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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Good Cleaning System

I wish I could claim the below article here - BUT I can't. A mother of five over at Clover Lane shared how she keeps her home clean everyday and I thought I'd post it to show one example of a mother's system. Here's what she said:

"Cleaning is really about how you set up your house:
1. In every bathroom have windex, paper towels* and a toliet brush. That's all you really need. Maybe some powder cleanser for the bathtub once in a while with a green scrubbie thing. I keep all that in each bathroom in a little basket under the sink. That way the kids can get to it easy and so can I. Keep it really simple. You can use the windex for the toliet and for the floor too! All those fancy cleaners are a waste of time and money.

2. Whenever I get a chance, and I see it needs it, I can just whip out that stuff and it takes maybe 5 minutes.

3. Do you have a Dyson? They are the best vacuums in the world. I love it. I tell people it's the best thing I ever bought in my life. Which is pretty sad, but it's the truth. That thing saves me so much time. First, it sucks up everything. Vacuuming makes everything look and feel cleaner, if that's all you get a chance to do. It's really easy to use the attachments too, so I put on the brush attachement and use that for the molding and corners, and even furniture! when I notice they need it. I use it in the bathrooms and kitchen too...easier than a broom and dustpan.

4. I make my kids to Saturday jobs. I had to "teach" them how to do a lot of stuff and yes, usually the boys do it less-than-best, but at least it's help. When I don't make them do their Sat. job, I find I'm a lot more crabby during the week because I feel like I'm just a servant in my own house, and I am resentful of everyone. So EVEN if I think the house is pretty clean and the jobs aren't really necessary I still hang that list on the fridge. For goodness sake, it takes them maybe 20 minutes AT THE MOST, where it would take me hours! They can work for 20 minutes! Every little bit helps.

5. Every night, before I go to bed, I usually straighten up the downstairs real quick."

What a great system she has going! Next month I will focus some on spring cleaning! I hope some of you will share your secrets with me! And I'll share some of mine with you!

Proverbs 14:1 says "A wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down." Be wise today and build your house by being diligent in caring for it. Your loved ones will be blessed by your diligence.

Walk With the King!



Blogger The Fox Den said...

I have clorox wipes under every sink we have. Some of them you can use on mirrors also. A little safer (if you have little ones) than having liquid cleaner in all those areas. I love it!

February 25, 2009 at 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Terri F said...

I have bottles under my 3 bathroom sinks with half vinegar and half water. My two daughters grab them and a washcloth and go to town cleaning mirrors and dusting the furniture. Safe for them and does a good job. My oldest daughter will wipe down the bathroom counters too. They dust their own rooms and our schoolroom so those are 3 rooms I never have to do. Every little bit does help!

We try it keep it simple here too. We clean every other week other than picking things up. My husband kicks off the "clean off" by sweeping the entire house on a Sunday night, then the girls and I go to work a level a day. We have 3 levels so it takes a while, but at least I know everything gets a good cleaning twice a month. We enjoy our weeks off too, a reward for our hard work.

(Yes, you read right ... my husband does the sweeping for me while the girls and I go around and pick things up so he can just keep sweeping. Works well and it creates a family team atmosphere, we are all needed to keep our home in working order. Plus my husband likes it when I comment on how strong he is to carry that sweeper up & down 3 levels, etc ... my muscle man).

February 25, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Kelli said...

Hi, I'm Kelli. I just found your blog and I love it. I read your 25things and could relate to many of your items.

February 25, 2009 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I use Clorox wipes a lot too (and have them under every sink). I just saw at Target some of the wipes that come in pretty containers so you can leave them out on the sink and it not look ugly. Of course, they are a little pricey - and I need to look for the ones you can use on mirrors!

Terri - hey girl!!!- great idea to use vinegar and water - I hadn't thought of that hmmm...might be something to try. And of course having your burley man carry the sweeper (and sweep) is always a plus! HAha! This made me laugh!

February 25, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thanks, Courtney!

February 25, 2009 at 6:37 PM  

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