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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Quickie Cleaning Tips For Busy Writers

  • Play "Beat the Clock" by setting a timer for 15 minutes. See how much you can accomplish in this amount of time.
  • When you clean for 10 or 15 minutes, as opposed to an hour or more, cleaning doesn't seem overwhelming. Turn some music on and do this a few times a day so everything gets done. Choose CD's instead of the radio to keep you on track. No commercial interruptions makes it easier to keep the beat while cleaning.
  • Keep a supply of cleaning products in each bathroom and in the kitchen. Store these in a bucketor basket with a handle, to make it easy to pick up and set down as you clean.
  • When you are cleaning windows, if not using the streak-free squeegee, wipe up and down on the inside and back and forth on the outside. If there are any streaks you will be able to see which side needs to be redone.
  • Clean all rooms from top to bottom and left to right. This method makes it difficult to miss anything.
  • Keep a stock of small bags in the same room as the cat litter box. Whenever the box needs scooping the bags are right there. No need to go get one.
  • Keep a few extra trash bags in the bottom of your trash cans. When you pull out the full bag, a new bag will be waiting for you.
  • Save time and aggravation by connecting a long extension cord to your vacuum cleaner. You can vacuum your entire house (or one floor if you have multiple levels) without having to unplug it for each room. If the kitchen, for example, is the center of your house, use a kitchen outlet to reach all of your rooms.
  • Keep a supply of cotton swabs in your cleaning supplies. There is always some corner that your rag or sponge won't reach, such as that "gunk" that gets around the edge of the bathroom sink. Cotton swabs are small enough to get that job done.
  • Do It Now! Put things back, rinse out that dirty dish, put shoes where they belong, and so on. When you think to yourself, "I'll do that later" you may find yourself in a panic later when you are running behind and so many things are not done.
  • Throw a load of clothes into the washing machine before you start the coffee pot. Set a timer so you won't forget to put them in the dryer.
  • Put in a load of laundry or run the dishwasher while cleaning other areas of the house. You will have accomplished more in a shorter period of time.

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