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Quick & Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Clean & Tidy

Keeping your home clean and tidy can sometimes feel overwhelming. And if you let things slide for a while, the stress just piles on until you get caught up.

When it comes to cleaning your house the easiest way, experts, professional cleaners, and wisdom passed down for generations all agree.

If you have a system, plan, and checklist, the housekeeping will get done faster and more efficiently. Establishing a routine and de-cluttering will also simplify your cleaning tasks.


Your House Cleaning System and Plan

We all have different schedules, priorities, interests, responsibilities, so to have only one set cleaning system that is “right” is ridiculous. You need to establish what works best for you. Maybe it’s easier for you to clean one room each day instead of cleaning the whole house every weekend. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of having a maid that does all the housekeeping. (If that’s the case, hiring a cleaning company is worth considering!)


The following cleaning tips, links, and suggestions will give some ideas to help you determine YOUR House Cleaning System and Plan.

  1. Clean up any spills or messes when they happen.

  2. Tidy things up.

    1. For Pro Tips on how to reduce clutter, see 6 Tips to Keep Your House Clean and Organized in our post “House Cleaning Pro Tip: A Place for Everything…

    2. When getting ready to do a weekly or deep clean, go through one room at a time and pick-up, put away, or throw away any items that have been left out.

  3. Establish a routine that fits your schedule.

  4. Clean from top to bottom (meaning leave the floors for last).

  5. Take advantage of other’s experience – use checklists (and customize to your needs).

Set a Cleaning Schedule – Use Checklists

Many of us feel that cleaning house seems like a never-ending job. Others actually enjoy cleaning and keeping everything in their homes spotless – and make it seem effortless. Either way, setting a schedule and using checklists is a very common, yet useful recommendation. You’ve done searches about house cleaning, and know that there are numerous house cleaning checklists available online. You can find checklists for daily cleaning, weekly, spring, winter, fall, deep cleans, move-in/move-out cleans, STR/VR cleaning, and more.


The house cleaning checklists linked below are either cleaning lists that our highly-trained and thorough cleaning crew uses, or pro tips they recommend. Caravel Cleaning Company is a locally-owned professional house cleaning service in Ventura County dedicated to providing exceptional service that enables you to claim some “extra time.”


5 Cleaning Checklists


Establish Your Own Cleaning Routine

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We hope you’re inspired and motivated to tackle those housekeeping tasks and develop a cleaning plan that works for you.


If finding a reputable house cleaning service in Ventura County CA is part of that plan, be sure to start out by contacting Caravel Cleaning Company for a free estimate. (All cleaning services are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!)


Call now: 805-804-5454

Simplify – De-clutter

In addition to our Pro Tips on how to reduce clutter, here are a few more ideas to help you simplify, de-clutter, and clean up your space. You may want to start the new year out with these “mini cleaning” tasks in your home. Or they might be great to fit into your monthly cleaning schedule.

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Office – 5 Things to Purge

  1. Outdated files – shred anything confidential or that contains personal information or account numbers

  2. Junk mail and any other unnecessary papers on your desk

  3. Your email inbox, then spam and trash folders, and browser cache on all devices

  4. Unused apps on your phone

  5. Multiple to-do notes and lists (review anything not finished, combine into new prioritized list) But, if having sticky notes is how you organize your to-do’s, don’t purge!

Kitchen – 5 Things to Clean

  1. Light fixtures

  2. Oven hood and backsplash or wall behind stove

  3. Any hanging storage racks or open shelves

  4. Refrigerator – inside and out, including the top

  5. Cabinet doors – for wood cupboards, be sure to polish or oil after cleaning and drying

Bedroom – 5 Things to Dust

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  1. Fan blades

  2. Blinds

  3. Furniture

  4. Door and window frames

  5. Lamps and knick-knacks

Bathroom – 5 Things to Toss

  1. Expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications

  2. Air fresheners that aren’t freshening anymore

  3. Towels and washcloths that are past their prime (toss into rag bag for cleaning up spills)

  4. All of those empty toilet paper rolls (toss in recycling bag)

  5. That little sliver of soap in the soap dish

Living Room – 5 Things to Vacuum

  1. Door frames, fans, anywhere that cobwebs might lurk

  2. Valances and window frames, corners, edges, and tracks of windows

  3. Lamp shades

  4. Upholstered furniture

  5. Under and behind furniture

A Couple More Pro Cleaning Tips…

In addition to cleaning from top to bottom, cleaning one room at a time is a system that many pros use. Starting in one corner of the room and working your way all around the room can help you stay on track and be more thorough. Turning on some upbeat music can help you get in a rhythm with your housekeeping and make the cleaning go faster (and maybe more enjoyable).


Of course, the easiest way to keep your house clean is to have someone else do it! If keeping your home clean and tidy is overwhelming, please reach out to us! We’re happy to give you a free estimate for whatever type of cleaning you’d like to hand off. We even provide linen and laundry services.


We can't wait to Help You Keep Your Home Shipshape!


Caravel Cleaning Company provides commercial and residential cleaning services in Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ojai, Santa Paula, Somis, Newbury Park, and Thousand Oaks.

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