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There are a lot of steps in maintaining a clean home, and one of the most important is establishing a routine. My husband and I both work full time, and with 3-5 people and 2 dogs in 1,000 square feet we can get buried quickly if we don’t stay in a good routine.
I have regular days off every week, so I clean the same things on the same days and stick to the same routine for each room. When I know exactly what needs to be done, and in what order, I tend to just power through the routine instead of getting distracted.
I start with the bathroom because its the smallest room, but also needs the deepest cleaning. Here are the things I gather first:
I use an old cotton dish towel for most of the cleaning in this room, and a microfiber cloth for basic dusting. This is the only room I ever use bleach in. I use a small rage mop I got from the Dollar Tree on the floor. Once in a while I will get down on my hands and knees with a rag, but I don’t notice a big difference in cleanliness.
This is the basic routine that I do on Thursdays. Every night before I go to bed I take the rag I wash my face with and wipe out and toothpaste out of the sink. I spot clean the mirror as needed throughout the week. I have Monday afternoons off so I will usually wipe down the toilet again. I find that the cleaner things stay throughout the week, the less time it takes me to deep clean on cleaning day.
As far as using bleach in the tub, be careful how long you let it soak. Depending on the finish of your tub, extended/excessive bleaching can wreck the finish. I let it it sit in mine while I clean my bed room, which maybe takes 15 minutes. After I let the water out I rinse it pretty thoroughly with clean water.
A tip that has helped me in cleaning my entire house is to clean like a maid. Keep all of your tools together, preferably in a tote so you can carry them from room to room, and clean from top to bottom, left to right. Decluttering and organization are also key to making cleaning easier. We have open shelving, so each family member has a basket to store their personal care items in. In the drawers almost everything is in a container and labeled. That way I am not wasting time sorting the drawers on top of cleaning. I have posted before about my love for my label maker.