The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Cleaning Schedule

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The key to a clean house is finding a system that works for you and your schedule. What worked before you had kids may need some modifications. And empty nesters may have a busier schedule than before the days of carpools and kids sports.

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Cluttered Kitchen? Just Say No
It’s tempting to let the dishes "soak" while you relax after dinner, but you have to do them anyway so why wait. Put the dishes in the dishwasher, wash the pots and pans and wipe the counters and table after every meal. This keeps dishes from piling up and minimizes bugs.

Quick Pick Up before Bed
Don’t let the clutter pile up. As you turn out the lights and head to bed grab the toys, magazines, remotes and put them in their place.

One Chore a Day
Make a list of the chores you need to complete and choose one to do each day. Here is a sample to get you started. There are lots of ready-made lists online, but success lies in modifying the list to your lifestyle and activities.

Monday Laundry (change sheets, wash & dry)
Tuesday Laundry (fold and put away)
Wednesday Kitchen (floors, microwave, refrigerator)
Thursday Vacuum & Dust
Friday Trash, Bathrooms
Saturday Meal Planning (stick to the list when shopping!), Yard Work
Sunday Rest
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Summer Cleaning

We have tips for getting those daily chores done without heating up your home, quickly, so you can get back to summer fun.

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Fall Cleaning

With the winter months ahead and the holiday seasons rushing in upon us, it's an ideal time to get a thorough house cleaning under way!

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Spring Cleaning

Ready to take on spring cleaning? ACI has a few suggestions to plan and execute a spring clean.

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Winter and Holiday Cleaning