Friday, June 23, 2017

Zone Cleaning: Master Bathroom

It's still week four of FlyLady zone cleaning. I'm in the master bedroom, bath and closet. Today, I spent my 15 minutes of detail cleaning in the master bathroom.

I set my timer as always and this is what I got done:

  • Wiped cabinet and drawer fronts 
  • Vacuumed inside cabinets
  • Wiped inside cabinets
  • Vacuumed inside drawer (it's easier to get all the hair!)
  • Wiped down plastic bins
  • Put all items I took out back in 
Ick...these do get dirty!

In the last twenty seconds on the clock, I refilled the cat's food container with the last of food that was in the bag under my sink. 

I can see why this detailed cleaning works. This is stuff that if you try to group it with your regular cleaning will only seem to make the job that much longer and harder. And you will keep avoiding it, or I might. If you set up a few minutes for a couple days of month to get to the extra deeper/detailed cleaning it is a very easy job. 

I might have 15 more minutes of work in this zone tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Zone Cleaning: Master Bedroom Closet

Today I spent my 15 minutes of zone cleaning, also known as detailed cleaning, in the Master bedroom closet. After wiping down the baseboards the other day, I realized how much dust was in there. The whole closet needed a dusting.

I started a 17 minute YouTube video to listen to while I worked, and I did work just a few minutes beyond that. Listening to something else makes the time go very fast for me.

I used a chair to stand on to get the top shelves. I moved around the room top to bottom and counterclockwise using my microfiber cloth to removed all dust. I moved the things in each space and dusted, then neatly put them back. I did not unload the entire closet first to dust. There would not have been enough time and it would have been more effort than was needed.

I did dust items that resided on the shelves as needed, such as the bins, flag frame and picture albums. It may sound like overkill to dust a closet, but this is detailed cleaning, and in this case the closet really needed it. We've lived here two years and it has never been deep cleaned.

I expect to be in the Master bathroom next for my 15 minutes of zone cleaning.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FlyLady's Weekly Home Blessing...Does It Work?

As I've stated in previous blog posts about my FlyLady cleaning, I'm not doing it right. I'm not going in the correct order at all. Oops! I suppose that could make a difference with the outcome, right?

Monday after doing some detailed cleaning, I decided to try FlyLady's Weekly Home Blessing. It's an hours worth of time, or actually seventy minutes to complete the following:

  • Vacuum
  • Dust
  • Quick Mop
  • Polish Mirrors & Doors
  • Change Sheets
  • Purge Magazines & Catalogs
  • Empty Trash
The idea is to spend no more than 10 minutes on each one. You can do one ten minute session per day for seven days, or do them all at once on one day. 

Let's talk about what I didn't do. 

I didn't purge magazines and catalogs because I don't have any to purge! It sure helps to get off the mailing lists and end subscriptions to keep these things from accumulating in the home. I also didn't polish mirrors and doors. 

I sort of did 'Change Sheets'. I pulled the dirty sheets off my girls beds and put them in the washer and eventually hung them to dry. But I didn't put a different set on the bed, because we don't have extras. The beds were made a bit later when the sheets were dry. 

Monday was a normal take out the trash day, so I started there, gathering the trash. I did get a bit sidetracked for a couple minutes when I dumped out the old litter and decided to clean the litter pan. That is not part of the Home Blessing Hour!

For the most part it was just vacuum, dust and mop. I started upstairs with vacuuming the carpet and hard surface floors. Then I dusted just the flat surfaces quickly with a microfiber cloth. I did skip the girls bedrooms because that really should be their job! I also ended up skipping the quick mop upstairs. It felt like I was running out of time, although only 25 minutes went by.

Downstairs I ran a vacuum over the stairs, hardwood floors and area rugs. I did skip the guest room as I did a pass through there late last week. Next I pulled out my shark steamer mop and hit the high traffic areas, with the kitchen getting the most attention. And finally, I dusted three surfaces: the fireplace mantel, a cabinet, and my desk. 

I did all of that work in 47 minutes. I did take at least two, maybe three small breaks, which are not included in my final tally of time. I was working quick and worked up a sweat! Now it wasn't perfect at all. But it's a nice improvement to the cleanliness of our home. A blessing! 

I haven't decided if I like this method yet. I like the idea of racing the timer, but the amount of work in our fairly large home are hard to complete in 70 minutes. Remember, I skipped several things. The amount of time may work in a smaller home. I also think the ten minutes on each of those areas are a way to at least get started keeping things tidy. 

Overall I think it just might need a tweak for the amount of time I have to commit for my home. I may try the ten minute each day next week and see how that goes. If I do I will let you know. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Zone Cleaning: In the Master Bedroom Bathroom & Closet

FlyLady says Zone 4 (week four of the month) is detailed cleaning in the Master bedroom, bathroom and closet. And that is where I am this week, too. She always suggests decluttering first. If your master bedroom is cluttered AND needs to be clean it would better to work for just 15 minutes each day decluttering BEFORE you worry about cleaning. 

I listened to a video on YouTube while I did my cleaning today. It was only 13 minutes long, but I finished up very quickly after it stopped.

Here is what I accomplished:
  • Dusted master ceiling for cobwebs
  • Dusted master bathroom and toilet room ceilings for cobwebs
  • Dusted master walk in closet ceiling for cobwebs

Those tasks listed above took all of five minutes using my wool duster that is on a stick, making it easy to reach while standing on the floor.

The last 10 minutes involved bending down to dust the baseboards in all the rooms stated above. I did move some furniture slightly, when I could, to get the dust behind them. The closet baseboards had the most dust, which surprised me a bit. I did hit all four doors for dusting while I was at it as well. And there is a mirror in our closet behind a door that I wiped down as well.

I'll be back tomorrow in these same rooms tomorrow to do some more detailed cleaning. I'm really liking that I only have to work for 15 minutes a day. For me, once I'm cleaning I can actually find it hard to find a stopping point...and then I wear myself out. That's no fun!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Decluttering Bag by Bag: Bag 25

Remember earlier this year when I was decluttering bag by bag? My goal was to declutter 30 bags of items. At last count (in late March) I had 24 bags of decluttering.

I finally have rounded up another BIG bag for the thrift store!!

Most of the items contributed were from my daughters doing some decluttering on their own. I did add the shoes, two shirts and a magnet!

Oh, and the sleeping bag? Yep, it was decluttered earlier this year, but didn't make it to my car for other donation. It did go this past week!

Last weekend when I was cleaning the garage, I found a small pile of items that were decluttered previously that were to be dropped off at the Habitat for Humanity thrift store. It's been over two months, so I made it a priority this past week to get those items dropped off!

It feel good to get some of these things out of the house! I'm always on the lookout for more to let go of. It's easier to find things when you only keep what you use. It's also much, much easier to clean when you have less to clean around.

Have you decluttered recently? Summer can be a great time to declutter. Grab a bag and start today.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Zone Cleaning: Guest Room Tidy

I set the timer for 15 minutes to work a bit in our guest room. It's not that dirty since it doesn't get a lot use.

My first order of business was to move the items on the bed that I have listed for sale. These are mostly books. I moved them to a nearly empty closet in the hall way about ten steps outside this room.

Next up was dusting the room. I started at the door and moved my way around clockwise. Here's what I dusted: 
  • Door
  • Baseboards
  • Closet doors 
  • Top of headboard
  • Lamps and end tables
  • Window frame
  • Mirror and picture frames
And finally I did a quick vacuum of the rug.

Guess what? This only took EIGHT minutes. I'm not kidding. 

It is super easy to work in a room that is clutter free. The less you have, the less you have to move to dust and move around to get to other things. Declutter first before you tackle the zone cleaning. The cleaning can wait. 

Go set a timer! See what you can get done in 15 minutes. Let me know how it went for you. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Zone Cleaning: Guest Bathroom

I was on top of it today, and did my 15 minutes of zone cleaning early! I am in the guest bathroom which is on the main level of the home. I gathered my supplies first, took this picture and set my timer for 15 minutes. I mostly worked from top to bottom and clockwise.

Here's what I accomplished:
  • Dusted light fixture
  • Dusted top of mirror
  • Cleaned sink and counter top
I went to go dust the fan cover and the light fixture on the ceiling only to realize I can't reach them because the ceiling is so tall! I don't think they were too dusty anyway. 
  • Dusted picture frame
  • Cleaned toilet inside and out (including the base near the floor)
  • Dusted top of shower insert, curtain rod and shower head
  • Rinsed the tub (it's rarely used)
  • Dusted towel bar
  • Wiped down baseboards
  • Wiped down bathroom door
At this point only 11 minutes had expired! I finished up by wiping the cabinet doors inside and out. I also had to time to pull the items stored under the counter out so I could do a quick wiped down of the inside of the cabinet.

There were a few minor things I did not do that would be considered detailed cleaning:
  • Dust for cobwebs
  • Clean out the cabinet drawers
But yes, just fifteen minutes! It helps it is a small bathroom and rarely used. Tomorrow I'm moving on to a third room for some detail cleaning. I'll do what I can get done in 15 minutes.