After you have had your schedule criticized, experiment every morning until you have worked out the most satisfactory schedule.
The Weekly Cleaning. - You will find that if you have followed the daily practice of keeping your room in order it is much less of a task to clean it each week. There will be no shoes on the floor, no clothes to pick up, and no litter on the dresser. First of all, we should be properly dressed before we prepare to give a room a thorough cleaning. Our clothing should be of a type that permits us to have perfect freedom of movement. If a dress has a tight skirt or long, tight sleeves, it is sure to hinder us in doing quick and thorough work. Dresses that we are afraid of soiling are also apt to interfere with doing good work. What kind of dress do you think is most suitable when you are doing the weekly cleaning? Some girls prefer an apron dress made of wash material. Other girls like to wear knickers or bloomers and middies while they are doing their cleaning. When you are sweeping your room you should plan to wear something over your head so as to keep your hair clean.
Experienced housewives usually have a general order of procedure in cleaning bedrooms. If you follow this plan in cleaning your room you will probably find that it helps you to do it quickly and thoroughly.
1. You will change the bed linen, turn the mattress and air the bed thoroughly on the day that you do the weekly cleaning. Plan your work so that the bed will have time to air before you are ready to begin the cleaning.
2. Remember to bring all the tools that you will need, such as the broom, dustpan, dust cloth and mop before you begin the cleaning. This is another way to "make your head save your heels." If you forget something you must waste time going after it.
3. Making the bed is the first thing to do when you are ready to begin the cleaning of the room. Why is it best to make the bed before doing the sweeping and dusting? Remember to turn up the covers if they hang down near the floor. Otherwise they will be in the way when you sweep.
4. The next thing is to dust the bureau and table or desk.
Then cover them with a cloth so that they will not get dusty while you are sweeping. Why is it best to do this preliminary dusting before doing the sweeping?
5. Cleaning the rug and floor are generally done next. If you have a carpet sweeper or a vacuum cleaner, of course you will use it to clean the rug. If you clean your rug with a broom you will be able to do it more quickly and thoroughly if you keep certain things in mind while you are sweeping. First, if there is a draft from the open window you should take care to sweep in the same direction. Why will this save you time and trouble? Second, avoid using the broom so as to throw dust up into the air unnecessarily. You will be able to understand the correct stroke in sweeping more easily if you see it demonstrated. If there is a broom in your classroom someone who knows how can demonstrate sweeping. Watch the stroke of the broom and see if you can tell just when the stroke should stop so as to avoid throwing the dust into the air. Third, you should remember to use different strokes when you are sweeping a bare floor and a rug, and notice the different strokes used. What difference do you see in the stroke? What would happen if you swept the bare floor with the same stroke that you use in sweeping a rug? Fourth, another way to avoid raising a dust is to scatter damp tea leaves or damp bits of paper on the floor. These prevent the dust from flying into the air. Sometimes the broom itself is dampened and the water shaken out. However, if the water is not shaken out thoroughly it mixes with the dust and makes mud, which is injurious to the carpet or floor. In sweeping a bare floor it is often satisfactory to cover the broom with a cloth bag made of some material such as cotton flannel. 6. After the floor has been cleaned and the dust has settled it is time to dust the furniture, woodwork, doors and windows. Do you think it will be better to use the dustcloth by flapping it around over the furniture and woodwork or with a wiping motion which gathers up the dust? Which of these ways would scatter the dust back into the room again? Cheesecloth is excellent for a dustcloth. Some people find it helpful to wring out the duster in a quart of very hot water to which a tablespoonful of kerosene has been added. This makes what we call a dustless duster, causing the dust to stick to the cloth instead of being scattered into the air. Another solution to use in making a dustless duster is: One tablespoon of cottonseed or linseed oil in about a pint of gasoline. The duster should be hung out in the air until the gasoline has evaporated. Caution: Gasoline is inflammable and should not be used in a room where there is a flame of any kind. This dustless duster is as satisfactory as the commercial dustless dustcloths. If this duster is used on wallpaper it will leave a mark, but it is satisfactory for wood surfaces.
7. The last step in the general procedure of cleaning your room is to use the dust mop on the bare floor. This should be for the purpose of removing the light coating of dust and polishing the floor. The mop should never be used in place of the broom because it rubs the grit into the floor, spoiling the surface of the floor. Inspecting Your Own Work After You Have Cleaned Your Room. - After you have finished your weekly cleaning answer the following questions and see if you can find ways of improving your work the next week.
1. Did you remember to clean the floor of the closet at the same time you cleaned the floor of the room?
2. Did you remember to clean the floor under the large pieces of furniture that you could not move?
3. Did you remember to run the dust mop under the edges of the rugs?
4. Were you careful to dispose of the dust properly that you swept up?
5. Did you remember to dust the window sills, frame of the mirror and the lower part of the bed?