Tips on cleaning your house

Oh ya, I got this message delivered the hard way earlier this week when I did the dishes for the first time in 6 days. I live alone and don’t produce many dirty dishes a day but when you wait almost a week….well, let’s just say that some of my lunch containers were less than desireable.

I have no dishwasher and have limited kitchen counter space so you would think that I would be quick to wash the dishes…nope – they are my nemesis (the rest of my place is quite clean & tidy). I might have gotten the message this time though because 6 days is a lot of time even for me, especially in the summer. Talk about gross! I have never worked up such a sweat washing dishes before . By the way, I have washed the dishes every night since that nightmare washing session – it is sooo much faster that way and I LOVE walking into a clean kitchen in the morning.

Oh ya, about the shower – I use a squeegie to wipe down the shower stall after every shower (if there are multiple people showering, then the last person would be the one to squeegie). It takes about thirty seconds and your shower stays cleaner much longer and the shower and bathroom both dry much faster. I got my squeegie at the Dollar store.

This article bring up a great point that is the arch nemesis of so many moms to littles – forgetting. I do it all the time! I plan to write in the near future about tips and ideas for helping us remember what’s on our agenda while we’re in the trenches.

It actually amazes me how little time things take to clean. In my mind it seems like unloading the dishwasher will take forever but you are right, it is just a few minutes!

My biggest trick is to clean during commercial breaks when I’m watching TV. I even clean as I’m watching movies. I can sweep, mop, dust, etc all while keeping up with my favorite program (and I don’t feel guilty about my “tube” time!).

I forget how little time it takes to do the things I don’t like to do. Such as cleaning the bathroom. It doesn’t take that long so why do I put it off? Paper clutter also gets me. I don’t know what to do with the papers I can’t throw away so they stay on the kitchen counter making the kitchen look messy.

I do this when making out my ‘to do’ list- there are a lot of things that I can get done in the same amount of time it takes to write them down! Instead of writing them on my to do list, I will just jump up and they will be done in a few seconds.

Just what I needed to hear… I’m gonna go clean up the kitchen now, which will probably take less than 15 minutes…

So true! I wipe the outside of jam jars/fridge containers BEFORE they go back in the fridge so it eliminates the regular need to EMPTY the fridge and clean out the mucky marks left there~ I wash dishes as I go so they never pile up; do a load of laundry first thing every day so *it* can’t pile up. Work is so much more relaxing when I am consciously preemptive.


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