Tuesday, November 2, 2010

No-Hassle House Cleaning Part 2

Despite sleeping only four hours last night, I took the challenge and spent a total of 45 minutes cleaning today!

The first step was to add a notebook to my maid caddy -- to write down needed supplies or big tasks to remember later. Good advice from the book which also has me a little nervous about cleaning for 45 minutes everyday. This is how it breaks down for today:

  • 15 minutes quick cleaning in the morning: a load of laundry in the washer, wiping a few things in the bathroom, barely started unloading the dishwasher
  • 15 minutes quick cleaning in the evening: another load of laundry, a little folding, finishing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen sink/counters
  • 15 minutes focus on the living room: dusting, decluttering, de-cat-hairing
Yes, I am shocked at how little I got done in all that time! I know the effects will be cumulative, but after 45 minutes of vigorous cleaning, that's it??!?! Still, I'm committed to seeing if the house stays a little cleaner after doing this for a little while.

(But would anyone with a job or kids or hobbies be able to spend this kind of time and then write about it every day? My God, how does anyone keep their house clean??)

The highest impact tasks from today were scrubbing the sink and sweeping the kitchen. I will definitely keep them on the daily list. Biggest disaster of the day -- cleaning the bathroom mirror with the wrong cleaner. Nick and I will either get used to seeing ourselves as slightly foggy/streaky, or I'll try to clean it again tomorrow.
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3 comments:

  1. FYI, the best way to clean a mirror: Glass Plus... spray it on, wipe with one cloth, then wipe again with another clean one! Works beautifully everytime!

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  2. I love my homemade all purpose cleaning spray. One part regular vinegar to 3 parts water. Cleans counters, mirrors, etc.

    And I generally try to spend an hour a day cleaning. But I do laundry once a week. I use the motivated moms checklist some of the time, and wing it the rest. But honestly for the most part my house stays in relative chaos.

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