By Heather Kilduff of Sterilite Corporation
I have no problem admitting that I am a compulsive surface cleaner and that I hate deep cleaning my house. As a naturally organized person, I have zero tolerance for disorder and so I spend time each day tiding and cleaning spaces of my home – just enough that it appears to be clean. Reality check … it isn’t!
This year I am focusing on becoming a more thorough house cleaner. While spring cleaning isn’t glamorous, you have to admit that a clean house is both satisfying and healthy!
So I came up with some ideas that I think will help me. They might also help you, if you’re a CSC (compulsive surface cleaner) too.
KEEP THE PACE
I still focus on the little stuff daily to keep things from getting out of hand. For example, I might wipe down my bathroom counter, mirror and toilet every other day but I chose a day every couple of weeks to really shake things up. On those days, I plan to really deep clean the house. I give myself a good four to five hours. You really need to give it the time it deserves, based on the size of your house.
My best friend on this adventure is the faithful cleaning caddy. I stock it up with everything I plan to use – from disinfecting wipes to glass/wood/all purpose cleaners – along the way. I truly believe that using a caddy cuts my cleaning time in half. Having the smaller cleaning essential at hand reduces my trips back and forth to the supply cabinets.
ONE SURFACE AT A TIME
I encounter many different types of surfaces during my cleaning process and I like to be prepared for them all. I have the obvious paper towels and such for windows and mirrors, but recently I discovered that I have had my best results when I use different sized buckets and pails for each cleaning need. When washing the kitchen floor, I fill up a 16 Quart Pail, as it is large enough to fit the head of my mop. For smaller jobs, such as cleaning doors or washing baseboards, I prefer to use a smaller sized pail that is easier to carry and fits just the right amount of water for tackling small jobs.
ZONE BY ZONE
Do one zone at a time. A zone can be a room, an area of a room or maybe even a floor of your house. Try focusing on one zone one week, and another zone the next. For me, this can mean the difference between success and failure. Who wants to spend their entire weekend cleaning? I certainly don’t.
I believe that a big part of what I need to do in order to make housecleaning easier is to use the right tools for the right job. I’m convinced that this mind-set will simplify my way to a bright and organized spring season, and it just might work for you too!