The Area of Focus from Sunday, March 15th to Saturday, March 21st is Your Bedroom, Closet, and Bathroom–Cleaning Checklist

Master Bedroom Checklist

Work from Top to Bottom and around the room in whichever direction you want.

  • DSCN0055Is your bed made? (D)
  • Are there cobwebs that need to be removed?(M)
  • Are there any burnt out bulbs in the light fixtures?(M)
  • Do the light fixtures need to be cleaned?(M)
  • Are the ceiling fans clean?(M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean?(M)
  • Is the woodwork and walls free of fingerprints and marks?(M)
  • Are the sheets clean? (W)The duvet? The dust ruffle? The Mattress pad?(M)
  • Are the surfaces (night tables, dressers, tables) free of clutter?(D)
  • Does the furniture need to be polished?(M) Dusted?(W)
  • Are your drawers and cabinets in order?(M)
  • What’s under the bed?(M)

The Closet:

  • IMG_0075Are the shelves in order?(M)
  • Are the hanging clothes in order, clean, in good repair?(M)
  • Are the shoes in order?(M)
  • Are there items stored in your closet that should/could be stored elsewhere like the attic?(M)
  • Does the floor need to be dust mopped or vacuumed? Does the carpet need to be shampooed or spot cleaned?(M)

Cleaning Checklist for Your Bath

  • DSCN0054Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—I wipe mine out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • Clean toilet (every Monday) (W)
  • Clean tub after every use. Clean and wax shower. -(Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR) (M/S)
  • Clean shower door—Lemon juice works. You can even slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)
  • Clean mirror (W)
  • Polish countertop (W)
  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • Clean grout (M or EOM)
  • Wipe down woodwork, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door and window frames (M)
  • Clean blinds (M/S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (S)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs (M)
  • Clean scale (M)
  • Wash floors (Every Thursday)
  • Empty trash. (as needed)
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The Area of Focus from February 15th to 21st–The Master Bedroom, Closet and En Suite Bathroom

Master Bedroom Checklist

DSCN0056Work from Top to Bottom and around the room in whichever direction you want.

  • Is your bed made? (D)
  • Are there cobwebs that need to be removed?(M)
  • Are there any burnt out bulbs in the light fixtures?(M)
  • Do the light fixtures need to be cleaned?(M)
  • Are the ceiling fans clean?(M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean?(M)
  • Is the woodwork and walls free of fingerprints and marks?(M)
  • Are the sheets clean? (W)The duvet? The dust ruffle? The Mattress pad?(M)
  • Are the surfaces (night tables, dressers, tables) free of clutter?(D)
  • Does the furniture need to be polished?(M) Dusted?(W)
  • Are your drawers and cabinets in order?(M)
  • What’s under the bed?(M)

The Closet:

  • IMG_0075Are the shelves in order?(M)
  • Are the hanging clothes in order, clean, in good repair?(M)
  • Are the shoes in order?(M)
  • Are there items stored in your closet that should/could be stored elsewhere like the attic?(M)
  • Does the floor need to be dust mopped or vacuumed? Does the carpet need to be shampooed or spot cleaned?(M)

Cleaning Checklist for Your Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—I wipe mine out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • DSCN0054Clean toilet (every Monday) (W)
  • Clean tub after every use. Clean and wax shower. -(Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR) (M/S)
  • Clean shower door—Lemon juice works. You can even slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)
  • Clean mirror (W)
  • Polish countertop (W)
  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • Clean grout (M or EOM)
  • Wipe down woodwork, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door and window frames (M)
  • Clean blinds (M/S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (S)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs (M)
  • Clean scale (M)
  • Wash floors (Every Thursday)
  • Empty trash. (as needed)

Today is Friday the 23rd Day of January 2015–Wrap Up the Week Day—Be On The Alert!

Today is Friday the 23rd Day of January 2015–Wrap Up the Week Day—Be On The Alert!

Each Friday:

  • Clean Out the Car
  • Clean Out Your Purse, Diaper Bag, Backpack, Computer Bag or Whatever Goes Out the Door with You When You Leave for a While or the Day.
  • Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home—Give Special Attention to Your Area of Focus—Your Entry and Dining Room
The Hall Table
The Hall Table

The Area of Focus through Wednesday the 28th is The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room. Then on Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th the focus is on the Family Bathroom(s).

Be on the ALERT! – A few weeks ago we started a new year, fresh with good intentions. It’s been 3 weeks and some of our intentions may be wavering. It’s time to review what you hoped to accomplish and refocus.

Each day I have shared One Small Area for a Major Declutter. Let’s see where we are and where we are going. This is the document I shared at the beginning of the year (This is a document that can be found under the Files tab):

Launch Your Year with a Major Declutter

Get rid of the excess, throw away trash and whatever cannot be reused or repaired, put what you have in order so it can be easily used. Don’t try to decorate an area until you have gotten rid of clutter, put everything in order, and clean. In each storage area (cabinet, shelf, drawer) remove everything and replace only what needs to be stored there. Do not take out anymore than you can put away in ten minutes. Take however much time you need in each area. When you become tired and distracted quit, put everything away and do something else. If you try to push on when you are tired and distracted you will have to redo the work. As you finish each area dust, vacuum, sweep, and mop.

Our HomeArea One: Begin by going out to the street and looking at the first view of your home that your family and friend see as they arrive at your home.

  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make it better?

Area Two: Take a close look outside your front door

Our Front Porch--I'm looking forward to Spring!
Our Front Porch–I’m looking forward to Spring!
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?

Area Three: The Entry

  • Is there a place for bags and backpacks?
  • Is there a pile of coats and boots?
  • Is there a place for keys?
  • Are flat surfaces orderly and clear?
  • What can you do to make entry into your home easier and more pleasant?
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?

Area Four: The Coat Closet

  • Take everything out and replace only what belongs there—coats and hangers for coats of guests?

    The Coat Closet
    The Coat Closet
  • A shoe bag on the door is ideal for hats, gloves, and other items you need to get out the door.
  • What space do you have for additional storage in this closet? How will you use it? Store items close to where they are used.
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make it better?

Area Five: The Powder Room

  • What needs to be repaired?DSCN0035
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?

Area Six: The Living Room

  • Are all flat surfaces clear and orderly?
  • Is your upholstered furniture clean? Does it need to be vacuumed? Check under the cushions.
  • Deal with each storage area—end tables, entertainment center—as you come to it.DSCN0041
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?
  • Challenge Area: your magazines, games, and videos

Area Seven: The Dining Room

  • Are all flat surfaces clear and orderly?
  • Deal with each storage area as you come to it—one area at a time—buffet, china cabinet, hutch.

    My China Cabinet Display the things you like instead of just storing them
    My China Cabinet
    Display the things you like instead of just storing them
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?
  • How do you store your linens? I hang my most used linens in the coat closet. I store place mats on a skirt hanger. Less frequently linens are in the back of one of the closets in a guest bedroom.

Area Eight: The Kitchen

  • Work around the room dealing with one small area at a time.
  • Reserve the front 2/3rd of your counter space as work area. Keep décor and small appliances on the back 1/3rd of your flat surfaces.
  • Organize your kitchen like a grocery store—keep like items together. Stock from the back with newer items behind older
  • Reframe the idea of your junk drawer as your kitchen utility drawerDSCN0037
  • Treat your refrigerator as a cold storage area
  • Store less frequently used spices in the freezer
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?
  • Challenge areas: cookbook shelf, and under the kitchen sink

Remaining Areas— in each of these areas:

  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?

Master BedroomDSCN0056

  • Bedside tables
  • Dresser
  • Challenge Area–Jewelry

Master Bedroom Closet

  • ShelfIMG_0075
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Spouse’s clothes and shoes
  • I use shoe bags on the backs of every closet throughout the house. In my bedroom closet I use the shoe bag for accessories, clothing care items like the razor I use to remove pilling from sweaters, scissors, shoe polish

Master BathroomDSCN0054

  • Drawers
  • Closet
  • Challenge areas—toiletries and makeup

Children’s Rooms

  • Drawers
  • Closet
  • Challenge: Toy Storage, Bookcase, Children’s desks

Bathrooms

  • Drawers
  • Cabinet
  • Closet
  • Challenge Area—under the sink storage

Laundry

Laundry Area
Laundry Area
  • Wipe down your appliances and keep them looking new
  • Storage Area

Craft Room

  • Do not keep craft items that you will never use.
  • Store like with like—stamping, cardmaking, scrapbooking, needlework

Office

Do not store papers you will never need again.  Shred papers with personal information like social security number and account number

  • Desk drawers
  • Bookcase
  • Closet
  • Challenge—computer disks,

Attic

The Attic
The Attic

Garage

Back Deck

Car

  • Console
  • Glove compartment
  • Trunk

When you have finished take time to go back and clean the windows and blinds.

When you have finished it is important to maintain what you have done. Maintenance takes only a few minutes but doing it over can take major time. When you see something out of place, quickly put it away. It makes all the difference.

Love and Hugs,

Mary