The weekend has left the Crooked Household….well…..crooked. Today is one of those days, where you can see there are a million things that need to be cleaned, done and fixed, but you just don’t know where to start. You know there is no chance that you will get everything done and the whole thing is making you annoyed.
It’s on days like this you need to do your Feel Good Clean before you tackle anything else. You know what I mean, the cleaning tasks that take little effort but show big gains. The tasks that instantly make your house feel lighter, cleaner and less cluttered. The tasks that make you feel better about your home.
Everyone’s Feel Good Clean is different. If you haven’t really thought about what those cleaning tasks are for you, they are most probably the ones you rush to when you get a last minute house guest.
Today I thought I would share with you my Feel Good Cleaning tasks.
1. Vacuum. Since having children and all the floor mess that comes along with them, I have perfected the art of the quick vacuum clean. Heaven help the toy or child that gets in the way of Mum with the Dyson.
2. Mop. Again I have perfected the quick mop. When I want fast results I use a microfibre mop head with just a spritz of water. The floor is cleaned really well and it is dry and ready to walk on in a minute.
3. Make the beds. Don’t worry, we always make the beds, but it is on my Feel Good Clean list as it instantly makes the bedrooms look neater.
4. Tidy the kitchen benchtops. We have an open plan house so the kitchen is visible from the living areas. By removing the everyday clutter – books, loaves of bread, dishes and appliances, I feel the house is less cluttered.
5. Polish the dining room table. Again, as we have an open plan house and a glass dining table, the sticky little finger marks from meal times are visible to one and all.
6. Straighten couch cushions and floor rug. Nothing entertains my boys more than messing with the couch cushions and sliding about on the rug. Straightening them will most likely last about 20 minutes, but for those 20 minutes, my lounge room looks good.
7. Clean the windows. The rear of our house, the living area, is almost entirely made up of glass. When I do a Feel Good Clean I choose one or two sections of glass and give them a polish. You can read how I have made cleaning window’s easier here. Nothing makes me happier than looking out of my freshly cleaned windows. Weird, huh?
I did all of these jobs in just over 30 minutes this morning. I was a whirlwind, but at the end of it the house looked neater and I felt a whole heap better.
I also scored some bonus cleaning in that time by warning the kids I was about to vacuum and mop. They instantly jumped into protection mode, packing away toys and parking them on their play mat. Score!
What are your Feel Good Cleaning jobs?