Cleaning for Lazy People*

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*Or overworked, busy, stressed out or ill people!

I'm not a fan of cleaning.  My mom is a saint with it comes to cleaning, she devotes an entire day and a half to it each week.  I did not inherit that gene.  So what's a lazy person to do?  

Choose any one of these to do when you have a spare 30 seconds. Do one or two a day and your house will never be filthy.  Awesome. 

Bathroom:

  • When you're done washing your hands, right before you turn off the faucet, use your hands to scrub down the sink.  It needs it. 
  • Use your damp hand towel to wipe down the toothpaste splotches on the mirror. 
  • After using a washcloth on your face, use it to wipe up the counter and faucet.  
  • When you've finished blowing your nose, grab an extra tissue or two and wipe down the top of the toilet bowl and that little space between the tank and the seat.  Toss the tissue into the toilet. 
  • Keep a spray bottle of 50% distilled or boiled water and 50% white vinegar in the bathroom.  Spray down the toilet with it and let it sit for a minute while you're brushing your teeth.  Done.  Disinfected.  
  • Keep a toilet scrub brush next to the toilet and give it a whirl when you see a dirty ring form in the bowl.  So long, nasty.

Kitchen: 

  • Ready to toss your kitchen hand towel in the washing machine? Use it to wipe down the faucet first. 
  • Keep another spray bottle of 50% water and 50% white vinegar in the kitchen.  When you think of it, spritz down the counter tops and the sink.  Let sit for 1 minute.  
  • Place a broom and dust pan in a corner.  When you notice the floor needs it, you won't have to hunt down a broom to give it a good sweep. 

Living Room and Bedrooms:

  • Use a Swiffer dust wand thingy to give things a quick swipe when you notice they are dusty.  The wands are magic and almost makes dusting fun; no chemicals needed.  
  • In lieu of getting on your hands and knees to scrub the tile or wood floor, use a spray mop.  It might not get quite as clean, but at least it will actually get cleaned.
  • Keep as many spray bottles, towels and Swiffers in your rooms as necessary.  Having to track down cleaning supplies will kill the urge to clean.
  • Vacuum when you notice debris on the floor.  That might be every day or every 5 days, just do it when you feel.  One caveat: we recently moved to a house with all tile and wood floors.  With no carpet to hide in, it's truly amazing/disgusting how much "fluff" builds up each day.  I'd ere on the side of more vacuuming if I were to move back to a carpeted place.  

Laundry

  • If you're lucky enough to have an in-home/garage washer and dryer, do a small load each day.  If that doesn't feel environmentally friendly to you, lessen your chemical impact by using a natural detergent and save water elsewhere by taking shorter showers.
  • Use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.  One less thing to worry about - they stay in your dryer and are good for 1,000 loads.
  • If you're dealing with a coin-op, multiple machine situation at your building or use a laundromat, I find doing all the wash at once is less overwhelming because you can get 3 loads going at once.  

 

Well, that's how I keep our home reasonably clean, even with low energy and not much time.  If a tip or trick helped, please click the <3 button or share button below!  

ABC

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If you've worked in sales, you've probably heard the acronym ABC: Always Be Closing. I'd like to borrow that for a minute, with one small change. Instead of closing, cleaning. Always Be Cleaning.

What Kat?? Always be cleaning?? No way. That sounds awful.

Ok, but what sounds worse? Spending 5 minutes every day? Or spending 2 or 3 hours, or more, every week? And let's be honest, that 2 or 3 hours won't happen every week, but will most likely turn into 1 or 2 days you'd have to spend at the end of the month to really get things back into shape. Yuck. And when that doesn't happen, you'll be spending your 2 weeks vacation every year just digging out of the mess that's accumulated. Double yuck. There are picnics to be had and time to be spent with loved ones on your days off, why waste that time cleaning and organizing?

We already discussed Number 1 of (Cue dramatic music) The 2 Major Principles Of Organizing in a previous post.

Major Principle 1: A Place For Everything. Everything you own has to have a home or you will never become organized.

Major Principle 2: Always Be Cleaning, putting things back in their home, is the key to staying organized. ABPA (Always Be Putting Away ) isn't nearly as catchy as ABC, so work with me on this. I'm not saying you perpetually need a vacuum and some Windex in your hand (but if you can get that guy up there to do it for you....), I'm just saying you need to make like an 8 year old and put your toys away when you're done playing with them.

Your goal is to have this be second nature.

At first it will be “Oh, silly me, my keys don't go on the dining room table, they go on the key hook inside the front door. Let me go hang them up right now”. Eventually that will be replaced by hanging the keys up immediately upon walking through the door and voila, no lost keys, no extra clutter.

- When you're bringing in your mail, it gets sorted into recycle or filed immediately.  Even better if you opt-out or unsubscribe.

- Groceries get put away immediately.

- The bag and wrappers from In N Out go into the compost immediately upon finishing the meal.

- Your kid's school books and papers go back into their backpacks as soon as they are finished with homework and the back packs go to their home by the front door on those hooks you have for them.

- Dishes get put into the dishwasher/washed by hand immediately upon finishing with them.

- Kids' toys. If they are old enough to walk, they are old enough to start learning “Put your toys away!”. Trust me, they will thank you later. And you'll thank me when you don't have to clean up a room that looks like Toys R Us exploded in it. Be their Mom, not their maid.

- Donations go directly into your "donations" bag that you keep near the front door.  Once it's full, it's time to take it to Goodwill or the charity of your choice.

Please remember. This is a HABIT. It takes 21 days to establish a new one. Be patient with yourself, but be firm. No one is going to put your toys away for you, unless you really trained those kids well!! If you think I'm crazy and it's not really that simple, email me. We'll work through it and figure out how to get your place in order.   

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P.P.S. A Place for Everything and Where to Start Organizing