Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How to clean your home in just 45 minutes a day





     I know we all have different standards. I am no Martha Stewart. A recent move has reminded me of just how grotesque the average American family can be. Add in a couple of pets, the dust from a fondness of fresh air from open windows, and living in the Mojave Desert and you have some serious nastiness going on. Yep. So, I thought you might be interested in some cleaning tips. Not that I am an expert by any means. These are just some tips I have gleaned over the years. I have broken it down into daily chores to keep you from being overwhelmed.
     Sunday:  This is your day of rest. Don't do anything.
     Monday: Dust everything. Even your children. Go outside and spray your window screens to eliminate dust (make sure you close the windows first. Trust me here.) Use a broom to remove any cob webs. Always start at the top and go down. Sweep. Vacuum. Mop. Wax. OK, on second thought, maybe this is more like a couple of hours worth of chores... But I refuse to change the title of this post because who would read it after that?
    Tuesday:  Deep clean Kitchen and bathrooms. Always start with the cleanest part and get to the dirtiest part last. Counters, sinks, toilets. Sanitize the counters, use disinfectant on all door knobs and telephones and keyboards. Wash all towels and dish rags. If you have a dishwasher, keep your scrubbers and sponges in there and when they go through the cycle they will be clean for the next day, plus you don't have to look at them.
     Wednesday: Wash your children. This shouldn't be too bad because you dusted them on Monday. If the weather permits, have them wash the car and then hose them and the car off all at once. They will think it is great fun. Wash your pets. Spay and neuter pets as needed.  Shampoo your carpets.Wash the upholstery. Power wash the outside of your home.
     Thursday:  Organize your pantry. Always put your most recent purchases at the back of the cupboard and the oldest at the front so your food does not expire. Refinish the cupboards or paint them. make sure you strip them properly first.
     Friday: Tend your garden, weed it, start new seedlings, harvest, and can. Bake bread from scratch using your homegrown wheat. Paint the interior of your home. Paint adds a freshness that nothing else can compare to.
     Saturday: Begin a patchwork quilt using scraps from the clothes you sew by hand. Maintain your Windmill and solar panels. Finish your patchwork quilt. Slaughter the hog and use it for tonight's dinner with a smoke pit. Make your own BBQ sauce and can what you will not use tonight.
     Everyday but Sunday (We went over this already, remember?) wash dishes, do a load of laundry, put things away, make your bed upon rising, and plan tomorrows meals.
     There you have it folks. Easy enough. Simply stick to this plan, and in a couple of weeks, after diligently following it, your home will be in tip-top-Martha-worthy-shape. Feel free to share this with others. I know it will be of great help.
     Till next time,
     More-Mary-than-Martha-an-occasional-dust-bunny-never-hurt-anybody,
     Miss Jodi