Cleaning, General

Easy Surface Cleaning Routine

Sometimes, we just don’t feel like cleaning. We don’t want to move the furniture, scrub the oven, sweep behind the washer and dryer. That’s where “surface cleaning” comes in!

Surface cleaning is cleaning what you can see. Just the “surface”. It’s quick, easy, and simple.


I only deep clean once or twice a week. The rest of the days, I’m surface cleaning. The first thing I’ll do is grab a new trash bag, and walk through the rooms throwing away any trash. I pick up papers, fruit snacks wrappers, apple juice boxes, old mail, anything that needs to be gone. That step itself tends to make the house look better!

Then, I do another walkthrough, this time looking for dishes. My focus at this point is getting all dishes in the house into the sink. Then I’ll come back and rinse them, load them into the dishwasher and get it running. Now that I’m in the kitchen, I’ll wipe down counters and the stove top, and do a quick sweep of the floor.

My dining room, living room, and kitchen area are all on an open floor plan. That means there are no doorways between any of these rooms. So, I sweep under the table as well. And, I’m done in the kitchen/dining room! That’s it! Counters wiped, sink empty, floors swept.

I’ll move into the living room, throw any toys into the kid’s rooms. I put any clothes (why are there always clothes on my living room floor?) into the hamper, and fold the blankets we keep on the couch. We have a sectional, so I like to fluff and rearrange the pillows to look nice, like I /really/ did something that day.

Next are the hallway and entryway, which is organizing shoes and picking up anything on the floor. A quick vacuum through the living room and hall, and all ‘visible’ areas of my house are clean! I’ll usually go ahead and pick up and sweep the bathroom floor, and have the kids pick up their rooms. My room is never clean, but I’m hoping I’ll get to it next month.

And that’s it! Picking up trash, then dishes, wiping counters and doing the floors. My house appears clean, and I can relax for an extra day before I have to get the gloves and sponges out.

Which do you do more: surface clean, or deep clean? Let me know in the comments below!

Easy Surface Cleaning Routine - The Southern Smiths: Trash, Dishes, Floors, Done!

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