My sister tells me that cleaning comes naturally to me, so I thought I would share some of the ways I keep the appearance of a clean house.
Whenever I get groceries, we eat all leftovers out of the fridge, I toss all stale, inedible, stuff out of the snack cupboard, and wipe down anything that sticks out like a sore thumb in either place.
I know my methods are strange, but I try not to waste my time or trips. I drink a ton of water and on my way to pee a million times a day, I am always looking for things that need to be put away or straightened on my way.
I also challenge myself to see what I can get done in small time periods. For example if I am heating up something that only takes 10 minutes in the kitchen, I will see if I can get the dishes all unloaded and loaded, or fold and put away all the clothes from the dryer, or make my bed, in that time. I also always clean while I am on the phone. I am always surprised how much I have accomplished when I hang up and it was perfectly painless.
When I pick up my hubby's socks off the floor in the living room I use them as a quick dust rag and wipe down the t.v. or mantle with them real quick. (learned this from Heloise)
On my children's daily chore charts, they each wipe down a bathroom (after they brush their teeth). This is good enough for daily, and once a week I go behind them and give those rooms a scrubbing.
We only keep dirty clothes in the laundry room. This way I don't have to track it down all over the house and I know that I have all the dirty towels, dress shirts, jeans, etc. for each load. It is also nice not to have hampers that could get musty smelling in our rooms.
When we had a vacuum cleaner with bags, I used to put a little of the scented carpet powder directly in the fresh bag when I changed it. This really put a nice smell when vacuuming without the mess or expense of putting it on the actual carpet.
I use a lint roller on furniture for pet hair. Actually, this is one of my son's jobs. He really enjoys it too.
So, if you came to my house, you may or may not think it was all that clean...I am definitely no drill sergeant cleaner. I do love a comfortable, clean house though!
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Please leave me your best cleaning tips, I would love to hear them!