Have I ever told you that I have five sisters? No brothers. Mom and Dad had 6 girls and one bathroom, which made getting ready a little difficult at times, but we all managed to figure it out.
I was the youngest, and so a lot of my housekeeping tips I’ve gotten from watching, and learning, and listening to what’s worked for them.
With that said, I want to share 5 unique and fun ways to clean up your house that I’ve gleaned from the girls over time.
1. The Never-Waste-a-Step Method
This one’s not so much a deep-cleaning method as it is a fun way to tidy up and put things away. It’s good for those “I don’t know where to even begin,” kind of days, because it gets you moving all over the house.
Begin by choosing one place as your starting point. Say for example it’s the kitchen counter. Pick up something from the counter to put away and see where that brings you. Does it bring you to your office? If so, put the object away and see what needs to be done there. Start straightening up your desk until something draws you to another area of the house. Maybe it’s the bedroom? If so, put the object away, clean in the area until something draws you away again, and so on… At first it looks like you are getting nowhere, and then all of a sudden it’s all done at once. It’s bit of a zig zag, but it’s always interesting to see where your next steps will be.
2. The Clockwise Method
If you are cleaning a room, start in one area and move around the room clockwise. If you are cleaning your entire house, start in one room, then move to the next going in a clockwise direction until you’re complete.
3. The Last/First Method
Before you start cleaning, consider which areas of your house get the most attention, and which ones get the least. Once you have made a mental list of the areas, start with the room that gets the least attention and work your way up the list. For example, my kitchen is cleaned a few times/day and so that would definitely be last on my list. My bedroom isn’t cleaned as often, so it would be near the top. My laundry room is always ignored, so that would come first.
4. The One-Task-at-a-Time Method
This one takes a lot longer, but it’s a good way to get some deep cleaning done. Choose one task to do and do it in every room. For example, say you are going to wash windows, then clean the windows in every room before moving to the next task. Choose the next task and do it in every room once again. This is great for a week-long Spring Clean.
5. The Ten-More-Things Method
This is a good one to do every day. It helps me see those things that I normally gloss over.
When you feel like you have finished cleaning a room, try looking for 10 more things to clean or put away before you consider it done.
About the Author
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve raised four children and have welcomed two grand children into their family.
She began her publishing journey about fourteen years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
My P31 Home is a warm blend of Darlene’s writing and love for home decorating. It’s a small corner of the world where faith, family, and home come together in one beautiful place.