You're busy with your job, overwhelmed by household chores, and about to be smothered by Mount Washmore. Here are some timed cleaning routines that can bring the chaos under control.
Fifteen minute cleaning sessions are a great way to maintain a home in between more thorough cleanings. Make sure you have a cleaning caddy stocked to take with you from room to room (see "Stocking Your Cleaning Caddy" below). Set a timer and when time has elapsed, stop.
Straighten a bedroom: Make the bed. Put away clothing. Gather items that don't belong in this room and put them in a basket to be put away later. Dust from the top of the room down to the baseboards. If there is time, run a vacuum cleaner near the doorway or where dirt is most likely to accumulate.
Clean up the kitchen: Rinse and put any dishes into the dishwasher. Stay current with hand dishes dirtied during the most recent meal. Using a soapy dishcloth, wipe down the range, refrigerator, and countertops. Collect items that have found their way to the kitchen counter and put them in a basket to be delivered to their proper place in the home.
Freshen a bathroom: Using your cleaning caddy, put window cleaner on the mirror and wipe dry. Put toilet-bowl cleaner in the bowl and let it sit while you wipe down fixtures and counters with the same cloth you used for the mirror. Pull the full trash bag out of the bin and replace it. Put loose items away in their proper drawer, cabinet, or shelf. Find items that don't belong in the bathroom and put them in a small basket for delivering to the rooms in which they belong.
Straighten up the living room: Take your cleaning caddy and vacuum to the living room. First declutter. Collect items that belong elsewhere and put them into a basket. Sprinkle the carpet with baking soda. Neatly stack magazines and books. Put pillows and other accessories in their place. Dust as needed. Vacuum the carpet (now that the baking soda has had time to do its work).
General: Take a drawer from any room in the house and organize it, purging items that don't belong there or are no longer useful.
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