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By Arianne Cohen

Clean Your House in Less Than an Hour  (True and I do clean my house weekly basis)

When it comes to cleaning fast, the key is to “have a system, move quickly and never go back to a room,” says Andre Lewis, manager of Alpha Living, a green cleaning service in New York City. Follow this plan-starting upstairs and working your way down-and you’ll be done before you know it.

Zone 1: Bedrooms
Approximate time: 10 minutes per bedroom (About 15 mins. on ours)

Do a clean sweep. Strip dirty linens and toss in the hamper. Stash unnecessary items clogging your dresser or nightstand in nearby drawers or closets. Empty the wastebasket. Think “hotel”-you want spartan surfaces to help the room look tidier.

Make the bed. Take a tip from hotel maids: Rather than trying to tuck sheets under the end of the mattress, lift up each corner of the mattress with one hand and tuck with the other. It’s faster.

Deal with dust. Using a dry microfiber cloth, start with a piece of furniture in one corner and work your way around the room clockwise. Dust each surface, working back-to-front and lifting knickknacks as you go, and dump the dust right onto the floor. Your cloth should only touch each part of the surface once (no constant back-and-forth). If there’s a lamp on the nightstand, clean it top-to-bottom first, then dust the tabletop. Use your long-armed duster on mirrors and wall art.

Vacuum. Start from a back corner and vacuum your way out the door, using long firm strokes. Save time by only running the vacuum over each strip of carpet once-not twice. Don’t worry about missing an inch or two.

***Before I strip down the linens, I open up the windows if they are close so that fresh air can come in, I go to the closet and prepare the new set of linens then I start dusting the highest corner and then down, then I will start stripping the linens and cleaned, arranged, organized and dust off the bedside tables, shelves, desk and then when the linens are all put into place, I empty the trash bin and vacuum and I am done.

Zone 2: Bathroom
Approximate time: 9 minutes (About 15 on ours)

Do your prep work. Spritz the sink, vanity, shower and tub with your all-purpose spray and let sit.

Tackle the toilet. Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, give it a thorough scrub with the toilet brush, then flush. Next, spray a microfiber cloth with all-purpose spray and wipe down the outside of the toilet and tank.

Clean the mirror. Spray on glass cleaner and, starting in the top corner, wipe in a circular motion.

Go back to the sink. Use the toothbrush to quickly scrub hard-to-reach spots around the fixtures.Then, working back-to-front, start in one corner and move horizontally, wiping the counter, vanity, fixtures and handles.

Wipe down the shower and tub. No need for a full scrub-just give them a quick swipe with a dampened cloth, then pull the curtain shut.

Mop the floor. Using a water-dampened microfiber mop, quickly mop your way out of the room, beginning in a far corner and ending at the doorway.

***After all are done using the bathroom/shower, then I spray the water mix with bleach and fabric softener to the shower area then let the exhaust fan run, remove the rugs, spray the water mix with vinegar to the mirror and the water mix with bleach to the sink and toilet and water for a little while and of course mop the floor and remove the trash and viola… Fresh and clean bathroom. 

Zone 3: Kitchen

Approximate time: 12 minutes (I would say about 20 minutes on ours)

Do the dishes. Load the dishwasher and start the cycle.

Declutter. Spend a minute or two removing any clutter from countertops-put items back in the cabinets, stash papers in a drawer. The emptier your counters, the cleaner your kitchen looks.

Pretreat. Notice hard-to-remove gunk on your stove or countertop? Scrape it up with the credit card. And use the eraser sponge to tackle any stubborn stains.

Clean the counters. Wet a microfiber cloth with all-purpose spray and wipe countertops back-to-front, brushing crumbs onto the floor.

Wipe down appliances. Swipe the fridge, dishwasher and stove with

a damp cloth.

Tackle the floor. Starting in a far corner, sweep your way out. Then give the floor a fast once-over with a water-dampened microfiber mop, again working your way out.

***Nightly kitchen is kept clean. After dinner is done, dishes, pots, and etc. are washed immediately. Table and counter tops are wiped down with water mix with bleach and fabric softener. Microwave and stove top gets the wiped down too. Floors are swept and mop as well. 

Zone 4: Living Room
Approximate time: 15 minutes (abt 15 mins on us.)

Clear the clutter. Quickly scan the room to see what’s out of place. Stash scattered items like remotes and DVDS in drawers; neatly stack magazines on the coffee table.

Dust. Start in one corner of the room, and follow the same how-tos as in the bedrooms, working top-to-bottom and back-to-front so that the dust falls onto the floor. And if you have blinds, swipe them with the long-armed duster.

Make glass gleam. To clean glass surfaces, spray a microfiber cloth with your glass cleaner and wipe in wide circular motions, working from one back corner to the front.

Vacuum. Speed-vacuum yourself out of the room, starting in the farthest corner.

***Because after dinner we end up in the living room we get to clear and clean this area of the house before we leave for work/school which is pretty quick and on weekly basis this is the last if not the kitchen of my chores to be done.

Arianne Cohen is a contributing editor to Woman’s Day and author of Help, It’s Broken!: A Fix-It Bible for the Repair-Impaired.

***I love a place where things has its home, organize, clean and smelling fresh. I am an OCD by nature but not diagnose… LOLS. 😀

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My 1st

Whoever enjoys their visit from their dentist must have some special ritual prior to being there.

Today marks my 1st ever overdue dental appointment in ages and I regret to say I should have done this way earlier. And now I am paying for the consequences of my phobia. I should have just leap like what I did today.

Now I have learned a lot and opened my eyes of things and how it should be handled. Better late than sorry.

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It’s really stressful to organize a home, an office or even your life but once the habit is there and you are getting the hang of it, it will be a lot easier than you expected.

Got some free time? Try to motivate yourself in maybe sorting your mails, filing them in category and even try to color code your closet and drawers.

We all need motivation to make everything a little bit easier and do not be ashamed to ask for help and your unused items can be a big help to others.

You see we got a lot of items used and unused just lying in our drawers or in the boxes of our garages or attic. Maybe one weekend if you ain’t that busy and got the energy to maybe sort some  things and donate them to a local charity.

You will be surprise of what a little motivation can do and makes your house clean and organize and makes you feel good as well.

Happy Cleaning, clearing, organized and arrange and make space.

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Quick Steps to Fake a Tidy Home … Really?

If you think your mother-in-law is in your neighborhood and is planning to drop by then you don’t need to panic. All you need to do is relax and analyze the situation. The place where she will be spending most of her time, occasional lounge sittings and playing with the kids in the living room. Once you have decided which areas she will be utilizing the most, you need to focus on those areas only.

Equip yourself with all sorts of cleaning tools and gadgets because you are now going to fake it:

  • Cloth and paper towels
  • Disposable wipes for cleaning
  • Multi-Purpose sprays
  • Dusters

Now you are all set to learn the art of illusive cleaning and create a spotless home with the following five tips:

Vacuum the main walks ways and Entry
Instant vacuuming makes the house feel a lot cleaner. You can start by cleaning your hallways and entry way using a vacuum cleaner. You should be aware of dust bunnies and stray hairs that settle in corners and are usually ignored.

Clutter Cleanup
If you have dirty dishes and old cluttered crockery lying around then your house is screaming for proper cleaning. If your little ones are creating a mess, then grab a basket for your laundry and collect all the clothes from room to room. You can make things organized by putting unread mail and magazines in a decorative basket. If there are too many clothes, then you should temporarily put them in your garage, a place where guests rarely go.

Wipe it and Tidy UP

Organizing the beds is the simplest manner to tidy up a bed. If you have dirty bed sheets then all you need to do is pull up your comforters so your guests will not notice the dirty bed sheets. Folding blankets and fluffing up your pillows will enhance the tidy look.

Remove pet hair by brushing your couches and other areas with a lint brush. Next you need to use a duster and clean the surfaces that are easily visible.

You can also fake a tidy bathroom by putting away dirty towels and replacing them with fresh ones. Use disinfecting wipes to clean your wash basin and use the all-purpose cleaner to clean the mirrors of all your bathrooms. Make sure your toilet paper and soap dispenser are stocked.

Trash removal
Removing any possible odors and funny smells is only possible by proper waste disposal. You can use an air neutralizer, room freshener or a scented candle to create a “breathe-easy” environment. Keep in mind that you should turn on the air condition and keep you windows open when you are treating the air around you. Sun light and fresh air will always create a healthy environment in your home and makes it feel cleaner.

Applying a Personal Touch
You can distract your guests from any possible clutter or messes with tempting foods or confectionaries. Baking chocolate-chip biscuits will do the job. It keeps your guests distracted while filling the air with the sweet aroma. You can also add a few flowers to vases in your lounge and living room as flowers act as air-neutralizers.

 

***Are you serious about whats written here? Why fake clean your house when you can really clean it for real… Got this article at Shine.

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OCD Mom/Wife

As years gone by I can’t to understand why on earth my family doesn’t to bother that I liked, loved, wanted and wishes a clean pad. Everyday seems to be struggle on why can’t we keep our pad clean, organize and tidy. I really hate to keep yelling and do this and do that kind of person. But seems like my patience is always tested and I end up hurt and wanting not to be here with them.

I grew up with help around the house but I do not abuse them I learned to clean up my own mess and straighten my own bed and all. What I become it’s because I do not like messy and unorganized place. May it be my house, work or even in the car.

When I am surrounded by messy and unorganized things my mind seems to be acting negatively and nothing nice is being done and said.

I do not know  if all parents/wife are experiencing what I am going through and to make matters worst is that I got teenagers in the house. During those teenage years of mine, I make sure when I get out of bed it is fixed and before I leave or go anywhere I make sure that it is tidy enough to welcome any visitor.

Any suggestions out there that can be helpful.

I already ground them on internet usage and games but seems like are so loving the filthy way and don’t even count my hubby in. He is my third kid in the house.

Imagine that!!!