As the spring season begins, a naturally occurring phenomenon seems to take place in nearly every home.
So today, I am going to include several tips for making life easier this spring.
My job is to clean up after 200 kids every day, and my motto at work is:
Work Smarter.. NOT Harder.
And over the past ten years as a Custodian I have found several ways to make the job easier and today I will share a few with you.
Lets start in the kitchen.
Kitchen: Circle your way around
Always begin on the right side of your stove, then move clockwise around the room.
The stove is typically the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending with it keeps you from spreading dirt and grease.
(First, soak drip pans and knobs in warm soapy water. By the time you’ve worked your way around, they’ll be easier to clean.)
I don’t have drip pans because my stove has a glass cook top, so once a week I soak my cook top with baking soda and a very wet soapy towel.
I let the wet towel sit on top of the baking soda for about a half hour. When the time is up I get a fresh clean towel and wet it with hot water and scrub up the soda. As I do this, the built up grease and baked on food comes right off leaving my cook top looking brand new. By doing this chore every week, I am able to effortlessly maintain the top of my stove.
The other thing that needs to be cleaned regularly is the Oven vent filter.
Once a month, I take it off and run it through the dishwasher. This keeps it sparkly clean with little to no scrubbing on my part. The secret here is doing it on a monthly basis to prevent the oil from forming that sticky crust that it gets.
The other job I do weekly is to shake baking soda on a soapy sponge and clean around the edges and door of my dishwasher and washing machine. Then I run them both through a rinse cycle with 1/2 C. Bleach in them to sanitize them and keep the bacteria from building up inside the machine.
(I do this job while the soda is soaking on the top of my stove because it takes me about a half hour to scrub both machines)
BATHROOM: BACTERIA BUSTING!
To keep my tub and shower spot free for an entire month, I simply spray the entire surface (except the tub floor) with Rain-X Original Glass treatment. This keeps the water rolling right off the surfaces and keeps the spots at bay.
I also fill my toilet tank each week with a 1/2 C. Bleach. I let it sit for 30 minutes and then flush the water several times. This seems to keep the toilet fresh for days.
Now onto the toilet…
Here is a tip I have learned over the years. If you hate having the water splash out of the toilet while you clean it, simply push your scrubber in and out of the trap a few times. This will lower the water level and really helps prevent splashing.
I love to use tang to clean my toilets. The citric acid works magic, (and this won’t make my kitty sick when she drinks out of the bowl).
The next thing I do to keep my bathroom looking and smelling fresh is I keep a tub of Clorox wipes under my sink and wipe the entire surface of the toilet and counter top once a day.
(This chore takes me less than 2 minutes but saves me tons of time on the weekend.)
I have 6 people living in my house so I ALWAYS have a load of laundry that needs to be washed.
To keep this chore under control, I have placed a laundry basket in each persons room and also one in the kids bathroom.
Each night I have the kids bring me their basket.
I sort the clothes and do a load of Colors and Whites each night.
I immediately fold or hang the clothes as soon as the dryer beeps.
I place the folded clothes back in the kids basket and they put them away before bedtime. This keeps our laundry pile from ever getting out of control and eliminates the hassle of trying to find matching socks in the morning. But the best thing that immediately folding the clothes does is PREVENTS the need to iron most of the items.
PURGING: This job takes URGING!
I have read that one of the worst things you can do when purging is to touch each object. Experts say this creates attachment and makes it harder to let go of your stuff.
SO how do you PURGE without touching?
SO here is how I deal with this issue.
I attack one closet at a time. When the closet is in my kids rooms, I make them stand there with me and we set a timer.
We have 5 minutes to go through their clothes and decide of the are KEEP/TOSS/ or DONATE.
Then we move onto their drawers.
By setting the timer we create urgency and this seems to keep us from reminiscing about the special times in that outfit.
We do the same thing with toys, books, and craft supplies.
So My tip for purging is to set a timer, and once a box or bag is filled up, SEAL IT and don’t ever open it again.
TOSS MEANS TOSS!
DONATE MEANS DONATE!
I hope these tips have helped motivate you to get your own house in order this Spring.
I encourage you to use the comment section to share your very own tips on SPRING CLEANING.
Have a GREAT WEEK!