deep cleaning http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13075/all en-US How to Clean Your House in One Day http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-house-in-one-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-clean-your-house-in-one-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5687744617_66465ebbf3_z.jpg" alt="cleaning" title="cleaning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="201" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s surface cleaning &mdash; the chores that you do on a weekly basis &mdash; and then there&rsquo;s deep cleaning, where you move the furniture to discover what&rsquo;s hiding underneath it, sanitize the fridge, clean out the closets, and throw out all the excess clutter you&rsquo;ve accumulated over the past few months.</p> <p>We only do a deep clean a couple times a year (that&rsquo;s why spring cleaning has a name all its own), and it&rsquo;s a formidable task.</p> <p>While this post won&rsquo;t make your deep clean any less formidable, it will help you clean more efficiently. So get your broom, mop, and trash bags ready, readers &mdash; it&rsquo;s time to scrub-a-dub-dub your abode until it sparkles&hellip;and do it in one day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning">8 Tasks You&nbsp;Shouldn't Skip&nbsp;During Spring Cleaning</a>)</p> <h3>1. Pick Up Products in Advance</h3> <p>Before you start the clean, think about the products you&rsquo;ll need &mdash; cleaning products, rags, sponges, etc. &mdash; and have them at the ready. But first, go through your bottles to make sure you have enough supply. Your day of cleaning will go much quicker if you have everything you need opposed to having to stop in the middle of it to run to the store to replenish the supply. You don&rsquo;t have to go overboard, either. You know that the &ldquo;multipurpose cleaner&rdquo; you have works just as well in the kitchen as it does in the bathroom; you do not need products that are marketed for specific areas of the home. Cleaner is cleaner, no matter which area the label claims.</p> <h3>2. Make a List of Specific Areas That You Want to Tackle</h3> <p>When you&rsquo;re in the zone, it&rsquo;s easy to forget about certain areas that you want to tackle. To avoid this problem, make a list of tasks, like cleaning under raised furniture (all kinds of stuff collects there out of your sight), deicing the freezer, and wiping down the blinds. When you&rsquo;re concentrating on the big picture, you can forget about the little items, which will extend your cleaning time if you have to go back.</p> <h3>3. Wake Up Early</h3> <p>You can&rsquo;t do a deep clean &mdash; and stay motivated &mdash; if you start at 11 a.m. I know that most cleans like this take place on the weekend, but make a conscious decision to set your alarm to get up early. You'll also finish earlier, leaving more time in your evening to do something you actually want to do.</p> <h3>4. Separate All Washable Items and Put Them in Piles</h3> <p>Before you begin, go through each room, strip all the linens, and put them in piles to be washed. Making this one of your tasks to do all at once will reduce the amount of time you&rsquo;ll spend having to remove linens in piecemeal. Another thing to keep in mind &mdash; keep an eye on the washer and dryer. You don&rsquo;t want a load sitting in the washer for three hours when you can wash two more loads in that time.</p> <h3>5. Concentrate on One Room at a Time</h3> <p>This is one of my biggest problems when I&rsquo;m cleaning. I take an item that belongs in another room to that room but then start cleaning something in the room to which I brought those items. That&rsquo;s totally time consuming. When you plan to clean a certain room, stick to that room. If you find items that belong elsewhere, put them in a pile and take them there when you&rsquo;re ready to move on to the room in which they belong.</p> <h3>6. Delegate Responsibilities to Other People Who Live With You</h3> <p>Have a spouse or kids? Honey, you are not their maid. A deep clean is a group effort. All parties who live in that home contributed to the mess, so it&rsquo;s only fair that everyone lends a helping hand. Of course, they&rsquo;re probably not going to clean as thoroughly as you will, so choose to delegate surface tasks to them. You&rsquo;ll still have to deep clean those parts of the house, but at least you&rsquo;ll save some time since you won&rsquo;t have to pick up dirty underwear from the floor.</p> <h3>7. Turn Up the Music</h3> <p>Don't clean in silence. Plug in your iPod and crank up the jams. It&rsquo;ll keep you motivated and get you in a good mood. Plus, who doesn't like to shake their booty while their washing the dishes? It's much more fun that way.</p> <h3>8. Put Pressure on Yourself</h3> <p>My trick is to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">plan a big party</a>. I do not want my guests coming over to a house that isn&rsquo;t in pristine condition. When I know that people are arriving at a certain time, I&rsquo;m more motivated to move my butt so I can beat the clock. This is a tad counterintuitive, because you&rsquo;ll have to clean up after the party too, but at least the big things will be done; all you have to concentrate on the next day is the surface stuff.</p> <h3>9. Enlist Outside Help</h3> <p>Ask a friend or two to come over and help you. Granted, this won&rsquo;t be easy (it&rsquo;s sort of like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-reward-friends-who-help-you-move">moving</a>; coincidentally no one you know is available that day), but you may be able to convince your pals to get down and dirty by providing an incentive like a small fee or dinner and drinks afterward. While I generally don&rsquo;t advocate paying for something you can do for yourself, the truth is, cleaning sucks &mdash; and good help is hard to find; I&rsquo;ll take whatever I can get that's within my budget.</p> <p><em>Have other ways to breeze through a deep clean in a day? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-house-in-one-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ow-do-you-deal-with-family-members-who-are-bad-at-managing-money">How Do You Deal With Family Members Who Are Bad At Managing Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding">Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-you-are-causing-road-rage">16 Ways You Are Causing Road Rage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Lifestyle deep cleaning fast spring cleaning Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:36:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 920624 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Tasks You Shouldn't Skip During Spring Cleaning http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sweeping_yard_2.jpg" alt="Woman sweeping" title="Woman sweeping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="171" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;m an absolute neat freak who demands that everything be in its proper place &mdash; that is, the place that I decide is the proper place (I&rsquo;m a control freak too) &mdash; at all times.</p> <p>Just because I&rsquo;m neat, however, doesn&rsquo;t mean I&rsquo;m clean. I mean, I am &mdash; I&rsquo;m not a skuzzball &mdash; but I&rsquo;m more of a surface cleaner. I tend to live by the rule &quot;what I can&rsquo;t see won&rsquo;t hurt me&quot; &mdash; or you.</p> <p>The truth is, I clean the house twice weekly out of necessity. We host tourists frequently, which I&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-steps-to-market-your-extra-space-as-a-vacation-rental">written about previously</a> on Wise Bread. Because of that circumstance, my home is always presentable. There are never dishes in the sink (unless they&rsquo;re my husband&rsquo;s; we&rsquo;re still working on that), there are never clothes lying around (unless they&rsquo;re my husband&rsquo;s; we&rsquo;re still working on that); and the papers on the desk are never unorganized (unless they&rsquo;re my&hellip; well, you get the point).</p> <p>Though I give my husband a lot of flack, I will give him credit where credit is due: He may not keep the house as tidy as I do from day-to-day, but when it comes time for a serious cleaning, he&rsquo;s the king.</p> <p>He moves everything from its position to get all the nooks and crannies spic and span. And though I&rsquo;m not willing to climb behind the couch to suck up the dust balls with him, I watch dutifully, perhaps a little too satisfied that he&rsquo;s so dedicated to the deep clean when he&rsquo;s in the zone.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re familiar with that zone, this post isn&rsquo;t for you. You already know how to do it right. But if you&rsquo;re not lucky enough to have a husband who will take time out of his busy schedule twice a year (does the sarcasm transfer?), here are a few pointers on how attention to detail can pay off in the end &mdash; both personally and financially. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-spring-cleaning-on-a-budget">6 Tips for Spring Cleaning on a Budget</a>)</p> <h2>1. Look Under the Couch Cushions</h2> <p>You won&rsquo;t believe the crud that falls between the cracks. Year-old Cheetos &mdash; check. A pound of dog hair &mdash; check. Loose change and dollar bills &mdash; enough to write someone a check. Aside from having a little more money in your pocket, removing the cushions and all that grime is important because when you take them off to extend the pullout for your guests, they can fall asleep without wondering if they&rsquo;ll be eaten by it in the middle of the night.</p> <h2>2. Throw Out Expired Food</h2> <p>I know for a fact that there&rsquo;s a pack of fryer chicken pieces that have been in the freezer for more than a year. I even transported them from our rental apartment to our new condo when we moved. They&rsquo;re old, and I&rsquo;m totally discarding them as soon as I&rsquo;m finished writing this, along with a whole heap of other food whose lifespan has come and gone. Don&rsquo;t forget to bleach-wash the fridge, too. You&rsquo;ll feel better about eating dinner when your yummies come from a sparkling, sanitary space.</p> <h2>3. Get On Your Hands and Knees in the Bathroom</h2> <p>You have never been in a bathroom as clean as mine &mdash; guaranteed. And the only way to get it truly clean is to scrub away like Little Orphan Annie. Most gunk you can see, but it&rsquo;s the sides of the toilet &mdash; especially the crevices near the bolts &mdash; that will likely evade you. Take a good look down there next time, especially on that one side you can&rsquo;t readily see. No need to discuss what you've found; just remove it.</p> <h2>4. Rummage Through Your Closet</h2> <p>If there&rsquo;s anything you haven&rsquo;t worn in ages, donate it. Simple as that. But cleaning out your closet isn&rsquo;t just about eliminating excess pants and shirts. What about all those belts, socks, underwear, shoes, accessories, etc.? Go through your stuff, put unworn items in a bag, and get rid of them. You&rsquo;ll be amazed at how much more room you&rsquo;ll have when you finally decide to say goodbye to all those Von Dutch trucker hats.</p> <h2>5. Take Inventory of Your Media Center</h2> <p>I stopped buying DVDs ages ago. I watch them once and never again, which is a huge waste of money. Now I go through my credenza every spring and remove any titles in which I&rsquo;m not interested &mdash; movies that were gifted by friends, video games that we haven&rsquo;t play in a while, books I&rsquo;ll never read, CDs that have come in gift bags. Then I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/six-months-as-an-amazon-seller">put them all on Amazon</a>, so other people can clutter their houses up, and I can claim the cash.</p> <h2>6. Wash the Windows and Blinds</h2> <p>Just because your blinds are covering the windows doesn&rsquo;t mean that they should stay filthy. A little Windex goes a long way. While you&rsquo;re at it, lean into your blinds closely. What was once white is now off-white. Time for a wipe down.</p> <h2>7. Take a Rag to Your Walls</h2> <p>You don&rsquo;t see the dirt because you live there day in and day out. But it&rsquo;s there, and it ain&rsquo;t pretty. Shine a light down your hallway, or better yet, your doors. They&rsquo;re gross. Soak a rag in some warm water with soap and practice your Mr. Miyagi.</p> <h2>8. Turn Up the Stove</h2> <p>Cleaning your stove is as simple as turning it on the highest setting, usually called self-clean. It&rsquo;ll take a few hours, but there&rsquo;s really no work involved. It&rsquo;ll be done by the time you&rsquo;re ready to order in. Because a clean house calls for a hand-delivered dinner.</p> <p><em>Have some other non-obvious areas that deserve attention during a deep spring cleaning? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-one-month-guide-to-spring-cleaning">Your One-Month Guide to Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/spring-into-cleaning-now">Spring into Cleaning Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-closet-ready-for-summer-with-these-5-hacks">Get Your Closet Ready for Summer With These 5 Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-organize-your-pantry-and-save-cash">How to Organize Your Pantry and Save Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization clean house deep cleaning spring cleaning Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:36:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 528765 at http://www.wisebread.com