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Keeping It Clean: Plan Your Cleaning1

Mary N. Harrison, Amanda Griffin, and Randall A. Cantrell2

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Clean as You Go

The clean-as-you-go plan makes it easy to have a clean and orderly home.

  • Develop a basic cleaning schedule. Keep it simple and stick to it.

  • Plan projects that you can complete in the time allotted.

  • Involve your family. All members working together help make it easier to keep your home in good condition.

  • Keep all cleaning supplies and equipment in one place. Store supplies in a container that is easily transported from job to job.

Tasks to Do Immediately

The following tasks should be done immediately.

  • Hang up clothing and coats as soon as you take them off.

  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper.

  • Clean dishes as soon as you finish eating.

  • Make your bed when you get out of it.

  • Put items back in their place after you use them.

  • Vacuum or mop spills so they do not leave stains on carpet.

Tasks to Do Less Often

Examples of tasks that you do less often:

  • Change the bed sheets each week.

  • Do the family laundry weekly or more often if needed.

  • Wash windows each spring (or as needed).

  • Dust weekly.

  • Clean bathrooms weekly: toilets, sinks, counters, mirrors, and tubs.

  • Change the filter in your furnace/air conditioner monthly (or as recommended by the manufacturer).

  • Clean out the refrigerator of spills and outdated foods/drinks.

  • Clean out the cabinets of outdated foods.

Remember: Scheduled household tasks are manageable unless the schedule is neglected!



This document is FCS5232-02, one of a series on Home Cleaning and Repairing of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date June 2002. Revised December 2005, May 2014, and October 2017. Visit the EDIS website at


Mary N. Harrison, retired professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; Amanda Griffin, former Extension agent I, UF/IFAS Extension, Jackson County; and Randall A. Cantrell, assistant professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

This material was prepared with the support of the Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Energy Office. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.