From the Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center/Divinely Organized
It may seem daunting, but maintaining an organized, clean and clutter-free home is not an impossible task. Last week we explored 10 daily steps to an organized home, this week let’s delve into what we can do weekly to maintain a clean and clutter-free home. The process begins before you even enter your home because the process is a minset.
- The mail:
Create a mail station where you can sort the mail quickly once you enter the house. The space does not need to be elaborate and can be as simple as a mail sorter on the kitchen counter. There should also be a trash can or recycle bin nearby for junk mail. Sorting mail daily and trashing junk mail as it arrives will make your weekly chore of paying the bills and filing important papers much easier and organized. By setting aside some time every week to pay bills and file all important papers received in the mail during the week, you will avoid the mounds of paper and junk mail that can accumulate if you do not stay on top of it. So 5 minutes a day and an hour over the weekend can save you hours of time spent going through piles of paper later.
- The Bathrooms:
If you are following the daily routine of wiping down your main bathroom daily, deep cleaning all the bathrooms in house weekly should be a piece of cake. You can make the weekly bathroom cleaning even easier by creating a cleaning caddy. Deep cleaning the bathroom weekly is a necessity for a clean and clutter-free home. My suggestion is never skip deep cleaning the bathrooms. Wipe down the shower, disinfect all other surfaces, and of course clean the toilet. Clean mirrors and shine facets and viola…the bathroom is done! Be sure to include restocking the toilet paper and refilling the hand soap dispenser for the week in your cleaning routine.
- The Kitchen:
You’ve kept the dishes done and counters wiped down all week…right? Of course you have. So the weekly cleaning will consist of putting all dishes away, cleaning out the refrigerator which includes disposing of leftovers from the week before, wiping down the shelves and drawers and taking inventory of what item are needed for the next week. Wipe the inside of the microwave, and the outside of all appliances. It wouldn’t hurt to wipe down cabinet doors and the top of the refrigerator as well. Remember to take inventory of the pantry to prepare for the meals for the coming week.
The weekly cleaning of the bedrooms is pretty straightforward especially if you have kept things put away and clothes hung up all week. First things first – change the linen and make the bed. Next dust the furniture and if there is carpet, vacuum and the bedroom is clean. Moving on to the living and dining room.
- Living Room/Dining Room:
First the living room – anything that is out of place should be put away. Fluff pillows, dust furniture, toss newspapers, fold throws, use a vacuum hose or a long handled Swiffer to remove cobwebs and to dust the light fixtures, if there is carpet, vacuum. Run Swiffer over artwork and TV screens and it wouldn’t hurt to sanitize remote controls. Moving into the dining room – Again, remove anything that does not belong in the dining room, this includes books, your laptop, shoes, etc., use a vacuum hose or long handled Swiffer to remove cobwebs and to dust the chandelier/light fixture, if there is carpet, vacuum.
So we have cleaned for the week. You may have noticed that I have not mentioned cleaning hard floors. Well that’s because I was saving the best for last. I have found the best cleaner for my hardwood and tile floors. No more lugging heavy buckets with dirty water from room to room. I invested in a Shark Steam Cleaner and although I am not being compensated in any way for this endorsement, I must share with you the change in my life because of this machine. As I said, no more buckets and water, and also it is quick and easy and works without the smell of chemicals. And most important, it sanitized as it cleans. I love my steamer and it goes from one type of flooring to another without incident and it swivels to get into tight spaces and corners. It great for all your hard floors.
So there we have it! We have finished our cleaning for the week and our home is ready for an upcoming week of organized living. I will ask you…don’t you think that by keeping things tidied up on a daily basis has made the weekly cleaning easier? I know it has and if you haven’t tried the daily cleaning tips visit my site and get prepared to run an organized home.
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