Glad you are joining us for this series to get our acts cleaned up in the month of March. I started this series with the hopes of keeping focus in my home in regards to cleaning and encourage you to do so as well. Each day there will be a little bit of information on a specific topic in home management, followed by a challenge.
Please do these challenges along with me and leave a comment letting me know how you did or what works for you around your home.
Let’s get started, shall we?
We will need some supplies, so let’s make a list of necessary supplies:
Essentials for Cleaning your Home:
1. Microfiber cloths. I use these almost exclusively for dusting and general cleaning around the house. If you get a set of them with different colors, you can use one color for bathrooms, one color for the kitchen, and another color for dusting. They are wonderful! Just be sure that you do not use fabric softener on them when you are washing them; they will not work as well over time.
2. A hard surface cleaner (e.g. broom, mop, vacuum) or some combination of the three depending on your home. I have tile floors in the downstairs kitchen, dining, entry, and bathroom. And we have carpet in the rest of the house. So, we need all three. I have tried lots of combinations and different products, but I stick to my Libman broom, my Rubbermaid mop, and my Dyson vacuum (we got a refurb. one).
3. Sponges and a toilet brush. I use sponges in two places in my home: the kitchen (I have specific rules for its use) and the bathroom. And everybody, I mean everybody, needs a toilet brush of some sort. I am sorry, but the new items on the market in the past few years just don’t cut it for me. Old fashioned sometimes is better. Oh, and paper towels.
4. Cleansers. I have a TON of cleaners on hand, but only use a few of them regularly. The top of the heap, must-have products: dish soap, laundry detergent, vinegar, baking soda, toilet bowl cleaner, and a multi-purpose cleanser. I also use a product from Method for my granite counters in the kitchen. In a future post in this series we will talk about homemade cleansing agents.
5. An apron and a supply basket. You need a place to corral all the cleaning supplies you use on a regular basis. One that is portable will encourage you to get the house cleaned more efficiently. Think about the maids at hotels around the world. How efficient would they be if they had to go get their cleaning supplies from down the hall each time they cleaned another part of a hotel room? In a similar way, having everything in a basket will help to streamline your cleaning regimen. The apron is really just a suggestion so you have pockets to put things into as you are cleaning. This helps keep things going by just slipping the odds and ends you come across throughout your house. Instead of taking them and putting them in another area of the house, stick them in your apron pocket and go. At the end of your cleaning session, take a moment to walk around the house and put things back into place.
6. A timer. I honestly do not clean my house without a timer. Setting the length of a cleaning session helps me prioritize my cleaning, motivates me to keep going until the timer goes off, and keeps me focused. I will be writing more about this in a later post. But trust me, you need a timer, preferably a portable one (with batteries) that you can tuck into your supply basket.
So now that you have a list, here is your challenge for today:
Get it together! Decide what your essential cleaning supplies are and put them all in a basket, ready for each time you clean.