Looking for some spring cleaning motivation?
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As a busy mom of two…
…I spend the better part of my day cleaning (and re-cleaning) my house. Some days, I feel like I’ll never make leeway, and I’m not sure where to begin. Maker’s book not only helped me rethink the way I clean, it also helped me clean more effectively and efficiently.
Some of the basic principles that really stuck with me:
- Learn the difference between CLEAN and TIDY – they are different – and figuring out which one matters to you means you can refocus your energy properly.
- When starting to clean, identify a starting point and work clock-wise around the room (i.e. starting at the sink as 12 o’clock)
- Clean in 3 waves – tidy, clean, and floors. It helps break up the task logically (if you clean your kitchen floors first, then your counters, then you’ll just end up doing double the work!)
- Think about WHAT you’re cleaning with. Are you using unnecessary chemicals around your children? Maker provides tons of simple cleaners using vinegar, baking soda, dish soap, and essential oils. Can you replace your surface cleaner with a healthier alternative?
- Express clean when you don’t have time. Deep clean when you can swing it. Maker includes a quick ‘express clean’ at the top of each room-focused chapter. These are great for getting a quick clean.
This book appeals to both cleaning newbies and cleaning vets (like myself). While I feel like I have a pretty good handle on how to clean, I learned a TON reading this book. I’ve also started to replace some of my heavy-chemical cleaners with their more natural alternatives (since I have a crawler who puts everything in his mouth).