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    February 24, 2006


    how do I get to your college?

    I found this schedule on Real Simple's website. I think it would be helpful for those quich cleanings especially before unexpected guests arrive. Sorry for the length of this post:

    The Keep-It-Clean Plan
    With a plan of attack, you can maintain a sparkling house in just 19 minutes a day

    Mikkel VangThese room-by-room to-do lists will help you get the work done quickly so you can put your feet up sooner rather than later.

    Kitchen, 4 1/2 minutes daily
    Always start with the sink. "Keep it empty and shining," says Marla Cilley, author of Sink Reflections (Bantam, $15) and creator of, a housekeeping website. A sparkling sink becomes your kitchen's benchmark for hygiene and tidiness, inspiring you to load the dishwasher immediately and keep counters, refrigerator doors, and the stove top spick-and-span, too.

    Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher (30 seconds).
    Wipe down the stove top (one minute).
    Wipe down the counters (one minute).
    Sweep, Swiffer, or vacuum the floor (two minutes).

    Bathroom, 2 minutes daily
    Make cleaning the basin as routine as washing your hands. But don't stop there. Get the most out of your premoistened wipe by using it to clean around the edges of the tub and then the toilet before tossing it.

    Wipe out the sink (30 seconds). Wipe the toilet seat and rim (15 seconds).
    Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush (15 seconds).
    Wipe the mirror and faucet (15 seconds).
    Squeegee the shower door (30 seconds).
    Spray the entire shower and the curtain liner with shower mist after every use (15 seconds).

    Bedroom, 6 1/2 minutes daily
    Make your bed right before or after your morning shower. A neat bed with inspire you to deal with other messes immediately. Although smoothing sheets and plumping pillows might not seen like a high priority as you're rushing to work, the payoff comes at the end of the day, when you slip back under the unruffled covers.

    Make the bed (two minutes).
    Fold or hang clothing and put away jewelry (four minutes).
    Straighten out the night-table surface (30 seconds).

    Family Room, Living Room, Foyer, 6 minutes daily
    Start with the sofa — as long as it's in disarray, your living room will never look tidy. Once you've fluffed the pillows and folded the throws, you're halfway home. If you pop in a CD while you dust, you should be able cover the whole room by the end of the third track.

    Pick up crumbs and dust bunnies with a handheld vacuum (one minute).
    Fluff the cushions and fold throws after use (two minutes).
    Wipe tabletops and spot-clean cabinets when you see fingerprints (one minute).
    Straighten coffee-table books and magazines. Throw out newspapers. Put away CDs and videos. (Two minutes.)

    For weekly and seasonal to-do lists, see
    How to Speed-Clean Your Kitchen
    Clean Your Bathroom, Fast
    A Guide to Cleaning the Bedroom
    A Guide to Cleaning Your Living Room
    April 2003

    Is it possible to get you to post them as plain text or PDF? I do not have Word.

    For housewives who love House:

    Hi, I just happened to come across this randomly, so I admittedly don't know much about you, but I have a question. Do you seriously go around everyday and pick up everyone's clothes and wet towels, or is this just something on the list that everyone takes care of themselves. I have two kids and a husband, and none of them ( except the baby) would dare leave a wet towel on the floor, or dirty clothes out of their hampers! lol. I'm just curious. :)

    This files would help me more to be organized with my daily household routine. Though I have my own cleaning scheduled, and daily checklist, I'm still open for new ideas and technique.

    How much salt should I put into washer to keep color fr fading. one garment, an orange dress

    Fantastic read, i was chatting to a friend the other day about the same subject and gave her this article to visit.

    its wonderful schedule. I will try. hope it will help me.

    I have a question on you Daily Cleaning Master Checklist you put on the Bedrooms list "air beds early morning". I am wondering what you mean by that. If anyone knows please let me know and post your comment. :) Thanks so much! I do love the list!

    Airing the beds simply means pulling back the covers and top sheet down to expose the bottom sheet and letting the bed "air" out. :) You can lose anywhere up to a pint in, well, sweat, at night through your pores due to heat, evaporation, etc. It goes somewhere. And that somewhere is your sheets! Ewwww... so airing the bed allows it to dry thoroughly before you make it up, keeping your sheets fresher between changings. I still change mine twice a week because my husband & kids are all little heaters. But at least they don't have that damp ickiness in between that is a familiar note in not so fresh bedding!

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