Please don't hate me for this, but I have six young children, one bathroom, and it is pretty much always clean.
I swear I'm not a clean freak or Super-Mom. I just have a system that works for us. And that's what successful housekeeping is, right? Finding a system that works for you and your family in this season of life you are in.
Every morning when I am getting ready for the day I give the bathroom a quick wipe down. Then throughout the day, if I'm in the bathroom and notice a mess I just clean it up. I rarely spend more than two minutes cleaning the bathroom in a day.
To make this even easier I recently started storing my cleaning supplies on the inside of the bathroom sink cabinet. I hung a bag dispenser to hold rags and an inexpensive drawer pull to hang my bottle of bathroom cleaner on. So now when I go to the bathroom and find toothpaste spit in the sink, I don't need to grumble and feel overwhelmed by a never ending to-do list. I just clean it up. It only takes a moment. Simple, right?
My homemade bathroom cleaner (approximately two parts vinegar to one part of whatever dish soap you have on hand) is safe enough that my kids can even use it to clean up their own messes.
If I tell them to...
Obviously the bathroom needs a deeper clean from time to time so that the lighting fixtures can get dusted and the baseboards can be cleaned, but this way the basics are taken care of so that it is always a pleasant place to be.
More tips for an always clean bathroom:
- Reduce clutter by only storing things that are used daily in the bathroom. Everything else can go in a bin labelled for each family member in a linen closet or in each person's bedroom closet.
- With your spray bottle work from dirtiest to cleanest, spraying the toilet first, and then the tub and sink and then any cabinets that need it. With your cloth, work in the opposite order, starting with the relatively clean and sanitary things and ending with the toilet.
- Have a separate colour for bathroom rags so that they don't get mistaken for kitchen rags and so that you know which ones to put in which room when putting away laundry.
Now I just need to develop a system for an always clean kitchen...
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