A week or so ago I was tweeting with some peeps about how I developed a chart of chores when I first started LegalTypist.
Back then, I was the mother of two children under age 5, in the middle of an on going whole house renovation, with a fledgling business. Let’s just say, I needed to get everything organized, including my cleaning.
I promised to share.
Here it is:
and you can download the pdf here.
A tips re: cleaning efficiently:
- I use only three products: (a) Fantastic; (b) Windex; and (c) bleach. Fantastic on counters, cabinets and anything plastic/fiberglass (won’t hurt these surfaces). I use Windex on items that need to be shiny – mirrors, stove top, windows; and I use bleach for sparkly sinks and toilet bowls.
- I keep separate bottles of these items upstairs, under the bathroom sink – as well as a roll of paper towels and a hand scrubby brush (much easier to clean the tub).
- Make your bed when you first get up (or you won’t bother) and make sure your kitchen sink is empty before you go to bed. It’s a psychological thing for me – getting into a made bed just makes it that much more inviting and not waking up with dishes and feeling like I’m behind before I even get started.
- Nuke your kitchen sponge every night before you go to bed. Rinse it first, then pop in microwave for a minute or two (will be hot!). This is not scientific, but it does make me feel better about using a sponge which apparently has the most active germs of any surface in your home (recently confirmed by MythBusters).
- Do little things all the time – such as a general pick up of the living room as you walk through or quick swipe of the bathroom right after you use it – each takes less than 5 minutes of concentrated effort. Two or three of these five minute efforts each day has a massive overall effect on the cleanliness of your home.