Sunday, 24 February 2013
Cleaning Done Right
Now I wish I could knit all day...don't we all? But there is a little thing such as "cleaning" that eats up some of my precious knitting time. Having a hubby, a six year old, a pre teen boy, a teen boy, and my seven year old pup this house can get messy and dirty. I have struggled for years with how to fit cleaning into my busy daily scheduale. Besides driving the kids to and from school and their sports activities, grocery shopping, cooking, walking pup, and running an Etsy shop, it left very little time for cleaning. If I left it all to one day, then I wouldn't get it all done or something would come along and hurt the plan (a sick kid....a yarn sale ;) In the fall all this changed. I found www.cleanmama.etsy.com . Becky sells things to help you organize your life, but the best part is her e-book about cleaning routines. Her idea is everyday you do one or two things. At first I thought "Everyday!!!!" is she crazy??? But I am telling you it works. My house has never been so clean and organized. ALL THE TIME. People can come over anytime and I have no worries at what they see or what they will find. And this has given me more KNITTING time. Yes...you read that right. I following along with Becky's blog which is full of great cleaning info.
Here is my scheduale:
Monday: Clean all bathrooms, 2 loads of laundry (wash, fold, put away), usually tidy from the weekend chaos.
Tuesday: Dust (everything), 2 loads of laundry
Wednesday: Vacum, 2 loads of laundry
Thursday: Mop, 2 loads of laundry
Friday: Catch-up (on something I missed) or give myself a little project such as cleaning out a closet, or a messy cabinet or "hotspot", 2 loads of laundry
Saturday: Wash sheets and towels
Sunday: 1 load of laundry
Everynight you sweep your floors(might have to do this a couple of times a day if you have small kids and no dog to lick your crumbs), wipe your kitchen counters and put away anything that is out of place.
I usually do my chores when I have come home from dropping everyone off at school. By lunch time all laundry is done and my cleaning chore. Trust me....your house will run so smoothly. Now one trick is to declutter your home. You can't do this if you spend half your time tripping over toys on the floor or dusting countertops you can't even see. Some other great books on this topic are : "It's all too much by Peter Walsh" and "Organized Simplicity" by Tsh Oxenreider. These books help you live a clutter-free life.
Try Becky's routine....you won't be sorry.....