Here are some more tips for speed cleaning:
- Don't rinse or wipe a surface until you are sure it's clean. Once you can tell the dirt is dislodged, then wipe.- For mildew and soap scum on bathroom tiles, spray with cleaner and allow it to work awhile before wiping it away.
- Use two hands. Finish one step with one hand and start the next with the other.
- Clean pictures a few times a year. Clean mirrors as you get to them.
- Clean objects on top of a table first, then the table. Dust legs last.
- Use a whisk broom to reach spots too difficult to get to with a vacuum cleaner.
Faust has some simple formulations for making your own cleaning products:
- For an all-purpose cleaner, combine 1/2 cup household ammonia with 1/3 cup washing soda (borax) and 1 gallon warm water. Funnel into a spray bottle or use a sponge to apply it.
- For cleaning glass, combine 1/2 cup household ammonia with 2 quarts water and 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent. Or combine 2 tablespoons white vinegar with 1 quart warm water.
- To clean toilet bowls, put 1/2 cup chlorine bleach in the bowl and let stand for five minutes. Scrub with brush and flush.
Books and Web sites that can help:
- Jeff Campbell's books are: "Speed Cleaning," "Spring Cleaning" and "Clutter Control." His books, products and tips are available at http://www.thecleanteam.com.
- Michelle Passoff, author of "Lighten Up! Free Yourself from Clutter," has a Web site at http:www.freefromclutter.com
- Other books include, "It's Here . . . Somewhere" by Alice Fulton and Pauline Hatch; "Clutter Free" by Don Aslett; several by Sandra Fulton, queen of the "Messies: Messie's Superguide," "The Messie Motivator," "Messie No More" and "The Messies Manual: The Procrastinator's Guide to Good Housekeeping"; "Organize Your Home: Simple Routines for Managing Your Household" by Ronnie Eisenberg and Kate Kelly; also by Kate Kelly, "You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy!?"
- The Slob Sisters (Sidetracked Home Executives) have a site at http://www.columbian.com/Slobsisters/
There's more than enough information out there, but as one clutterer remarked on a Web site: "I've noticed the 'organizationally impaired' buy tons of organizational books. The problem is that knowledge doesn't seem to translate into action. I KNOW what I need to do - I just don't DO IT."