Anxiously Cleaning: Week Two

So the big question is: How are you feeling after Week One? Do you think that breaking down your tasks is helping you? I know for me, it’s just been a relief getting rid of so much extra… stuff. Almost like a heavy weight lifted and I can breath a little easier.

Entering into week two, the goal is to turn our focus on the one place that my husband spends the most time, and probably the only room in the house I can go to and not be disturbed. The bathroom!!! LOL – kidding, sorta.

The bathroom is an important place, and it’s so easy to let stuff collect in there because of how little time we are actually in there. We don’t see it so “out of sight, out of mind”.

If you have multiple bathrooms like I do, don’t worry. There’s no need to focus on more than one at a time. Just repeat the week (or days) as many times as you need in order to get it done for all your bathrooms.

Secondary to the bathrooms, we’re going to take a walk down the “hallway” (or at least that’s where it is in my house) and get to your coat closets, linen closets and supply closets.

Download your PDF for this week: Anxiously Cleaning – Week Two

Day One: Monday

Supplies: Trash bag, a clean open space for sorting (it doesn’t matter if this is a table or the floor, whatever works), spray cleaner, a cleaning rag, and a toilet brush.

Daily Tasks: do ONE load of laundry from start to finish, including putting the clothes away.

Daily Goal: Clean out under the sink! I don’t know about anyone else, but that seems to be my ‘catch-all’ for any item that I don’t know were else to store in my bathroom. And I won’t lie, 90% of the time I forget it’s even down there. Let’s just get rid of it!

Extra Tasks: These are optional tasks you can complete today that will help “finish” your spring cleaning efforts. Clean your toilet (I know, you did it last week as part of your daily task, but those suckers get dirty quick!) both inside the bowl and wipe down the outside. Clean your sink inside the bowl and wipe down the exterior of the bowl if necessary, or the cabinet that it sits in.

Day Two: Tuesday

Supplies: Broom, Dust Pan, Mop, Spray Cleaner or Mopping Solution, Bag or Box for donations, Bag or Box for trashed items

Daily Tasks: do ONE load of laundry from start to finish, including putting the clothes away; spend 5 minutes or less and clean your entryway (whatever this might mean for you: put items away, hang up coats, put away umbrellas, wipe down the door and surrounding areas, etc); spend 5 minutes or less and take all your trash (from any trashcan in the house) out to the bins.

Daily Goal: The bathroom shelves/over-the-toilet storage. Today is about the other storage areas in your bathroom that don’t involve a sink. It might be a metal shelf over your toilet, a free-standing cabinet, floating shelves… I don’t care what it looks like, we’re just gonna tackle it today! For me this space is where I store my makeup, my towels, extra bath products, and tends to be where I set things to get them out of my way when I’m trying to get to the sink. Get everything out of/off of the space, wipe it down well, and replace what you use. Throw out anything that’s past its expiration (don’t forget… makeup expires too) or that is no longer useful or beneficial to you. If you horde travel size items like I tend to do, maybe make a special trip to a Women’s shelter and donate those unopened Holiday Inn shampoo bottles to someone who might desperately need it.

Extra Tasks: While you have your broom/vacuum/mops out, use them to wipe down your walls. You can thank me later because if you’re like me those suckers are dirty and you probably didn’t even realize how bad they got over the last year! Clean the baseboards. Wipe down the doors, door frames, and windows (if you have them). Oh and I guess you better sweep and mop while you’ve got all your supplies in there.

Day Three: Wednesday

Supplies: a bag or box for donations, a trash bag, a clean open space for sorting (it doesn’t matter if this is a table or the floor, whatever works), spray cleaner, and a cleaning rag, broom, dust pan, and mop.

Daily Tasks: do ONE load of laundry from start to finish, including putting the clothes away; spend ten minutes or less and clean up one area in your home that needs it most (try not to go over the ten minute window – this way we can avoid burnout before the real work has begun).

Daily Goal: The Linen Closet. Lets get rid of some sheet..(s).. or towels, or blankets, or whatever it is that you keep in your linen closet. Mine also happens to be where I store my extra toilet paper and paper towels. Take everything off those shelves, wipe them down, and replace only the items that you actually use. Donate the sheets that you don’t need, or throw them out if they’re stained or have holes.

Extra Tasks: If you’re really feeling this space, then wipe down the walls inside the closet as well. You can also take it a little further by wiping down the door inside and out, and get those floors in there swept and mopped.

Day Four: Thursday

Supplies: a bag or box for donations, a trash bag, a clean open space for sorting (it doesn’t matter if this is a table or the floor, whatever works), spray cleaner, and a cleaning rag, broom, dust pan, and mop.

Daily Tasks: do ONE load of laundry from start to finish, including putting the clothes away; spending ten minutes or less, do a load of dishes, clean out your dishwasher, wipe down your sink, or anything else that’s necessary in that space.

Daily Goal: The Coat Closet. Going back to yesterday, we’re going to “rinse and repeat”. Get all those old coats out, including any items that might linger on the floor or shelving (if you have it) in this space. For some that might be a LOT of stuff, but just take it one item at a time. Once the space is cleaned out, wipe it all down, and put back only the items you intend to keep AND USE. Coats are a commodity in the winter so consider making it a goal to get rid of and donate as many as you can. (**When donating, make it a jacket that can be useful if possible – not your old sweater with holes in it, or the blazer that doesn’t fit you any longer – I’m talking about thick winter coats here**).

Extra Tasks: Keeping on with this same method of repeating yesterday’s tasks, again you can take it a step further by wiping down walls, doors inside and out, and get that broom and mop going in this space.

Day Five: Friday

Supplies: spray cleaner, cleaning rag, broom, dust pan, and mop.

Daily Tasks: do ONE load of laundry from start to finish, including putting the clothes away.

Daily Goal: The Hallway. Generally, the hallway isn’t a space that we normally think of as cluttered. And you’re probably right… but it can be dirty without being cluttered. I know in my home, it’s usually the space I skip over when cleaning because I also don’t think of it as traditionally “dirty”: i.e. clothes on the floor, toys to be picked up, furniture to clean under. But that’s exactly why it’s a good idea to include it in your spring clean – because it normally isn’t our go-to area when we do our daily cleaning routines. Take down the pictures, mirrors, or anything else currently hanging on your walls. Wipe the walls thoroughly. I like using my ‘Swiffer’ for this. If you don’t have one of those then use your rag, and a step stool (aka chair) to help reach . Replace all your hanging items, wiping them down completely as you place them back on your wall.

Extra Tasks: Clean your baseboards, the air vent(s), your A/C closet door, as well as sweep and mop (or vacuum if your house is carpeted) this space.

Day Six: Saturday

Supplies: a bag or box for donations, a trash bag, a clean open space for sorting (it doesn’t matter if this is a table or the floor, whatever works), spray cleaner, and a cleaning rag, broom, dust pan, and mop.

Daily Tasks: do ONE load of laundry from start to finish, including putting the clothes away; spending 20 minutes or less, wipe down the exterior of your appliances (refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee maker, washer, dryer, etc) and maybe get rid of some of those lingering sticky hand prints that forever seem to be finding their way onto those items. In my house, apparently “no one” knows how it happens, they just appear.

Daily Goal: The Supply Closet. So if your supply closet and another closet we’ve already done, are one in the same, then feel free to find another closet to apply these same tactics to. MY supply closet is also where I hide those few decorations that I somehow manage to forget I’ve left out for the first three months after Christmas. By now I assume you know the drill, but get that stuff out and clean the space. Replace and purge as you go.

Extra Tasks: wipe down walls, doors inside and out, and get that broom and mop going in this space.

Day Seven: Sunday

Supplies: spray cleaner and a cleaning rag.

Daily Tasks: wash your curtains! All of them!

Daily Goal: Today’s daily goal and daily tasks are one in the same. Get all your curtains washed! While they are removed from the curtain rods, use this time to wipe down your curtain rods and clean your windows (beneficial to do often and I never realized that before I started doing it – there’s so much light in here!).

Extra Tasks: If you REALLY want to get serious about cleaning your windows, take a walk outside and clean the exterior of them as well…. I don’t know about yours, but mine desperately need this.

Weekly Thoughts:

I realized after talking to a few people about the series and whether or not they felt it beneficial, that not everyone will have mountains of laundry like we do. My kids AND my husband wear uniforms to school and work, so that amounts to clothes needing to be washed quite a bit more often seeing as how I generally only buy about three to four days worth of clothing. But they also change clothes like they’re going out of style, and before I can even tell them to put their relatively unused clothes away, something has spilled or stepped or mushed into the now dirty clothes…

I guess where I’m going with this is simply this: keep in mind that this is merely a guideline. I have enough laundry that I can wash everyday – even if I’m completely caught up on everything else. But you might use that time to wash sheets or blankets. Or barring that, just pick a space or an item to focus your time. Set a timer and shoot for 5-10 minutes.

Much love,

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