the day before New Year's Eve I read a blog post all about cleaning, not speedily, but efficiently! How you ask? Well it is so simple, I am kicking myself for not thinking of it sooner. CLEAN EVERY DAY!!!! Not all day every day... that would be impossible. But just clean SOMETHING for 20 minutes every day. Eventually it all gets clean and then stays clean. DOESN'T THAT SOUND LIKE NIRVANA?!?
So it couldn't be any more direct, this blog post is called: How to Clean Your House In 20 Minutes a Day For 30 Days. The author lives in an apartment and advises to clean the dishes you use after every meal so on top of the 20 minutes cleaning project outlined in the article I personally added 10 minutes to cover the dishes. I am also splitting my cleaning into TWO half hour sessions every day for 30 days hoping that the remaining months of the year will end up just being 20 minutes every day.... YEP, STILL SOUNDS LIKE NIRVANA!!!! So the article gives tips and outlines a 30 day chore chart that I think I will stick to once my initial 30 days is up (click on the link above to see the brilliant blog post), but for now here's what I'm doing and remember I only committed to 1 hour a day for 30 days. Not too bad to have a spic and span house for the remaining 11 months. So here goes....
- 1/2 Hour Every Morning: Make bed, wipe down master bathroom (after I've gotten ready for the day), put dishes from dishwasher away, fold and put away clothes in the laundry room.
- 1/2 Hour Every Night: Grab 1 load of laundry and put in washing machine. Set kitchen timer for 30 minutes. Pick one room and clean until timer goes off. If the room is not complete, finish the next evening. I have 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 living room, 1 family room, 1 dining room, a workout area, a kitchen and the hallways. That is 12 areas to SCOUR over the course of 30 days. That isn't bad at all. And considering that I already missed two 1/2 hour cleaning sessions already this year, it MAY just take me every bit of those 30 days to get it done. But the gold is at the END of the rainbow when everything is shiny and I can work on keeping that way with a simple 20 minutes a day. COME TO ME NIRVANA!!!
- Once my half hour is up (a regular load of laundry doesn't typically run for longer than 30 minutes), I place the wet laundry in the dryer.
Honestly, I think I just found the key to me liking cleaning.... 20 minutes a day!!!!