Easy Cleaning Tips And Hard Questions

Hello my sweet friends.  I’m excited to share some easy cleaning tips with you today, but first I need you to answer some deep, life altering questions.

  1.  Why do dogs shed?
  2. Why do teenagers stink?
  3. Why can’t husbands see dirt?

Can you help?  I’m pretty sure that if I could find the answers to these questions, and then SOLVE them, life would be perfect.



That, my friends is my problem.  I desperately want a perfectly clean house, and I want everyone else who lives here to want that too.

It’s not that hard;  I want them to see the dirt that I see, worry about the dirt like I worry, and then clean up the dirt just like I would clean up the dirt.

Or even better, to not make dirt in the first place.  Hence the three questions.  I am a hot mess, with the emphasis on mess.


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Seeking that elusive house perfection, I’ve wasted lots of money on cleaning products,  tried every chore chart and cleaning schedule on Pinterest, and nagged my poor husband and children until I’m pretty sure they hide from me on the weekends.  I’ve also learned a few things that I think are worth sharing.  Ready?

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 Easy Cleaning Tips For Perfectionists


Number One:  Don’t try to clean the entire house in one day.  This cleaning rule from my childhood leads just doesn’t work with our lifestyle.  Doing a little each day helps keep the dirt and stress under control.  I clean the bathrooms on my days off from the hospital, and I try to deep clean one area a week.  What is on my every day list?



(“fluffing” can include decluttering, dusting, vacuuming, pillow fluffing, or any combination of those-I can’t relax in an “unfluffed” family room ;))

Number Two:  Don’t assume that the rest of your family will notice that something needs cleaned, and actually clean it.  Husbands and teenagers aren’t wired that way, and I am here to tell you that no amount of yelling will change that.  Ahem.  I’m not saying that you should do everything yourself, I’ve tried that and it doesn’t make for a happy home either.  ;)  Ask for help and teach your kids how to maintain a home; if everyone does a task per day your space will stay cleaner.

Number Three:  Make your own all purpose cleaner and use it to clean almost everything.   This will save you money and time.  I bought a pretty brown glass spray bottle and filled it with water, a squirt of Shaklee’s Basic H2, and several drops of Young Living’s Thieves essential oil.   I use this to clean counters, walls, door knobs, the inside of the microwave, dog slobber on every. darn. surface, and for damp dusting.  For the bathrooms, I use this homemade disinfecting spray from Clean Mama.




Number Four:  Purchase the cleaning tools that will make the job easier.  We are seriously in love with our Shark Navigator Vacuum,  and this microfiber duster.


Thank you so much for reading!  Please share your most useful cleaning tip in the comments, obviously I still need all the help I can get!


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