Clean as you go so little messes don't spoil your day

October 25, 2020
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By Julie Short

Mansfield Record

Today is the day, now is the time. Don’t wait until you have the whole day open before you pick up a rag or a cleaning product. I give an example of incorporating wiping down bathrooms, emptying trashcans and putting away laundry into waking the kids for school. Start looking for ways you can sneak in some cleaning while you are on your way to do something else or while you are waiting, even if it is only a minute. You can make a bed in one minute.

What chores are calling your name? Do you notice crumbs on the kitchen floor every time you walk through the house? Get the broom and sweep up the crumbs. You don’t have to make a big deal of it. You don’t have to go corner to corner on the kitchen and plan on mopping as well. Just get the broom and take a minute to get up the crumbs or take five minutes and sweep the entire kitchen.

Maybe you notice that the front door needs to be cleaned. On your way out the door, grab some paper towels, spray them with cleaner and wipe down that door as you’re leaving. It only takes a minute. It may take some getting used to for you to start thinking about your cleaning in this way but it is going to make your life much easier.

One of my tricks is to try and make every move dual purpose. I don’t ever run up the stairs without taking something from downstairs that needs to be put away, whether it’s laundry, toys or extra toilet paper and shampoo.

I keep a couple of empty grocery sacks under the bathroom sink so that I can empty my bathroom trash into them and then carry it to the big trashcan when I take my dirty clothes to the laundry room. It may seem like such a small thing but that is one less trip I will have to make and it makes my bathroom look neater.

Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.

Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” at

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