Quick Clean Catch Up

If you've been following along with us this week, then you cleaned most of the rooms in your home over the last few days. But if you've been waiting for the weekend, then you're in luck. Today is a quick clean catch up day!

Here's what we covered:

  • Master bedroom - last Monday we took care of the master bedroom. In this post I have shared a checklist on what to clean and finish the task as quickly as possible.
  • Bathrooms - on Tuesday we tackled the bathrooms. In this post I have provided the cleaning supplies needed for the task and the areas needed to be cleaned.
  • Kitchen - on this day we cleaned the kitchen in 15 minutes or less! I have shared a step by step guide on cleaning this section efficiently.
  • Kid's room - on this day we went through the kid's room in no time!
  • Living room - on the last day of the week we took on the living room! In this post I have shared 4 easy steps to quickly, but effectively clean this area of the house.

Have fun cleaning...then have some fun NOT cleaning!! Can't wait to see what you've been up to.

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today (before & after images would be tremendous). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Quick Clean the Living Room

Living room, den, bonus room, family room...whatever you call it, how about taking a few minutes today to focus on cleaning it up? Even though it's a very lived-in room, I'm hoping that this can be a simple task to end our work week.

clean living room

Here a a few ideas to clean your living room quickly:

  • Remove anything that doesn't belong in the living room
  • Straighten what does belong
  • Dust, polish, shine
  • Vacuum

Overall, that sounds to me like 4 easy steps to quick clean the living room. So how about we set our timers and get to work?

Ready, set, go!

Let' me know how it goes!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today (I'm dying to see before & after images). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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May Spring Cleaning 365 Calendar

If you’re new here, welcome! You’ve jumped on board at the exact right time.

If you’re a regular, this is the perfect month to keep following along because we are going to be cleaning the areas in our life that make us as women more organized!

We’ll also focus on the outdoors a bit now that the weather is nice. And we'll get our kitchen spiffed up before summer officially begins.

Take a look at our new calendar for the month and schedule 5-15 minutes each day on your calendar to work on the daily task!

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Print the May Spring Cleaning 365 calendar or PIN the calendar for later. Or both!

I’m looking forward to going on this month long journey with you!

Hop on over to the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group or Facebook to let me know what you think. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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Quick Clean the Kid’s Room

Today we clean the kid's room!

If your children are anything like mine, they can make a mess in a hurry!! In some ways, that's a blessing. It gives us the opportunity to teach them to put away toys when they're finished playing; to put dirty clothes in the laundry basket as soon as they take them off; to get in a daily routine of making up their bed. Plus, we can spend time with them as we help them clean their room. At least, that's how I'm trying to look at it!

kid bedroom

If you have kids, take a few minutes today to help them quick clean their bedroom. Set a timer and challenge them to work fast. Perhaps you can compete to see who can clean the fastest. Anything to make it fun!

My kids are still young so I'm planning to give my 2 year old a cleaning cloth to "dust" and challenge my almost 5 year old to make up his part of the bunk bed and put away the toys. Then I'll probably hang up the clothes that have fallen to the floor, organize their sock drawer, and clean their furniture, walls and floors. We'll do it together so it should be fun!

I hope you do the same!

If you don't have kids, feel free to spend a few minutes on your problem area.

Happy cleaning!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today (before & after images are perfect). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

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Quick Clean the Kitchen

If you've been paying attention to the April schedule, then you know today's task is to quick clean the kitchen. We deep cleaned the kitchen a few months ago and we're going to deep clean it again very soon. But until then, let's take a few minutes and focus on improving the kitchen.

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First, clean your kitchen like usual. Clear the food. Wash the dishes. You know, normal clean up.

Then, set your timer for 5-15 minutes - whatever you have - and tackle one or two things from the following list:

  • Remove anything that doesn't belong in the kitchen (usually found on the counters)
  • Declutter and straighten one drawer or cabinet
  • Organize your pantry
  • Deep clean one appliance (microwave, oven, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher)
  • Wipe down your cabinet door fronts
  • Scrub the kitchen floor

If you have other family members at home, feel free to get them involved. I've found that cleaning the kitchen isn't so bad when my husband is filling me in on his day...it really helps pass the time!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today (before & after pictures are great). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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Quick Clean Bathrooms

We deep cleaned the bathrooms several weeks ago, but I'm sure they've been dirtied up a bit since then. So let's schedule in some time periodically to KEEP them clean!

Today is as good of day as any, so take a few minutes to give the bathrooms a quick clean up. Focus on the areas that are visible and not worry about linen closets or the inside of drawers...at least not today.

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Quick Clean Bathrooms

Just grab your bathroom cleaning supplies and tackle the following areas:

  • Toilet
  • Shower/Tub
  • Countertops
  • Light switches
  • Door knobs
  • Toilet paper holder
  • Towel racks
  • Hand towel rack
  • Cabinet doors
  • Window sills
  • Shelving
  • Frames
  • Nicknacks
  • Lighting

Sound like a plan? You can do it!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today (before and after pictures are greatly appreciated). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Clean Your Bedroom

This week is going to be a bit different. We're going to quick clean one room of the house each day. If you don't have your own cleaning schedule, this week is a must!

Our area of focus today is the Bedroom!

It's been a while since we've deep cleaned the bedroom, but don't worry, we're going to do it again soon. Today, the goal is to just do what you can today to get one step closer to a clean bedroom!

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Clean Your Bedroom

Are you ready to clean your bedroom?! I sure hope so!

Set your timer, turn on some music and work as quickly as you can on one area (or all of these areas) in your bedroom:

  • Grab a laundry basket and fill it up with anything that doesn’t belong in the bedroom.
  • Take those items to the appropriate location.
  • Make up bed. Wash linens if necessary.
  • Fold laundry and hang up clothes.
  • Dust ceiling corners and  moldings.
  • Dust baseboards and window sills.
  • Dust every piece of furniture you have with a rag or microfiber cloth. Don’t forget the drawer frames and shelving if you have it.
  • Wipe down furniture, lamps, glass, mirrors, window sills, door knobs and light switch plates with an all-purpose spray.
  • Polish wood furniture.

Don’t feel like you have to deep clean every single one of these area. Just focus on the area that needs it the most. If you only have time to do one thing, it will still be an improvement!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today (before & after images are perfect). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Getting Things Done

I sure enjoyed reading all of those clutter buster books last month but I'm glad to be back to productivity books. I've gleaned something interesting from each and every one of them - and I've even implemented a few things too ;-) Just kidding. I've put a ton of the productivity tips into practice.

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Today I wanted to mention a classic productivity book that I read long ago.Getting Things Done by David Allen. You've probably heard of it. But if not, you might consider picking up a copy for review. The kindle version is a pretty good deal right now.

The number one thing I started doing after reading this book was immediately handling anything that takes 2 minutes or less.

That rule applies at work. But it's also applicable at home.

  • If you take something out of the cabinet, it only takes seconds to put it back.
  • Same thing when changing clothes.
  • Or instead of piling mail on the counter, trash the junk mail immediately and open all the bills.

These are simple examples. But they can make a big inpact on the cleanliness of your home.

There are a bazillon other tips like this in Getting Things Done so if you're looking to be more productive this month, this is definitely a best seller for a reason.

 

Here’s a quick recap of the books I’ve mentioned so far this year:

If you’re a reader, I can’t recommend these books enough! Try reading in iBooks or the Kindle to stay clutter-free.

Now on to our daily task…

Write down every single thing that you need to accomplish this week. Then schedule those things (but make sure they’re the RIGHT things) on your calendar. That way you’ll know WHEN you will accomplish those things on your to-do list.

It will be 5-15 minutes well spent!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Tackle those Windows – Catch Up Day!

Today is Saturday and this is the day we catch up from the week!

I can tell my motivation is picking up since the sun is starting to shine here. Since it's so beautiful outside, we might as well have sparkling windows so that sunlight can shine through!

If you haven't cleaned your windows yet, here’s what we covered:

  • Curtains - Monday we cleaned the curtains.
  • Blinds - Then we cleaned the blinds.
  • Supplies and Frames - Next we gathered our window washing supplies and started the cleaning process.
  • Window Frames - Thursday we made those window frames look brand new.
  • Glass - Finally, we got sparkled the glass

There goes another catch up day! So I hope you can keep up with our daily tasks and catch up for the week. 'Til next week!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #4.
  • Catch up for the week on tasks.
  • Keep working on your cleaning schedule. Kudos for the good job!

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today (before and after images would be spectacular). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Spring Clean Windows – Part 3

You've cleaned the inside of your window frames and now it's time to make those windows sparkle! Are you ready?

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First, let's gather our supplies:

  • Bucket
  • Soap
  • 2 Microfiber Cloths
  • Squeegee

Put a dab of soap (a "dab" is an exact measurement right?) in your bucket and fill with warm water. I suppose it doesn't have to be warm but I don't like my hands to freeze.

Spring cleaning windows step 2

Next, grab one of the microfiber cloths, dip it in the soapy water, wring it out so it's not dripping wet, and wipe down the glass. My little guy was helping me so I could take pictures but he did such a great job that this might be added to his chore list :)

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Then put the rubber part of your squeegee at the top of the window and pull straight down in one motion. Move the squeegee to where it's overlapping the dry portion slightly pull straight down again. Repeat until the entire glass has been dried.

You can also squeegee from side to side but my little helper will have to grow into that method. 

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Water will have accumulated at the bottom of the window. Just grab your second, dry microfiber cloth and wipe the water away.

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If you have tilt in windows, pull them in and follow the steps on the outer portion of the glass. If you don't, then you can go outside and repeat the process. Or you can take the easy way out and just spray them with a garden hose!

And there you go! Beautifully clean windows that you can enjoy all Spring!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today (before & after pictures would be awesome). Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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