This is a sponsored post brought to you by Eureka. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
So your home is a mess… Like, a tornado went through that sucker, totally and completely without a hope, oh my word can anybody actually live in there? kind of a mess. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that bad. But in the moment when your house is dirty and you have no clue where to start it sure as heck feels like it, doesn’t it?
Rewind to not all that long ago… I lived in Oklahoma and I lived on my own and I had a routine that I followed, not to be strict, but just because I’m a creature of habit. Every morning I’d get out of bed and I would go on autopilot with this routine that kept my home really clean. But that wasn’t enough! Every Wednesday was “Big Clean”. What might that be?
I didn’t answer my phone and I’d eschew from all things work for an entire day just to clean house. If I did answer the phone because, perhaps an annoying caller would keep ringing me over and over until I finally picked up, they’d most often start with “I know, I know, it’s BIG CLEAN but I planned poorly and now have a graphic design emergency.” Big clean was such a huge part of my life that even my clients knew what was up with Wednesday.
On that day I’d do all of the crazy stuff lots of people never think to do… I’d scrub the baseboards, dust every fan and light fixture, clean underneath the appliances, reorganize pantries, closets, etc. By the time I laid my head to the pillow on Wednesday night I was exhausted and my house had this aura, this feeling of being absolutely and perfectly clean.
These days I hardly have the time for all of that business. You see I found my Mr. Rob and we like to live life to the fullest. Sometimes a full life means going bowling or taking the dogs to the beach or searching out thrift stores in any town within an hour from the house. Tromping around all of the Valley in search of the very best bubble tea to be had leaves less time for a ritualistic big clean. But, luckily, I’ve partnered with Eureka for one, last cleaning post and today we’re tackling little chores for big results! Because everybody likes instant gratification, right?
Things I suggest you do daily for a clean house:
- Make your bed! Not only does it look nice to have a made bed but it also feels great to slip into the covers at night!
- Do a general once over. Put away toys and laundry off of the floor, clean off stuff that accumulates on side tables during the night and put anything that is out of place back where it belongs. This doesn’t have to take forever; I spend only 5-10 minutes on this daily.
- Take care of the mail as it arrives every day. Throw away junk mail. Open anything that looks important and put it where it needs to go to be properly dealt with.
- Clean the sink every time you brush your teeth. That gunk totally builds up and if you give the sink a quick wipe down you’ll be amazed at how much cleaner the bathroom will feel.
- Spray soft surfaces like your sofa and the curtains with a fabric refresher for a clean, fresh scent the whole home over.
- Wash one and put away one load of laundry daily. Now this one is a bit more difficult to stick to for me but I really, really try. Keeping the laundry in a pile instead of a mountain makes life so much less stressful and you never have to hear “do you know where I can find some clean underwear?”
- Wash the dishes after every meal. Letting them pile up in the sink is just asking for trouble (and if you’re in the south ANTS!) Rinse one off items, like your coffee mug in the morning to wash after your next meal.
Things I suggest you do when you’ve got a spare moment here and there:
- Vacuum underneath the sofa cushions. (Might I suggest the affordable Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo?) I know, it’s scary, and there could quite possibly be a creature living under there but you’ll feel so much better knowing that your next house guest isn’t going to shove their hand down there (why do we always do that when visiting someone?!) and come back with half of a 3 week old stale cookie.
- Clean out just one drawer or shelf. Every little bit helps and the effort will add up!
- Vacuum window sills and corners for settled dust and cobwebs.
- Wash your curtains.
- Sweep UNDER your area rugs.
- Get after fabric lampshades with a lint roller or if it’s been quite a long time your vacuum cleaner. It’s amazing how dusty and hairy these things can get and they are so often overlooked!
- Wash pet blankets and pillows. We get used to the smell of our pets but to somebody without dogs, that dog blanket smell is fierce!
- Quickly toss any old food from the fridge.
- You can clean under the fridge quickly, too. Use an appliance brush, or a broom to swish out anything from under the fridge, and especially the dryer. Keep your vacuum wand out and running to quickly suck up any dust and allergens.
- Run the garbage disposal with citrus rinds to give it a fresh, clean smell.
- Spray handles, knobs, light fixtures, remote controls, keyboards and anything that is frequently used by many with a disinfectant.
- Remove your sheets and mattress pad and grab that vacuum wand and give it a good once over. You might be amazed at how much fresher the mattress will instantly feel.
Keep your house clean without breaking the bank! The Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo for only $60 at Walmart!
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