My mantra as a busy mom is to keep housecleaning simple, quick and easy. After an epiphany a few years ago, I now also keep it pure as possible! Hence why I am now "Green Keen". Natural cleaning should also be easy as possible, not a big burden on our shoulder's.
I wanted to share a few very important tips that have helped me immensely through the years to clean quickly and in the midst of the busyness of raising high-energy kids, homeschooling, working, gardening, driving kids to soccer, or piano practice...the list goes on and on!
Number One Tip: Declutter your rooms. Less knick-knacks, less you need to clean around. Keep enough to show your style and personality and no more.
Quick Cleaning Tips that Work
1. Keep a supply basket/bucket with a handle under your sink or in a closet. One for each bathroom/one in the kitchen.Supplies Include:
No more than 2-3 bottles of natural cleaners that you like.
1 or a combination of 2 that disinfect.
1 that can function as a glass cleaner.
1 that can function as a mild abrasive.
A scrubby sponge and 2 wash cloths (1 dry/1wet)
duster with handle
2. Keep a few recycled plastic bags in bottom of trashcans under the installed bag for easy replacing after emptying the trash.
3. Do "quick cleans" in the midst of life. Then one comprehensive clean once a week or every other week. For example: Often after I go to the bathroom, I will wipe down the sink, faucets and scrub the toilet--and then, wash my hands.
4. Wash part of the kitchen each day after the dinner dishes. For example: One night wipe section of cabinets, the next night do the counters, behind and under everything, etc.
5. Wash a 1/2 shelf a day in the refrigerator.
6. Every few days scrub the shower/tub before you take a shower--then let all your worries wash down the drain!
7. Keep a broom (and if possible a vacuum) on each level of your home. Fast and easy to grab!
8. Clean top to bottom, right to left--around a room. It will become automatic and faster.
Have a great day--green cleaning in a quick and easy way! --Green Keen aka Pamela Palmer
P.S. Train your kids and spouse to do chores! I'll write about that soon...