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Let’s be real. The main reason we spend so many hours cleaning is because we don’t put things away in the first place.
I will be the first to admit, I have let the dishes pile up, left the toys on the floor and waited until I had no clean clothes before doing the laundry; and I have experienced the overwhelming task of cleaning my entire house in what feels like a marathon day of cleaning. But, who wants to spend their free time cleaning? Not me.
You’ve heard the saying, slow and steady wins the race… well that’s the idea. Little bits of daily cleaning really will keep your home in tip-top shape, but you have to have a game plan to achieve cleaning victory. Here are a few strategic moves worth practicing in your own home.
Daily Double Team
No matter what you are doing, clean as you go.
Bedrooms: Make your bed as soon as you get up. Always put your dirty clothes directly in the hamper when you change, and hang up and put away clean clothes. The treadmill is not a closet; so don’t treat it like one.
Kitchen: Clean as you cook and don’t ever put anything down in the sink. Plates should go directly from the table to the dishwasher, and so should pots and pans. You can also wipe down countertops while you’re brewing your morning coffee and the microwave right after you use it.
Bathroom: Wipe down sinks and mirrors as you brush your teeth (you only need one hand for each task). Spray and scrub down the bathtub as soon as you’re finished with your shower or give the toilet a quick cleaning with the toilet bowl cleaner.
Living Rooms/Family Rooms/Toy Rooms: Set ground rules and stick to them. One movie at a time, one book at a time, and one bin of toys at a time; and when you’re finished, put it away before you get a new one out. Picking up seems like an obvious daily cleaning tip however, more of our “cleaning” time is spent actually picking up and putting things away, so why not do it right away?
If you have the manpower, cleaning always happens faster and more efficient as a team. We clean as a family in my household. We do dishes, laundry, vacuuming and dusting in teams. My children (including my 3 year old) are responsible for taking their own plates to the dishwasher, putting their own clothes in the hamper, making their beds and picking up their toys. I give my kids the chance to help with household chores so that they know that they are part of our family team and that we are working together to keep our house clean. Of course, we always try to keep it fun by playing games and have cleaning competitions as we go. Simply follow these easy steps to create a winning combination of a tidy and happy home. Until Next Week,