THIS! Let me just tell you, when I finally decided to give the infamous weekly cleaning schedule a try, I fell in love.
One night, my husband and I were talking about cleaning. Well, actually, I was venting about how I have no clue why I can’t keep up with the house work (yes, the hubs does help around the house!). Anyway, he said he was shocked I didn’t have a weekly cleaning schedule. I agreed, because, well, schedules and lists are just part of my personality. Lol.
So, I decided to give it the ole college try about three weeks ago, and boy am I glad I did! It’s amazing! Take a look at this one I found…
I’ve stuck to it about 85%, and even that has been great! I like it because it’s simple and doesn’t seem overwhelming when you look at it. I switched dusting to Monday and vacuuming to Tuesday. I was always taught to dust before you vacuum so you can vacuum up all the dust. Was anyone else taught that? I also love doing one load of laundry per day. Our laundry has stopped piling up and it’s not as overwhelming now.
I read a blog from one woman (not sure what blog it was, sorry!) where she explained that the cleaning schedule helped her feel less stressed. She knew that if, for example, she saw her microwave was getting grubby, she didn’t need to take care of it right then. It was on her cleaning schedule and she knew it would get cleaned soon. I have found this to be so true!
Oh, by the way, our kitchen table is STILL a no-clutter zone! This is one of the best changes we ever made!
I discovered vinegar’s usefulness in cleaning years ago. I love that it has cleaning abilities while also being free of harsh chemicals. How great is that? I keep a spray bottle filled with vinegar under my kitchen sink.
Here’s what I’ve used vinegar for over the years:
- Removing hard water stains from faucets
- Cleaning kitchen counters (unless I’ve had raw meat or eggs on the counter, then I clean it with hot soapy water and a disinfectant spray)
- Cleaning laminate floors
- Removing the musty smell from towels
- Cleaning mirrors
What uses have you found for vinegar?
Shortly after we updated our kitchen, I was preparing to take pictures of it for this post. As I was cleaning, I moved a rinsed-out mixed vegetable can I had put on the counter behind the sink the evening before and noticed RUST SPOTS on our BRAND NEW quartz countertops! I could not believe it! What bugged me the most was that when I put the can on the counter I even thought to myself, “This might leave rust marks. Maybe I should move it.” However, I decided against it because I knew I would be cleaning the kitchen the next morning. I thought “It won’t leave rust marks that quickly.” Well…I was wrong!
I tried cleaning the rust with vinegar – didn’t work. Windex (which is what the countertop installers recommended I use to regularly clean the counters) – didn’t work. Scratching the spot with my fingernail – didn’t work. I think I finally searched online for products that removed rust. Anyway, somehow I remembered this powder cleaner called Bar Keepers Friend that my grandma told me about years ago.
While taking off our bathroom vanity’s doors to prep for painting (post coming soon!), I noticed just how gross the hinges were.
Side note: You’ll notice each hinge is labeled. This is to ensure I put them back in the correct spot when I re-attach the cabinet doors. I once didn’t do this when removing door hinges…bad idea. The doors would not close quite right.