Monday, April 30th, 2012
I’m participating in 52 weeks to an Organized Home at Home Storage Solutions 101. Check it out for tips on organizing every area of your home.
You have to determine what chores need done daily and what doesn’t need to be done as often and then create a habit that follows that. For example: I *try to* clean the kitchen and living room everyday, but I only vacuum every other day, and I do laundry on Wednesday and Saturday. Keeping the kitchen clean at all times is a must since both my husband and I love to cook and we can make a mess there pretty quickly. But the kitchen is also one of the quicker chores when I keep up on it – load the dishwasher, wash what’s left and wipe down the counters. The laundry, on the other hand, takes a little longer, because I have to wait on the washer and dryer, so it’s easiest to do when I’m not going to work. (I try to wash at least one load Wednesday morning before work, just to make a little less for Saturday.) Vacuuming is a middle-of-the-road chore. This guy makes it necessary to vacuum a few times a week:
As for organizing cleaning supplies, let me tell what makes this really easy. I use vinegar and/or baking soda for almost everything. I have a big jug of white vinegar in the cupboard along with some diluted in a spray bottle, plus a big box of baking soda and some sponges and scrubbers. Aside from that there’s not much else in there. If you want to find out some of the things you can clean with just vinegar and/or baking soda, check out these links:
These both have a list of lots of cleaning tips:
And here are a couple of other weeks I missed:
I keep all of our manuals and warranty information in a large, rectangular tin on top of the fridge. Everything is *supposed to be* in there, so I always know where to look. I take care of the bill paying in our house, so I know how to log in, but if for some reason Matt would need to get in, he wouldn’t have the info. So, I’ve been gradually writing them down as I use them.
This one is about as good as it’s going to get for now. Our home office area is fairly organized, but often messy. It gets routine cleanups, but because it is used for many things, it will probably always get out of control. (Though, I do plan to have a separate office space in the new house.)