Several weeks ago I wrote about how I clean my house without a cleaning lady. I basically break down my cleaning list into several daily manageable tasks that take about 20 minutes on average to complete. I do this because 20 minutes is about all I can spare before one of the kids starts whining, crying, pooping or needs a snack.
I perform the same tasks each day of the week and the days that I dread most are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Why, you ask? Because Tuesdays are dusting and Thursdays are bathrooms. I finally figured out that the reason I loathe these days isn't the actual cleaning job itself but it's moving all of the STUFF out of my way so that I can actually clean.
Then I came up with a solution.
Here is my STUFF BASKET.
I simply took a tired plastic toy basket that wasn't being used and put it with all of my cleaning supplies. I now use it as basket to hold all of the STUFF on the bathroom sink while I clean. I love it because I can chuck everything into it FAST and then quickly unload it when I'm finished cleaning.
Does everything get put back in its proper place immediately? Usually, no. I unload it as quickly as I can and save the rearranging for the evening when I'm bathing the kids and washing my face/brushing my teeth. The perfectionist in me would love for everything to be in its proper place immediately but the realist in me knows I'm on a clock before the baby starts whining so it's git 'r done and git on out.
I also use the STUFF BASKET when I dust and as a "take it upstairs" or "take it downstairs" basket for all of those things that seem to accumulate in the wrong place. It's not rocket science but it really has helped make these jobs easier to complete in a short amount of time.
Here's to a clean bathroom, Cheap Mamas! Or, at least until the kids spit out their toothpaste globs.