If you hold off deep cleaning in your home until a full week, like between Christmas and New Year’s, you know about that procrastination struggle. We’re here to offer you five cleaning tips to prevent the cleaning marathon week forever.
Let’s start with a fact. Did you know that only about 0.5% of the U.S. population has run a marathon?
And then there are the rest of us.
The idea of running for seven or more hours in a marathon seems crazy, particularly to those of us at TLC Cleaning with a fanatical love of exercise via vacuuming, washing, dusting, and polishing.
Now, how come homeowners who would never be in a marathon for the better part of one day are willing to do a cleaning marathon for about seven of them? If you don’t do marathons, the reasons probably apply to both your body and your abode!
Let’s get past the marathon idea and the avoidance that comes with it. Here are deep cleaning tips for five of your rooms so you can eliminate the dreaded cleaning marathon week from your life.
How to Deep Clean Your House One Room at a Time
1. The Kitchen
You know how you wait for the pepperoni pizza to brown? Use that time to clean under your sink. Fill it with sudsy hot water, pull on the rubber gloves, and grab your hand vacuum or broom and dustpan.
Throw out the stuff that never made it into the wastebasket. Place sponges, cloths, bottles, and other washable items into the sudsy sink. Grab your hand vacuum or broom and make the crumbs, dust, and odd wrappers and food disappear.
Take one of sponges/cloths out of the sink and wipe out the bottom of the cabinet and the pipes. Then rinse or wipe down the stuff you put in the sudsy water, and anything that’s pulled out of the cabinets.
Figure out what really needs to be under that sink. That tall vase? The canned goods that didn’t fit anywhere else? Quick! Make a decision and bring those items to a better spot (garage? laundry room?)
You’re in a race against your pepperoni pizza, remember?
Now, put everything back underneath the sink. Place the least-used items in the back. And ask if some of any cleaning products there should go to your local environmental recycling center. If so, run them down to your garage so you can load them into your car next time you’re out on an errand.
Brinnnnnnggggg! Time’s up and your pizza’s ready.
2. The Bathroom
Dentists love it when we take a good three minutes to brush our teeth. What kind of deep cleaning can you do in two to three minutes using only your left hand or right hand, as the case may be? Try these cleaning tips that are totally do-able.
While you’re brushing with one hand, use your free hand to grab a hand towel and swing it at the cobwebs in every corner of the room. Spit, rinse, and then use the towel again it to wipe off towel bars, vanity doors and drawers, the top of the toilet tank, and the shower door frame or curtain rod.
Cleaning your teeth and cleaning your bathroom aren’t mutually exclusive! And you won’t have to do these again for months.
3. The Bedroom
You know how you get to the end of your day and you throw your dirty clothes in the hamper? Before you toss them, take that t-shirt and wipe down your headboard. On another day, dampen a couple cotton socks and swipe them across your blinds. And when you stack clothes for the dry cleaner, peel of your duvet cover and put it in the pile.
You can handle some bedroom deep cleaning in the time it takes you to wash your face and put on your pajamas.
4. The Family Room
T.V. commercials are the perfect time to do some deep cleaning. Rather than watching them, get up and clean. Here are some cleaning tips that can fit into your t.v.-watching routine.
- Find three things that don’t belong in the room and put them away.
- Grab the hand-vac, lift up all the cushions and vacuum the crumbs, pet hair, wrappers, etc., and then pocket the change you find.
- Look under every piece of furniture and pull out and put away or throw out whatever you find.
- Grab a dust cloth and wipe off the tops of two things, whether a bookcase, cabinet, or window frame.
It’s good to get up and deep clean not just for our home but for our health. According to NBC News, being a couch potato can lead to premature death.
5. The Laundry Room
Isn’t it ironic that a room designed to clean is in need of deep cleaning? Here are a few things to do to keep the need for deep cleaning at bay. Next time you load your machines, do any or all of the following:
- Load your wastebasket with used dryer sheets, the weird stuff in jeans pockets, worn out gym socks, and dryer lint.
- Choose three things that don’t belong in that room and put them away.
- Use a rag or dishcloth to wipe off the top of the washing machine and dryer.
- Grab a broom and sweep up at least two feet of floor space.
All these ideas show you that you can incorporate deep cleaning into the natural rhythms of your life. And you know what? You don’t have to do it alone.
If you’re in the Fargo, North Dakota area, keep in mind that TLC Cleaning can become a natural part of your household cleaning rhythm as well.
Check us out at https://www.tlccleaningfargo.com. Let TLC Cleaning be your partner and cleaning professionals.