09 November 2011

Quick Little Household Cleanups

I have been practicing doing quick little ten minute clean up jobs around the house in an effort to keep things more organized regularly rather than depending at times on infrequent, time-consuming deep cleaning sessions.
Here's a quick list of fast jobs you can do around the house in about ten minutes.

  • Underneath the sink: Pull things out, dust and wipe out. Sort through items, tossing junk, moving items in the wrong place and put everything back in.
  • Clean off vanity: Put away any items sitting on counter top unnecessarily. Move any decor or storage items to the side. Quickly spray and wipe down countertop, dust off decor and storage. Wash down the sink and fixtures. Spray and clean the mirror.
  • Medicine Cabinet: Remove everything. Sort out items that are empty, junk or outdated. Wipe down, replace items.
  • Wipe down microwave and vents with grease-cutting cleaner.
  • Pick a cupboard or shelf and quickly rearrange.
  • Wipe down outside of fridge.
  • Sweep and mop the floor
  • Tidy up sock drawers. Add an organizer to keep pairs separated and easy to see.
  • Straighten up jewelry so that earrings, bracelets, pins and necklaces are organized in groups and easy to find.
  • Straighten the shoes in your closet.
  • Organize scarves, belts and handbags together to save space.
  • Straighten the top of your dresser. Store unneeded items, and create a pleasant "dresser-scape" for yourself.
Work, Living and Organization Space
  • At the end of every day take 10 minutes and do a quick round up. Put away things out of their place like shoes, TV remotes, magazines, blankets, pillows, bags. etc.
  • Tidy up your junk drawer regularly. Throw out outdated pieces of paper, properly store "keeper" items, use a system to separate pens and pencils, matches, paper clips, scissors, etc.
  • Clean off the top of your desk. It's awful and depressing when covered in junk. Separate things in piles then put away or throw away as required.
  • Clean up front entry area. Have a specific place to keep keys, another for mail and get rid of junk that has accumulated there, and straighten decor. Make it a welcoming place to come home to.
If you get these chores down to a science you can keep the general workload down and your home looking pretty good most of the time. If you get everyone in your household in the habit of doing a quick clean up/round up before bedtime it will make home a much happier place to wake up to in the morning.

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