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IN THE BATHROOM
Here, cleaning equals disinfecting, so roll up your sleeves and use your products wisely.
- Rinse the shower. Right before you step out of the stall, take advantage of a handheld showerhead and use it to quickly rinse the walls and door, or use a squeegee. You'll cut down on soapy residue.
- Freshen up. You don't really need to watch yourself in the mirror as you swish around your mouthwash, so why not make it a habit to wipe down the bathroom counter, faucet and other surfaces while you wait? A quick minute later, you'll have fresh, minty breath and a sparkling sink to boot!
On cleaning day
- Tackle the ickiest tasks first. Get the toilet out of the way: Scrub the bowl, wipe it down inside and out, and clean the surrounding floor. Once you're done, the rest of the room will seem like a piece of cake.
- Launder regularly. Toss bath rugs and floor mats into the laundry once a week.
- Wait it out. Mildew removers, spot cleaners and disinfectants take a while to do their thing. So be patient: Spray, move on to another task and come back to scrub. Otherwise, you're wasting time, money and effort since you have to use more product to get results.
- Make it shine. Clean mirrors with old newspapers instead of paper towels to cut down on unnecessary waste.
- Clean similar surfaces together, working with one set of products until you're done.
IN THE BEDROOM
This sanctuary is all about comfort and rest. Keeping it neat creates a peacefulness that is conducive to sleep. The bed is the star of your room, so be sure to make it every morning.
- Have linens handy. If possible, store each bedroom's sheets and pillowcases in that room, whether they're in a dresser drawer, on a closet shelf or even in a stowaway caddy under the bed. Then the weekly changing won't require multiple trips to the linen closet.
- Plant a coat tree. The best insurance against clothes all over the floor? Provide a convenient place to hang clothes at the end of the day. Also, keep a hamper in each bedroom to collect dirty items. Make sure there's enough room in drawers to put things away.
On cleaning day
- Cut clutter. Address accumulated stuff by starting at one point (the bureau, for instance) and working your way around the room clockwise. Dust the furniture with a damp cloth as you proceed, and don't forget to wipe down windowsills and the tops of mirrors.
- Back up. Vacuum backward as you walk slowly out of the room. That way, you're not tracking anything on the clean areas.