Are you ready to feel like you just gained a super power? That’s what today’s episode is going to give you. I’m so excited to tell you about these really, I want to say fun, I mean I love to make things fun. It really can be so much fun getting into your house and cleaning it once you’ve figured out some hacks and some systems to make it that much better.
I’m going to be telling you about the 10 things you can clean in less than 10 minutes so that your house can feel super clean without the headache of constantly deep cleaning. Yes I know, I teach a deep cleaning rotation and it’s one of the most beautiful things we do in our family, but on top of that I want you to be able to feel like in the small cracks of your day, you can actually do the things! You can finally keep up with your house, you can truly live in a house that doesn’t look like it’s been lived in by pigs.
I don’t know if you remember the book that my mother always read to me called “Jillian Jillian Jillian Jigs, It Looks Like Your Room Has Been Lived In By Pigs”. That sometimes is what we all end up feeling like. I want you to know it doesn’t have to be overbearing, it doesn’t have to be over complicated. It truly can be just a simple 10 minutes in your day and that can make all the difference. That can be this source of change and joy and excitement and really make you feel like you have a super power, like you are conquering it and you are finally doing it.
If you want to know how to get that done, you want to know these 10 things that truly stand alone, can be started and completed within 10 minutes, then I say let’s get straight into today’s episode where I am going to bear it all!
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Some of you follow along very closely to my life and what I share of it online and in my Facebook group, especially for those of you that are in the Academy, you get to know me a little bit more. You will know that I have been slightly hunkered down lately. Back at the end of the year before Christmas, I got a gnarly head cold, I got better, went to the gym and had Christmas, then we got a funny little virus and it blew through my house. I took the time that I needed to honor my body and to rest and feel good. I really unplugged from social media, the gym, cleaning my house, really just unplugged from everything except sitting on the couch and watching movies with my kids and my husband and making sure that people had food and all the other naturopathic things that we do, bone broth, all the things.
Now that I have been unplugged from basically everything, I’m really getting back into all my systems. It’s been really interesting to see how much I’ve been able to accomplish in just really small cracks of my day. That’s a lot of where the inspiration for this episode came from. This truly has been my thing all along, just indefinitely and it may have been something that I just picked up over the years. My gut tells me that it’s probably something that my mother did. Sometimes she listens to my episodes and I’ll get a text message and she will tell me that she used to do this or that and I realize that’s where I got it from. This is one of those things where I feel like it’s such a disservice for me to not tell you about this because of how unbelievably, I don’t want to say in control, but I feel like I’ve got a really great command of keeping a clean house.
Keeping A Clean House
Now we aren’t going to be talking about keeping a tidy house, we are going to be talking about keeping a clean house. This is outside of the cleaning rotation we talk about where you are cleaning your toilets, bathtubs, floors and baseboards, sheets, all the things a typical house cleaner would do. That’s not what we are talking about here. I’m going to give you 10 things that you likely are not cleaning right now and probably haven’t been cleaned in a really long time, or they just don’t get cleaned regularly. That’s totally ok. I’m right there with you.
It is so much easier than you know to actually get these 10 things cleaned, and there is probably so many more. This is just a quick list of things that I know that gets done very quickly from start to finish in 10 minutes or less.
I am definitely not going to tell you to clean your ceiling fans in this list, because guess what, it takes a bazillion hours just to get up there. It is not a 10 minute job. Think of it like this. Instead of picking up my cell phone, I’m going to clean the things, or the kids are playing well together, I could probably sit and rest, but I am going to tackle this thing instead. So that is what I want you to understand and to know about the beauty of this system.
Whenever you go into a certain room, a certain situation, a certain place, I want you to keep these 10 things in the back of your mind to know that this really can be super straightforward and simple to really get in there and clean these 10 places. The other fun thing you can do is set a timer for 10 minutes, write these 10 things down, and over the next 10 days, set the timer and each day go clean them. It is so simple.
Quick Cleaning Tips: What You Need On Hand
You don’t need much to clean these 10 things. All you need is an all purpose spray, a rag, or if you aren’t in that reusable phase of your life yet, you probably will be by the time you get done hanging with me. At least that is my hope that the undertone of most of my podcasts will lead you to the bright clean side where we don’t buy paper towels anymore. We also don’t buy the pre-made disinfectant wipes to clean the whole house with. We have a glass bottle that we refill and make our own all purpose spray.
That is the main goal of the game over here. But either way, no judgement will be passed. You can use your wipes, or you can use your all purpose spray, whatever you tend to use will work great. I love having my all purpose spray under my kitchen counter. I also have one in my cleaning tote and then I have a bunch of cleaning rags so it is quick and easy anytime I find that little crack in the day. I love to make sure my house feels clean. Let me tell you the 10 things I get to clean in a small 10 minute window in my day.
10 things to clean in less than 10 minutes each to keep a clean house
Quick Cleaning Tip #1 – cupboards
The first thing on the list are the cupboards. I don’t mean the inside of the cupboards. I mean the doors. Which I hope in our new home that we have open shelving. Until I have open shelving, I will be cleaning my cupboard doors. if you have ever stood and looked at your kitchen cabinets or your cupboard doors, the bottom and the upper ones, if you look at them from different angles, you will realize…they get gross. I clean them at least twice a month if not every week.
Quick Cleaning Tip #2 – water and ice dispenser
Second is your water and ice dispenser. The exterior of your refrigerator and that little ice dispenser, that can all be very easily cleaned in 10 minutes tops. Pop out the tray, spray it and let it soak and spray the rest heavily with the all purpose spray and scrub in hot water, then they will be sparkling clean and back to normal.
Quick Cleaning Tip #3 – silverware organizer
The third thing is one of my favorites! I am just dying to know how often do you do this? Your silverware organizer. Tell me, how is it the only time you are using those things and putting the silverware in there is when they are clean but it is the strangest place that crumbs end up. There are always crumbs in the silverware organizer. Go look at it now, there are sprinkles and cookie crumbs and crackers. There are things in there and I don’t know how they got in there. Do yourself a favor. Spend the three minutes and wipe it down. It will make you feel so good!
Quick Cleaning Tip #4 – mirrors
Four is your mirrors. I don’t use my all purpose sprayer for this. I have a window cleaner that has vinegar in it, but I actually got a Norwex cleaning cloth. I will buy those for the rest of my life. They are absolutely amazing. Talk about streak free! I can get most of the mirrors done in my house in 10 minutes. That is the greatest feeling when you walk by the mirror and see yourself without all the sticky finger prints.
Quick Cleaning Tip #5 – washer and dryer
Five. Your washer and dryer. Now, I don’t mean pushing the button for self clean. I mean, when is the last time you have cleaned the soap dispenser out? Go look. I bet you it is nasty. I am always cleaning the washing machine, the soap dispenser cup, the top, the lid, the buttons, the dryer too! Put a load in and then take 10 minutes to clean the washer and dryer while you are in there. It will feel so much better when it’s done!
Quick Cleaning Tip #6 – kitchen chairs
Six is something that I can guarantee you probably haven’t even thought about cleaning anytime recently. Kitchen chairs. This one, I promise you there is something that got spilled that ran down one of your kitchen chairs and hardened almost like glue and it has a little nub on the bottom where it just sat there and dried. It needs you to clean it one day in a 10 minute window of opportunity. It needs you quite badly. We just switched to metal chairs and they are so easy to clean. I absolutely love it. If you have cushions, throw them bad boys in the wash, spray all the chairs down, wipe them, then move on with your life and give yourself a big pat on the back.
Quick Cleaning Tip #7 – behind the toilets
Seven. This is not fun but it really only does take two seconds. Behind the toilets. Look, we clean the toilets on a regular basis, but it is literally only me that will clean the floors all the way behind the toilets. Every once in a while it needs to be done. I grab my all purpose spray and my dirty rags, we have rags that we use for grimy things that we don’t mix with other stuff, I spray that and wipe it up then move on and it is amazing. You should do it this week because it is probably one of the things that has the most relief. You know when something is really dirty, then you clean it and it looks amazing, cleaning behind the toilet is definitely one of those things.
Quick Cleaning Tips #8 – touch points
Eight is what I call touch points. I feel like lately touch points have been cleaned at least once a week at our house. Touch points are your high traffic touch areas. All your light switches, remotes, cell phones, doorknobs, refrigerator handles, microwave handles, coffee maker, water dispenser, pantry door, all those high touch points where people go regularly. It is a quick 10 minute job. I just take my spray and do a loop and spray all the touch points, then do another loop and wipe them all down.
Another place is the stair rails. It gets so gross when I haven’t done it a month or so. Even the walls. I get down where my kids are and I can see right where they are constantly hanging their fingers around the corner when they go around the wall. It’s a high touch point. If you take 10 minutes to look at one spot you are going to see where it is the most gross, dirty, brown, it will change colors and you know that is a high touch point. Commit those spots to memory and then just go through and do the high touch point cleanup in less than 10 minutes.
Quick Cleaning Tip #9 – the trash can
Nine is the trash can. When was the last time you ever cleaned your trash can? What I typically do is clean under the trash can, around the trash can, and the wall where the trash can is. Then there are some that need the inside cleaned as well. If you have a normal plastic trash can that you put your plastic bag in, it’s still probably really dirty inside and it truly will only take you 10 minutes to clean that bad boy out. I guarantee that you will feel like you are winning at life if you get your trash can cleaned out for the first time in heaven only knows how long.
Quick Cleaning Tip #10 – appliances
Alright. here is it, number ten. These are your appliances. I absolutely love cleaning out my appliances except my oven, which is probably why my fire alarm goes off all the time because I never clean out my oven. It’s because I haven’t found an oven cleaner that is non toxic that I trust and love. We tried to do a self clean on the oven and it was so bad. The coffee maker, espresso machine, refrigerator, microwave, top of the stove, the blender. They all need cleaned.
10 minutes can make all the difference
It’s not just about saying you have 10 minutes. It’s about putting your phone away and also when you are in the space, it’s usually the kitchen right? But not always, if I am somewhere where there are high touch points, or I am in my room and I see my mirrors are dirty, I don’t make excuses for why I am going to do it later. I just pick up the rag, pick up the spray, and because I make them so accessible to me, it’s really easy for me to do this over and over and over again. I grab them and do it, then put it away and go right back to what I was doing.
That is how you can and should be integrating these little micro parts of cleaning around your house so that you really do feel like you have got it together. There is no real science to it, but I really do hope you come over inside of the Facebook community and tell me which of these you try, or even challenge yourself to just do one every day for the next 10 days. I know and I believe that you absolutely do have the power to manage all of the things that you are managing and I know that sometimes it seems super overwhelming. It’s the little things like this that truly will make a difference. I would love if you would take this in to your life and apply it and actually use this information you are learning.
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