I plan to periodically add to or update the information on this post.
- The kitchen and bathroom should have first priority. They leave the biggest impression and are rooms that are the most important for sanitary issues and that people place the highest sanitary standards on.
- Clean the outside and inside of the bathroom and kitchen sink at least weekly with an appropriate cleaner such as Barkeepers Friend or Ajax or even a natural, gentle all-purpose cleaner.
- Use separate towels for cleaning the kitchen and bathroom.
- Open a window when you clean if possible.
- Clean room by room, as you are more likely to finish and feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Use basic supplies. Many gadgets do not get used often or do not work.
- Laundry can be separated into whites, mediums, and dark.
- Never leave the house with the dryer on, it is a fire hazard. Always dust and clean the lint filter.
- Have a financial hub or a desk or place for financial papers. Consider a bill paying space and desk with a filing system.
- Whenever possible open the windows and allow the home to have fresh air.
- Eliminate clutter to the best of your ability.
- Lack of cleanliness is linked to staph infections.
- Wash windows annually.
- Cleaning actually has similar benefits to exercise, with all of the bending and walking and stretching involved.
- Try to get into the habit of making the bed everyday. It helps you avoid overlooking other tasks such as piles of laundry and definitely defines a clean home. Bed comforters and sheets should be cleaned at least every month as it avoids too much oil and dirt on the items.
- Old canned food jars can be used to store pens and even start flowers.
- The Chinese Evergreen and spider plant do well in humid and warm environments like the bathroom. Plants cleanse the air so they are great plants to have in the bathroom. Azaleas and gardenia also do well in humid climates but require sunlight so would not work well in most bathrooms. Look up instructions for how to grow and care for the plants.
- As per the article “10 Houseplants That May Purify Indoor Air: Houseplants That May Remove Volatile Organic Compounds From Indoor Air” at copd.about.com the Rubber Plant, Peace Lily, Devils Ivy, Weeping Fig, Lady Palm, and Mother-In-Law’s Tongue are great choices. Do not give houseplants cold water as that could kill the plants. Let the water sit and acclimate to the room temperature for a few hours. Many houseplants are toxic to pets and aspca.org is a great resource to check whether or not a plant is safe for pets.
Websites To Help Eliminate Clutter
- Garth’s Auctioneers and Appraisers (www.garths.com) – local art and auction houses have free appraisal days, can do an Internet search for your location
- Replacements Ltd., buyer and seller of old and new china, crystal, and silver http://www.replacements.com
- Gazelle.com – selling used electronics
- i-SoldIt.com – can drop off items for them to sell on eBay if it sells, received a commission
- 1800gotjunk.com – junk removal service 1-800-GOT JUNK
- Book Swaps (Book Mooch book swapping site (bookmooch.com, amazon.com, paperbackswap.com, bookins.com, swapadvd.com, swaptree.com) Research swapping sites as many go out of business and and have bad reviews.
- Rubbermaid Storage Containers (rubbermaid.com)
- Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA.gov) to look for when have safe medication disposal days
- Green Hippo Recycling Rewards – http://www.greenhippo.com – recycle new or empty ink toner and cell phones
- Toss Keep Sell! The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In Leah Ingram (SuddenlyFrugal.com) Copyright 2011 Adams Media Avon, Massachusetts
- Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home Copyright 2006 Clarkson Potter/Publishers New York
Last Updated: January 7th, 2018