Sunday, January 27, 2013

How to Deep Clean Your Home: Day One

Where to begin? I used to use the "FlyLady"'s advice. This time, however, I am going to go with D and R Tabb's "18 Ways to Deep Clean Your Home" and a local housekeeping company's guidelines to get started.

All Rooms:
- Dust baseboards (Wipe down all baseboards with a wet cloth. Follow up by rubbing a dryer sheet on them to prevent dust from sticking.), light fixtures, furniture, sills, shelves, blinds, ceiling fans, and décore.
- Clean behind and underneath all furniture. Move beds, scoot dressers away from the wall and get all the dust that builds up.
- Remove cobwebs.
- Vacuum/mop all floors, carpets, rugs, and stairs.
- Vacuum cloth furniture including under cushions.
- Clean glass surfaces.
- Make up or straighten linens.
- Empty wastebaskets.
- Clean/sanitize door handles and light switch covers.
- Dust and wipe down the top of cabinets, armoires, bookshelves, etc.
- Clean vents.
- Wipe down the front and back of all doors.

Kitchen:
- Clean, dry, and shine all appliance surfaces, range hood, and sinks.
- Clean stove drip pans, burner grates, and control knobs.
- Wash countertops.
- Damp-wipe cupboard fronts, tables, and chairs (even the legs).
- Clean microwave oven inside and out, including turntable.
- Clean out the fridge and freezer.
- Wipe out kitchen drawers.
- Dust and wipe down the top of cabinets and fridge.

Bathrooms:
- Clean and sanitize showers, tubs, toilets, and sinks...inside and out.
- Clean and dry all mirrors, glass, counters, and tile until they shine.
- Damp-wipe cabinet fronts.
- Clean all shelves, fixtures, and items on vanity.

Oh boy, that is quite a list. I imagine this would be rather overwhelming in a house that has not been tidied this particular way in years. If the task does appear to be a mountain, may I suggest initiating the whole process by first throwing away all the garbage (i.e. old papers, newspapers, tissues, wrappers, plastic utensils, straws, boxes, broken items, plastic/paper bags...anything deemed as "trash"). Then, go from there. I find that helps. Another trick someone showed me is to sweep EVERYTHING that is on the floor (i.e. socks, toys, game pieces, buttons, tacks, nails, coasters, pictures, books, video cassettes/DVDs, CDs, etc...ALL that you see, into a pile. Then sort through it from there. Again, tossing the rubbish, before doing anything else. I believe it is easier to focus on a smaller, condensed area rather than the entire room, spread out. Further, taking items to their proper area as you walk through your place is also beneficial. Full hands in, full hands out. Used towels in the bathroom get carried to the laundry room and washed articles are moved to their appropriate bedrooms/closets. Used cups and plates in those territories are brought with you into the kitchen, so on and so forth.

It is estimated my dwelling would take two and a half to three and a half hours for two people to address. (It is 2,140 sq. ft.). Being I am doing this alone, I am going to give myself a goal of four and a half to six and a half hours (over a span of five or six days). No problem, right? This, of course, does not include the time I need to school the kiddos, do the laundry, maintain the day to day stuff, cook meals, go grocery shopping, get to extracurricular activities, etc. Looks like I will be making myself a schedule.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16. ESV.)
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