Although the term "clean freak" may have some negative connotations, many people wish they could become clean freaks so they could live in pleasant surroundings. If you are embarrassed to have people stop by or if you're tired of always looking for things and living in a mess, there are steps you can take to become the clean freak you've always wanted to be. Once you start making changes, you'll feel better right away and have motivation to continue to improve your skills.
Things You'll Need
- Dust pan
- Window cleaner
- Scrub brush
- Paper towels
- Feather duster
- Abrasive cleaner
- Vacuum cleaner
- Cleaning caddy
Assemble all of the cleaning products and tools that you already have in your home. Dig through cupboards and closets to find them, and put it all in one place. If you have several half-full bottles of one item, combine them and throw away the empty containers. Take inventory. To accomplish basic cleaning, you need rags, a broom and dust pan, window cleaner, a scrub brush, paper towels, a feather duster, abrasive cleaner, degreaser and a vacuum cleaner.
Organize your cleaning supplies so you can easily carry them from one room to the next. A simple way to do this is to buy a cleaning caddy that fits most or all of your cleaning supplies. A simple bucket will work as a cleaning caddy, or you can get a caddy with a handle in the middle and places to keep your supplies all around the handle. Assemble all of your cleaning supplies in the caddy.
Make a list of all cleaning chores that need to be done in your home. Start in one room, and write down every cleaning job you would like to have done in that room. For example, if you're standing in your living room you might write the following: dust, wash ceiling light fixture, wash fingerprints off walls and light switches, vacuum rug, sweep and mop floor, clean ashes out of fireplace, wash windows, vacuum lamp shades, organize books and music, throw out old magazines and recycle newspapers.
Decide how often each chore needs to be done. To do this, consider how often you have done the chore in the past and whether or not you want to increase or decrease the frequency. Using our living room example from step 3, you might decide dusting needs to be done weekly, washing windows done quarterly, vacuuming daily, and organizing books once a year. Jot down the chores' frequencies next to each item on your lists.
Record the chores on your calendar, according to how often they need to get done. Using an electronic calendar is handy for this because you can enter each chore just once into your calendar and it will pop up according to how often you want it done. Try to not schedule too many chores for one day unless you like to spend one day a week getting all the cleaning done. Some people use Saturdays to do the bulk of their cleaning.
Follow through. With your cleaning supplies assembled and your calendar in place, all you have to do to become a clean freak is to use those cleaning supplies to complete the chores you have written on your calendar. If you keep up with your schedule, your home will always be ready for guests. Soon your friends will be asking your secrets because they'll want to be clean freaks just like you.
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