Got this adorable list from a book of my sisters, not sure what it was called but since I've moved back into my own place it has become quite useful once again.
Once a day_ Bed: Make it.
_ Phone: Charge it.
_ Laundry: Dirty – bin it; clean – put it away.
_ Windows and curtains: Open and air room.
_ Cushions: Plump.
_ Write "to do" list: Grocery store, errands ect.
_ Tissues, clutter, junk mail: All to bin and empty.
_ Bins in the kitchen: Empty, especially if you had takeout.
_ Black bin bags: Take them OUT – so unsightly.
_ Washing up: Ensure washing up is done daily, if not after each meal, to avoid build-up and growth of mould.
_ Wipe down: Worktops, the table, and frequented surfaces.
_ Blow out: All candles before leaving the house.
_ Sweep room: If time, or dustpan and brush.
_ Water plants: Indoors and out, check cut flowers.
Once a week
_ Duvet covers and pillows: Change them. Note: pillowcases and duvets must always be part of a matching set.
_ Carpets and rugs: Hoover.
Get the Vileda Supermop out and take it for a spin, particularly in kitchen and bathroom and on any lino flooring.
_ Toilets: Disinfect. Grim, but got to be done. Put your marigolds on.
_Widow Twankie: Get your laundry up to date; essential to keep clean undies and freshly pressed jeans in constant cycle.
_ Ocado order: Make online selection for supermarket home delivery, unless you have a pair of shoes that need supermarket training.
Once a month
_ Wipe, dust and polish: Your lair from top to toe. Yes, this does include windows and windowsills. For wooden furniture use beeswax polish; not only does it smell heavenly, but the furniture will repay you for your care and attention.
_ Hoover or sweep: (Flooring) under sofas and beds
_ Fridge: Ruthlessly eliminate any foods that are past their sell by date. Apply this to magazines and old papers; will you really want them in three years? If yes, file; if not, relegate to recycle.
_ Cooker inspection: Have you used it? If so clean it, and the same applies to your microwave; give it a wipe inside and out.
_ Dance around: With a feather duster and try to get corners.
_ Feeling energetic: Flip your mattress.
_ Go deep: Go right into the depths of the laundry bin and check nothing is loitering there.
Once a year_ Outing: Manuals and well-groomed housewives recommend and annual trip to the cleaners for duvets, quilts and rugs.
_ Curtains and blinds: Take down for an annual spring clean.
_ Dust: Attack the tops and bottoms of all the nooks and crannies that you neglect in a weekly or monthly blitz.
_ Investigate: Exactly what you have stored under the stairs.
OR – get professional cleaners to come for half a day and blitz everything with industrial strength while you go to the gallery or something.
In addition to 'I'm washing my hair', reason for refusing a date can now include:
Filing paperwork, love letters and bills, doing tax returns.
Cleaning cupboards, in kitchen, bathroom and beyond.
Dusting your chandelier.
Polishing silverware and jewellery.
Sorting out your underwear drawer – refold, and chuck.