Keeping Things Clean Tips

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How can I clean more efficiently?

Top to Bottom

To clean a room thoroughly, work clockwise around the room cleaning from top to bottom. This keeps you from jumping around and loosing time, and any dirt and dust that falls from the higher areas will fall on surfaces that are yet to be cleaned.

How can I KEEP things organized?

Make MM a Habit

Use your planner to make sure that Minimum Maintenance stays a habit. In your calendar, for each day that you do your minimum maintenance, write an 'MM' with a circle around the how many days you have done this in a row. If you miss a day, you have to start back at '1'.

Once you have 'MM' and 21 next to it, MM has become a habit. To make sure that you continue in this habit, write 'MM' in your calendar after you completed it. Seeing it written there each day will remind you of it's importance.

Copyright 2002 Linda M. DePaz

How can I clean more efficiently?

Handy Trash Bags

Do you line your wastebaskets with plastic trash bags? Keep a few extra new bags in the bottom of the wastebasket so that when you throw out the full bag, you have a new bag ready and waiting. For small wastebaskets, use plastic shopping bags as a cheap alternative to commercial trash bags.

How can I KEEP things organized?

Quick Tidy-up

First thing in the morning, spend 15 minutes going from room to room to return items back to their homes. In just 15 minutes, you have have your house looking less cluttered!

Copyright 2002 Linda M. DePaz

How can I clean more efficiently?

Cleaning Cloths

New cloth diapers make excellent cleaning cloths. They are highly absorbant, are easily washed and bleached, and are often used by professional cleaning services. Since buying a package of diapers for this purpose, I now use nothing else and have eliminated most of my odd assortment of rags for a neat stack of diapers.

How do I keep things clean?

Homemade Glass Cleaner

Try making this homemade glass cleaner as an easy and economical alternative to the store-bought variety. Pour 13 cups of warm water into an empty gallon container ( I use an empty gallon milk jug that has been well-rinsed.) Add to the warm water 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, and 1 Tablespoon mild detergent (I use liquid dishwashing soap). Finally, add a few drops of blue food coloring to help it resemble the commercial glass cleaners and thereby avoid confusion in the family. Be sure to clearly label the container, and then pour some into a spray bottle for easy usage. Give yourself a little organizing help by also taping the recipe for the glass cleaner to the front of the container so you can easily have it handy when it's time to make a new batch.

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