Monday, February 20, 2006

Second of 3 part series

This is the second part to a three part article. Last issue I began an article suggesting tips on what to clean if you have 15 minutes on your hands and suggestions on how to get started in your own home. Please see my blog dated yesterday for the first part.

The second part continues with suggestions on what to clean with 30 minutes and an hour. Remember these are only suggestions. Adapt them to your schedule and your circumstance. I'm only giving you suggestions so when your busy schedule allows a few minutes you don't waste half that time deciding what to clean.

Thirty minutes:

1)      When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator coils? That should be done twice a year to keep your motor running smoothly.
2)      Clean the inside windows in your kitchen and family or living room and sliding glass door if you have one. In other words remove those smudges. Then apply just a little bit of Advantage to keep the smudges at bay.
3)      Clean the drawers in your kitchen you most frequently use or the ones that tend to gather "stuff" like coupons and knickknacks.
4)      Pick up and put away clutter in two rooms – if you have more than 15 minutes of clutter to remove in any one room then this 30 minutes is a great time to get rid of the clutter in one room. Yes it is plenty of time – stay focused. That cup of coffee comes as a reward after the clutter is gone not before or during.
5)      Dust the mini blinds or window coverings in one sector of your home
6)      Clean your light fixtures and change light bulbs that are getting old using the energy saving bulbs.
7)      Change smoke detector batteries
8)      Change your furnace filter

One hour:

1)      Bathrooms – do all the bathrooms at one time to eliminate dragging out your tote tray two or three times. Mary Moppins Bi-O-Kleen will make short work of bathrooms. Read my article on bathroom cleaning for more tips to speed clean your bathrooms.

Don't forget to treat your shower walls and inside of the toilet with Advantage. It is my waterless car wash and protectant. The polymers in Advantage make surfaces slick. Water sheets down shower walls so they are faster to squeegee. I'll let your imagination go to work to tell you the advantage of slick toilet bowls (.  
2)      Dust one sector of your home like the bedroom sector or the living room, dining room and family room areas using our diluted Wood Care. .
3)      Clean out the refrigerator – it should take less than hour so use the remaining time to clean up under the hood of your stove or the surrounding cabinets. 
4)      Clean the ashes out of the fireplace or wood stove and clean the glass insert
5)      Condition your leather or vinyl furniture with our Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
6)      Winter is harsh on wood window sills. Prevent them from cracking with our Wood Care.
7)      Clean smudges on walls and light plates.
8)      Dust lamp shades. Use a clean paint brush with the bristles cut down one half inch for pleated shades and our dry sponge for flat ones.

Now you can see why I recommend making a list of everything in your home that needs to be cleaned. It's so much easier to refer to your list and check them off as you get them done.

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