How Long Should it Take to Clean House?

How Long Should it Take to Clean House?

Have you ever wondered how long it takes other people to do routine cleaning tasks?  Have you wondered if you should be doing it faster? I've had a couple of readers asked this question lately, and it just so happens I had a post like that on my ideas list. I've actually already been timing myself doing my regular tasks for when I got around to writing it. So with two readers asking the … [Read more...]

Why I Love Sweeping & a Look at my Sweeping Routine

Why I Love Sweeping & a Look at my Sweeping Routine

Since I first started staying home full-time, 30 years ago, two of the top three items on my to-do list have been: Tidy Sweep If I never get any other cleaning done, I’m happy as long as I tidy and sweep.  The truth is . . . if your house is tidy and the floors are swept, it looks cleaner than it might really be.  That’s not why I tidy every day, though.  I do it because I like my house being … [Read more...]

Set a Quitting Time for Household Chores

Set a Quitting Time for Household Chores

“Set a quitting time for household chores or you'll end up cleaning until bedtime. Set a stopping point when you are done for the day.” I posted this tip a while back and had a thought provoking response from Amy, a mom of 2-1/2 year-old-twins.  She said: “How did you do this when your babies were young and the work never ends?  Most days dishes or laundry are occurring until right before bed. . … [Read more...]

Webster: A Must-Have Cleaning Tool

Webster: A Must-Have Cleaning Tool

Webster is my best friend when it comes to dusting high places, retrieving spiders off the ceiling and dusting under furniture.  You can see that it has been well used during the last 30 years.  In fact, it's more than just a cleaning tool, my adult children actually have many fond memories of Webster – usually of retrieving spiders off the ceiling but also being part of our cleaning routine. I … [Read more...]

The Three Levels of Mopping

Levels of Mopping

Mopping isn’t something I love to do but it’s something that needs done regularly – especially in my house where I have young grandchildren, a black lab and a couple of high traffic areas that are always dirty! I don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to mopping – I have a three-size-approach, depending on the situation. Touch-Up Mopping. When I’m on my game, I touch-up mop the kitchen … [Read more...]

My Dusting Routine: Room by Room

feather duster

Does anyone out there like dusting?  I sure don’t.  But I also don’t like dust so I try to do my dusting routine weekly. I’m not a perfectionist so I don’t worry about every speck of dust on every piece of furniture.  I do what I can and don’t worry about the rest.  Besides, it’s dusty again as soon as I leave the room anyway.  Dust is like dishes and laundry – you can never really finish … [Read more...]

Cleaning:  Don’t Try to Catch Up, Just Get Back on Track

Cleaning List

When it comes to house cleaning, if you’ve gotten behind, don’t try to catch up – just get back on track.  Catching up is a nice idea but usually it’s not possible - especially when you get behind because you were too busy!  If you were too busy to keep up, chances are you’re too busy to catch up. So forget about catching up and just start where you are. Here’s my situation.  We’ve been in … [Read more...]