My Dear Minette
To walk into a tidy and clean smelling home after a long hard day working is wonderful. The only way to achieve it is to find your own Home Cleaning Routine. If it is easy it will become a habit.
It is wonderful to sit back and relax, listening to your favourite music, with a glass of whatever. You are so grateful it is your place!
To achieve that, it calls for a good home cleaning routine and discipline, and worth every minute of cleaning. This suggested routine can be adjusted for stay at home ladies or ones working in town.
Home Cleaning Routine
The best-kept cleaning secret is, TO CLEAN AS YOU GO, meaning to clean immediately after you have had, or done something.
Keep your living space clean and good smelling with these tips tricks and routines.
Our task today is to find an acceptable regular cleaning routine, you will feel comfortable with. To become the domestic Queen of your home is important, find the best house cleaning tips and tricks.
Are you living with habits giving you a bad reputation?
Harsh words my dear lady, but it can be true. How does it feel living in a place, dirty and with the smell of old cigarette smoke and stale leftovers, most certainly, I am pretty sure you feel depressed and grumpy.
On the other hand, when walking through the front door and the clean fragrance of polish and freshener meets you, it is so uplifting. One feels like going out, just to come back and experience the feel-good feeling all over again.
You feel happy to be home again after a hard day’s work. Switch on the radio, filling the place with a feel-good calming sound, and most of all, giving you a sense of happiness.
Living clean is the essence of one’s personality. Everybody wants the look but, on the other hand, no one wants to do the work.
A routine you will want to follow, so here we go, find your home cleaning routine.
The Magic Trick
TO CLEAN AS YOU GO
The cleaner you live the less you have to clean
Never let dirt starts accumulating. Keep your hand on it, in order, to keep it clean. We will discuss a cleaning routine that will be easy to follow. Make it a habit and stick to it.
During your stay at home, growing up, all was done for you and you never noticed how it was done.
Not knowing anything about house cleaning can be a deal-breaker in any relationship.
You have to find your step by step cleaning routine for a healthy living lifestyle, most of all, it is part of your character and personality.
Finding a place of your own is very exciting my dear. Keeping it clean, should become an important part of your habits. It must become a daily, early morning and the last thing at night routine.
Nothing feels as good as waking up in a tidy and clean home.
My Suggested House Cleaning Routine
Think clearly and decide:
• Will I live in a clean tidy place where I feel confident receiving guests anytime day or night. Am I prepared to do what it takes to keep it that way
• Will I be content to live the lazy life in a pigsty, messy and smelly, enticing all cockroaches and rodents in the neighbourhood for a free meal.
Your choice my dear!
If you decide on the first option I have some sound advice making it easy, but, if you choose the latter you are on your own and I mean that. No friends will want to visit.
To take the negative out of house cleaning is having a daily and weekly routine you are comfortable with. A monthly deep cleaning schedule is a topic for another letter. Keeping your place clean should be as important as breathing is to life.
It is impossible to do it all at once, first, we have to establish your daily and weekly routine.
Here is a proposed schedule
This will be your routine whether you are staying on your own or with a partner. After you have both decided on a routine, subsequently, they will be helping with some of the cleanings.
Home Cleaning Routine
Tips To Clean even for the working lady
• Getting up, the first thing to do is make your bed and fold your nighties, walk around naked tiding all things lying around. It is very liberating. Leave the room tidy before going to the bathroom to groom.
• When you are done in the bathroom, have a sponge and a bottle of all-purpose cleaner ready to clean and dry the basin, wipe the taps of the basin and the shower too.
Put away all your makeup, brushes and hairdryer.
Brush the toilet when done, add some cleaning liquid to the bowl of the toilet before you walk out. Get dressed, feeling satisfied the bedroom and bathroom are clean and tidy.
Off to the kitchen. While waiting for the kettle to boil pack away last night’s clean dishes, furthermore, wipe the kettle clean while warm.
Have some breakfast and enjoy your coffee. Wash the bowl and mug cover with a tea cloth and leave to dry, therefore, no dirty dishes when you walk out.
Brush your teeth and when done, look in the mirror add your lipstick smile and say ” Hi Beautiful, have a great day”.
Take your handbag, container for lunchtime at work and walk out the door with a happy smile on your face. Remember to lock up.
• Mmmmm getting home after a long day at the office, there is nothing so welcoming and rewarding as walking into a clean and tidy home!
Kick off your shoes put your bag in the hallway, walk to your music centre and switch on your favourite music. Dancing and singing your way to the kitchen.
Pour a glass of wine or cool drink, come back slouch down in your favourite chair or couch, sit back and just relax and enjoy your drink. Close your eyes and just listen.
• Back to the kitchen, while preparing your food, have a sink full of nice warm soapy water and clean as you go, your utensils and bowls the whole lot.
With a wet cloth soak with your cleaner, wipe the stovetop clean after cooking and while it is still warm, no dirt and grime should be left.
If you have used the oven, spray cleaner while it is still warm not hot and wipe it clean, it only takes a minute or two. Never leave the stove dirty. Next time you use it the dirt will get baked into the enamel getting very hard to clean.
After you have dished up, soak the pot or pan in the water before sitting down to eat.
Enjoy your meal at a table setting, yes sometimes with a candle or flowers too and always music in the background.
Never be in a hurry, enjoy what you do, it’s YOUR time. I know this is new to you but try it.
After you have enjoyed your meal, wash your plate, the pot and your glass, no dirty dishes should be laying around. Pack your lunch for work. Enjoy your cup of coffee watching TV. Try not to bring home some office work.
Before going to bed, have an empty decorated box or plastic container handy, walk around the room, pick up all the clutter and add to the box.
Your empty mug, shoes, your handbag, some magazines everything not belonging in the room, carry it to the kitchen and wash the mugs, the rest go to your room.
Freshen up the cushions, empty and clean ashtrays if you smoke in the house. Spray to refresh the room, walking out satisfied with a song in your heart. Unpack the stuff from the box, put it all in its place before you shower and get ready for bed.
This is your easy daily routine during the week as a working girl. Nothing is difficult or time-consuming. Always do some cleaning while you wait.
You will be amazed how much can be done while the water kettle is boiling. MAKE IT A HABIT.
Never leave any dirt behind when moving on. Leaving it is what gives cleaning a bad reputation and makes it a chore. Keep it clean as you go, not just in the kitchen.
Home Cleaning Routine
WHEN EVERYBODY HAS GONE, PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND TURN ON THE MUSIC. With a cup of coffee in hand, look out the open window, breathe in the fresh air and watch the birdies and all come alive.
LOOKING FORWARD TO TIDYING AND CLEANING YOUR PRETTY LIVING SPACE
Swaying and swinging happily while you do it … don’t see it as a chore, see the end product, remember it is all in the mind.
Feed the negative and you will be grumpy!
First of all sort your clothes, separate the white clothes from the coloured ones and wash them separately. Treat dirty spots before adding to the machine. Put clean linen on your bed, take the dirty linen, towels and facecloths to the laundry. Start the washing machine with the first load, continue washing and hanging in between the cleaning, till all is done.
If you get up early and do the cleaning, the sooner it will be done. Your place will be smelling fresh and be sparkling clean.
What Do I Need
Now you have to decide how you are going to do your cleaning, test different ways, find the best for you and stick to it.
What’s needed for cleaning. If you invest in a Robovac you can set it to start vacuuming the floors.
mop, and bucket
sturdy pair of cleaning gloves
dark coloured cleaning cloths
antiseptic homemade cleaner
toilet bowl cleaner with its cloth
small wet cloth
soft dry cloth, best to use a microfiber polishing and dust cloth.
scoop and little brush
Soft Dust cloths or old T-shirt
Home Cleaning Tips Tricks and Routines.
Home Cleaning Routine
Start with the rooms that can build up an odour, the kitchen first and then the bathroom. It will also be the two rooms visitors will see first when coming for a visit.
Wash the breakfast dishes first so the sink is nice and clean.
Put all the stuff standing around away in its place.
If you live clean my dear there is not much to do. With a wet cloth and cleaner spray the countertops and wipe clean, removing the utensil and wiping behind them.
Wipe the window sill too. Make sure the stovetop is still clean and the oven too. Wipe with a vinegar cloth to eliminate all old oil smells.
Make sure the stove is spotless, wipe the tiles behind and around the stove. Rinse the wet cloth frequently.
Wipe the cupboard doors giving attention to the handles. Dust on top of the cupboards and top of the door, wipe the light switch plate too. Empty the dustbin and put a new lining in, and finally, mop the floor.
The bathroom has a spray bottle with an all-purpose cleaner. Add 2 lids full of disinfectant to the mix. Keep the bottle in the cupboard in the bathroom.
After a shower, take your cleaning cloth hanging behind you in the corner, wipe the walls and taps dry. On a Saturday just make sure it is clean and pay attention to the soap dish, cleans it and underneath too.
Add some cleaning stuff to the sponge and scrub the inside with the scouring side till the basin is smooth and clean to the feel, scrub around the taps with the old toothbrush.
Wipe the outside of the basin. Check for hair blocking the drain of the basin and the shower, remove it and use the old toothbrush to clean the drains. Rinse and wipe dry with your small wet cloth, rinse frequently. Wipe the tiles around the basin too, and polish the mirror
Use an antiseptic cleaner for the toilet seat and bowl and use your gloves. The toilet has its cleaning cloth, making it a different colour. Spray some cleaner on the wet cloth and wipe the seat and cover clean.
Lift the seat and wipe clean underneath the seat in all corners. Brush the bowl clean, give attention to the rim where the water runs from, wipe that clean too.
Make sure the water pipes and tap feeding the toilet with water at the back is free of dust. Rinse wipe all the surfaces.
Cupboards and mirror
Wipe the countertop, take off all make-up marks, wipe the cupboard doors and window sill and all latches with the cleaner. With the soft dry cloth, you polish the taps and the mirror.
Mop the tiles on the floor, empty the dust bin and line again with a plastic bag. Lastly, wipe the light switch plate at the door on your way out.
Home Cleaning Routine
All bedrooms are the same.
Make your bed with clean linen.
Put away all extra stuff on the bedside table, wipe with the damp cloth clean.
Dust the bedside lamp and books. Wipe the front of the drawers and headboard.
Dust all the doors and the wooden skirting on the floor with a damp duster.
Take each ornament and photo frame and clean them.
Wipe and dust all surfaces clean, remember the light switch plate.
Don’t forget the window sills and blinds.
Shake the curtains while hanging.
Empty the dustbin and vacuum the carpet.
If there are tiles on the floor, vacuum the small carpets and put them aside.
Lastly, mop the floor, and put back the small carpets.
Spray to refresh and close the door.
Lounge and Passage
Take the cushions off the couch and shake. Clean the bottom of the couch and chairs with a brush to get out old stale bits of snacks, coins or whatever has slipped in there. Fluff the cushions and put them back.
Dust the side tables and all ornaments.
Dust the picture frames against the wall, the door and the top of the door.
Wipe window sills, latches and blinds, in addition, shake the curtains.
Dust all tables or other furniture in the room, do not forget the legs of the furniture. Dust the wooden skirting on the floor too with the duster. Vacuum the carpets, and lastly, mop the tiles on the floor.
Home Cleaning Routine
Remember to sweep and clean the front entrance and door, as well as the step by the back door.
Clean the mop, bucket, shake the duster clean, and put it all away in your cupboard. Take out a clean set of tea towels and cleaning cloths. the used ones go to the washing basket.
Done with the cleaning for the day. Water the plants inside and at the front door.
Time for a nice long shower (Remember to wipe it dry and the taps too … lol.)
Off to town with your shopping list. Bring back your supplies and tend to them. Separate and portion the meat, putting it in the freezer.
Dress the veggies and add the milk to the refrigerator, putting the rest into your veggie shelf or cupboard.
When done with the putting away of your shopping, it is time to take the washing and linen off the lane. Neatly fold the things that do not need ironing and put them away in the cupboard. Invest or hint for a steaming iron for your next birthday.
Put your clothes that need ironing on a hanger and steam them. Let it dry and hang back into the cupboard. Having antiseptic wipes to wipe all the countertops is a very good idea.
Done for the week, you wonderful Homemaker! Congratulations you have the neatest cleanest little nest in town after you have done the home cleaning routine. You can feel very proud of yourself! Pour yourself something cold and relax.
… and this my dear lady is the suggested routine. Find your routine and do it all with pride!
Ever thought of cleaning with a friend, taking turns to help each other clean a house at a time and having a cuppa and scones afterwards? Just a thought …