What's your cleaning routine?
One of the biggest shocks in my move from a four-room apartment (including the kitchen) to a three bedroom semi, other than actually having all that space and the time to unpack, is the sheer quantity of cleaning required to keep it looking all sparkly and organized.
Now, of course, we already know that cleaning is sexy. And, January was Get Organized month (check out our tips for purging, whipping your closet into shape in 10 minutes, busting clutter, getting organized, and how to overcome common clutter issues), so many of us at least sought to tackle that common resolution.
But now that we're into February, the real challenge is keeping it up.
After a few too many pre-brunch cleaning frenzies, I resolved to be a better housekeeper in 2010.
It turns out the only way I can keep up is to break up all those tasks into chunks and stick to a schedule: tidy on Monday, dust Tuesday, tackle the floors on Wednesday and Thursday, and do the kitchen and bathroom Friday or Saturday morning (unless I find time earlier in the week). And, on a daily basis, keep up with the dishes, make the bed, and other routine tasks.
The good news is that now I'm always a few minutes away from being able to entertain guests, and I no longer am faced with those daunting, hours-long cleaning marathons on weekends. I'm even multi-tasking, like dusting and sweeping while on the phone, which means I'm actually working my way through my seemingly never-ending to-do list.
The bad news: It's week three, and I'm already bored with my routine. I know that by cranking the tunes and doing these chores regularly, it actually does cut down on the amount of time I need to spend cleaning each week. But staying motivated is another trick entirely!
So, I'm asking you to please share your cleaning routines and tips to help me keep my resolution!