October 3, 2011

Day 3

Happy Monday – Happy Cleaning Routine! So if you have been here for the last couple days, you’ll see that I do a few things every.single.day. (If you’re new here, make sure you grab this week’s cleaning schedule – it’ll make it a little more fun to check off your accomplishments.)
It’s what keeps our home functioning and it definitely keeps the endless clutter and little messes away. Then every day of the week I tackle one area and clean it really well. Monday is Bathrooms Day. I have my bathroom cleaning down to a “science” and move through the bathrooms as quickly as possible.
If you’re curious as to how I clean 4 bathrooms in 15-20 minutes, here’s how:

•get all supplies in order (all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, toilet brush, microfiber window cloth and 4 cotton cleaning rags (one for each bathroom) and a microfiber cleaning cloth for bathtubs and showers.)
•go into first bathroom and spray mirror with window cleaner – wipe clean with microfiber window cloth (this might not seem like a necessary cleaning tool, but seriously it is amazing – streak free windows and mirrors every.single.time.)
•clean toilet with toilet brush and spray down sink, toilet and tub/shower with disinfectant
•I leave one rag in the bathroom – I don’t wipe down the bathroom right away – I let the disinfectant sit for ten minutes to completely clean and disinfect
•move on to the next bathroom and repeat (mirror, toilet, spray down everything)
•once I’ve done this in all the bathrooms, I go back to bathroom #1 and quickly wipe down everything – I wipe the toilet last (I use a new cotton rag in each bathroom to avoid any cross-contamination)
•I like to use a microfiber cleaning cloth for my bathtubs and showers – it gets rid of any soap scum and any water marks with a quick wipe

Clean Bathrooms
(see above – another way I save time with the bathrooms is that I wash the bathroom floors on my floor washing day)
Sweep Floors

(quick sweep of any hard floors that need it – I concentrate on my kitchen)
Wipe counters
wipe down kitchen counters, make sure sink is clean and dishes are in/out of dishwasher)
Clutter
(quick declutter of any areas that need it – mail, toys, shoes, clothes, etc.
Laundry
(do at least one load every single day)
So that’s Mondays – clean what you can, when you can – don’t worry if you don’t have time to complete the tasks for today – just get started. By the end of the month, you’ll have a great routine going.