Fridays at Home

24th February 2012

Yesterday when I got in my car after class, the thermometer read 82 degrees. Ok, that’s not hot, but a week ago, we had near-freezing temps. Of course, the phrase “near freezing” in Texas means I have to wear a jacket. ๐Ÿ™‚

I always hate, though, how the temperature jumps from chilly to hot. No in between. However, I’m trying to make the best of this sunny-one-day-stormy-the-next weather, and I think today is going to be my Spring Clean day! That is, if it’s sunny. If it’s rainy, it’s prime reading time.

Plus, you guys know my obsession with Pinterest. For someone like me who did this with magazines, a binder, and colorful dividers, it’s a fantastic tool. I’ve also come across some great cleaning tips, and if you’ll click on the picture, the link takes you to Real Simple, and tons of great ideas.

*Via Real Simple

Since I have a lemon tree outside that produces enormous lemons at a rapid pace, I have definitely put pieces of lemon down the garbage disposal. Such a great scent in the kitchen.

I also love the recommendation to use newspaper for cleaning glass. My mom taught me this years ago, and it’s so immensely helpful. No streaks!

This one is just genius. In the South, we rely on fans. Even with the air blasting, sometimes the humid air needs help moving around. Fans also collect dust like crazy. When I first saw this, I thought “Ooooh. So that’s how you do that.” I always tried wiping the blades, and of course, dust would go everywhere.

Now I can’t back this one because I haven’t tried it, but as cleaning my stovetop is my absolute least favorite cleaning job, I will be trying this for sure. (I’ll let you know how it goes). Supposedly, once you get the stove clean (ha!), you wipe it down with car wax, which should help future spills come up more easily. We. Shall. See. Get ready, stove. I come armed with carnauba.

As for daily cleaning, activities, the number one thing that has helped me is having baskets strategically placed across the house. I have one by my reading chair in the bedroom where cases for DVDs I’m watching stay. The remotes go there every morning when I make my bed. There are also some Maddie toys stashed there where she can reach them. On my bookshelves, I have a separate Maddie basket for her hairbrush, leash, toys, etc. It really helps when I’m cleaning quickly to know exactly where her stuff goes. I have a small tray right by the front door where mail goes. I also have a small trash can by the front door for junk mail. We will not get into the box/basket system in my office because you would think I’m crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some daily cleaning activities:

1. Make bed as soon as I’m out of it. Every day. Because then, at least something has been accomplished. Plus, I love my bedroom and seeing it all nice and pretty before I leave is always nice.

2. When I brush my teeth, I clean out the sink. Toothpaste is a great cleaner for the faucet. I use one hand to brush and the other to clean. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I wash my hands.

3. As I head to the kitchen to grab my protein drink and the bottled water I prepped the night before, I bring my water glass and anything else that belongs in the kitchen with me.

4. When I get home, I prep a very late lunch, and when I’m finished, I put any remaining dishes in the sink into the dishwasher. I also try to do a daily wipe of the countertops because I hate cleaning the kitchen, and it can get ugly. Fast.

5. Put on a load of laundry. I never have a ton of laundry because I do small loads every couple of days. Then while I relax for a bit, I listen for the washing machine and switch clean clothes to the dryer.

6. When I shower after the gym, I try to tidy up the bathroom. Once a week: I keep a scrub brush in the shower so if it’s getting any buildup, I can tackle it then and there. If the toilet needs cleaning, I pour some bleach or vinegar (whichever I have) and let it sit for about 15 minutes and flush away any mess.

7. Once a week: On Saturdays after the gym, I strip the bed and wash the sheet’s duvet. This is also when I do a thorough sweeping and mop. Heck, it just adds to my workout.

So…way more than you wanted to know, but that’s about what I’ll be doing this Friday at home. What are you up to this weekend?

  • I’m going to have to try this stove cleaning technique. My stove gets ridiculously dirty, ridiculously fast. And then I have to get the soap pads and scrub like a mofo.

    • I haven’t gotten that far yet. I’m letting cleaner soak on the stove. Ick. Hate. It.

  • Jenn–I have a guest room waiting for you to come visit me! Seriously–these things all sound great in theory but in reality? ๐Ÿ™ Sad. I’m out of bed before Hub and sometimes he’ll get on a bed-making rampage but most days our bed is unmade. While I was on maternity leave, if I did nothing else all day I *always* made the bed.

    My trick is to try to always take something with me when going to another room. So if I”m in the kitchen and am heading to the computer or upstairs, I’ll scan around for something I can take with me.

    • I know, I know. And I also know it’s totally different if you have a child. PLEASE don’t think I’m assuming this is easy for you. I just know these are quick things that really, really help me.

  • epkwrsmith

    I used to use the binder, magazine pages method as well…needless to say I LOVE Pinterest…especially when I’m standing in the grocery store trying to remember an ingredient in the new recipe from this month’s Southern Living. I just open my phone, open the Pinterest app, open my Recipe Board and Wallah! Magic ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the daily tips…I remember the first few years I was married I cleaned for several hours straight on Saturday mornings and then relaxed for the rest of the weekend. Not so any more. If I don’t get a little bit done at a time, it never gets done. With 3 kids I’m never going to have several hours to myself again…

    You also reminded me of how much I love Real Simple magazine ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m SO glad there’s another one like me out there… ๐Ÿ™‚ It really is so incredibly convenient.

      I just love my weekends so much that I refuse to give tons and tons of time to cleaning. So really, it’s just laziness that propels me to do a bit each day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Thanks for all the great suggestions. I’ve heard about the one that says to use newspaper to clean glass but I’ve never tried it. Now I have a glass coffee table that is very hard to clean (streaks are always visible), so I will try this!

    Re: your bed – it’s actually better to leave if open for an hour or more so the sheets can “air”. As we lose a lot of moisture every night it’s better to let your bed open so it can get away (preferably with the windows open, too – but maybe it’s too hot where you are in which case windows open does not equate fresh air!). Anyway, I feel accomplished when I make my bed after a few hours. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I have read that, but you’re right. With the humidity here, it just doesn’t make sense to do that. I wish opening windows meant fresh air. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do turn them down in the evening early, though, to air them out. Plus, they cool and feel really nice when I climb in at night.

      Definitely try the newspaper!

  • Anonymous

    I am very impressed by your housekeeping steps! I realize that they aren’t all that challenging, but I am a reluctant tidier who tends to let things slide into disarray before I exert a large cleaning effort in one fell swoop! I realize that if I just spent 10 – 15 minutes tidying each day it wouldn’t be such a chore but I never seem to be able to stick to a routine/plan!

    • I will get so crazy if stuff gets cluttered. I just can’t think when things aren’t organized. So honestly, it’s protective behavior. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous

    We have sudden temp changes here, too. Last week I woke up to snow one day, and the next day the high was 60 degrees. Temp changes like that really seem to do a number on people’s moods and health.

    • That’s pretty extreme. Thankfully ours aren’t that dramatic, but yes, people stay sick this time of year because the weather just can’t make up its mind.

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