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My home takes a beating. Every. Single. Day. Why? Meet my two favorite people:
This mommy can’t bring herself to send them to daycare, which means that they spend their days at home,
wreaking havoc playing and being wonderful, happy, energetic 2.5-year olds.
By their very nature, toddlers are tough on each and every surface that they touch. One distracts me, while the other sneaks away from the table before washing their hands, leaving a trail of mystery sticky-ness across the kitchen cupboards. Someone gets into my makeup (again) and practices their eyeshadow/brush skills on my white bathroom tile. Don’t even get me started on their fascination with crayons and my dining table top.
Do you have a picture in your head? Good. Now, imagine being someone who really likes waking up to a clean house.
My solution for messes and every day cleaning? The 30-minutes-or-less power clean. Yes, I try to pick up during the day, but sometimes you just have to throw your hands in the air and wait until after bedtime. I take less than 30 minutes to whip trough the house in an effort to make the place look acceptable in the morning.
I made this free printable “checklist” of sorts for you to print and hang on the side of your fridge, or anywhere for that matter. Just a quick, colorful, reminder for things to do in the evening to guarantee a more organized, peaceful morning. Well, at least more peaceful before the kids wake up!
Scroll to the end for a link to download the PDF version to download.
Tip 1 – Set Yourself up for Success with the Right Tools
On a recent trip to Target, I picked up some new Clorox cleaning products that are helping make my daily cleaning a breeze. My new purchases include:
- Clorox ScrubSingles Bathroom Pads
- Clorox Pump ‘N Clean Kitchen & Dish Cleaner
- Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes
My shopping helper approved…. OK, I think she approves of pretty much all of my purchases. This girl loves to shop at Target!
Tip 2 – Use a Timer
OK, admission time: I’m competitive. Not, like the angry overly-pumped athlete competitive. More like the silent, feel accomplished type of competitive. This works really well when I have a visual reminder of a personal goal or task to complete. Enter: the timer.
I set the timer (I just use my phone) for 5 or 10-minute increments. Then I tell myself, “OK, Aimee. How much can you accomplish in 5 minutes?” It’s a great way for me to tap into my competitive side and stay on task.
Tip 3 – Focus on the Flat Surfaces & De-clutter
Clutter majorly slows down your cleaning process. Majorly. It takes a fraction of the time to clean empty counter tops and floors than those covered with dishes and toys. I’m not saying that you should get rid of all of your stuff, here.
Just consider taking 5 minutes (use that timer!) to do a power de-clutter session. Throw stray toys in an tub. Toss all of the dishes in the sink or dishwasher.
Buy an extra laundry basket – Not sure what to do with random, homeless items at the end of the day? Toss them all in a laundry basket. Just get them off the floor now – there’s no need to aim for perfection!
Are your flat surfaces clear? Good! Now you can whip through with a vacuum or dusting cloth in a snap!
While you’re at it, bust out these Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes – you can use them to wipe down blinds and other surfaces PLUS they are extra large sized – perfect for using on any standard sweeper!
Mommy Confession – I usually don’t sweep my main walkways. Just the corners. The reason? My kids love playing with my vacuum cleaner. They run laps around the house with my little cordless vacuum and the sweeper. This means that my main walkways are always pretty clean. I just sweep around the edges and corners, and done! Now, if I could just teach the kids to vacuum and sweep in a more consistent pattern, I would be set!
Tip 4 – Problem Areas: Kitchens and Baths
These are probably the two rooms that take the most time to clean if you only do it once per week. Especially if you have kids, kitchens and baths take a beating on a daily basis.
Taking a few minutes each evening to wipe down surfaces will keep you from having to spend 30+ minutes of heavy-duty cleaning later. Because, let’s face it. Who really wants to deep clean their bathroom, ever? Not me!
Once all of your flat surfaces are clear, doing a quick wipe-down is too easy!
Clorox ScrubSingles Bathroom Pads are the perfect way to clean up after evening bath time. And, if you’re lucky like me, you won’t even have to wet the cleaning pad. Your kids will leave enough water on the counters and floor for you!
I also started using Clorox Pump ‘N Clean Kitchen & Dish Cleaner in my kitchen. It’s perfect for whipping through those last few dishes that can’t go in the dishwasher, as well was wiping down counters and the sink. Which brings me to two points:
1. I run my dishwasher every night, even if it isn’t completely full. Then I have clean dishes to start my day with the next day – there is nothing worse than realizing that something you need is dirty in the dishwasher.
2. Shining your sink every day is a total game changer. Waking up to clear counters and a shining sink just makes me so happy! Try it. You’ll like it!
Click HERE to download the PDF to print.
So, there you have it! 4 tips for evening power cleaning!
How do you keep you home clean? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for real life cleaning!