Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cleaning Schedule
     People ask me frequently how to set up a cleaning schedule. Face it, cleaning, let alone taking the time to learn the nuisances of green cleaning is not on the top of most people's priority lists. Although for the sake of your health and that of Mother Earth it should move to the #1 position. For the next few blogs, let's delve into a few ideas to help you set up a schedule.    
     EXERCISE: First and most important - exercise regularly. I know time is tight and the kids need attention. Take a serious look at your schedule and you will find plenty of time. What is more important - sending that text message or enjoying life through good health? You can't achieve good health texting on a cell phone or sitting watching American Idol. Nor does it come in a pill bottle. It's only through diet and exercise that you will look years younger and feel on top of the world. Even 30 minutes a day of a fast paced walk and the right diet void of processed foods, dairy, wheat and sugar that you will truly return to health.
     I've been told plenty of times to take a hike. Well I started doing that when my son was young. I took those 30 minute hikes during his ball practices or before his games. Then I started getting up 30 minutes early. Trust me you will feel invigorated and not miss the extra sleep. Diet and exercise are the miracle cures you have been looking for. After my next cleaning book is finished, I'm writing my life's story and how I've beat the medical world without their pills and scalpels. You can too.
     Next, grab a notebook and decide what schedule will best suit your situation. Do you have time on a specific day to clean your home all at one time? Or would it be easier to do one chore a day like dusting on Monday, the bathrooms on Tues etc. I suggest doing your most dreaded chore first. By the time the end of the week comes or you get to the end of your cleaning jobs, you start to wear down. Having the harder tasks out of the way helps you plow through the easy stuff. So save the easier stuff like dusting, for last.
     Today's assignment: Write down your cleaning schedule. Writing things down creates that psychological edge of  importance and it makes for a quick reference sheet as well. Then make up your mind that you will stick to it.    
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cleaning Tips Gone Astray
     A well known cleaning expert listed ideas to avoid cleaning chores. Some of the ill-thought suggestions upset me. One tip was to keep your windows closed to prevent the dust from entering your home. This supposedly reduces the number of times per month you need to dust. It is a well known fact that women who stay home or people who work in their home, have higher rates of cancer than do people who work outside the home. Why? Because in the confines of a smaller area of the home the buildup of toxic fumes multiplies. Take carpet for instance. It contains over 100 chemicals. Add those fumes to what off gasses from the adhesive in flooring, cabinets, furniture and bedding and you have a toxic cocktail waiting to happen.
     Purchasing plants that absorb these toxic fumes helps, but the best way to release these fumes is to open the doors and windows several times a week so they can escape. For the sake of your health, give cleaning tip suggestions thorough consideration before implementing them. You will never regret that hour a week dusting if it helps prevent a life with cancer. Now pick up a copy of my book "The Complete Idiots Guide to Green Cleaning." You will learn all my tips for cleaning thoroughly yet rapidly. It teaches you how to: improve the quality of your indoor air, how to speed clean like the pros along with a host of preventive measures you can take that reduce cleaning time. 
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