Housecleaning HackJune 6, 2007
I have this new thing I do that has me so excited. And it has to do with housecleaning, so it probably won't excite you the same way, but oh man, it's effective.
I just haven't had enough hours in the day recently, and I haven't had any TV time, or any Wii time, or any real DOWN time -- every hour off is scheduled and busy or filled with sleep. So the house has been.... well, let's just say we have hardwood floors, but it's been feeling like carpet under foot.
So I've done this thing, this very little thing, which helps me clean house FAST. I mean, in one hour, I can get most of the house presentable for company. In two hours, the mirrors are shining and the dining room table is polished. But we rarely have two hours, do we?
Here's what I do:
I get a notecard and a pen, and walk (quickly) from room to room. I physically enter each room and write down in detail what I want to accomplish in this quick cleaning run. If there are clothes next to the bed and I want them moved to the laundry area, I write that down - "bedroom, pick up clothes." And so it goes.
Water inside plants.
Water plants in front yard.
Put away dry dishes.
Wash dirty dishes.
Baking soda carpets.
Hang up clothes.
Then the best part -- I swear I just love this part so much it's kind of sick -- I go over my list and number the worst ones first. Number one is the chore I hate the most. On this list, I think it would be changing the sheets. Number two would be doing the dishes. Number three would be cleaning stove.
Then do them in THAT ORDER. You really only have to number the things you hate to do. I like to water, I like to put away dishes, I like to fold clothes (although I hate to hang them up), and everyone knows I LOVE LOVE LOVE to vacuum with my Dyson (one of the best things we've ever bought), so I don't number them.
But with every dreaded chore completed, the chore you hated most is already done, and only fun lies ahead. And you get to cross things off! Quickly! We all love to cross things off lists, don't we?
Next weekend, I'm going to clean out my yarn room -- that yarn in bags is, indeed, not kitten proof anymore, and I've bought some clear plastic bins. And my books are out of control. And my clothes are out of control. I think I will use my notecard method.....
What are your do-stuff-fast cleaning hacks?