I’ve been pretty much worthless when it comes to keeping the house clean lately.
I could blame it on being pregnant and still tired. (Will that ever go away?) I could blame it on de-holiday-izing. I could blame it on the fireplace tile project, which means tools and supplies everywhere. I could even blame it on the the snow that’s recently graced the Midwest with its presence, which brings wet boots and paws.
But these are just all excuses. And I’ve never been really great at keeping the house clean. And as you know, if you don’t keep up with cleaning the house, it just becomes a monster. And our house, it was a monster.
Last weekend, I realized that the best option was to set off a bleach bomb. So, after getting the downstairs back in-check, I decided to attempt a little cleaning schedule to get me back on track.
This is not a major revelation, but I hope it will help me stay on top of the basic cleaning in the house. When I feel more ambitious, maybe I’ll even be up to more deep cleaning. (But let’s not get crazy.)
Since we’re already pretty good (usually) about daily pick-up, this is what we’re continue to do daily:
- Make bed.
- Wipe down bathroom sink after use.
- Spray showers in the morning.
- Toss junk mail and keep kitchen countertops relatively clear.
- Dishes done or in dishwasher (Ryan).
- Take out garbage, as needed.
- Pick up books/dog toys/pillows in the living room.
- Wipe down table and counters after use.
I stick them all in a tote from 31 Gifts under my sink and pull them out with ease when I’m cleaning. From left to right:
- The scrub is probably my favorite thing for cleaning the stovetop, sinks and tub. It smells really awesome.
- Sparkle works like a dream on glass and on my black appliances. No streaks. (It’s also great on stainless.)
- Soapy is a dillutable cleaner that I haven’t used yet.
- Clean is the all-purpose cleaner that I use on pretty much anything, including my kitchen cabinets and backsplash…
- Shine is a wood and leather conditioner for my furniture and wood countertops.