Let’s start with some important things to take into consideration:
Working in a cluttered space can decrease your productivity .
Clutter can interrupt your train of thought, by distracting you with things that surround you.
If you’re constantly noticing that you aren’t feeling well, you might find yourself blaming others in your office. However, it may be the clutter around your desk that is causing the weakness to your immune system. Clear up the clutter and give your desk a complete wipe down with some disinfectant spray and/or wipes. Your desk can be a hotspot for bacteria, so it is a good idea to get in a routine to do a deep cleaning once a week..
The key to a successful decluttering is to choose the absolute necessities for your workspace.
•First thing first is coming to realization and ask yourself does this item have purpose?
• Identify the items you use routinely and keep those item with a hand’s reach.
•Take this opportunity to give your desktop a fresh start.
•Schedule a time to de-clutter to do a routinely cleaning, whether is daily or weekly.
•Breakdown in a task assignment, so that you don’t get overwhelmed here is a start to finish task checklist .
Task #1 Purge- Clear everything off your desk.
Task #2 Wipe off dust that has accumulated using a microfiber cloth
Task #3 Re-Evaluate Your Belongings ask yourself, does this item have a purpose?
Task #4 Sort through your things, one pile at a time.
Task # 5 Assign a spot for everything, your writing pens/pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc
Task # 6 Use a stacked In/Out tray for loose papers or projects .
Task # 7 Use your personal touch by adding a decorative touch to your desk, to give it a little personality and creativity.
Example: Inspirational images and messages to keep you motivated to work hard.
Task # 8 Deep clean desk once a week.
The more often you do maintenance during the week, the less time this will take.
Are you spending your whole day cleaning on Saturday? Does cleaning feel more like a project lately?
Do you remember as a kid you would dread waking up on the weekend because you would have to spend half the day cleaning? Could the headache of what comes with cleanliness be the reason some people hate it so much? People have been waking up on Saturday morning to clean for years.
I took it upon myself just out of curiosity and asked a few people how much time they were spending cleaning specifically on the weekend. I was a little surprised at the number of hours I was given, some said anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. My first thought was how frustrating that could be for anyone.
Here’s a solution to minimize a 6-8-hour cleaning day on a Saturday:
Candy’s Clean Tip task schedule:
I will begin with color coordinating your calendar with days of the week.
Give yourself Friday off, let’s call that Free Friday!
This task schedule with Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday will allow you to get things done daily while only spending an hour at the most on cleaning,
Remember you have Friday’s free.
*Saturday *Monday *Thursday
Floor and laundry days, swifter floors and vacuum
Some Wash cycle takes 30 to 45 mins so you can wash one load over those 3 days.
While wash cycle is running swifter/mop your floors.
Monday – Lets use an (orange highlighter) on your calendar for this day. You are starting the week on Mondays which are your light days. Wash your delicate on Monday. While the wash cycle is going just go around your floor areas with a dry swifter. This should pull up mild dust from floors.
Thursday all your towels and linen should be washed use a (yellow highlighter) on the calendar, which will indicate your light-colored wash days. While your towels and linen are in the wash cycle. This would be good to go ahead and mop or wet swifter your floors.
Saturday will prepare you for the beginning of the week. Wash your colored clothes uniforms, work, or school clothes. For Saturday use a (blue highlighter) on your calendar. While the wash cycle is going proceed to vacuum floors on this day.
*Tuesday & Sunday
Dusting & Bathrooms
Ok now we can’t forget about the bathrooms and dusting living areas. These days will be on Tuesday and Sunday, you will lightly dust living areas, bedrooms, family room etc. and clean bathrooms.
Use a (green highlighter) for these days on your calendar.
I recommend this product for your bathroom showers, which will eliminate scrubbing or wiping down.
Tilex Daily Shower Cleaner
This product is a win win!!! Just spray down no rinse or wiping and keep moving.
This prevents build up from soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew stains.
Spraying down your shower and tub daily will help tremendously with this product.
Proceed to wipe down sink and bathroom counters and spray your mirrors.
Lightly dust your living areas which would be bedrooms, family room, dining area, etc. Swifter dusters are great for lightly dusting.
Follow the same step on Sunday
Pick UP & Purge Day
Wednesday will be your pick up and purge day. Use a (pink highlighter) for these days on your calendar.
Pick up shoes maybe that’s been in the hallway or laundry room. Pick up clothes that were tossed from your closet onto your Lounge chair, etc.
Remove old items from your refrigerator, this will keep your refrigerator smelling better if this is done on a weekly basis.
While you are removing items wash out any containers that had food or liquids in them.
Daily wash dishes or place in dishwasher to be washed.
I have also added cleaning the other items on a monthly basis which I would suggestion your monthly tasks to do on Wednesday, if you would like to stretch it out on a weekly Wednesday. You’re still going to pick up and purge but add one of the tasks each week.
Remember, you have Friday off and no more cleaning all day on Saturdays!
So fresh and so clean!! Until next time Make it a great day!!!
CANDYS CLEANTIPS TASK SCHEDULE
•Sat*Mon*Thurs (Floors & Laundry Days)
•Wednesday (Pick Up & Purge day)
•Tues* Sun (Dusting & Bathrooms)
•Friday – (Free Day)
*Wash dishes daily
*DEGREASE YOUR STOVE TOP – Monthly
*Self-Cleaning oven – Monthly
*Baseboards – Monthly
*Blinds – Monthly
*Clean washing machine – Monthly
*Clean dishwasher run cycle – Monthly
You are needing to prepare for your friends family and overnight guess.
Ok don’t get overwhelmed, I have a couple of simplified solutions for you this season.
Some of the main focal points and areas that are used the most in your home are, your kitchen pantry, restroom and linen closet.
Let’s first start with the kitchen pantry, especially if you will be hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
Starting with a checklist for your kitchen pantry.
Here are the following items to get started:
You will need labels.
Plastic stackable containers, that can be used for pasta, nuts, cookies and so forth.
Clear magazine holders to store food.
Wire baskets for things like cereal boxes, large chip bags, and paper towels.
Wire bins to keep your can goods organized this looks so neat and tidy.
Candy jar containers for additional storage, just picture the different colors of jelly beans, or the nice smell aroma from coffee beans in the container.
Now, if you would rather not place your household items under the sink, use additional plastic bins with lids place in the far corner of your pantry. For example your sos pads, dishwashing tablets, magic erasers which I love ! I can literally write a whole blog post about what all you can clean with magic erasers! So let me stay on task and move on .
Secondly, pick up some inexpensive dividers, small bins are very useful under your bathroom sink . You can even make it fun and color coordinate each bin, take the stress out. Remember to always keep your toilet paper separate.
For additional room, use pull out shelves under the sink. Focus more so on compartments.
Lastly, your beautiful linen closet with the warm quilts, threaded bed sheets, pillowcases, plush towels, and wonderful liquid soap fragrance.
I love a linen closet that has the wicker or woven baskets on the shelves with bath towels rolled up, hand towels neatly folded, bath rugs color coordinated and placed on the shelves. Yes! You can do this, shelf by shelf.
Start with the things you need:
Wicker baskets for your hand towels and bath towels.
These will be used for your pillowcases, folded neatly and placed in magazine the holder. You can also store liquid soaps, shampoo, conditioners and so forth.
Door Pantry Shelf, If you just happened, to be running low on space you might want to consider purchasing a door pantry for additional items.
Decorated Ribbons, these would be used for the quilts, bedding and larger comforters. The best way to save room is to roll these up and place the beautiful ribbon around them . If all possible use the top shelf to store these items.
Larger wicker or woven baskets for those extra pillows to store away. I would place these baskets on the bottom shelf.
You are all set now, take it shelf by shelf just say the words simplify, simplify, simplify.