Monday, April 16, 2007

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

I'm a self described neat freak. I always have been. Ask my poor college roommate. Our freshman year when she would get out of bed in the morning to go to the bathroom - I would have her bed made before she could crawl back to it. I drove her nuts.
I also love cleaning products. I'm a marketing team's dream. I'm a sucker for every new cleaning product that comes out. My newest love is the automatic shower cleaner that you hang in your shower and then push a button and it cleans your shower. I have skipped around for the past week because there was a $10 coupon in the mail so I got it for half off and it really seems to be keeping my glass shower clean. Hurray!!!
But as busy as my life is - I just don't have a lot of time to clean so it becomes a chore. My only free time is the weekends and I just hate to spend half of that time cleaning. So I came up with a plan. I've strayed from this for a few months but I'm back on it and it just makes my life so much simpler. I've shared it with a few friends and they seem to like it also.
I've just divided my house up by room by day. So that I only clean a room or two a night (or day) and it doesn't seem like such a chore. I spend 20-30 minutes a day and my house is constantly clean. And I can have a leisurely Saturday doing fun things now. And I seem to clean a lot better because I'm focused on just one small area. So tonight I just did the master bedroom. But I got out a ladder and cleaned the top of our armoire and our ceiling fan and I cleaned our windows really good. (all things I might skip if I was doing the entire house at once).
Awwwww........a clean house is a happy house! :-)


Guy & Julie said...

Since you told me this plan and I've actually done it, it WORKS! I did it for several weeks and maintained a mostly clean house at all times. Plus, by focusing every day on housecleaning, the entire house stayed more picked up and neater. Well then, I thought, maybe I can get away with only doing this every other week. WRONG! It takes a lot less time each day, and I seem to stress out a lot less, when I do it everyday. Very good plan!

Brad & Jill said...

My supervisor introduced me to her cleaning trick....set a timer for 30 minutes each night and only clean for 30 minutes! It's amazing what you can do in that amount of time, and your husband may be more willing to help if he knows it too will not take up his entire night!

Jill said...

I am making fun of you right now. :0)
I do what Jill (of Brad and Jill) says. I set the timer for 15 minutes and go. It's amazing what all you can straighten up if you are competing with the timer. However, as soon as Grace and Collier hear the timer sound. They are soo done.
(oh, and I have someone that comes and cleans every other week...)

Kandi said...

Since I'm the roommate who STILL doesn't make her bed, I can't believe that I'm going to offer cleaning advice, but...Try going to to get some ideas on organizing your cleaning routine. I've been doing it for a few months and it really works. I'm not a freak about it...I don't follow it exactly, but I try to keep up with the "zones" and I try to follow all the monthly habits, etc. You'll have to go read about it on the site...I can't explain it all here. This month's habit is actually making your bed as soon as you get out of it, but I've gotten to ignore that one since I get out of mine WAY before Lance does. Sorry, Kelly...I know this makes you so sad.