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Expecting company? Need to quickly tidy your home? Here’s a 10 Minute Quick Cleaning Guide to make your home presentable no matter what the occasion!
I’ve never wondered about my personality type. I’m Type A through and through. A place for everything, and everything in it’s place. I hate running late. Crossing items off of a to-do list is one of my favorite things.
I’m comfortable with owning my Type-A tendencies, but one thing that can sometimes irk others (and even drive me mad, at times) is my inability to relax if my home is in disarray. I like a clean and tidy home. ‘Tis true.
What I don’t have is plenty of time to clean up as often as is needed with a family of five. So, as luck would have it, I’m usually scrambling before company comes over, or using up precious post-kids-in-bed-relaxing-time to clean. I’ve gotten pretty good at it, and thought I’d share….
My 10 Minute Quick Cleaning Guide:
Step 1: Occupy the rug rats. The e-card stating, “Trying to clean with the kids around is like eating Oreos while brushing your teeth” is totally true. If the kids are loose in the house, find away to distract them from making messes. In my house this means either throwing them in the back yard to play or handing them their Kindles. Now, it’s go time.
Step 2: Grab a laundry basket and go through the ‘public’ rooms. Spend three minutes tossing in anything that doesn’t belong. Laundry, a bajillion legos, your husband’s shoes, etc. Put any dirty dishes in the dishwasher (if empty) or in the sink, if it’s full. Now is not the time for perfection.
Step 3: Take a quick peek in the bathroom. If your house is anything like mine, chances are someone (any of the boys), forgot to flush. So do your guests a favor and check. Grab a bottle of Windex® Original Glass Cleaner and wipe clean the mirror, counters and toilet.
Windex® Original Glass Cleaner, available at Harris Teeter, is perfect for so many of the surfaces throughout the home including windows, mirrors, sealed granite and marble, glass shower doors, chrome bathroom fixtures, and more.
Finally, replace the hand towel and make sure there’s plenty of TP.
Step 4: Time to hit the kitchen. Once again, bust out that bottle of Windex®. Wipe down the appliances and counter tops, toss out the garbage if full, and give it a quick sweep, if necessary. Let’s be honest, at this point, just pick up that giant ball of dog hair and call it a day.
The dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding thinks Windex® can fix pretty much anything. And as far as I’m concerned, I agree. Once my home is clean, I automatically feel worlds better.
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And now that you’ve rocked out the ten minute routine, here are a few tips to maintain it:
- Containment! I live for storage containers. Toys, clothes, shoes, you name it… in my house, everything can easily be tucked away into a basket, box, or bin.
- Wall and Door Hooks! Put ’em anywhere stuff tends to collect. Makes it super easy to stash coats, towels, backpacks and bags so they aren’t left on the floor.
- Dual-Purpose Cleaning Supplies! Why have five cleaners when one can cover it! I keep Windex® Original Glass Cleaner in a few key places throughout the house so it’s always nearby no matter what kind of disaster make strike.
- Educate! Sure, he’s only 18 months, but my little James loves to “tidy”! It’s never to early to teach your children where things belong.
Have any additional quick tips for getting your house in tidied up?