This weekend the Chicks over at Chick Chat This and That were suppose to get away. Unfortunately those plans fell apart a week or two ago due to our busy schedules. I, however, decided to keep my scheduled vacation day because I really need a mental health day.
My plans were to do some baking and blogging in the morning and then run some errands while the cleaning ladies came over. Those plans were shot when at 7am I received an email that said they wouldn’t be coming today because of a stomach virus. The real unfortunate part about this is we have friends coming over tomorrow and Mike has a work colleague coming over on Tuesday. No way did I want company over with furniture that hadn’t been dusted or toilets cleaned in two weeks. Yep, that means I have to do it myself on my day off. There go my plans.
On the bright side I’m saving a few bucks (they wanted to come next week and I told them to not worry about it). Plus, to make lemonade out of lemons, I decided to participate in Crystal’s at Money Saving Mom’s 30 Cleaning Challenge.
One of my favorite things about reading blogs is to see all the different ways that things can be done. Let’s face it, we’re all different people and what works for one of us doesn’t work for all of us. Generally, the 30 day cleaning challenge doesn’t work for me. I don’t clean every day (besides my daily pick-ups which you can read about here, here and here) plus my cleaning ladies come every other week to do the heavy stuff (toilets, floors, tubs, etc). Since I needed to do my own cleaning this week I decided to share some of my tricks and time myself, because I work better when it’s a competition!
My first room to tackle was the living room. Here is my before picture. I had created a little nest for myself on the couch plus I still had yesterday’s mail on the end-table. The first thing I did was turn on the 70’s music channel on cable since we all know that dusting the living room is better when we’re jamming to Hey Deanie. Oh yeah – you 40+ ladies know exactly what I mean!
When I do have to clean, I have a go-t0 cleaning bucket that I keep in the bottom of my linen closet. I try to always keep it stocked with items I need. I typically have; gloves, toilet cleaner, spray cleaners, wipes, rags, Clorox, etc. Having all supplies together in an easy to carry bucket makes cleaning much easier.
I like to do my cleaning in a certain order. I always dust first (top to bottom) and vacuum last, by doing so I’m getting rid of as much dirt and dust as I can.
- Pick up and put away misc items
- Dust (including lamps & pictures) – typically I ask the cleaning ladies to lemon oil the furniture. Today I just did a dry dusting with a rag.
- Blinds (this is a dry dust with a rag as well)
- Front window and glass front door
- Sanitize door handles and remotes with Clorox wipes
- Vacuum – today I moved the furniture since it’s been a while. Good thing since I stumbled across an extension cord from Christmas behind the chair!
That’s it! I also took the time to light some candles as I wanted a little ambiance while I’m doing my work. The total time spent cleaning the living room was 16 minutes.
I’ll share my bathroom cleaning tips on Monday. Have a good weekend!
I”ll be linking this post up over at Money Saving Mom.