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How To Get Organized and Clean House: Day Eleven

How to get organized and clean house in 30 days Day 11 from HousewifeHowTos.com We’re finishing up in the bathrooms on Day 11 of my series about how to get organized and clean house in 30 days. So far we’ve banished soap scum and hard water spots, organized beneath our sinks and in the medicine cabinets, scoured the grout and removed those nasty spots from our walls and baseboards. With today’s steps, we’ll finish the deep cleaning so that, like the kitchens we’ve already cleaned and organized, these rooms have been set right, too.

Tips On Getting Organized and Cleaning House

Do it daily: Each day of this guide has three parts to it: cleaning, organizing and maintaining. Don’t skip a part, even if it looks clean. The idea here is to establish a regular routine that keeps you one step ahead of clutter and grime, rather than allowing things to snowball and become overwhelming.

Maintenance is key: Throughout this month of hyper-focused organizing and cleaning, the “maintaining” part means following the Daily Whole House Cleaning checklist but focusing extra effort on different rooms. This way you’ll be keeping up with the organization and cleanliness you’ve worked so hard to accomplish, while still making progress in the rest of the house.

Get it out of there! After organizing and de-cluttering an area, take the trash out and put the box of items for donation in your car that same day no matter how tired you are! This follow-through step is the payoff for all the work you’ve put in; without it, you’ve just moved junk around, but haven’t really purged any clutter or trash

If you’re just starting, you can find all of the previous days’ entries here.

How To Get Organized and Clean House

As I’ve mentioned before, I broke the bathroom cleanings down into several days because many of us have more than one bathroom in our homes. If you have multiple bathrooms, I hope you followed my advice and did the steps each day in each bathroom, rather than holding off for today with the idea of doing ALL of the steps in each. Getting burned out by overworking yourself almost always leads to abandoning New Year’s Resolutions, so give yourself a break and realize this is a project not a competition!

Today’s Cleaning Task: Deep-Cleaning The Bathroom

With all of the work we’ve done thus far, there’s not much left to do before our bathrooms have been well and truly cleaned. Here are the final steps to complete:

  1. Look up: Did you know dirty bathroom fans can cause house fires? It’s true! These hard-working fans also operate in rooms full of humidity, so they can easily become covered with mold and other grime. Grab a step-stool and remove the covers from your fans. Use a brush attachment on your vacuum to remove as much gunk as possible, then give the blades a good wipe with a disinfecting spray. Be sure they’re completely dry before turning them or replacing the cover!
  2. Dust it: Even bathrooms get dusty, particularly the light fixtures. Grab a long-handled duster (Amazon link) and dust the ceiling and walls, including the corners. Move on to windowsills, door jambs, light fixtures and mirrors. Then, even though we wiped them clean earlier this week, give the baseboards a quick dust since we’ve just stirred up things that might settle on them.
  3. Shine it: Turn the lights off and let them cool before completing this step! Grab a microfiber cloth and some glass cleaner. Remove light covers if necessary, and wipe both the bulbs and the light covers clean. (You may be able to put the light covers in the top rack of your dishwasher, if they’re glass.) Let the glass cleaner fully evaporate before turning the lights back on, then use a dry microfiber cloth to buff away any streaks.
  4. Disinfect it: Spray the toilet, inside and out, with disinfecting spray. Allow it to sit several minutes while you move on to the next step.
  5. Pre-clean then clean: Bathroom vanities, tub surrounds and the exterior of toilet tanks build up all sorts of dust and grime. I’ve always found it easiest to wipe these first with a dry cloth to remove that stuff, and then spray them with cleaner. Follow with a clean microfiber cloth, leaving the toilet tank for last, and your surfaces should be nice and shiny.
  6. Scrub then flush: Now that the toilet cleaner has had some time to do its work, give the inside of the bowl a thorough scrub. Be sure to get under the rim, where mold and other nasty things tend to accumulate. Flush, rinse the brush in the toilet bowl, and flush again.
  7. Finish the floor: Sweep or, even better, vacuum the floors with a brush attachment, then mop them thoroughly. I find my steam mop (Amazon link) makes quick work of this!
  8. Finish up: Give the mirrors a good polish using glass cleaner, then shine the fixtures, change the towels and take out the trash. Be sure to wash your towels and any bathroom rugs TODAY so you don’t fall behind on laundry!

Today’s Organizing Task: Items on your vanity

Before returning items to your vanity, discard anything you no longer plan to use. Return items that belong elsewhere to their appropriate spots. Then wipe down any items you’ll be storing on the vanity. (It’s a good idea to do this before you clean your floor!)

Today’s Maintenance Task: Daily Cleaning (Emphasis on Kitchen)

Last week we deep-cleaned the kitchen. Now we’re going to keep it looking nice by giving it extra attention after the daily cleaning routine. In addition to the kitchen tasks listed on the printable (click that link to print it), complete the following steps:

  • Wipe kitchen cupboard and drawer fronts with a clean microfiber cloth.
  • Wipe away any spills on the floor of the oven.
  • Grab a step-stool and wipe the ceiling fan blades with a damp microfiber cloth.
  • Use a soft scrub cleaner to thoroughly scrub the sink.
  • Use glass cleaner to shine fixtures and remove spots on the inside of windows.
  • Dust horizontal surfaces, including the top of the refrigerator.
  • Go through the fridge and discard expired food items. Wipe the shelves with a clean microfiber cloth dipped in water.
  • Wipe the kitchen table and chairs. Use a furniture polish to give them a shine.
  • Empty the trash can. If the weather permits, clean the trash can outside.
  • Clear the floor and then sweep or, better yet, vacuum it with a brush attachment.
  • Mop the floor and allow it to dry before returning items to their place.

Now that we’re over one-third of the way through the month, you should be seeing significant progress in the organization and cleanliness of your house. If you’re getting tired, don’t fret: we’ve made HUGE strides and the end really is in sight!

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  • Melissa

    I am really loving this guide! It helps to keep me focused, and I am finding that a little work every day is more satisfying than a full day’s work any time. I especially love the homemade cleaning solutions (this is how I found your site), and I think they work better than anything I have ever bought! The best part is I don’t feel sick after using them.I am even using the homemade laundry detergent (works great!) My question for you today: do you have a recipe for a homemade toilet bowl cleaner? I HATE using chemicals, especially flushing them down to contaminate mother earth. Also, I feel sick after using them. I would prefer a homemade recipe. If it works as well as all the others, I would be thrilled! Thanks!


    • Katie Berry

      Melissa, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the guide! Like you, I’d rather do a little every day than spend all day on a project. I have an infuriatingly large house — it sounded like a good idea at the time, but it takes me FOREVER to clean it. Every time I’ve tried to do it all at once I’ve wound up injured, sore and/or sick. Now I just break things into steps and stay on top of my routines.

      As for toilet bowl cleaner, I use the scrub listed here. If you turn the water to the tank off (for those who don’t know how, it’s the silver nozzle on the wall behind your tank) and flush, you’ll pretty much drain the bowl. Sprinkle the scrub on, then grab a brush or even a sponge and scrub away. Let it sit, turn the water back on, and flush. It only takes a few minutes, and it works great.

      Interestingly, Alka Seltzer tablets (the kind for tummies, not colds) work brilliantly, too. Drop them into the bowl and let them fizz, then scrub and flush!

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