Since I my hands are tied 4 days a week from working on the 2 rooms we’re supposed to focus on (R works 14 hours most days), I am focusing on other rooms and clutter… particularly, the kitchen.
A friend introduced me to this fantastic site, Flylady.net, which is devoted to teaching people how to manage their chaos and keep their houses clean. It’s been an invaluable tool thus far for me… even though I am still a FlyBaby and haven’t read everything yet.
The first thing they want you to do every morning and before bed is to make sure the sink is empty and shining- totally dried off. I’ve been doing this all week, which is a big deal because I DETEST doing dishes. I removed the dish drainer from the counter permanently and now have the dishes going straight into the dishwasher… and put up promptly when they’re done. I’ve been slowly cleaning off my counter tops and throwing away 27 things every day.
It’s a start and I am pretty proud of myself.
They also advocate doing laundry daily (done) and the use of microfiber cloths for cleaning. I had never used them prior to this and am so impressed with how much I can now clean WITHOUT the use of cleaning products. Amazon had a deal for 48 cloths for $22.99, which I snapped up.
I had given up keeping my stainless range clean of oil splatters. In the past I’ve purchased every cleaner known to man and even scratched the hell out of it with scrub pads to no avail. When I read that I could pretty much get it looking nearly-new with just WATER AND 2 MICROFIBER CLOTHS, I snapped them up and went to work.
Holy CRAP- it works! I am still in shock!
These cloths have already cleaned a majority of my kitchen without resorting to using nasty chemicals- just plain ole water! If I have a tougher job, I will use white vinegar or Dawn dish soap- and it’s worked! I’ve also cut down on my paper towel usage by using these things, too.
I have to confess that I *do* love the smell of bleach in a clean house, but haven’t used bleach with these microfiber cloths and won’t.
Tomorrow I will be doing the fridge, throwing more items away, and starting on our counter top that houses the microwave and coffee maker.
The main theme of the Flylady site is that it didn’t get messy overnight, so don’t try to clean it all at once- which is a terrific reminder! I set the timer on my phone in 5 min increments and devote only that amount of time to any particular spot in the ‘zone’ I am working in. My house may still be a chaotic hell hole, but it’s coming together at a steady pace now!