Thursday, February 24, 2011
Simplified Spring Cleaning
Let's just say that when my husband and I were married, we were both house keeping challenged. We married young, and other than short stays at college, had never kept house prior to marriage. We just had no clue how the house got so messy and then why it would take so long to pick it up every weekend. It took many years of trial and error for us to work out a system that kept the house in order day to day. Now, our house is far from perfect, but I am able to receive guests at a moment's notice. There may be a few things lying about, but for the most part, the house is always presentable.
I am no expert, but a few things I learned were to pick up daily, focus on one room at a time and clean up the kitchen as soon as a meal is done. I easily get overwhelmed. And as for the big jobs like spring cleaning, I just do it all year long. A little at a time.
It can seem daunting to think of spring cleaning a whole house when you are struggling to keep up the daily tasks. Here is what I do. Right now I am focusing on the den. Every time I vacuum in there, I do one extra deep cleaning chore. This time it was vacuuming under the cushions and the backs of the couches. Prior to that it was dusting the entertainment center and vacuuming under the TV. Next time I will dust the shutters. I simply plan to always do one deep cleaning chore each time I clean in that room.
Another area is cleaning out the fridge. Hate it! It is overwhelming to me to take all the contents out and have to clean the whole darn thing. Plus with the four kids I never seem to have long periods of time to devote to cleaning anything. So after I fill a sink with hot sudsy water, I just take one shelf at a time. I do this continually and usually before I go shopping for the week when the fridge is near empty. It is less daunting for me to deep clean this way. I have one of those brains that gets overwhelmed easily so breaking these chores down is my way of keeping our house up and my mind in tact.
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