Show us your life: Cleaning Tips.
Here is one that I finally committed to: create a cleaning schedule. I sat down one day and created a weekly cleaning schedule. When I was a teacher, I was ALL about schedules. I made bi-weekly calendars for my kids, opened and closed each class
the same way, and always reminded my kids, "did you check the class calendar?"
So, I finally realized that a calendar would help me to keep the house somewhat clean. It goes Monday through Friday, with weekends off. But, by Friday the house is so clean, I don't really need to get into cleaning on the weekend. Nice.
Here's the schedule. Keep in mind I have a 900 square foot house, so this is pretty easy. My big thing is keeping things o-r-g-a-n-i-z-ed and s-a-n-i-t-i-z-e-d. That's right. 900 square feet, 1 closet, a cat, a dog, and a toddler. Plus, Brian has an office and that eats up about 100 of those square feet. I also only have one bathroom, so that makes things easier-though I do have to clean it more often.
Vacuum and/or steam clean carpets (we have a bissell
at home that is awesome-more later)
grocery shop for the week (oh my, the grocery store is so stocked yet crowd-free on Monday)
clean fridge and pantry
I will say that some days warrant an extra quick mop or vacuum, but that's easy. This works great. Here are some great cleaning tips:
1. Get gloves. I just feel like I can get more done with gloves. I got them so that my hands would stop cracking, but I soon realized that they put me in "clean mode." Okay, yes I have these in hot pink. Yes, they are goofy, but who cares.
2. Use newspaper or coffee filters on glass. These leave lint-free clean glass. I love the Method glass cleaner because it smells like mint instead of ammonia. Mmm.
3. Steam! I recently got the Shark Pocket Steam Mop at Ta
rget. I was a little hesitant, but I needed something that was quick, sanitary, and efficient. With paw prints and toddler-thrown food galore, this has been wonderful! It takes 60 seconds to heat up (faster than I could fill a soapy mop bucket), sanitizes with steam, and leaves no residue. Better yet, I don't have to worry about a dirty mop head because the cloth cover (it comes with 6!!!) goes into the washing machine. I do like a good soapy floor scrub once or twice a week, but this works great for a quick clean-up.
4. Laundry day. Yes, I do laundry one day a week and that is it. Seriously, do this! The laundry basket is oh so full on Thursday, but boy I love the fact that I'm not folding and putting clothes away all week. So refreshing.
5. This is kind of gross, but do it anyway. Put a Clorox toilet tablet in the toilet reservoir. Oh my goodness, it is so worth it.
6. Clean and/or replace your vacuum filter. Just when I think I need a new vacuum, I clean the washable filter and voila! The vacuum comes back to life. I do this about every 6 weeks. I recently saved my mother-in-laws vacuum by discovering a filter, um, "issue." That was a funny time!
Alright. Now it is your turn. Could you PALEASE post a good cleaning tip for me? I'm ALL about it. So, what are some of your cleaning secrets? Using vinegar to clean your coffee pot? Find a secret cleaner (ooh, the painting section of Home Depot carries a great patio furniture cleaner)? Find a cool cleaning gadget? Leave a comment. Happy cleaning!