The 30 Minute Clean-Up Plan

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If your like me you don’t have a lot of time to clean. So what’s a girl to do to clean her house? The answer for me is, The 30 Minute Clean-Up Plan. Now this routine isn’t for those whose house is a disaster area, but a great way to MAINTAIN your home with just 30 minutes of cleaning each day. Not picking up and putting away, but actual CLEANING.

The first place to start is with a schedule. I’m a big list person, as you can tell from my weekly menu plan, and having a cleaning schedule is a fantastic way to keep yourself on track. I have a set list of cleaning chores I do each day, and have the list hanging on my refrigerator, right next to my menu plan. That keeps it out in the open and easily accessible for me to glance at quickly and keep myself on track.

To give you an idea of what I mean, here is my list:

The 30 Minute Clean-Up

Kitchen
Clear out and wipe down the sink (5 minutes). Load the dirty dishes into the dishwasher, and wipe the sink down with a sponge.
Wipe down countertops and stove (1 minute). Clean off spatters of food and such with a damp cloth and an all-purpose cleaner.
Wipe problem spots on the floor (2 minutes). Save the major mopping for your designated mop day, and use the cloth you just cleaned the counter and stove with, to spot clean any spills or sticky spots on the floor.

Bathroom
Wipe out the sink (2 minutes). When you wash your face in the morning, use the same washcloth afterward to wipe out the sink, plus the faucet and handles. Then while your at it, wipe off the countertop, mirror, toilet seat and rim as well, in that order.
Swish the toilet bowl (15 seconds) Give the toilet a quick scrub with the toilet brush. This will keep build-up from collecting in the bowl.

Bedroom
Make your bed (2 minutes).
Do a quick straightening of the dresser and night tables. (1 minute) Put away any books and reading glasses and take your water glass into the kitchen.

Living Room
Tidy the sofa (1 minute). Fluff throw pillows and fold any throws.
Wipe tables and spot-clean cabinets where you see fingerprints (1 minute). If the surfaces are streaked or sticky, use a moist cloth.
Straighten coffee table and shelves (2 minutes) Straighten books and magazines, toss any outdated newspapers, straighten knickknacks, (hopefully you have very few of these!) and collect remote controls and put them in one place.

That’s it! Of course this is in addition to the daily chores of cooking, dishes, and laundry. But if you take these small steps, you will have a much cleaner and peaceful household. Also, make sure to get everyone involved in the cleaning in one way or another. With such small steps, there shouldn’t be any trouble in everyone getting their share done.

Those easy steps took about 20 minutes. So what do we do with those other 10 minutes? That’s where I add a major cleaning project, such as mop day, Monday thru Friday.

Monday: Sweep and Mop kitchen and bathroom
Tuesday: Dust bedroom and living room
Wednesday: Clean kitchen (Clean counters, stove and outside of refrigerator with a disinfecting spray)
Thursday: Vacuum carpets
Friday: Clean bathroom (Clean tub, toilet, and sink with a disinfecting spray)

Some people may want to do a more thorough cleaning then this, but if you have a busy schedule, this routine will keep your house looking clean and fresh for you and your family, as well as any guest who decide to drop in. Happy Cleaning!

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The 30 Minute Clean-Up Plan

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