Cleaning Motivation: GET SERIOUS & Make Your House Sparkle

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Lacking cleaning motivation? Feeling overwhelmed or just generally can’t be bothered?

We know we need to clean but totally struggle with motivating ourselves to actually do it.

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A lot of people tend to find themselves in this situation where they want so badly for the house or apartment that they live in to be clean and tidy- yet when tasked with doing the actual work needed there is a reluctance because cleaning can seem like such an arduous chore. 

You know it’s true. You can’t keep your house clean if you’re not motivated to do so. Anyone who has tried knows that the mess just creeps back in without any effort whatsoever! But there are ways to stay motivated, and it just so happens that cleaning motivation has become my speciality on YouTube. I have 12 tricks for you here that will help make your house sparkle again!

YouTube Cleaning Motivation Videos – Tip 1

Obviously, I was gonna lead with this first tip. YouTube is full of motivation to get you in the mood for cleaning. Of course, there is my own channel below.

And there are so many other channels to look at too. Some of my favourite cleaning motivation channels on YouTube are:

Sarah Goldsmith – My Channel

Brianna K

Gemma Louise Miles

This Crazy Life

Sarah Goldsmith – My Channel again haha

You can subscribe to any of these cleaning motivation channels by clicking the name links.

Start With The Small Things – Tip 2 – Cleaning Motivation

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If you’re just not feeling it or feeling completely overwhelmed, then I recommend starting with something small like washing the dishes or loading the dishwasher.

Our lives are full of small tasks that lead to other tasks which eventually lead to the bigger picture. In this case a clean home.

You’ll spend less time on household chores if you just do a little each day. So stop waiting for the weekend and get started washing those dishes!

Make Cleaning Rewarding – Tip 3

Having a clean and tidy home is reward enough for me.

However, If you’re cleaning the house and find it to be tedious, take a break once in a while. Reward yourself for every completed task by taking time out of your day to do something that’s more fun than scrubbing floors.

This will make cleaning seem less like an obligation!

Get New Cleaning Tools – Tip 4 – Cleaning Motivation

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There’s no greater joy for me than taking out a new cloth or sponge to clean with. It looks and feels so nice but also, a new microfiber cloth or sponge, cleans so much better than an old raggedy one. This can reduce cleaning time significantly and make cleaning a breeze.

I recommend the Costco Kirkland Yellow Microfiber Cloths for cleaning cars, kitchens, bathrooms, dusting furniture, well, just about everything. How much more cleaning motivation do you need?

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Buy New Cleaning Solutions – Tip 5

Aside from cleaning with new tools. The cleaning sprays and solutions you use to clean could be the reason your cleaning motivation has up and left the building.

Using a good quality cleaning solution that smells amazing can be so motivating for some people. Just imagine when you’re all finished and the house smells fresher than ever!

My recommended cleaning solutions are listed below:

Mrs Meyers https://amzn.to/3hRapfc USA

Skoosh http://bit.ly/SGSkoosh Australia

Method https://amzn.to/3qTdv6C United Kingdom

All of these cleaning solutions are Eco friendly.

Keep A Cleaning Kit in Every Room – Tip 6

Why not remove the obstacles altogether?

I mean, isn’t it so soul-destroying to get all the way up the stairs to the bathroom only to find out it needs cleaning?

But! Going back downstairs, all the way to the kitchen or utility room just seems like too much hard work, so you shut the bathroom door and pretend it’s not happening.

Sound about right?

What I like to do is, keep a cleaning kit in every room. It’s not a massive kit, just a few microfiber cloths, a duster, some cleaning spray and a packet of wipes in each bathroom.

These small basket caddies are perfect to tuck away in a drawer with all your fave cleaning supplies in them:

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Turn Off Distractions – Tip 7

In my house, the TV is very rarely off. It’s hard to concentrate, hell, it’s blaring right now while I’m trying to think. My family are neanderthals, what can I say?

But if you seriously need some cleaning motivation, then turning off all the distractions is gonna drastically improve your productivity levels.

Take it one step further, turn off your phone too, lock the doors. Do whatever you can to get focused for an hour.

Turn On Some Music – Tip 8 – Cleaning Motivation

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When I was a kid, we knew sh@t was real when Tina Turner was turned on the record player. If Tina Turner came on that meant that Mam was about to have a serious clean!

Use this same method to motivate yourself to clean. Put some Tina Turner on, put some euro rave on, rap, whatever it is that gets you excited will motivate you to clean too.

I use the Amazon Show and the Echo devices to play music, this way, I can have it in every room as I make my way around the house. So motivational.

Use a Cleaning Checklist – Tip 9

Write yourself a checklist (or feel free to use mine) to break down your tasks and remember everything you need to clean.

A checklist not only keeps you on track but can also give you cleaning motivation by seeing each task being ticked off as it’s completed. Each completed task brings you closer to the finish line! How motivating is that?!

Make Cleaning Fun – Tip 10

A lot of our members in Keep It Clean Club are taking my advice from the habit-building section of the course. The advice, taken from James Clears book, Atomic Habits, states that making a task more attractive or fun makes the task easier.

What we’ve been doing for laundry folding specifically is, watching TV or a Netflix show while we fold laundry. Most of us don’t even realise we’re folding laundry and it’s done subconsciously while we enjoy doing something we find fun.

Try it next time you’re folding laundry.

Have a Place For Everything – Tip 11

Removing the obstacles from cleaning makes getting motivated to clean so much less of a chore.

Putting things away immediately after using them reduces the amount of clutter lying around and makes cleaning easier.

It’s so much more motivating to clean when you can see the surface you’re cleaning.

Get a Cleaning Routine -Tip 12

Cleaning motivation is a hell of a lot easier if you already know what your routine is. A good routine swings back to what I said earlier about a checklist. Using a combination of both reduces the friction between doing something and not wanting to do something.

In Keep It Clean Club, we use routines for daily tasks, weekly tasks and monthly tasks. Breaking it down into routines like this, helps us build habits and when a task becomes habitual, it becomes autonomous. Therefore, most of us don’t even know we’re cleaning when we are.

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You can build out your own routine or join us in Keep It Clean Club at sarahjanegoldsmith.com

Join A Like-Minded Community – Tip 13 Cleaning Motivation

Just like joining the gym to get inspiration and motivation. You can join a community of like-minded home keepers to get yourself some encouragement and cleaning motivation. I’ve mentioned Keep it Clean Club above which is our paid membership with so much guidance and perks. But, I also have a free community, My Free Facebook Group, Cleaning Hacks, Tips and Advice.

Please feel free to join us, the group is packed full of, you guessed it, hacks, tips, advice but also cleaning motivation. I post my cleaning motivation videos in there as well as my product reviews, how to’s and memes.

Conclusion

From routines to checklists and even down to your cleaning product arsenal. This post is sure to give you some cleaning motivation to tackle your to-do list today.

If you found this post helpful, pin it on Pinterest to your cleaning board.

Clean Your House in 1-Hour or Less – 11 Time-Saving Tips

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Clean your house in 1-hour? I know it sounds hard to believe but honestly, it is so achievable with a little bit of planning.

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The average person spends more than 3 hours a week on household chores. That’s over 150 hours every year! And that doesn’t include the time it takes to do laundry, wash dishes and vacuum carpets. It can be overwhelming to try to keep up with everything on your “to-do” list, especially when you have other commitments. But don’t worry–we’re here for you! We’ve compiled 12 quick tips that will help make cleaning your home easier so you can get back to doing what really matters in life: spending quality time with family and friends!

Clean Your House in 1-hour -Tip Number 1 Delegation

Obviously, delegation is at the top of my list because as I always say in every post, it is not only your responsibility but every other person in your household. But delegation doesn’t have to start and end with you and your family.

FOR EXAMPLE, I employ a gardener, an oven cleaner, a carpet cleaner and a window cleaner. Not all at the same time. But they take care of the tasks that I or anyone else in our household just doesn’t want to do.

Gardening

We arent a green-fingered family but we like a nice garden, so the gardener takes care of that for us and does a pretty stand up job, much better than we could do ourselves.

Oven Cleaner

As for the oven cleaner, he is a godsend. I despise cleaning the oven, not only because of the mess. But, because I know the professional oven cleaning guy can do a much better job than I can. He takes apart everything inside the oven, including the burners and dips in a huge tank of acid. Neither I or a standard domestic cleaning company have these kinds of tools so it makes sense to hire a professional if you want a professional job done. My oven cleaner cleans my range cooker oven for £70. That’s about the going rate. A domestic cleaning company armed with the same tools and cleaning supplies we all have at home will charge around £25-£35 for a standard oven. But their standard clean won’t be as higher quality as the professional oven cleaner.

I get my oven cleaned by a professional once or twice per year.

Carpet Cleaner

My carpet cleaning guy and I are kind of like mates now. It seems I’m always calling him out for some kind of carpet emergency. Most recently was for my caravan rentals. Because of how busy the summer holiday season is this year, my carpets and upholstery in the caravans have taken a beating. My once cream carpets and sofas are now a dingy brown colour. So instead of attempting to do this myself and waste hours and hours of my precious time. I employ him, and he charges £90 per caravan. This leaves me free to either spend more time with family or work on my business, the latter also results in more family time further down the line.

Window Cleaner

The window cleaner, never seen but you know he’s been……. because he puts a card through the door.

Windows (exterior) is another job I absolutely refuse to take on myself. Why bother? For £8 the window cleaner comes once a month, with all his special equipment and leaves my windows clear and streak-free. Resulting in me spending the time on things I want to do.

Domestic Cleaners

And it doesn’t have to stop there, you can employ domestic cleaners like our very own purple cleaners, who will come in once a week and blitz your place for £35. They’re coming to my house when I’m on holiday to keep my home clean while I’m away.

And you might be wondering, but Sarah, you’re on holiday, it won’t get dirty. Oh, but it will dear, just because you aren’t there, does not mean it is not getting dirty. By the time I get home, the house will be thick with dust, the toilet water will be stale and the sinks will start to smell funky too.

While I am away, it will be the perfect time to give the house a thorough mopping, because if no one is there, no one can walk over the freshly mopped floors and re-dirty them. Do you see my logic here?

This first tip is enough to save you hours and hours of cleaning per year and I highly recommend taking up at least the window cleaner and oven cleaner.

Tip Number 2 Clean as you Go

Cleaning as you go can save you from a deep clean entirely because you spend a few minutes a day cleaning up after yourself.

An example from my own cleaning schedule is: When I get out of the bath and I’m waiting for the water to drain, I clean up the sides, the mirror and the sink and once the bath has drained I wipe that out and remove any tide marks I left behind. Cleaning like this takes no more than 5 minutes and my bathroom stays immaculate because of it.

Another oldie but goodie is to clean up the kitchen immediately after using it. I never have to spend my whole Saturdays cleaning anymore because I’m always cleaning while completing other tasks or immediately spending 5 minutes afterwards cleaning up.

Cleaning as you go will certainly help you clean your house in 1-hour or less.

Tip Number 3 Power Hour Clean

If cleaning as you go and delegation aren’t your things. You can always adopt a power hour cleaning schedule. The idea of a power hour is to set a timer for 1-hour and see how much you can get done before the timer runs out.

The psychology behind this is that because you’ve set a timer, it feels like a race, so you’re more likely to stay on track and not let yourself be distracted by external triggers.

You’ll be amazed at how much you can actually get done in one hour cleaning your house.

Tip Number 4 Adopt A Professional Strategy

Professional cleaners, like ours, are like robots at cleaning and they always leave the place spotless.

This is because we have specific strategies and routines for every type of cleaning. On a general domestic cleaning, we see a room and work in a logical manner, moving top to bottom and left to right around the room.

This ensures that every inch has been dusted and cleaned. But more importantly that we aren’t wasting any time zig-zagging from one task to another. By adopting a professional strategy you can definitely clean an average 3 bed UK house in 1-hour or less.

The living room including dusting and hoovering should take 10 minutes, bedrooms 10 minutes and a small kitchen and bathroom 15 minutes each.

To save even more time, we clean small area floors by hand, rather than trying to fit a bulky mop in a tight space and wasting time.

This brings me to my next tip.

Clean Your House in 1-hourTip Number 5 Declutter

Tip number 4 does not work without tip number 5. An average 3 bed UK house with lots of clutter will take a lot longer to clean than a minimal house. Use my declutter checklist to get rid of everything you don’t need ASAP.

And try to be as minimal as possible. In bathrooms, always put away your bottles and sponges.

Keep toothbrushes in a pot in a cupboard. Why? Not just for decluttering purposes but for hygiene purposes. When we flush our toilets, all the bacteria are dispersed into the air, and where do you think it lands? Yep, you got it, in the bathroom, where your toothbrush is. Keep it away in a cupboard where it cant be contaminated.

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Tip Number 6 Use Decorative Trays to Clean Your House in 1-hour

Use decorative trays to gather up any clutter that cant be put away, in my bathroom, I use a tray for the bottles that are used daily. That way when I’m wiping down the bathrooms, I simply lift up the tray and clean rather than fiddling on for a half-hour with 300 bottles. A minute saved is a minute gained.

Tip Number 7 Decant Liquids

This isn’t really a clean your house in an hour tip. But it just looks nicer. Decant shampoos, conditioners and body wash into nicer pump bottles. They’ll look a lot nicer on your decorative trays and actually save time when you’re bathing or showering.

Tip Number 8 Clean The Toilet After Use

I don’t know about you, but I did mention this in today’s YouTube video. Take a look here. And in the video, I announced to the world, that when I do a number two. After I’ve cleaned myself, I clean the toilet and it doesn’t take any time at all. This alone can save you 10 minutes of cleaning time on cleaning day.

Tip Number 9 Pump Up The Volume

Music is good for the soul and your motivation levels. That must be why people who exercise, listen to music while doing so. The same goes when you want to clean your house in 1-hour.

My go-to is a little house music on the Amazon Echo or I put on my own motivational cleaning videos on the Amazon Show. It will play through my playlist which is full of upbeat motivation to get me zooming through this house.

Tip Number 10 Clever Storage

Use clever storage hacks to save space and have a place for everything. I have storage for absolutely everything. And I have techniques that not only save space but time too.

For instance, in this video, click here, I explain my method for folding clothes. In a nutshell, I roll them and store them in the drawers, it keeps creases to a minimum and I can easily find what I want to wear in the mornings. Not only this, it saves my room from becoming cluttered with clothes that have nowhere to go, thus saving me time cleaning because I’m not constantly moving things around.

Because I don’t have bathroom drawers, I have baskets where I store face cloths, rolled in the same way. This leaves my surfaces free from clutter so I can easily pick up the basket to clean underneath.

Use hooks to hang things on the backs of doors, just to free up floor space so you can easily move around and reach surfaces when cleaning.

The more “stuff” you have a home for, the less time you’ll spend tidying and you’ll get the most out of your 1-hour cleaning.

Tip Number 11 – The Ultimate Tip to Clean Your House in 1-hour

Use technology. Cleaning technology has evolved 10 fold these last few years. From robovacs to robomops. There’s a bot for almost every task, well, not really, but we can’t be far off.

I use a Eufy Robovac for our daily vacuum saving 20 minutes a day. That’s just for the daily vacuum though.

To save time on your thorough weekly vacuum, and be able to clean your house in 1-hour invest in a stick vacuum. I’ve used them all and by far the best of the rest is the Dyson stick vacuum, the newer models are a lot more efficient and have better batteries than the older models but if an older model is what you’re budget allows, then go for that. You’ll be glad you did when it comes to vacuuming the stairs. There’s nothing worse than trailing cords when you’re trying to vacuum the stairs.

Buy a Robovac like mine.

Conclusion

Using these tips you can definitely clean your house in 1-hour!

Although if you’re in a 10-bed mansion, it’s probably not feasible and probably time you delegated a lot of the heavy work to professionals.

However, if like me, you’re in a small place, then using my storage and organizing hacks you can free up your space to get the most out of your cleaning whether it’s a power hour or a 5 minute daily clean.

Either way, I hope these tips will get the most out of your cleaning for you.

How To Clean A Ceramic Hob – Real Advice of a Professional Cleaner

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Cleaning your ceramic hob is not the easiest task in the world, but it doesn’t have to be hard! Every time you cook on your stovetop, grease and food particles get left behind. Left unchecked for a long period of time, these can cause a lot of different problems with your expensive appliance. In this blog post, we will discuss some easy ways to clean a ceramic hob that won’t take up too much of your valuable time!

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Things to consider before cleaning your hob

– make sure you’re using the right cleaning products for ceramic hobs. A good quality specialist cleaner will always be the best option.

Weiman Ceramic Glass Top Cooker Spray is fab.

Important note: This is for the glass top cooker spray, not the cream cleaner by Weiman. I dont recommend any cream or paste cleaners on ceramic hobs.

And the green cleaners weapon of choice for me is:

Skoosh Green Cleaning

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Skoosh is a green multi-purpose cleaner that I use around my house. 

It’s multipurpose because it comes in a concentrated bottle with 3 reusable spray bottles that make up the 3 levels of cleaning. 

At the most diluted level, we have the window and glass cleaner. 

The middle dilution level is your average multi surface cleaner. 

The highest concentrate is for burnt on, sticky, hard to remove grime. 

This is what I use to clean everything in my house these days.

If you’re making the switch to something environmentally friendly, then this is the guy for you.

See Skoosh In Action

The right tools.

There are glass scraping tools on the market. Look on Amazon for a glass razor!

A wide and extendable one like this will make the job easier for you.

I’ve read many blog posts and watched many YouTube videos where they state to use bicarbonate of soda or a scourer to scratch away the residue. This is poorly researched advice and I suspect they’re all just copying off each other. Please don’t use these techniques if you like your hob shiny.

Never use anything abrasive like scourers or abrasive paste cleaners (including homemade), because these will leave micro-abrasions on the surface and dull the shine over time. They can leave bigger scratches on the surface too.

The Importance of Keeping Your Ceramic Hob Clean

It’s so important to keep ceramic hobs clean and to clean after every use. The reason behind this is because it is essentially a glass surface, the rings stay hot for longer, which causes any spills to be burned on and very difficult to remove. It’s not nice to look at and just looks plain ugly.

Another cause for concern with the build-up is that it could potentially cause a fire, as with any other cooker hob. So you wanna make sure you’re getting it as clean as humanly possible.

Ceramic hobs are meant to be shiny for a good reason. Not only does it look better on your kitchen counter, but the food you cook will also taste better because of its slick surface. A dirty ceramic hob is not just unattractive; it can actually ruin your culinary experience by preventing pans from sitting flat enough and touching the heating element properly and evenly.

How To Clean A Ceramic Hob

Daily Wipe Ups – Make sure all burners are turned off and unplugged. Wipe down with soapy water using a microfiber cloth. Rinse thoroughly after each burner has been cleaned. This will help prevent build-up from occurring in the future!

Crud Removing – To remove the built-up crud around the elements. You will need:

  1. A good quality ceramic hob cleaner
  2. A microfiber cloth
  3. A glass safety razor

The Process For Cleaning Ceramic Hobs Properly and Safely

  1. Remove any loose particles by simply wiping them away with a microfiber cloth.
  2. Spray liberally with the aforementioned ceramic hob cleaner.
  3. Let the cleaner sit on the surface for a few minutes to work its magic.
  4. Wipe away with a microfiber cloth.
  5. If you’re left with rings around the elements, spray again.
  6. Use your razor blade as flat to the surface as possible to slide the remaining residue off.
  7. Repeat on all four elements.
  8. Spray a little more cleaner.
  9. Polish in with a dry microfiber cloth.

How To Prevent Ceramic Hob Build-Up.

The best course of action is always going to be prevention. And I know, I keep saying this over and over in all my posts. BUT, if you can prevent a spill from happening then you won’t need to clean it up.

  1. Do you need to use an entire pot of water for your veggies? Not really, just fill the pan about one-quarter full and that’s enough. This way there won’t be any spills or overflows on the cooktop!
  2. If your water is getting too hot and boiling over onto your stovetop. The best way to avoid these types of spills as well make sure cooking goes smoothly – use a large enough pan for the contents so there are no overflow worries!
  3. Clean as you go. If you spilt something or it overflowed onto the stovetop, then clean it up when it happens. This will prevent a lot of burnt on crud later on.
  4. Leading on from the last point. Clean your hob every time you use it. Your ceramic hob and his fantastic shine will thank you for it.
  5. Use the right pots and pans for your hob. If you’re using an induction hob, then you need to buy induction hob pots and pans.

Other Uses For This Method.

In our cleaning company for years now, we’ve been using this same method to clean ovens. The only difference being, that we use an oven cleaner instead of a hob cleaner.

You can use the glass razor to clean up your glass oven door window to look new.

You can also use the glass razor on other glass surfaces, just be sure to make the surface very wet and slippery and keep it as flat as possible, running parallel with the surface.

Can I use the pink stuff on my ceramic hob?

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In short, no. The pink stuff is a natural mild cleaning abrasive. The keyword here is abrasive. When you use an abrasive cleaner, no matter how gentle it is, on a shiny surface, like a ceramic hob. It etches into the surface and leaves tiny abrasions in the top layer of the surface. 

When you use an abrasive cleaner like the pink stuff over a long period of time. It makes the once shiny surface dull. 

These companies who make the abrasive cleaners do advertise that you CAN use their products on shiny surfaces, however, my expert, and first-hand experience with abrasive cleaners tells me that it is not a good idea. 

I’ve seen many glass top stoves, ceramic hobs, induction hobs and oven doors that are damaged enough to make them look cloudy and dull. This isn’t an attractive look so please don’t do it. 

I’ve scratched my hob, can it be fixed?

I’m sorry, no. Once your ceramic hob has been scratched you cant repair it. You can make it look less obvious with either the Weiman Cleaner or Skoosh Cleaner mentioned above but you’ll never be able to restore it fully. Time for a new hob I’m afraid.

Warning.

Do not use the blade upright, the blade must be parallel with the surface to prevent scratching.

The surface must be wet with the ceramic hob cleaner to prevent scratching. Using a glass razor on a dry surface will definitely scratch it.

Never use ammonia or bleach-based products to clean a ceramic hob, these will damage and discolour beyond repair.

Don’t use citrus-based products.

Don’t be tempted to chisel off burnt-on crud with a knife or any other kind of utensil.

Conclusion

If you take only one piece advice away from this blog post. Make it this one – Don’t use abrasive products on glass/ceramic or induction hobs. You don’t need them. You also don’t need them for any other household task providing you haven’t in the past.

Abrasive cleaners just grind down a surface and make it harder and harder to clean as time goes on.

Get Wax Out of a Candle Jar – 7 Stupid Easy Ways!

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Candles are a beautiful thing. They can provide warmth, light and ambience when you need it the most. But sometimes they leave behind a mess…wax in your candle jar! So how do you clean and remove wax out of your candle jars? We have seven ways that will get the job done quickly and easily!

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Freezing Can Get Wax Out Of A Candle Jar

The old trick of using ice cubes to get wax out of carpets is not just for getting the last bits off the shag pile. Freezing your candle and then breaking it up with a butter knife will break down any large chunks, making removal easier. Then, after removing all the pieces from the jar or container, you can clean it thoroughly with soap and water before storing again!

How To Clean Candle Jars With Boiling Water

Boiling water is what I use to clean out my candle jars. Pour some boiling water into the candle jar. The wax will float to the top and, once cooled, will become solid again so you can pull out the rest of the remaining wax. Use hot, soapy water and a cloth or sponge to clean it for any residue left behind.

How To Use The Oven To Remove Candle Wax From A Jar

You can avoid the hassle of scraping wax off multiple candles by preheating your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, lining a baking sheet with foil and placing them upside down on the aluminium. After 15 minutes in this hot environment, you’ll notice that the wax has pooled onto the strip–time for removal! Let each candle jar cool before cleaning it thoroughly using soap and warm water. The leftover wax will dry out completely after about 4 hours which should give you plenty of time to clean up any mess left behind from melted candles.

Clean Candle Jars With A Hair Dryer

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Hairdryers are an excellent tool for removing candle wax from carpets. You can also use them to soften the wax in a candle jar, removing it more efficiently with a knife. Start by turning your hair dryer on warm, positioning it near the side or bottom of the candle jar. – when the wax is soft touchable, then use a knife to remove the wax.

Use A Pot and Boiling Water To Get Wax Out Of A Candle Jar

Method 1

Place your candle jar in a pot, pour boiling water into the pot, about two-thirds of the way up the candle jar. Wait for the wax to loosen from the sides of the candle jar, and use a knife for popping out the wax.

Method 2

As above, place the candle jar in a pot, fill the pot with boiling water and fill the candle jar with cotton wool. Once all the wax has melted, it will have absorbed into the cotton wool, and you can pull it out.

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A Wax Warmer

Similar to the last method. You can use a wax warmer to remove candle wax from candle jars. Place the candle jar onto the warmer and place some cotton wool inside the candle jar.

Turn on the warmer, and as the wax melts, it will soak into the cotton wool so you can easily clean the candle jar.

The Easiest Cleaning Schedule For Busy Families

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What is the best cleaning schedule for a family? There are many different schedules that people follow, but there are some essential tips to remember. For example, it’s a good idea to do daily tasks when you have more energy and time at the start of the day. You should also avoid scheduling too many chores per day if they take up a lot of your time and energy. This blog post will discuss all aspects of what makes up the best cleaning schedule for families!

Clean As You Go Type Schedules

So most of my cleaning is completed as I’m doing other things or just finished doing other things. Like a bath, when I get out of the bath, I wipe everything down, the mirrors and taps on the bath and the sink.

After I’ve been for a number 2 every day, I clean the toilet. It takes 2 minutes to wipe down the cistern, handle, seat and give the bowl a little scrub.

When I put something in the bathroom bin, I wipe the dust off it and off the skirting boards around it, which takes 30 seconds.

After I’m finished cooking, I clean up. It’s simple and doesn’t take very long to complete, and half the time, it’s not even me doing that job. If my husband cooked, he cleans up after himself (he needed to be trained, though).

These simple, straightforward little tasks will save you hours of deep cleaning on the weekend or your days off.

Get into the habit of cleaning up after yourself immediately and teaching other household members to do the same.

Simple Daily Schedules

Keeping it simple will save you a headache. When hashing out your cleaning schedule.

Daily cleaning tasks should include:

  • Making the bed
  • Dishes
  • Wiping counters
  • Laundry
  • Vacuuming main areas

Having a simple daily schedule like this will maintain your sanity and home, reducing the need for “deep cleaning”.

You can download my free printable schedules here.

Daily Schedule Top Tips.

I’ll explain the daily cleaning schedule below.

Making the bed.

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My top tip for bed-making is…… every one is responsible for their own beds.

For the kids, make it easy for them. I learned that no matter how many pretty cushions I put on my kid’s beds, they’ll never make it off the floor, making the whole room look untidy.

Keep decorations to a minimum. Could you keep it to pillows and sheets only? That way, when you ask them to make the bed, they don’t look at 300 hundred cushions with a face of complete overwhelm.

I love that our children learn life skills and habits like this from an early age, then the good habits carry them off into adulthood.

Dishes.

If you’re washing by hand, do them immediately. The anxiety will only get worse the bigger the pile gets.

If you’re using a dishwasher, stop wasting time and water pre-rinsing. It’s completely unnecessary with the machines of this century. Today’s detergents and appliances are specifically designed to work on dirty dishes. And you’ll save 1000 litres of water per year.

Wiping Counters.

Wiping counters is a pain point of mine. I hate when people in this house don’t wipe the counters after themselves. My son, for example, will make a cup of tea, splash it on every surface and even on the window and leave it. It seriously winds me up.

So I make a point of cleaning up after myself every time I use a surface or counter. This includes the bathroom.

I tell my son the same thing. If he’s gone back to his bedroom without cleaning up after himself, I will go up the stairs, turn off the Xbox and make him go clean up. And he does.

Laundry

Urgh. I loathe laundry intensely. But it must be done. So a good rule of thumb is one load per day.

Either my husband or I look after the laundry. We generally have more than one load per day. I don’t know how, because we both wear the same clothes for a few days. I’m guessing it’s the kids making the never-ending piles of laundry.

But if you try to do one load per day, you can’t go wrong. And always put it away as soon as it’s dry and folded to avoid getting lazy.

Vacuum Main Areas

Since buying Victor The Robovac, I only really do a proper vacuum once a week or if the kids have destroyed something he can’t handle.

However, if you haven’t got a Robovac, my advice is to do a quick vacuum of the main areas within your home. Basically, it’s my whole downstairs: living room, kitchen and dining room.

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

A weekly cleaning schedule is a little more than the daily tasks. And I lay it out below.

Easy Weekly Cleaning Tasks

  • Dust the furniture throughout the house.
  • Vacuum thoroughly throughout the house, including the corners with the hose.
  • Mop the areas of hard floors. I do the bathrooms by hand just because it’s easier.
  • Change beds if you’re a weekly kind of person, or fortnightly is fine too.

(Cheat hint: Use a flat sheet between you and the duvet cover, so your duvet cover requires less laundering, no one likes changing a duvet cover).

  • Kitchen deep cleaning. This just means on top of the daily keep it clean schedule, you’ll need to clean things like the microwave too, descale the kettle, clean the coffee maker and any other countertop appliances. It’s a good idea to run a proper machine cleaner through the dishwasher and empty the filters. You can give the washing machine the same kind of pampering as well. Don’t forget to clean out the kitchen bin; it’s a haven for bacteria.

Monthly Cleaning Tasks

Your monthly cleaning schedule should include things like:

  • Cleaning out the oven.
  • Cleaning the windows. (Interior, get a window cleaner outside).
  • Bathrooms. Bathrooms will need a little bit of a deeper clean than what you carry out daily. Give every surface a thorough cleaning; try not to scrub or use abrasive products as this will destroy the finish on your porcelain and glass. Use a toothbrush around the taps and the ends of the fixtures to remove any buildup of limescale. Give the tiles a good clean and use a mildew killer if you need it, but don’t put it on any other surface because it will eat away at the finish.

Cleaning Schedule Delegation

I’m so sorry, but I feel like I have to keep saying this to sink in for some of my readers.

You are not a slave to your family or your home.

The running of a successful home comes down to sharing, taking responsibility and delegation.

My husband and I delegate simple tasks to the kids; the little one likes to clean (and lick) windows, so we let her clean the ones she can reach safely.

My eight-year-old daughter tidies and cleans her room. She makes her bed and puts her dishes in the dishwasher.

My 16-year-old empties all the indoor bins and replaces the liners. He’s also delegated loading or unloading the dishwasher, drying anything on the drainer, and he cleans up the bathroom after himself. I’ve tried to teach him how to hoover; however, he seems to be overwhelmed by the button and cord, hahaha.

My husband and I share a lot of the responsibilities. If I’m off cleaning in another part of the house, you can guarantee he’s in the kitchen seeing to a load of laundry. By sharing our responsibilities fairly, we get to spend more time together at the end of the day and weekends.

We’ve become pretty good at working as a team, and it bides us well when we get away for an unplanned short break. Packing on the spur of things is a nightmare when all your favourite clothes are in the laundry. Not for us. Ours are always (well, most times) where they are supposed to be.

Conclusion

I don’t say these things to brag or anything. I write because day in and day out, I see people posting statuses in my Facebook group, asking how other people get it all done and keep tidy homes. They often go on to say that their partner and kids do nothing.

I’m sorry, and I know this sounds brutal, but it’s their fault. They’ve never set the rules or the boundaries, and all relationships need these two critical ingredients for peaceful cohabitation.

My advice would be to make your schedule from the lists above and delegate a few tasks, only a few, to the other members of the household, and if they don’t do it, you have my permission to lose your shit and take away something they love (usually Xbox in this house). And don’t think that you’ll look crazy losing your shit, everyone does it, but most people don’t talk about it. A bit of shouting and swearing is good for your soul (controversial opinion). 

Keep It Clean Club

If you would like a bit of a helping hand getting your home and mind in order, then I have just the thing for you. My home keeping club, Keep It Clean Club (KIC Club), will teach you what, when and how to clean, give you an easy to maintain a schedule for daily, weekly and monthly tasks. I have a whole chapter dedicated to delegation. Now, this can be anything from hiring a professional to dishing out jobs to other household members.

I’ve just added a new chapter about mindset and habit building which will help you immensely if you struggle to keep to a new routine. I’m using it myself to build in a healthy eating and fitness routine. I’ve never had any good habits around my health, so this was all perfect timing for me.

My mindset and habits building will change your life when appropriately implemented. Your new habit building mindset will spill over to other areas of your life, and you’ll see better results at work as well as home.

You can access my course below:

https://sarahjanegoldsmith.com/

Coincidentally as I was finishing up this post, I received this text from my sister hahaha!

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I was laughing so hard at this, but honestly if you feel like no one is listening or helping, just kick off once in a while haha.

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How To Clean Granite Countertops

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How To Clean Granite: Expert Tips

If you have granite countertops, it is crucial to know how to clean them. It may seem like a simple task, but more goes into cleaning granite than meets the eye. This blog post will teach you all about how to properly care for your expensive stone and rid it of stains.

What is Granite?

Granite is a natural stone composed of many different minerals, which can all affect the colour. The most common type of granite contains 65% alkali feldspar and 20% quartz with mica for added sparkle. Depending on what mix you choose, your beautiful granite countertops might turn out pink or white!

Where Does Granite Come From?

As the oldest rock in existence, granite has seen a lot of changes over its long lifetime. The first one that ever formed was during an unknown point in time 300 million years ago. It is called “plutonic” because it forms deep underground and makes up what’s known as continental crusts today.

When you think of granite, do you immediately visualize a table or countertop? But did you know that the most exotic colours come from China, India and Brazil? Granite mining is an expensive process involving both capital and labour intensive work to extract blocks of rock by cutting or blasting them out for them to be transported around the world via rail.

How to Care for Granite Countertops

When you purchase a granite countertop, your kitchen likely comes with a layer of sealant. This prevents spills from getting into the tiny pores in natural stone and keeps water from penetrating them. It’s time to reseal these counters when they start becoming difficult to clean or if droplets of water are no longer beading up on their surface anymore – typically, every two-four years will suffice for most homeowners.

Gaining popularity for its durability and strength, homeowners are increasingly turning to granite countertops. But the stone mustn’t become damaged by too much heat or improper cleaning techniques! Watch out when using detergents on your new counters because many products can damage this surface material. Follow these simple steps to maximize the performance of your surfaces without compromising their integrity:

How to Clean Granite Countertops

Don’t try to clean granite countertops with harsh chemicals, acidic cleaners or abrasive scrubbing tools. Warm water and mild dish soap are best for this job! Vinegar can dull the surface of your beautiful stone top (though it has plenty of other uses in and around your house!). And don’t use any scrubbers that could scratch away at those gorgeous surfaces!

Proactive prevention is better than reactive waiting. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe up spills as soon as possible and avoid unsightly stains on your granite countertops with this simple precaution!

Clean your granite kitchen worktops with only a couple of drops of dish soap and hot water: The best way to keep the countertops clean is by using two simple ingredients, warm water and some dish soap liquid. Combine these in an empty bottle or in the sink. Wipe away the stains carefully and buff with a soft, dry microfiber cloth for a sheeny shine.

Buy granite specific cleaning solutions from the grocery store or online. There are plenty to choose from, and they will undoubtedly help make your granite countertops last longer.

How To Clean Granite Countertop Stains: Last Resort! All Of These Require Resealing!

Oil stains

Oil stains are the most common stain in kitchen areas, and they usually come from spills or food preparation related to cooking oils. To lift an oil stain:

  1. Combine baking soda with acetone into a paste at pancake batter consistency and place it onto the stained countertop.
  2. Leave for 24 hours before removing and rinsing off with water.
  3. Repeat if necessary; some stains may require 2-3 attempts depending on the severity of dirt accumulation.
  4. Reseal the granite surface once finished cleaning up any messes leftover!

How To Clean Food Stains From granite Countertops

A great way to remove food stains from the surface of natural stone like granite is by soaking a paper towel, cotton ball or white terry cloth towels soaked in any liquid bleach brand and placing it on the stained area. Allow this solution to sit for 24 hours, then rinse with water. Repeat if necessary when dealing with more stubborn stains like mould, mildew, plant runoff dirt and soil caused by household pets such as urine use a soft nylon brush, rinse thoroughly and reseal the granite countertop.

Do Granite Countertops Rust?

It sure does. The granite composition is made up of minerals and elements, including iron, a granite worktop can sometimes rust. Please read below to find out how to treat it.

Rust stains

Rust is not only an eyesore but can also be harmful to the stone. To remove rust stains, pour or spray 3% hydrogen peroxide on and around the stained area using a safe-on-stone scrubbing pad or nylon brush for 24 hours before rinsing it off. Preferably get a professional in over the DIY fix.

I’d not attempt any of the above DIY fixes myself; always call a professional because I’m not a professional restorer for natural stone surfaces, and I could end up making things much, much worse.

Avoid Abrasive Products As Much As You Can

I know I just said above to use bleach, baking soda and Hydrogen peroxide. However, that was as a last resort, and I mean the last resort.

You should never really be using anything abrasive on natural stone.

Never use an acidic or alkaline cleaner on granite countertops.

Don’t use an abrasive sponge on granite.

Avoid using steel wool on your granite surfaces (there is a little known blog recommending this). Just don’t do it, please.

Do not use any cream cleaner or cleaning paste on natural stone worktops.

No ammonia, absolutely no ammonia.

The kind of damage these products cause will leave the surface needing resealed anyway, so you may as well call a professional in the first place.

Protect and Preserve Granite Countertops

Tips to get the most out of your granite countertops.

Never stand on granite worktops. One piece of debris caught on your foot, sock or shoe can deeply scratch a granite surface. Meaning the whole lot would have to be repolished and sealed.

Always use hot pan stands and trivets to protect your surface from extreme heat. Granite is hardwearing but not invincible.

Always, always clean up spills from your granite countertops immediately.

Dry and buff your granite immediately after cleaning; this will bring it up to a polished shine.

Invest in good quality Microfiber Cloths like the ones I talk about in this blog post. I use these at home, and they are also used in my cleaning company. Our clients are always astounded at their nipping shiny surfaces.

Use a chopping board. Not only will a chopping board protect your granite from scratches, but it will also prevent your knives from going blunt and prevents you from accidentally staining the granite while chopping food.

Use coasters. I know it’s an obvious one, and most people use coasters anyway, but I wanted to mention it to make it abundantly clear that you need to do the most to protect your grant work surfaces.

Dry your granite immediately. The most common place for granite corrosion is around the sink. Always dry off and buff the surface after you’ve washed the dishes. This will delay the corrosion process around the sink significantly.

Fun Fact Number 1

Did you know that granite is naturally antibacterial? Yep, that’s right, it is. Google it if you don’t believe me.

Granite is naturally resistant to bacteria, but that doesn’t mean it’s impervious. Regularly sealing the stone helps resist liquids that can harbour germs and keep your granite looking as good as new!

Fun Fact Number 2

The world’s tallest buildings, such as Dubai Tower in the United Arab Emirates, are built from granite – it has been used for centuries to construct some of history’s greatest monuments like the Statue Of Liberty and other famous sites. It can be found on every continent with examples including Stone Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia; Vermont Granite Quarry at Readsboro, which was started by a team led by Dr Edmund Hastings, who came up with an idea when he saw Manhattan Island during his visit there around 1802-3

‘then returned home determined that what New York needed were tall solid stone towers’; Yellowstone National Park features many natural wonders created over millennia using this material.

Fun Fact Number 3

Many people mistake fissures as cracks when they are actually natural separations in the stone that don’t compromise its structural integrity.

3 Best Granite Cleaners For Countertops

And of course the one cleaner that beats them all is Skoosh, if you’re in Australia then I insist you try out the Skoosh products for yourself, they are un-frickin-believably good! As Ive mentoned in other posts I never thought Id convert from my dish soap but I have. I absolutely love my Skoosh!

http://bit.ly/SGSkoosh

Of course Skoosh is a green cleaner, and thats what makes it even more amazing, saving money AND saving the planet!

Conclusion

A lot of what I’ve said about granite countertops were the same prevention measures I mentioned in my Quartz cleaning post earlier.

We need to be sensible when spending such large amounts of money on luxury additions to the house.

Preventing stains is easier than removing stains, so it will always be my first priority.

And as always, if in doubt, call in a professional.

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Mopping The Floor, The Best Mopping Systems and How To Use Them?

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Mopping the floor is a household chore that everyone has to do, but no one really likes.

If you’re tired of mopping and want to try something new, then these tips will help make your mopping experience perfect.

I’ll cover everything from choosing the right mop for you and your floors, to what solutions work best and how often you should be changing them. By following these simple steps, you can soon enjoy mopping as much as I do!

Choosing The Right Mop For Your Floor

There are many mops on the market today. Some have better features than others, and some will cost you more money than others. There is no one perfect mop out there; it all depends on your needs.

In order to choose the best mop, you should consider size and material. For instance, a microfiber mop is great for wood floors because they don’t scratch them like other materials might.

For more information on cleaning with microfiber and why you should switch, read my post here.

Mop and Bucket

A mop and bucket is a traditional mopping system. It consists of a long handle attached to an absorbent head. Mopping systems are used for cleaning hard surfaces that are impervious to water, like linoleum or tile.

A mop-and-bucket combo is a tried-and-true method for getting dirt off hard surfaces like linoleum, tile, or wood. You can clean nearly any floor with this simple tool – but before you go and order one. Read my advice on how to use a mop and bucket effectively and safely.

Before You Jump in Head First into Mopping The Floor

First things first, you cant go in all guns blazing. Certain floor types, like wood and laminate, require a little extra care and thought.

Linoleum, tile and stone floors are fine to go in with a mop and bucket. Fill your bucket with hot water and a cap full of a good quality cleaning solution. If using bleach, the water should be cold.

Dip your mop into the water, ring it out and start from the furthest point away from the exit/entryway in a figure of eight or S shape motion.

How To Use a Mop and Bucket for Effective Floor Mopping

The figure of eight and S motion patterns ensure every part of the floor has been cleaned. When you reach the edges of the room, use the straight edge to catch every inch as you go.

Be careful not to soak the floor, the mop should be rung out enough to be damp but not soaking wet. More isn’t always better when it comes to cleaning.

Clean and ring out the mop often, this is the key to effective mop and bucket cleaning. The mop will pick up lots of dirt on its journey so will need dipped and wrung out several times, even on small areas.

For stubborn stains, repeat the process until the stain is removed. A little elbow grease may be needed.

Choose a mop and bucket for:

Linoleum

Tile

Stone

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Microfiber Spray Mop

Do you have a hard time keeping your floors clean? Is it tough to keep up with the constant messes that seem to happen in every room of your house? Would you like an easier way to get rid of dirt and grime without using harsh chemicals or spending hours slaving away on your hands and knees scrubbing at those stubborn stains?

The microfiber spray mop is perfect for cleaning floors. It’s easy, fast, and fun! So easy and fun, my 3-year-old can do it.

The microfiber spray mop is perfect for cleaning floors. It’s a great product because it picks up dirt and grime without leaving streaks or causing damage to your flooring.

I have a spray mop and a steam mop. I’ll explain why in just a minute.

Microfiber Spray Mops Are Convenient For Mopping The Floor

My microfiber spray mop is amazing for dealing with messes fast. Its convenient enough to use daily and with hardwood flooring, sometimes It needs a daily clean.

There are many brands on the market though so it can be hard to find the right one.

I use a generic branded one from amazon like the one below. I don’t need all the bells and whistles because it’s only for dealing with everyday spills.

There are good quality branded spray mops like Bona. I don’t use Bona personally, however, I’ve cleaned lots of homes that do. It’s a great system, expensive, but great. The cleaning solution they sell smells amazing and it can be used on all types of flooring.

It doesn’t leave streaks and the floors are left feeling like they’ve just been cleaned.

What Type of Flooring Can I Use a Spray Mop On?

A spray mop can be used on all types of flooring. Although stone and uneven surfaces arent ideal to pair with a spray mop. Because of the rough and uneven surface, the spray mop gets stuck and the pad often gets pulled off mid clean. A mop and bucket is the better choice in this instance.

Choose a spray mop for:

Linoleum

Vinyl, vinyl tiles and vinyl planks

Hardwood

Laminate

Tile

Steam Mops

Steam mops are a great choice for cleaning floors because they can kill germs and bacteria as well as clean, sanitize, and deodorize floors. They have the ability to remove dirt, grime, and even sticky substances like tape residue with ease.

There is a lot of controversy on the internet around steam mops and it’s mostly undue. It’s not that there is a problem with the steam mops it’s that there is a problem with the user, specifically not reading the instructions set out by the manufacturer.

Steam mops are suitable for all hard sealed floors, like tiles, vinyl, wood and laminate.

So why do I read other blogs that say not to use steam mops on wood floors?

I won’t beat around the bush and fill you full of BS just because a few people failed to read the instructions on a product and now go around scare mongering the rest of the internet.

Most steam mop manufacturers state that you can use your steam mop on wood flooring, providing you use it on a low heat and don’t leave the mop to stand on said wood flooring after you have used it. Why? Because it’s the prolonged exposure to heat that damages the wood not the cleaning with low heat.

I find my steam mop to be 10 times more effective at cleaning even on the low heat setting than a mop and bucket and for bonus points, I’m not humping a heavy bucket around with me either.

Speaking of heavy buckets, a steam mop uses gallons less water than a mop and bucket so there’s no heavy lifting and it’s better for the environment.

Can I Use a Cleaning Solution with a Steam Mop?

A word of warning on the water tank. Don’t be tempted to add a cleaning solution to the water tank, it will corrode the inside mechanics of the steam mop and most likely will never work again.

Some brands such as vax do sell a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution that is safe to use with your machine but it’s completely unnecessary because steam cleaning is so powerful and effective on its own.

If you like the just cleaned smell you get from a mop and bucket, light a candle or melt some wax to fill your home with a lovely aroma.

Conclusion

My round up, use a spray mop for everyday spills and a steam mop for a more powerful deep down floor mopping.

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House Cleaning Motivation

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3 Reasons Why Your House Is Still Trashed: Beliefs That Stand Between You and The Home of Your Wildest Dreams

When it comes to house cleaning motivation. There are 3 surprising beliefs standing between you and the home of your wildest dreams. And they’re all sitting in your head, so now it’s time to get them out!

You’ve no doubt heard the old adage that says “home is where the heart is” which means for many people, their house is a refuge from work or school stress. But too often our houses are more like battlefields than havens from life’s worries. So today I’m unpacking these 3 beliefs so you can get your mind right when it comes to all this house stuff!

The First Belief. One of the most damaging beliefs is that your house has to be perfect or you won’t feel content there.

Did you know a social worker for child services would be suspicious if they visited a child in an immaculate home? Why? Because children make a mess, like 24/7, even in their sleep! When you have children your home is clean and tidy for around a minute and a half per day. I know, because I clean and tidy every evening and literally a minute later my son comes down from his cave and starts making food again. It’s normal.

The social worker walking into the immaculate home would immediately be suspicious that you’re keeping your children locked away somewhere so that they don’t make a mess. It’s true, we had a lady work here while studying to be a social worker and that’s exactly what she told me.

So don’t be ashamed of a little bit of mess or handprint on a patio door, it’s normal. Just take a photo of your home when it IS tidy and clean so you can prove to people you actually cleaned haha.

The second belief is thinking you have to declutter fast. Great house cleaning motivation is de-cluttering but there has to be method in the madness.

While this is true to a degree and you will need to have a brutal declutter to begin with. It isn’t a task that should be left for years. It’s great that you found the motivation but there is a method you need to use when de-cluttering and cleaning the house.

Decluttering your house FAST or trying to clean up quickly from all those YEARS OF CRAP can be tough on anyone.

As such this becomes something like climbing a never-ending hill…sometimes setting us back instead of helping us move forward. While also keeping that cyclical pattern in place: clean now but have an absolute NIGHTMARE later down the road!

My sister’s house is virtually clutter-free. She didn’t always be like this though so don’t be fooled but she developed a system over the years after she moved out of our parent’s house.

Once she hasn’t used something for a couple of weeks, she just throws it out or donates it. If her clothes don’t fit, she gets rid. If a letter lies around for more than a day, it gets thrown out, you can get all your mail online anyway.

When you adopt HER system, decluttering your house will be much easier. It’s not about having a completely clutter-free home all the time, it’s about being selective and picking up what matters to you when it comes to items in your home which leads me nicely into my third belief why many of us don’t have that dream house.

The Third Belief. I don’t have the time. And this is the biggie I come across time and time again for people with every excuse for cleaning the house.

“I don’t have the time”. Really Karen, what did you do at the weekend? What were you doing last night? You can’t Netflix and chill for the rest of your life Karen. Get your butt off that sofa and go tidy something. Take this as motivation to clean your house.

If I could give you one single piece of advice on this subject, it would be, don’t sit down. Because once you sit down, out comes the phone and you lose 3 hours of your life scrolling TikTok or you fish out the remote and get sucked into the next big binge-watch on Netflix. I know this happens, I do it myself and also wonder where the hell my time went. I use a lot of Youtube videos for house cleaning motivation. Here are some of my house cleaning motivation videos to get you in the swing of things.

But do you know what I do? I snap out of it. Because I’ve got goals and I want my home to be just so. It may not be just so all the time. But it is just so enough that I keep my sanity (to a certain degree).

Conclusion

It’s time to stomp out these limiting beliefs, taking action like this in one area of your life inevitably spills into other parts of your life. You’ll soon find you are more ambitious, more motivated, healthier, happier and in a state of wellbeing that everyone should be in.

As an example, I wake up every day excited. Another day to do what I love. And what do I love, my family, my work and my home? And why do I love them? Because we work, we just work together. I love having no mess, I love being organised. When I’m organised at home, I’m organised at work.

It’s as simple as that, it’s not rocket science, it’s not some new fad, it’s just how organised people live and you can live like this too. It’s a learned habit and every new habit takes 90 days to set in. Use my daily planner to start your journey to a more organised and happy you.

Morning Cleaning Routine in 6 Easy Steps!

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Mornings can be so hectic. It feels like there are so many things that need to get done and you are running in all different directions. My morning cleaning routine ensures that my day will run as smoothly as possible.

Cleaning can definitely end up at the bottom of your to-do list if you let it. You keep telling yourself that you will get to it tomorrow or on your day off. But then the next morning rolls around and everything is even worse than before! 

You’ll come to realize that a clean house starts with a simple wipe every day. But by the time the weekend comes around, there is some serious grime going down. This has been happening for months now and it’s driving you crazy! Everyone has their own excuse as to why they don’t clean more. Much the same excuses I tell myself why I don’t exercise more…… ok….. At all.

1- Start With an Evening Cleaning Routine

One of the best ways to set yourself up for a less stressful and more productive morning is by maintaining an evening cleaning routine.

A nightly cleaning routine will set you up for a less stressful and more productive morning. 

But how do I start? 

A productive morning cleaning routine begins before you go to bed, make sure that all your dishes are washed. Along with any other chores so when it’s time in the morning it will be easy peasy clean-up!

Make sure to wind down from your day by spending 10 minutes going around the house picking up any mess. Then spend another ten or so on basic tasks like sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming. This is what sets us all off into our daily routines.

A nighttime routine is well worth investing in as they make mornings easier!

See my video for some evening cleaning routine motivation.

2- Set a Timer

You can get your morning cleaning routine started with some laughs. Set a timer for each task, and see if you can beat the clock every time!

3- Make a Morning Cleaning Routine List

When I decided to start a morning cleaning routine. I knew that as much of it as possible should be accomplished in the least amount of time. So, mindful about how important each task was for me and what would take up more or less effort (not just time), I sat down and made my list.

When you sit down with your own lists contemplations on these things will also likely differ from mine – but when making decisions like this we have to think not only about our needs today but those tomorrow too!

There are many different opinions on what the best thing to do first thing in the morning is. Some people like doing some exercise, while others prefer a relaxing shower or bath before getting into work mode for their day.

One of my personal favorite things to do every morning (although I admit that it may not be feasible for everyone) is making the bed!

Not only does it make your bedroom look more neat and tidy, but climbing into an already-made bed feels so good at night when you’re ready to sleep – much better than crawling under fuzzy blankets after wrestling with them for 20 minutes!

Plus there’s just something about seeing how nice everything looks once again which really helps get me excited about my day.

4- Tidy as You Go For An Easier Morning Cleaning Routine.

Have a quick tidy up by folding blankets, clearing off your kitchen worktops and tables. And don’t forget to set the dishwasher away or wash up manually before you leave for work. This will reduce the stress as soon as you walk back through the door at the end of the day.

5- Keep Toys Tidy.

The whole morning clear up takes me no longer than 20 minutes, providing the kids don’t pull all the toys then I get them to tidy up the toys or if there’s tantrums I quickly sweep them up and tidy them away, an extra 2-3 minutes maybe.

6- Join Our Private Community – Keep It Clean Club

For more in depth training and a community full of support, join our membership programme. 

Inside you’ll get free access to all my paid lists, schedules and planners, one on one support in a group setting, access to me and my team in our private Facebook Group and make friends with people on the same journey as you without judgement.

You can get access here.

Keep It Clean Club.

Conclusion

Routines are the lifeblood of a functional family home, without them, everything falls apart. Get in the habit of creating and maintaining routines using lists and timers.

As I’ve said in other posts, my routines are autonomous now, we don’t even have to think about them.

Try this for 90 days and see how you can change your family’s home dynamic.

Power Hour Cleaning, 11 Hacks For a More Harmonious Home.

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Power hour cleaning.

Are you struggling to find time in your day-to-day life? Is it difficult for you to keep track of all the things on your list and get them done within a reasonable amount of time?

Well, if this is something that’s been bothering you, then I have some great news! There are many ways we can save both our sanity as well as our precious free hours.

For those with an even more hectic lifestyle than most people (such as myself), saving these minutes here or there will surely add up over time.

That being said– let me introduce my newest cleaning tips

The Quick Power Hour Cleaning Hacks! 

These 11 power hour cleaning tips should be able to help turn that messy house into a spotless home without much effort at all.

1- Get motivated – The number 1 hack for power hour cleaning.

Another thing you can do before your power hour is to put on some music, an audiobook or turn on a podcast. Utilize anything that will help you stay motivated, then feel good about yourself after because it’s like another workout!

Use my Motivational Cleaning Videos to get you moving!

2- Remove distractions

The goal is to try and get as much done as possible, so turn off your phone, find something for the kids to do for an hour.

3- Be organised

Cleaning is so much more fun when you have all the supplies that you need right in front of you in a caddy. No running around, back and forth for these things! I keep a small supply in every room!

4- Set a timer

You can set your timer on your phone just long enough, or if you have an Alexa ask her to do it for you. This cleaning hack is so simple for when you’re just getting started.

5- Focus

Focus on one room at a time.

6-Delegate

Ask your kids and partner to help with the washing up, dishwasher, or tidying after meals.

7- Take care of the clutter

A fab cleaning hack for making the most of your Power Hour CleaningWhen your mornings are too rushed, throw items into a basket for later. Because it’s easier to take care of them when it’s more convenient and you have more time.

8-Quick wipe

After eating breakfast and dinner, take a minute to wipe down the kitchen surfaces like countertops or table tops with disinfectant wipes if you have them in stock! And don’t forget that bathroom sink and toilet either – those are easy targets for bacteria build-up as well. Just a quick wipe with some cleaning wipes.

9- Vacuum – The ultimate cleaning hack that changed my life!

Have a quick vacuum of the main area’s, for me that’s around the dinner table and kitchen. I recently invested in a robovac to take care of this for me, which is saving a tonne of time!

10-Speed Dust Cleaning Hack

Speed up dusting with a dusting wand.

11-Mop – My power hour cleaning secret

Mopping. Invest in a steam mop. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. This will save you half the time and save your arms and back. This is a simple and effective cleaning hack.

Conclusion

After 90 days of following these cleaning hacks, it should become autonomous for you and the rest of the family. The kids may even begin to pick up after themselves without being asked or told to. 

This will obviously lead to a more harmonious home for all of you.

See my other blog posts for keeping a clean home here.