Every homemaker has a standard of cleanliness for her home. She may not be conscious of her standard, but if it is high she feels uncomfortable when her house is disordered or dirty. The pressure of preparing meals, doing the laundry, caring for children, or working at personal or proffesional interest outside the home may make it impossible to keep her home up to the standard she wishes to attain.
Usually working out a definite but flexible plan and working system and checking on methods and equipment makes cleaning easier and simpler. Frequent light cleaning is the most economical of time, energy, cleaning supplies, and household surfaces.
Time spent to experiment with systematic work schedules and better methods will help to increase leisure, relieve the mind of worry caused by the pressure of things to be done, and create a more restful, pleasant home.
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The homemaker with schedule and soung methods is better equipped not only to do the work at hand, but to teach and guide her assistants, whether they are members of the family or paid employees. The objective is to make the job more interesting and less fatiguing by controlling it, rather than letting it control her.
Daily cleaning consists chiefly of dusting. In the bedroom, beds, which have been airing while the family is at breakfast, are made first. Then all rooms, inside sills may be dusted, then furniture, wood floors, and finally rugs are cleaned. If a broom is used, upholstered furniture is brushed first and covered, then rugs swept, and finally floors, woodwork, and furniture dusted.
Weekly cleaning follows the same general procedure but is more thorough. Pictures and mirrors, light bulbs and lighting fixtures, closet floors, backs furniture, and window shades and venetian blinds are dusted.
Baseboards are brushed and if much dirt has blown in, it may be advisable to wipe the floor and baseboard with a damp cloth. Furniture should be moved so that every inch of the floor cleaned.
Every other week, upholstered furniture is cleaned with a vacuum cleaner if possible. Mattresses are turned side for side one week and end for end the next. Light bulbs, enclosing globes, and difusing bowls and shades in a few rooms are cleaned each week so that all are included once a month. The brushing of walls, wood trim, and draperies, and washing of windows, mirrors, and pictures may be rotated in the same manner.
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