January 8, 2011

New Year, (Extra!) Clean House

Something about taking down Christmas decorations and the tree always makes me want to kick start spring cleaning four months too early. Maybe it's because the house feels back to normal and less cluttered. Who says you can't have "New Year" cleaning instead? This past week I've been thoroughly cleaning our home. Not just the regular vacuuming, moping, dusting, cleaning the bathroom and kitchen stuff, but actually taking the time to do those "I really should clean that but no one's going to notice/it only needs to be done once or twice a year" type of things. My goal is to do this for every room in the house this month, so that I've got an organized and clean palate to work with.

Sound daunting? Honestly, it's not. Take it room by room, one day at a time. Last Sunday I cleaned the living room. This included the normal:
  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Picking up and putting away random stuff that accumulates
I added a few more items to the list, and it MAYBE took an extra 15-20 minutes
  • Vacuumed those awkward places never get vacuumed on a normal day (ie. under the couch, behind end tables)
  • Vacuumed couches
  • Dusted the top of the bookcase, railing, etc.
  • Washed pillow covers and throw blankets
It hardly took any extra time at all.

Another idea to make cleaning more enjoyable: Get cleaning products you like! I found this great smelling natural cleaner at Target. This sounds weird, but I'm actually excited to clean my kitchen and bathroom with it since it smells so yummy. Hey, whatever helps.

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