This post is sponsored by Method
Tell me, what is your cleaning routine? About a year ago when we were taking trains around Europe I made a list of all the things I wanted to change when we came back home and one of them was getting into a more structured cleaning routine. A messy house made me feel anxious and I couldn’t work on projects when I was surrounded my clutter. My mind would always wander to the areas of the room that I needed to pick up, do you do the same? I needed a routine that was part of my day, that wasn’t structured soley around when guests were coming, and that had a specific start and stop time since cleaning a whole house can be a pretty daunting task.
Keep reading to see what my solution was…
I started what we call now as the daily five minute cleanup. I set the timer for 5 minutes (or 7 if I’m feeling really wild or if guests are coming) and pick up/clean as much as I can in that one room. When the timer goes off I have to stop and move onto the next room. The whole clean up takes about 40 minutes since there are seven rooms and it keeps you on your toes too since you’re waiting for that timer to go off. It’s not a deep clean of course, but it gets the house picked up enough that I can relax and get work done. Five minutes in each room seemed much more doable than telling myself that I was going to clean the house for 40 minutes. The kitchen usually needs double so I leave it for last and hit that timer twice for at least 10 minutes. It’s been working pretty good over the last year.
I’d love to hear your cleaning routine though, do you have a certain amount of time you spend cleaning every day or are you disciplined enough to work until the house it all clean?
Also, have you seen Method’s Fabric Softener Spray? So genius, it gets rid of those annoying dryer sheets altogether with just a couple sprays. They gave me one to test out and I love it.
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker, plus a few newlywed years in charming Hoboken, I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband and son. This blog is a collection of simple ideas for making your home and life more crafty and stylish. MORE >>>