Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday Motivation: Tackle a Bathroom

I'm glad to be back from my little Bloggin' break.  I had a wonderful time taking care of my two grandsons - exhausting but wonderful.  Now I must clean homemade playdough out of my fingernails, clean up my patio doors, and get back to work.

I spent a lot of time in the bathroom this past week while bathing little bodies and wiping little bottoms.  It made me realize that I have a bit of Spring/Summer cleaning to do in this little room. 

It's much easier to clean a bathroom that is streamlined and purged of unnecessary items.

Let's get started:

1.  Remove all cloth items and wash them (towels, curtains, shower curtains, rugs etc.)

2.  Take items out of each cabinet and/or drawer. 

3.  Wipe out cabinets and drawers.

4.  Throw away items no longer needed.  If you find items that belong in other rooms, place them in a pile by the door to put away later.

5.  Replace items, grouping like items together.  Use containers, if desirable, to corral items together.

6.  I like to place sample size items together in a small make-up bag so it's handy when I'm ready to travel.

7.  Take everything off counters and wipe down well.  Try to find a place for every item in a cabinet or drawer.  It's much more likely you will clean your counters regularly when you don't have to move too much to do it.

8.  Clean inside of windows and window sill.  Wipe down blinds too after giving them a quick vacuum.

9.  Clean mirror with window cleaner or Sparkle cleaner.  Don't spray directly onto the mirror.  Spray onto a rag (microfiber is my favorite) and then wipe the mirror.

10.  Scrub tub/shower.  Wipe the top of the shower curtain rod (you won't believe how dirty it gets).  If your bathroom has wall tile, wipe it down as well.  A window cleaner works well or just make up some Sparkle cleaner

11.  Clean toilet bowl with toilet brush.  Wipe down the rest of the toilet, inside and out - front and back. 

12.  Empty trash.  Wash out trash can. 

13.  Vacuum floor and baseboards.  Wash floor.

14.  Replace clean towels, rugs, and curtains.

Whew!  Tired yet?  Remember that the less you have to clean around, the better.

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