Hey bloggers! It’s Wednesday, and that means it time for Wednesday Wipe Down.
At the Crafty Dad house, our top-to-bottom house-cleaning takes place over the weekend. In the middle of the week, we like to tidy things up a bit. I call it “Wednesday Wipe Down”.
Here’s what we do:
Put the mail away. It has started to stack up on the end of the kitchen counter by now. The really important stuff has been taken care of, sure. But, there are pieces of junk-ish mail still hanging around. And a few magazines need to find their place in the magazine rack or in the boys’ bedrooms.
Pre-sort laundry. It’s time to bring down the dirty-clothes hampers and pre-sort laundry into various clothes baskets. I am not afraid of laundry, just so you know. But…I’m only allowed to handle towels and bed linens. I really goofed up some good dress clothes one time and I’ve been ‘banned’ since then. 🙂
De-clutter the kitchen center island counter space. Homework seems to pile up here. It’s time to either file it or toss it in the recycle bin.
Wipe down all the kitchen counter tops. Once the clutter is gone, it’s a cinch to spray some all-purpose cleaner and wipe up any dirt, dust or spills that have accumulated.
Spot-clean the bathrooms. With a roll of paper towel in one hand and a bottle of spray cleaner in the other, I make a quick stop at each of our three bathrooms. I wipe down toothpaste splatter from the mirrors, wipe out the sinks (more toothpaste, I swear!) and wipe off the counter tops. I also spray and wipe off the toilet seats. It only takes a few short minutes and things look SO much better. I also gather up any dirty towels (and trust me, with two boys there are ALWAYS dirty towels to gather up).
Make sure newspapers are tossed in the re-cycle bin. The Sunday paper, with all the advertisements, can end up all over the family room. I check for the national coupon inserts and put them in our dedicated space near the kitchen desk area. The rest of the papers (Sunday + Monday + Tuesday + Wednesday) get tossed into the re-cycle bin in the garage.
This whole process takes less than 30 minutes (especially if you enlist the help of your spouse and/or kids). If you’re not already doing a mid-week cleaning, I highly recommend that you try it.
Your Turn: Do you have a mid-week ritual to help keep your home looking its best?