Friday, April 2, 2010
Friday is Cleaning Day-Creative Nostalgia Boot Camp Day 6
Ick! No one likes cleaning day. (Note the photo above-not exactly one of my home's better moments.) Well, at least no one likes the idea of cleaning day. I have to admit that I drag my feet when I have to clean, but once I get into it, I kind of like it. And I definately like the results when I'm finished.
I have a 2000 square foot house. Unlike (what seems like) everyone else in Orange County, California, I don't have a cleaning service. I used to, but it was one of those items I gave up in order to be able to stay home full-time with my daughter. It's a lot of house to clean all by myself. Then I found a really cool website called FlyLady. Once I adopted their program, I can honestly say that my house stays pretty clean most of the time. Each week, I vacuum the entire house, sweep the tiled areas and hit the bathrooms. Then I spend the rest of my cleaning day really cleaning and organizing one sector of my home. I've divided home up like this:
Area One: Hallways, staircase, front porch
Area Two: Kitchen
Area Three: Daughter's bedroom and bathroom and spare rooms
Area Four: Master Suite
Area Five: Living room
So each week gets an area. I just keep rotating through them. It's really a convenient way to clean and organize, and my cleaning usually only takes me an average of 2-3 hours per week.
I've even added a little creativity to my cleaning areas. I usually try to do a crafty project for whatever area I'm in for the week. For example, when I'm in Area Five: Living Room, I might sew some new pillows for my couch.
So what do you do to keep your home clean and organized? Any tips?