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15-Minute Organizing Ideas -- Quick Cleaning
One of the biggest roadblocks my clients face in trying to get (and keep) their homes tidy is scheduling -- finding the time to sweep and vacuum and dust, to put things away and stay on top of the dishes and even just wash a load of laundry. Big hour-long blocks may be hard to find, so you're better off breaking your cleaning up into tasks that can each be completed in 15 minutes or less. Think that's impossible? Let me show you how it's done!
Faster Way To Clean
Cleaning day -- what an old-fashioned notion! The idea that you should give up one entire day of your week for scrubbing and mopping might have been appropriate when folks didn't have jobs outside the house -- but this system doesn't work so well with modern schedules. It's hard for busy families with working parents and afterschool activities and other responsibilities to fit in a whole day for housework. And when you work 9-5 Monday through Friday, you surely don't want to sacrifice your "off" days to chores. More importantly, there's no reason you should have to -- if you stay on top of the dirt throughout the week. Each time you have a few free minutes, why not take care of one small cleaning job, rather than saving it all up? That way, you can finish your cleaning by the end of the week, leaving the weekend for fun!
See how easy that was?
- wipe splatters and fingerprints off the bathroom mirrors
- clean the ring out of the toilet and wipe down the seat
- wipe down the bathroom counters
- wash your bathroom rugs
- wipe down the tub and shower walls with disinfectant
- load your dishwasher and let it run while you do something else
- empty your dishwasher and put the dishes away
- wipe down the kitchen counters
- clean the grease and food splatters off your stove top and vent hood
- wipe down the inside shelves and veggie drawers of your refrigerator with disinfectant
- empty your trashcans and take out the trash
- put a load of laundry in the washer or dryer
- fold some clean clothes
- hang up your clean laundry
- make your bed
- change the sheets
- vacuum, sweep, or mop in one room
- dust one room (or if you have big rooms with lots of nick-nacks, just one shelf)
- wash the windows in one room
- go around the house with a lint roller or brush and clean pet hair off the furniture
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posted on: 12/15/2011 11:30:00 AM by Ramona Creel
category: General Organizing Tips
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I have been a Professional Organizer for more than 10 years, I am a NAPO Golden Circle member, and I was the original founder of OnlineOrganizing. I have worked one-on-one with scores of clients and have trained dozens of newbie organizers as they got started in the industry. I provide both hands-on and virtual coaching to help clients improve their organizing skills and simplify their lives. I invite you to visit my website at http://www.RamonaCreel.com, and I challenge you to find one new idea that you can put into practice in your life, to help you become better organized, starting TODAY! I am passionate about coaching folks toward a more balanced, productive, and enjoyable life -- and I firmly believe that if I can do it, so can you!
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