I've decided to try a new approach to cleaning. The general idea of doing things when they need to be done, a little every day, isn't working for me. I'm sure it works brilliantly for a lot of people but it just isn't working for me. I always feel like I'm behind or like I've missed something. And while I'm on maternity leave I am actually at home quite a lot, so I have more blocks of time than I did when I was working 12 hour days elsewhere.
This morning I sat down and wrote out a cleaning checklist.
I imagined I was hiring a cleaner. The cleaner of my dreams, who was happy to do a few of the extras like the inside of the fridge and watering plants. I don't expect a cleaner to declutter or even tidy, this is just about cleaning.
First the things that need doing everywhere, like dusting and hoovering. They don't need to be done one room at a time if it's easier to go through the whole house in one go. Then I listed the extra tasks in each room. I just imagined walking through the house, visiting every room and pointing out to a new cleaner what needed to be done. Finally, a weekly deep clean of one room. I put down a different room each week to get a bit of attention, under the furniture and inside cupboards, that sort of thing. To start with I might not get round to the deep clean but I hope that with practice I'll get more efficient at whipping round and find the best order to do everything in.
Wish me luck, I'll let you know how it goes!