Here is my plan to Step 2: Cleaning.
Are you more of a Zone Defense cleaner or a Man-on Man Cleaner? (Sorry my husband watches so. much. basketball.) As in, do you like to clean one room at a time, top to bottom or do you like to do a specific task through-out the whole house? I am a bit of both. I mostly do Zone Defense, one room at a time, except for the floors, which I tackle as a whole. I clean each room top to bottom but leave the vacuuming/sweeping/moping all to be done at one time. For me, this is most efficient and saves me time!
I have included my busy mom clean and then also added the items I do if I want a deep down clean or have a bit of extra energy and time and want to tackle more. I have listed them by room.
Remember, this is just works for me! Please adapt to your needs and also remember I only do the blue items like once a month, not every time I clean!
Here are my cleaning necessities:
- Norwex Antibac Microfiber Enviro Cloth
- Norwex Anti-bac Window Cloth
- Norwex Dusting Mitt
- Dustbuster & Swivel Sweeper
- Norwex Wet/Dry Mop
- Norwex Cleaning Paste
General Cleaning Tips:
- Work from the top to the bottom. Seriously. Why vacuum first, and then dust, knocking all that crap down on your clean floors? Silly!
- wipe down coffee and end tables with wet microfiber and then use polishing cloth to dry
- clean inside windows
- vacuum under couch cushions
- wipe down baseboards
- Clean finger prints off television with “this is super expensive television cleaner my husband has”
Dining Room/Eating Area
- Wipe off table
- Wipe off chairs
- Dust Liquor Cabinet/shelf
- Fill Napkin holder on table
- Use dustbuster to “dust” top of cabinets if yours are exposed. (they collect a lot of dust and Freddy and Michael have asthma!)
- Wipe Down Cabinet Doors
- Wipe Down top of Refrigerator
- Clean out refrigerator and wipe down all shelves
- Wipe down all countertops
- Scrub electric stove cooktop
- Clean Microwave (nuke Water with a bit of vinegar for a couple minutes and inside goo will wipe clean!)
- Wipe down fronts of refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher
- scrub sink/faucet
- dust light fixtures
- clean mirror
- wipe down countertops
- scrub sink
- wipe down toilet
- clean toilet bowl
- refill Kleenex and toilet paper if needed
- wipe down tub
- vacuum rugs
- wipe down base boards
- Make Bed (my mom always made us do this first and I still have to do this first?! I don’t know why?)
- dust light/ceiling fan
- wipe down dressers and night stands
- wipe down baseboards
- Clean Lint trap with soap and water and a toothbrush. This will actually clear the mesh.
- vacuum in between and under both washer & dryer to get all those lint bunnies
- wash out the utility sink.
- throw out any empty containers/boxes and restock.
- Wipe down machines (we use them to fold on so I like them clean—and by we I mean Freddy since he does all the laundry but mine!!!)
- Vacuum entry way rug and hallway rugs
- I also Lysol any rug coming in and out of my house. It’s the only way to stay on top of “fecal bacteria” that is brought in on your shoes (ICK!) without washing your rugs every day!
- Wipe down all door knobs and light switches
- Clean mirror over entry way table and dust table top.
So just remember top to bottom and you will not re-clean your steps! Also remember this doesn’t happen in one day. HARDLY EVER! You have to be Mommy and Wife and Phone Receptionist and Referee and Chauffer and Cook and Handyman and sometimes CLEANING LADY just has to be put on hold! Oh and don’t forget PLAYMATE! I always put playmate ahead of cleaning!
I also highly recommend that if it has been a few days since you did Step 1: Pick Up! Then you might need to do that again quick! It will save you time while cleaning because you won’t be picking up things in your way when you are trying to clean!
Again, I am not compensated by Norwex to talk about their products. I have them, and use them and love them. They work great and honestly cut my cleaning time in half. Less to haul room to room with me also. I use the microfiber cloth both wet and dry, but when using my dusting mitt, I use the cloth wet. I can clean my wood furniture and then dry/polish with the window cloth. I use the same microfiber to then clean my windows and then polish to a streak-free shine with the window cloth. They work great on my stainless steel appliances along with some of the Norwex Cleaning Paste. The microfiber is GREAT at getting that burnt on grime off my cooktop. I also use the Cleaning Paste to scrub my sink. I use it all!
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