The words "spring cleaning" illustrate one of the central hurdles to keeping a clean house. By associating the chore with a season, it assumes that cleaning is a single, seasonal project to be tackled in one dirty, torturous session. The clever cleaner knows the secret to keeping a consistently clean house (without expending inordinate amounts of time and energy) is to approach the job in small, digestible nuggets.
Every Day: Make beds, do a load of laundry, wash dishes, empty the rubbish bins, pick up and put away any clothes or items lying around.
Once a Week: Vacuum, shake out area rugs, dust, mop, scrub tubs and sinks, change bed sheets and air blankets.
Once a Month: Vacuum upholstery, clean the windows, dust behind and beneath furniture, wipe down skirting boards and architraves.
Twice a Year: Clean out clothes and linen closets, reassess storage areas, clean gutters, spray down porches, decks, or other outdoor areas.