Weekly Household Quick Tip

25
Feb
2013


Tips for tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:

Cleaning bathrooms

Decluttering

The bathroom is the most visited room in any home. It needs more attention than we would like and if left untouched can quickly become the most disorganized room in the house. While the bathroom is not the most fun to organize and clean, if you follow these 5 quick and easy steps for organizing your bathroom, there will be no need to have to deep clean or reorganize for a while.

Gather and sort all the items in your bathroom

That means everything from the vanity top, drawers, medicine cabinet, and even the linen closet. Sort everything into four different piles—keep, toss, give away, and then an “I’m not sure” pile to go through again at the very end.

Clean everything

With hair spray and makeup and steam from the shower, the bathroom can get dirty fast. Now is a good time for a deep cleaning. Wash down the countertops, sinks, drawers, and shelves. If you have any old toothbrushes lying around, they make good scrubbing tools around faucets and drains. Clean the mirrors, wash the windows (if you have them) and clean the tub and toilet areas. If you have knick-knacks sitting in your bathroom or pictures hanging on the wall, get those down and give them a good washing off also.  When you break these tasks up into smaller bites, as in the Weekly Household Planner, it makes the work less overwhelming.

Put everything away

Start with the easiest space first–the medicine cabinet. Once you get things put away there, you can move on to the drawers, linen closet, etc. If you want to get really organized, purchase some drawer dividers to keep things such as makeup, shaving supplies, and nail care products neat and accessible. Extra items can be placed in clear plastic containers with lids, labeled clearly, and tucked away under the sink or in the linen closet.

If space is limited and you have a very small bathroom, you can use tall baskets or decorative containers with lids and place them on a rack that is over the toilet to store things like hairbrushes, soaps, and other toiletries.

Pretty it up

If your bathroom is void of any decorations and the walls are bare, you might want to add some decorative touches or scented candles by the tub, and so on. An attractive, well-organized bathroom will be a joy to use and may even motivate you to move on to organize the rest of the house!

But remember – getting your bathroom, or any room in your home – organized is only the beginning. You’ll also need to have a plan in place to stay organized. In the bathroom, that might mean taking an extra 5 minutes every morning to put everything away, wipe down the vanity, and clean the sink.

Teach everyone in your house to do these simple tasks after they’ve used the bathroom, and it will stay clean and orderly for the long haul.

What is your biggest trick for keeping your bathroom clean? 

 

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Weekly Household Quick Tip

10
Sep
2012


Tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:

Inexpensive Homemade Cleaning Products

There is more than one way to clean a surface. You can use commercial products on the market or make some of your own.  I know I have a few favorites that I’ve been using for quite some time and just love, but lately I’ve been trying to find ways to cut more store bought items from my budget.

I’ve made home-made laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent in the past, but  it seems those are short lived projects.  I make a batch then get caught up in the busy-ness of everyday and go back to store bought.  But I think I have a few ideas to help you create your own line of cleaning products without all the trouble!

There has to be something wrong when you have to wear a mask to clean your bathroom. One of my kids was always complaining about the smell of cleaners and you know – he was right!  He was just not talking about the smell of the bathroom – which can certainly be BAD with three boys sharing it! [Read more…]

Vacuuming: Weekly Household Quick Tip

27
Aug
2012

Vacuuming: Weekly Household Quick Tip
Today we’re tackling this daily task in the Weekly Household Planner: Vacuuming.

This post is not really about actual vacuuming, but what I’m going to go over will make your task of vacuuming much easier. It is about cleaning your vacuum and maintaining it.

I thoroughly clean my vacuum about four times per year; meaning I take the vacuum apart, wash the pieces with warm, soapy water, and air dry. I also clean the beater brush that tends to get cluttered with wrapped around pet hair, human hair (yes, I have a teen with long, long hair!), threads, and other strings that can get stuck in the brush.

Here are a few tips and steps for cleaning your vacuum and making it work better for you:

1. Before you do anything, make sure your vacuum is unplugged!

2. Find your owner’s manual so you will have information on how to remove your filter and take apart pieces that can be cleaned.

3. I like to take my vacuum apart outside, as excess dust and dirt tends to find its way everywhere.

4. Remove your filter and wash it under warm water. Depending on the type of vacuum you have, follow the instructions that are given in your manual. My Dyson vacuum can be taken completely apart and washed out. I love that there is no bag to mess with and that I can see that it is clean. I love this vacuum!

A quick funny story on this – I’ve had Dyson vacuums for over 10 years and bought my first one when I was cleaning houses as a second job when I was a single mom. I feel in love! I actually wanted a new one about three years ago and my hubby bought me one for my birthday and it was the best birthday present ever – seriously! It is a chunk of change, but if you are looking for a new vacuum, check Craigslist or eBay for a gently used one. I sold my previous one on Craigslist and that person was very happy! Back to cleaning the vacuum.

5. Make sure that all the pieces are thoroughly dry before putting it all back together. I make sure that I do not have vacuuming planned for at least two days when I clean my vacuum, as I want to allow enough time for the pieces to dry in order to avoid a dusty, icky mess.

If you take the time to clean your beloved machine on a regular basis, it will run smoother and cleaner – which makes everyone happy!

When I am done I love to take a cotton ball, add a few drops of essential oils to it (like Purification or Lavender), and put it inside the casing. It adds such a lovely fragrance when I am vacuuming.

Do you have a favorite vacuum?

Weekly Household Quick Tip

11
Jun
2012


Tackling this task for Friday in the Weekly Household Planner:

Clean microwave – inside & out

If you have a busy household, chances are your microwave gets used a lot!  Which means it probably gets dirty with splatters of food, making it smell bad.  When you clean the inside on a regular basis, it is easier and tends to not get food build up caked on the inside.

I normally can just take a cotton rag and my kitchen disinfectant spray and clean the inside out because I’ve been cleaning it on a regular basis.  But if you happen to run into a problem with some stubborn and icky food or grime, this method might save you a lot of work!

  • Fill a microwave-safe glass or bowl half full of water. Add a tablespoon of white vinegar.
  • Place inside the microwave and turn on for 5 minutes. You may need less time in a high-powered microwave oven; keep an eye on it the first time you try this. This will steam up the walls of the microwave and loosen the dried-on gunk.  Warning: The vinegar-water solution will be very hot after heating. Handle with extreme care and not when small children are nearby. [Read more…]

Weekly Household Quick Tip

4
Jun
2012


Helping you tackling this task in the Weekly Household Planner:

Dust all upper floor blinds

Hopefully last week you managed to get the main floor blinds dusted.  This task seems to be one that is easily forgotten until the blinds are so thick with dust that it makes it a much more tedious task.  That is how it used to be at my house.  But once I began dusting on a regular basis it all got easier.

You have a few choices on how you can do the dusting – so pick your device!

Vacuum

You can vacuum blinds with a brush attachment, swiping the attachment across the slats, not up and down.  This obviously creates less dust floating around with the hopes that your vacuum will suck a good portion of it up. [Read more…]