It’s Week 2 of the Spring Cleaning Chapter of the Clever Girl Organizing Challenge. Each week, we’ll focus on activities that are going to help us get our homes in order, and to address those spaces that we know benefit from deep cleaning and proper maintenance. Our real estate, whether we rent or own, is typically the biggest investment we have. This chapter is all about making sure we’re taking care of our investment so that it can take care of us!
I also know that we all have different styles and approaches when it comes to projects like these, so I’ve set it up that we will have options. Each week, I will outline:
- A SPACE to focus on (Kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining room, master bedroom, other bedrooms, home office/command center, outdoor spaces and miscellaneous)
- An ACTIVITY that you can do throughout the house (dusting, floor cleaning, windows, etc.) if you decided you’re going to want to do one activity all week.
And, if you WANT to look at a master list of all the items, so you can manage your own efforts as the 8 weeks go forward, that was emailed to you in Week One (reach out to me if you need it again).
Before we get into the challenge I want to talk a bit more about strategy. Last week, we started talking about what a great plan includes:
- Make a List of What Needs To Be Done (“Getting-it-Done” list)
- Create a Schedule For When It Will Happen
- Assign Tasks and Responsibilities
- Gather the Right Tools and Resources
Last week, we talked about how to make the Getting-It-Done list that’s right for YOUR place. This week, I want to talk a little about step 2, Create a schedule for when it will happen.
Finding time for cleaning, even on a normal day, is hard. Trying to put these bigger projects in your schedule can be even tougher.
- How can I break this project up into smaller parts?
- How can I do more than one thing at once (for instance, spray down the shower, do something else while it “works”, then come back)?
- Is it possible I am dreading a task because I think it will take long, but it probably doesn’t take as much time as I fear it does?
- Is there a sequence that makes sense? Are there some tasks I should do before I do a different one because it will be easier or not ruin something along the way? (This is like dusting before vacuuming; the dust is going to fall to the floor anyway, so dust first)
- How do I stay focused? Can I get more done in a “no interruptions” 10 minutes than in an unfocused 20?
- Can I take advantage of down time? What can I do during a tv commercial? What can I do while waiting for my kids to get ready in the morning or the water to boil for dinner?
- Am I blocking time in my calendar for longer stretches (an hour or more) and giving myself a reminder that this was the time I’d set aside to get this done?
- What do I know about myself? Do I respond well to deadlines, even self-imposed ones? What about bribery and rewards? How can I set myself up for success here?
I hope these questions help you think about what is on your plate as you go through the challenge, and how you’ll make the time for meeting your own goals!
Now, off to this week’s assignment! Remember, there are always going to be 2 options — a SPACE challenge and an ACTIVITY challenge.
This week, we’re off to the bathrooms. If you did the Resolutions Chapter, you’ve probably done a fair amount of decluttering in this space already. If you didn’t or if you need a refresher, this is a great week to focus on that.
What is on our list for each bathroom? Here’s a list of some of the tasks for you to take on (and you should customize your list to fit your space):
- Clean baseboards
- Dust molding and ceiling corners
- Wash windows and sills
- Clean window treatments
- Dust or vacuum exhaust fan fans
- Clean light fixtures
- Wipe light bulbs
- Wipe all the light switches
- Wipe all the door knobs
- Clean scuff marks and fingerprints from walls, doors and door frames
- Sweep, vacuum, and mop hard floors
- Wipe down cabinets and drawers (including the top of cabinets)
- Clean the tank, bowl, base and surrounding area of the toilet
- Wipe down the inside of the cabinets
- Wash rugs/mats
- Wash shower curtain, wash or replace liner
- Clean shower door, including leak prevention strips around the edge
- Clean out drains
- Declutter medicine chest & toiletries
- Clean faucets, knobs and shower head
- Clean bath toys
- Clean mirror
- Change toothbrushes
- Refill soap, cups, cleaning products in shower/tub
- Wash or change towels
- Clean caulk or recaulk or regrout, if necessary
- Clean and disinfect the garbage can
- Clean out under the sink
- Wash towels and put out clean ones
- Declutter unwanted items in medicine cabinet and storage spaces in your bathroom
This week, we’re focusing on WALLS and DOORS throughout the house. In all the rooms in your home:
- Dust walls. If you’re a person who prioritizes wall-washing, do that
- Find scuff marks and spots and clean them.
- Wipe down doors (door knobs, edges, and places where fingerprints gather). Clean scuff marks. Don’t forget the outside of external doors.
- Wipe down door jambs.
- Clean stair treads from scuff marks or spots Identify spots requiring touch-up paints or wall paper repairs. Touch-up or fix to your ability.
Back to it! Check in with the Facebook Group for tips, motivation, support, and celebrations!