This year I'd really like to spend more time with the kids & less time on housework. I'm not big on "New Years resolutions," but since the holidays are over, it seems like a good time to clean up & organize! I figure if I can "simplify" my system, my daily cleaning will become a breeze. So for the next few days, I'll be chipping away at my goal, one project at a time.
Day One: The Kitchen Sink & A Coffee Station [next post]
All of my cleaning adventures start in the kitchen. My cleaning motto: the worst comes first. Because of the "high traffic" in this room, I try to keep up with it throughout the day so it doesn't get the best of me at the end of the day. & To me, the sink area is the foundation of a kitchen; & I see it as a reflection of the cleanliness of the rest of my house... so if i have water spots on my faucet & dishes in the sink, I can't relax. Sick, I know.
|Hear those angels singin'?|
The secret to sparkling windows, mirrors, & plumbing fixtures: Water & Norwex Window Cloths. I will never polish a shiny surface with anything else again, ever. Literally STREAK-FREE. Next to Mr. Clean Magic Erasers & Barkeeper's Friend, this is one of the best "cleaning discoveries" I've stumbled upon. *I'm not benefiting in any way by mentioning these. I just have to share how amazing they are... they completely changed the way I clean.
& as I have mentioned before, I keep my sink looking new & polished with Bar Keeper's Friend.
I love this handsoap/lotion set from Anthropologie. It was a bridal shower gift [a couple of years ago] & it's so pretty, I've been using it & refilling it since. [I'd have dry, cracked hands all winter if I didn't have this wonder-team sitting next to my sink, reminding me to moisturize.]
& everything deserves a pretty home... including the sponge. I use a small antique serving dish. When I replace my sponge [at least weekly], I just run the dish through the dishwasher! Simple, pretty, & sanitary.
One of the more time-consuming projects I've been working on: lining every drawer & cabinet in the house. The results are magical.
I keep my daily cleaning supplies simple & under the sink. In one bucket, I store vinegar, vinegar/water mixture in a spray bottle [I use this for dusting wood surfaces, wiping my kitchen countertop & table, wood floors, & glass...my go-to spray, not the best smell, but natural, cheap, & effective -not for use on natural stone or porcelain!! It can eat away at the finish!], Bar Keeper's Friend [for the kitchen sink & bath tub], & when I get tired of the scent of vinegar, & want to turn my cleaning days into "spa" days, I just pour a little of this all-purpose cleaner [my favorite scent - Lemon Verbena] in a bucket of warm water, grab my microfiber cloth, and indulge in some aromatherapy.
In another bucket under the sink, I store my dishwasher detergent, rinse aid, a small bottle of bleach, dish soap, extra sponges, & a scrub brush [only used on] my cast iron cookware.
& in a third bucket, I store my color-coded microfiber cleaning clothes, along with my Norwex cloths.
Because of the lack of storage space in the kitchen, I store my "specialty" & bulk cleaning products in our laundry room in the basement.
Also, I keep the bathroom-specific cleaning products under the sink in the bathroom.
On to the next thing: the coffee station.