothes pile up into a huge Fuji-like mountain. But who wants to face that mountain when you run out of clothes to wear?
Fewer things on your kitchen counter means cleaning the counter is a snap – just give it a quick wipe with a washcloth and you’re done. No straightening things out, cleaning in between or under things, putting things away.
Second Rule: Meditate While You Clean
While housework is not looked upon favorably by many people, if done right, it can actually be very relaxing and destressing. The key is to be mindful and present while you clean.
House Cleaning Price List
Part One: What the Service Includes
It is critical that the customer and cleaning service know what to expect from each other. This document provides an example of the services included in many standard house cleaning service packages, as well as add-on services, available for an additional fee. Services will vary from one cleaner to another, but this should give you a general idea of what services to expect.
Customer Perspective: You should receive a comparable list of tasks, either in brochure or contract form, from your cleaning service. It helps you to set expectations and evaluate whether tasks are being performed satisfactorily.
Cleaning Service Perspective: You can easily add or delete services that you are prepared to provide for your customers. Feel free adapt Part One of this document to include in your marketing brochure. You can also use it as a checklist for training employees. How well and how quickly they perform each of these tasks becomes your yardstick for measuring performance.
Part Two: How Pricing Is Determined
This pricing method is based on the standard amount of time it takes to complete various tasks, multiplied by the prevailing wage for maids and house cleaners in a specific area. This section contains a spreadsheet designed to help owners of house cleaning services establish fair competitive pricing, but it also provides insights that many customers will find useful
Simply follow the step-by-step spreadsheet to arrive at your quote:
Click to Access: Click the image above to access the price list.
Minutes Allotted Column: Determine how many minutes it takes to perform each task. It’s a good idea to actually perform each task two or three times to be sure your expectations are realistic. You need to work consistently and with attention to detail. The pace must be one that can be reasonably sustained by your employees. Estimated numbers are included, but feel free to change them as appropriate
Quantity Column: This is the column you will use most frequently to actually generate price quotes. Simply fill in the quantity of each task to be performed – for example, one kitchen, three bedrooms, two additional rooms. An additional room may be a laundry room, exercise room, office, or playroom. If the room requires little attention, you may choose to count it as a half room. If it requires extra attention, like cleaning several pieces of gym equipment or mirrored walls in a home gym, you may choose to count it as a room and a half.
Total Minutes: This column multiplies the minutes per task by the number of tasks and auto-calculates total minutes for you.
Hours: This column automatically translates the number of minutes into hours. The total of the column also tells you how many staff hours you will need to plan for.
Prevailing Rate: This column is particularly important because it tailors pricing to your specific area. It also supports your pricing structure with hard data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS).
Amount per Room: This column auto-calculates for you. It multiplies the prevailing wage, by the estimated hours, by two. The amount at the bottom of the column, rounded up to the nearest five dollars, is the amount you can reasonably expect to charge your customer.
Though pricing depends on a number of factors, there are some ranges to consider for common tasks:
Basic house cleaning services: $25 to $45 per hour
Windows: Interior at four to seven dollars per window and exterior at five to eight dollars
Cleaning refrigerator or oven interior: $25 – $35
Dusting mini blinds: About $20
Polishing wooden surfaces: $30 and up
Baseboard cleaning: $35 and up
Cleaning inside cabinets: $20 -$45, depending on size and number
Changing bed sheets: Around $10 per bed
One load of laundry (wash and dry): About $20
One-time deep cleaning: From $100 for smaller spaces (such as a studio apartment) to $300 or more for a home with several bedrooms