- Have a vision for your house- For me, I want to walk in every day to a clean, organized and beautiful home. That is peaceful to me.
- Know what you don't want- I don't like things on flat surfaces. It drives me crazy to have something in the sink and then you can't turn on the water until you move that item. Or to have something on the kitchen table and then you have to move it to eat. Who wants to live like that?
- Learn how to be a great housekeeper-Learn tips and tricks to clean more efficiently. I frequently read books and am always learning new ways to do things. Doing this, keeps me motivated. Also, recently I was talking to my friend's housekeeper and asked her about how they clean baseboards and she shared her tips with me. Don't be afraid to ask professionals or even friends whose homes you admire for tips.
- Get a cleaning schedule-If you really want to get it done fast, you have to have a schedule. Think of it like MapQuest, where they give you two options-do you want the shortest time or the shortest distance (sometimes that takes you longer). For housekeeping, you want the shortest amount of time and having a schedule allows you to be more efficient, thus saving you the maximum amount of time. In my book, cleaning is a lot like exercising, I am always happier when I am done.
- Get tools to make the job easier -For example, I love my Eureka Enviro Steam Mop-it does a great job, is non toxic and gets the floors really clean. No more scrub mop and bucket of water!
- Get tools that inspire you-I have a pretty broom that's black and white. There are so many options today, it doesn't have to be boring.
- Cut the clutter-Less really is more when it comes to cleaning. Pick a few things and get rid of the rest. As a general rule, I try to have no more than three/four things on a table. Makes it much easier to dust.
- Get a maid-If you don't want to do it yourself, hire someone. You don't get extra points for doing it yourself.
Guest bedroom in my former home.
My cleaning schedule consists of three basic parts: daily maintenance, focus (light) cleaning and zone (deep) cleaning. I start each day with my "Daily Routine/Maintenance". This is the first sheet in my home planning notebook that lists the order of the day, everything from my morning, afternoon and evening routines, along with cleaning tasks as well as my "to do" items for the day. Included in my morning routine are basic maintenance tasks related to housekeeping. These include: unloading the dishwasher, emptying trash, doing a load of laundry, making the beds and touching up the bathroom. I keep these "Daily Routine" forms in my 'Home" (Home Organization Manual for Efficiency-This is my own Dream Organizers product.) planning notebook (kind of like a Franklin Planner) and start a new form each day. I have all of my routines listed out and follow the tasks in the same order each day. This notebook sits on my desk and my entire day flows from this book.
Powder room in my former home. I had to laugh when I saw this picture-who uses bar soap or those room deodorizers anymore.