Daily Cleaning Checklist

To maintain order and keep your housework under control, it's a good idea to perform these chores every day.
  • Make the beds.
  • Put away clothes and children's toys.
  • Wash dishes, spray and wipe off counters and cooktop or range.
  • Take out trash and recycling.
  • Clean cat litter boxes.
  • Wipe out bathroom sinks and spray shower doors.
But don't worry. If you work long days or have after-work pursuits such as continuing education or children's activities, basic chores, meal preparation, and some laundry may be all you manage in one day.
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20 CLEANING TIPS FOR A SHINY SPARKLY HOME !

20  CLEANING TIPS FOR A SHINY SPARKLY HOME !  

Cleaning, for some, is very therapeutic. The feeling of cleaning an object, then seeing it clean, is a sense of pride and accomplishment. To others, cleaning is a pain in the neck. The problem, of course. is that if you ignore this chore, things just get dirtier. There are some items that you may not think of cleaning, but these should be cleaned. I am  compiling these cleaning ideas for 20 things you may have ignored.

I love cleaning. I really, really do. I love it to the point that when I get something — especially something stubborn — freakishly clean, I couldn’t feel more fulfilled. Honestly!!!

And sometimes, there are those sorts of messes that actually require tips, tricks, and hacks in order to get them efficiently restored to cleanly status. 

Just in case you’ve struggled here, I’ve put together this list of ways to clean hard-to-clean things so that, in the future, you will never meet adversity when it comes to your 10-minute tidy again. 

1. Homemade Gunk/Goop  Remover

Kitchen cabinets accumulate gunk/ oil stains/ sticky stuff ! YUCK!!!

 and it’s not a pretty sight but you can fix the problem with this homemade gunk remover. 

Mix one part vegetable oil and 2 parts baking soda and use a sponge or a cloth to clean the cabinets. Toothbrush also works as a great Scrubber 

2. Remove labels with Vanish.

 This one cleaning hack happened to be by fluke !  I bymistake Put Vanish in my hot water sink instead of baking soda and vinegar for removing labels ! and VIOLA !! just amazing stuff !

 Actually removing the labels from bottles or jars is not an easy task but you can greatly simplify the process if you use Vanish ( Clothes Stain remover ). Fill the sink with warm water and add a scoop of Vanish & ur normal Liquid dishwashing soap . Let the bottles soak for 30 minutes and the labels come off.

3. Clean the iron with salt.

Cleaning the iron is very simple if you know this tip. First sprinkle salt onto the ironing board, turn the iron to the highest setting and set off the steam option and then simply iron over the salt. 

The dirt sticks to the salt and the iron becomes clean and shiny.

4. Remove pet hair with rubber gloves.

 If you have a cat or a dog then I’m sure you’re at war with all the hair then leave around the house. But it’s not that difficult to remove all that hair. All you need is a pair of rubber gloves. Run your hand over the upholstery and the hair with cling to the glove.

5. Fix the scratches in wood furniture with vinegar and olive oil.

If you have an old wooden table with the top all scratched and ugly, don’t throw it out because it can still be saved. Mix ½ cup of vinegar with ½ cup of olive oil, dip a cloth in the mixture and rub it onto the wood. The scratches completely disappear and the wood looks like new.\

6.Remove hard water with vinegar.! ( I swear by this )

The nasty built up you often see on and around the faucets and in some other areas is definitely not something you want to have in your home. But you can easily remove it with vinegar. If it’s a flat surface, pour some vinegar and let it sit for about 20 minutes. For the faucet, you can use paper towels soaked in vinegar

7.Make your grill/ Pan  non-stick with an onion.

My M-I-L ’s trick !

Getting ready for a Dosa ? Don’t forget the onion. That’s right, you need an onion if you want to make your Pan/grill non-stick. Just cut the onion in half and rub the cut side on the heated Pan .

8.Clean the bathroom faucet with lemon.

Instead of using all sorts of cleaning products which may or may not be toxic, try instead a more natural approach.

 For example, you can clean the bathroom faucet with lemon. Cut a lemon in half and scrub the hard water stains on any fixture.

9.Clean the shower head with vinegar and a plastic bag.

Make your shower head look like new again using distilled white binegar and a pastic baggy. Pour vinegar in the bag and secure it to the shower head. Let it soak with an hour and wipe clean with a wet towel.

10.Make your own window cleaner.

All you have to do to make sure you have clean windows with no streaks is use water, vinegar and dish soap. Mix these three ingredients and your windows will be sparkly clean. Also, remember to use newspaper. Spray the windows with the mixture, use a white cloth to wash them and then dry them up a waded up wet  newspaper.

11.Clean the stove burners with ammonia( Bleach).

If you ignore them, the stove burners and the grates can end up looking disgusting and nobody wants that in their kitchen. So what can you do? It’s simple actually. Clean the stove with ammonia. Take ¼ cup of ammonia and seal it up with one of the burners in a plastic bag. Let it sit overnight and then it should wipe clean with a sponge.

12.Cleaning solution for the kitchen sink.

Make your own cleaner for the kitchen sink using the following ingredients: liquid dish washing soap , distilled white vinegar, baking soda, rock salt, lemon or lime and ice. You’ll also need an old rag, a toothbrush and a soft sponge. Rinse off the sink and sprinkle baking soda onto the surface. Make a paste and rinse. Scrub the rim with a toothbrush soaked in baking soda paste or soap.

13. Make your own Oven Cleaner .

To clean the oven, you can mix baking soda and vinegar. You also need a bowl and a spatula. Scrape the debris with the spatula. Sprinkle baking soda all over the floor of the oven. Then spray vinegar over the baking soda and spread the paste around. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Scrub in a circular motion.

14.Remove permanent marker with toothpaste.

If you have a kid who just discovered the magic of permanent markers, then you’ll most likely find works of art on the floor and furniture. Don’t worry, it can be removed. First put a dab of white toothpaste on the marker and rub with a damp cloth or paper towel.

15.Clean silver with salt and baking soda.

Both salt and baking soda are commonly used in homemade cleaning products. But why not mix them? If you do that you get a very nice cleaner which you can use on silver. Combine equal amounts of salt and baking soda.

16.Moldy Tile Cleaner 

Sometimes u gotta use harsh chemicals !The best way to remove mold is with a solution of one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water. Wearing rubber gloves, saturate a clean sponge or cloth with the bleach solution and apply it to the mold. Let the solution soak for 15 minutes, then rinse it off. Thoroughly dry the surface and throw away the sponges or rags you used to avoid spreading spores to other surfaces.

17. Cleaning Burnt Pans 

Soak the burnt pan in a magical solution overnight.

Baking soda, vinegar and water. A perfect solution for burnt pans.

18. Clean your Cutting Board 

Clean your cutting board.Use lemons to remove stains from wood and plastic cutting boards.

Squeeze, rub and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse.

Now enjoy your house smelling like lemons. Rather than chemicals!

19. Odor Control in Refrigerator 

Use newspaper as refrigerator drawer liners.Newspapers absorb odor from vegetables.

also always place a open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to remove odor from the fridge .

20.Microwave Cleaner 

Steam clean your microwave.

Add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of hot water. Microwave it for 10 minutes.

 

I hope it inspires you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share this post and pin it below!

You guys are great, and please let me know any questions you may have!

~ Prats 🙂

 

SPRING CLEANING OVERVIEW :)

Let’s face it: Cleaning can be a daunting task. And keeping things clean is even worse.

This month I will be sharing a few spring cleaning posts, to help inspire you to dust off those cob webs, open up the blinds & let the sunshine in.  If you are like me, you need motivation to conquer such a large set of tasks & thats what I hope to do this month.  Join me today, as I share my  Spring Cleaning Plan.  But before we begin cleaning, I want to share some tips on how you can get prepared for the week ahead. Happy cleaning!

Getting prepared for a week of spring cleaning:

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Some overall tips to get you started:

Set a timer for the amount of time you’re going to clean — you’ll be surprised at how much you can actually get done in five minutes. Even better, put on your favorite song! Turn the volume up high and set your phone’s sleep timer to stop playing the music after one, five, or ten minutes (depending on how much time you have). Remember: You don’t need to try to deep-clean everything.

That’s because this challenge isn’t simply about the results — it’s about creating new healthy habits for your home. Cleaning is not a set of ideals to aspire to, a standard of perfection to achieve. This is a mindfulness practice, and if you are cleaning or decluttering mindfully, you have already arrived.

Oh, and if any of the steps don’t apply to you (if you don’t have a dishwasher, for example), just spend some extra time on one of the other steps. Or, sign up for our daily newsletter reminders to get an exclusive bonus round suggestion for each day!

And, we’re off!

1.  I make sure I am all stocked up on my cleaners. For my spring cleaning, I typically use Basic Cleaner which is an all purpose cleaner, window cleaner, and degreaser in one.  I only use non-toxic cleaners in my home.  (Cleaning with toxic cleaners does more harm than good).  I place the cleaners in my caddy, along with trash bags & rags.

2.  Stock up on trash bags, paper towels or rags, and candles (I always have a candle burning & the music up loud, while I clean).

3.  Make a week of dinners ahead of time, because you will not have the time or the energy to cook when you are spring cleaning.

4. Organize your cleaning schedule (type or write it out & put on a clipboard), matching days to tasks. I try to have my spring cleaning complete in one week. It takes an additional week to clean the outside of my home (power-washing, wash window screens, weeding, preparing the garden, cleaning out the terraces & Balconies, cleaning out the car, etc.)

Spring cleaning checklist:

 Things u will need :-

1. Spray bottle (with 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water solution)

2. Microfiber cloth

3. Socks (cotton or microfiber work best)

4. Plastic bags

5. Lemon

6. Duster

7. White vinegar 

8. Magic Erasers

9. Rubber band

10. Newspaper

11. Dryer sheets (used work best)

12. Antibacterial all-purpose cleaner (APC)

13. Paper towels

So Lets begin our spring cleaning !!

Day 1:

  • Clean all walls, windows & mirrors (spraying everything with Basic Cleaner  eliminates the need for a bucket of water & cleaner)
  • Clean all glass surfaces
  • Wipe down electronics

Day 2:

  • Wash all curtains (including shower curtains)
  • Wash all bedding (including quilts & pillows)
  • Flip mattresses
  • Empty all trash cans, clean and sanitize them.

Day 3:

  • Clean the kitchen:
  • Clear the entire counter top and sanitize
  • Wipe out & organize all cabinets. Throw out old food and dishes you no longer use.
  • Wipe off the top of fridge
  • Dust fridge coils
  • Clean out fridge and freezer
  • Clean out oven (including vents)
  • Clean microwave
  • Sanitize the sink and garbage disposer
  • Wipe down all appliances.

Day 4:

  • Change all filters ( water filtration)
  • Polish all furniture in house (and wax if needed)
  • Clean toilets, sinks, medicine cabinets and showers

Day 5:

  • Vacuum out couches & chairs
  • Wash couch cushions
  • Vacuum and mop all floors
  • Wash rugs

Day 6:

  • Cleanall carpets
  • Replace all smoke detector batteries( optional)
  • Replace burnt out lightbulbs

Day 7:

  • Rest because next week its time to head outside!!

 

 

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Extra chores you can do this week:

  • Switch out winter wardrobe to spring
  • Oil change in car (fill fluids, check belts, install new wipers)
  • Clean out car (Shampoo floors, mats & seats, leather conditioner)
  • Clean out vacuum cleaner
  • Clean out dog kennel
  • Reseal grout lines & rechaulk
  • Clean out email box
  • Clean out your wallet/purse/backpack
  • Clean the lint trap in the dryer

I hope this spring cleaning checklist will help u as they do to me !

Until next time Happy cleaning !

 

How to clean a House ……

How to keep a house clean….

When I first started a few years ago , I was forever making up lists and methods to keep track of everything from organization to daily routines. I had notebooks and files and all sorts of systems involving complicated color coding and chore tracking devices. The problem was, once I would get the systems all set up, I would fail miserably at using them.

I had made housekeeping more complicated than it needed to be. I felt like I was always behind and my house seemed on the verge of chaos.

In my constant struggle  to live life more fully, I’m always evaluating and re evaluating  things I want to include  into my life and what things I DON’T want.

I want to have a beautifully decorated, clean and organized home, but there are other things in life that are important to me too.

 I want my home to be in order so I am free to have  relationships and enjoy living, but I don’t want to be a slave to my housekeeping routines.

So, how do I balance it all? I keep it simple.

Over the years I’ve found I can focus on four basic housekeeping routines that work for me, and I’m sticking to them. I can add other things, of course, but these are the tried and true basics. Some I learned from Flylady, some were ideas from other sites  I read as a young mom and many are just my own ways of doing things. 

By breaking it down and doing what works for me, I feel I can manage my life, instead of my house taking over my life.

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Here is what I FOCUS on every day:

MORNING  ROUTINES . 

I have found that having a regular morning routine works best for me. This involves at the very least: some quiet time, not making the bed, taking a shower (hanging up my towel when I am done, of course!), putting on very simple makeup and getting dressed right down to my shoes. I always toss in a load of laundry as I am getting dressed. I find if I start out the day with those few things, I am ready for anything and feel energized to tackle my day! 

CLEAN SINKS.

I learned the Fly lady system back when my daughter  was born. I was taking care of her and shifted into a new house . All that and working part-time!

 Fly lady to the rescue! She broke it down for me and I listened: clean and shiny sinks, always. Interestingly, it was the same exact advice my mom taught me as a young girl!

I follow this principle both in our bathrooms and the kitchen. Something about striving for that shiny sink keeps me from letting dirty dishes pile up in the kitchen and icky stuff like hair and spit discouraging me every time I pass through the bathroom.

CLEANING FRENZIES.

Since the beginning of our marriage, my husband and I have utilized what we call “cleaning frenzies” to give our home a quick clean up every day. A cleaning frenzy might last ten minutes or even up to an hour. But everyone participates, including the 3 of us . We run around picking things up, putting things back, and generally tidying things up.Sometimes we focus on one room; sometimes it is an entire house frenzy. Sometimes it is a task frenzy, like dusting or cleaning all toilets! It works like a charm to make a big impact in a short period of time. Even one “10-minute cleaning frenzy” a day keeps the frustration away.

 NIGHTLY KITCHEN CLEAN UP. 

Every night, almost without fail, we clean the kitchen. We put away dishes, load the final dishwasher load of the day, wipe off counters, and polish up the sink. There is nothing like waking up to a clean kitchen to make your day feel less overwhelming from the start.

 

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If I Have My Basic Routines Down, My Home Stays “Clean Enough” Most Of The Time. Keeping Up On Things Means I Rarely Feel Overwhelmed By All That Needs To Be Done! When My Home Is Maintained On A Daily Basis, It Is Really Easy To Add In A Few Extra Tasks Now And Then To Really Shine Things Up Or Get Things Organized.

 

But If I Let My Daily Routines Go, My House Soon Spirals Out Of Control. My House Isn’t Perfect By Any Means, But I Am Ok With That. It Is Clean Enough! I’m Sticking To My Tried And True Basics. No More Complicated Chore Charts For Me! I Promise, My Four Daily Routines Work!

What are your tried and true routines? What is your biggest area of frustration in keeping your house clean?

A FEW SMART WAYS TO DECLUTTER AND STRESS LESS !

Smart Ways to Declutter and Stress Less!

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Overwhelmed by stuff? Cut down your clutter with these easy tips, designed to help you streamline your storage, get organized, and de-stress!

The Junk Drawer

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Did you know that it’s actually smart to have a junk drawer? It serves as a catchall for all those little odds and ends you know you’ll need at some point. But junk doesn’t have to mean chaos. Watch and learn how to keep your junk drawer organized.

Declutter on a Dime

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Shop dollar stores for storage bins and baskets, then buy a bunch in the same color. Displayed in multiples, inexpensive plastic or cloth bins look calm and organized — and they offer tons of storage space.

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Lots of bins may be counterintuitive to the process of decluttering, but in some cases, the more the better. For example, in kids’ rooms, having several smaller bins designated for specific types of toys makes it easy for kids to find that one toy more quickly, as opposed to dumping a large container of miscellaneous toys on the elusive hunt.

Sheet Sorting

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Sort sheets for each bedroom into designated bins. That way, finding the right linens for a specific room is a snap. Place a coated metal pan rack inside the bin to separate sets to make it easy to grab all the pieces when it’s time to change the sheets.

Extra Storage Space

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Use the backs of doors and cupboards for bonus storage space. Shallow shelves, hooks, and over-the-door organizers make convenient spots for items that are chronically homeless.

Kitchen Zones

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Create zones for kitchen tasks you do on a regular basis, such as making lunches or baking. Designate a shelf for everything you need for the job, including nonperishable foods and special tools or utensils.

An Orderly Nightstand

Designate your nightstand as a clutter-free zone that’s a pleasure to wake up to. Limit yourself to a reasonable number of books. Set out a tray to hold change and jewelry. Park a basket below for blankets or magazines.

Clever Solutions

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You can still have prime storage in a basic closet. Watch and learn the secrets for stand-out storage in a standard closet.

Three Questions

“Fluctuating waistlines, happy memories, and sentimentality keep us holding on to items longer than we should. Simple solution: Place a large cloth bag on the floor of your closet. Each day, ask yourself three questions about one piece of clothing: (1) Is it flattering? (2) Do I love it? (3) Does it represent who I am today?.” If the answer is no to any one, put the item in the bag to be donated.

Declutter and Donate

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Keep a donation hamper in your closet. Every two weeks, select an item of clothing you haven’t worn in the past six months and throw it in. When the hamper is full, take it to a local charitable organization.

AUGUST 2015 PRINTABLE & EDITABLE CALENDAR

When it comes to organizing, the best system is the one you come up with to suit your particular life circumstances.  Systems devised by others can give you ideas, but it rarely works when you try to follow them to the letter.  (Not that I haven’t tried.)  

There’s something irresistible about other people’s systems,

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The promise being that if only you could stick to a system, you’d never be caught with an empty fridge or messy living room ever again. YES ! The thought always brings a smile to my face ,but honestly it hardly works ! but it doesn’t hurt to try ! Right?

  Anyway here is an Organization Plan for August 2015  . 

I’ve tried to create something simple, easy to use, and practical for even the busiest mom. I have broken things up into daily tasksweekly tasks, and monthly tasks There are some tasks that must be done every day to keep a clean home. 

To keep it simple for you,I have  very easy ROUTINES  To do throughout the day here . Most take only a few minutes. 

This July Printable Calendar is so easy to use ,just print and keep it in your HOUSEHOLD NOTEBOOK  and u won’t forget even a single task ! Trust me this method really works ! I can only hope ! 

There’s a different organizing suggestion for you to do every day of the month–all easy, down-to-earth, and no thinking’ what should I do?’ required.

so here is a Calendar for AUGUST  2015 a sneak peak at the whole month ahead of you !

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I JUST FEEL LIKE HER RIGHT NOW !! I really Have come up with this system to help my family needs , it is editable so u can download it and Edit Away!! 

Just feel free to join the messed up home on Facebook ,I update many things there , Like my page and Please do Share !

Until then Happy AUGUST  to ALL!!

LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM

How to Clean a Living Room

Has it been a while since you cleaned the living room? If it’s time for a big cleanup, don’t worry. There are many ways to get a living room looking better.

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While we may be doing an excellent job of maintaining our living rooms, occasionally we need to do more than maintenance. Take the time to review what goes into a living room intense cleanup.

Find a list of supplies along with step-by-step instructions to do a thorough cleaning in your living room.

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Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 45 Minutes- 1 hour

What You Need:

Dust mop (preferably with a long handle)

Step-ladder Cleaning cloths

Small bucket with handle Sponges

Vacuum with attachment

Gentle cleanser(here)

Rug shampoo machine with upholstery attachment (optional)

Spot remover for upholstery or carpets (optional)

Here’s How:

Begin with a 15 Minute Living Room Cleanup.

This will clear out the clutter and give you room to do the actual intense cleaning in your living room. Don’t worry about cleaning the floors in the 15 minute clean up. We will do this later

. Dust down the living room ceiling and corners of walls in.

Determine if the walls need washed in dirty spots. Spot wash, remembering air vents, doorknobs, doors, and switch plates.

DUSTING SPRAY HOMEMADE CLEANER RECIPE HERE .

Dust and clean all art and photographs along the walls in the living room. 

Dust and clean the ceiling fan in the living room.

Take down any light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing. Take down draperies, curtains, and blinds to wash or have cleaned according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Dust and clean out the couches and chairs Dust down and clean all accent lamps and knickknacks in the living room. 

Remove books from bookshelves. 

Dust down accent tables and your living room’s entertainment center.

Clean the carpets and rugs. 

Take the time to clean the doormats inside and outside your doorways.

  Tips:

  1. Gather all of your supplies together first thing. Trying to sort through the pantry cabinet for your dust cloths might make you frustrated enough to declutter the cabinet. It’s easy to forget what your initial goal was.
  2. Partner up with a friend or relative. After you get done intensely cleaning your living room, help her do hers.
  3. Listen to music, an audio book, or a foreign language tape. The time will pass a lot more quickly if you have an enjoyable atmosphere. This is a great time to commandeer the stereo for what you want to listen to. If anyone objects, offer to let them have a turn with the stereo and the cleaning.

Play some music while you clean.This can help you enjoy your job much more. ( Whistle While u work, Seven Dwarfs of Snow white Did it !!) The key to a clean home is cleaning it consistently. At The Messed up home , I  follow a house cleaning routine that ensures that all of my spaces are as clean as possible. LIV1 source: ikea For your personal cleaning needs, I suggest following this simple house cleaning schedule:

  • Daily: On a daily basis, collect any toys, mail, etc. that has accumulated over the course of the day and put them in a pile in the middle of the room. One by one, put them where they belong.
  • Weekly: On one day per week, dust around the room – working left to right and top to bottom. From there, you can move on to cleaning your coffee table and other surfaces. After dusting, it is also a good time to vacuum your furniture, removing and rotating sofa cushions to encourage even wear and increase their useful life.
  • Monthly: Move your furniture and vacuum beneath it. Wash your windows as well (weather permitting, i.e. above 50 degrees). You should also clean your furniture as necessary.
  • Yearly: On a yearly basis, you should evaluate your living room, taking care to de-clutter and dusting anything that is hard to reach (i.e. ceiling fan) using a ladder as necessary. This is also a good opportunity to clean your fireplace if you have one.