Sometimes the smallest steps create the biggest change. Just as the tiniest pebble thrown into a pond will create ripples outward, so to does the tiniest step forward. It’s so easy to forget about the little things when we’re focusing on the big things. The holidays are approaching, and it seems like almost everyone I know, myself included, is rushing to finish up larger organizing projects, or are busy decluttering or decking the halls…. whatever the case may be, it’s easy to overlook the little things. I thought it might be fun to share some of the little steps I’ve taken that have returned some of the biggest results. Because, you know, it’s not always about large projects, or finding the right printable. Sometimes it’s something as easy as hanging a memo board, or changing where you store items. For today’s Scattered Snippet, I’m sharing a small step I’ve taken that’s shown me a huge return in time saved. It’s my trick for speed cleaning your bathroom.
Speed cleaning your bathroom begins with a little preparation. Time spent now, is time saved later, and trust me, saving time is a good thing. To make speed cleaning the bathroom easy as can be, you need to gather up the following supplies:
- toilet brush
- all-purpose cleaner (for this I use a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle)
container, box, basket or bag to hold the supplies in
Make up one kit for each bathroom, and store them under the sink, or on a shelf, or wherever works that is close enough to quickly grab a rag and the spray bottle. If you can’t do it all at once, create one for the most often used bathroom, and as time and money allows slowly pick up the items you need to make one in each room. I found my spray bottles at the dollar store and grabbed cheapo toilet brushes. As for the rags, well I cut up an old, no longer used, pair of flannel pj pants and a couple old ratty towels. Speed cleaning is NOT deep cleaning, so don’t worry about spending a fortune on fancy cleaning rags.
Now that we’ve got our kits put together, it’s time for the fun to begin. (ok, maybe fun is stretching it just a bit)
Speed Cleaning Your Bathroom
- Remove everything from the top of the vanity and toilet
- Starting from the top spray mirror, sink, vanity and toilet. Don’t forget to lift the seat and give all toilets parts a good spray.
- With a dry cloth wipe mirror.
- Clean on and round light switch and door knob.
- Wipe down vanity and sink from top to bottom.
- Scrub toilet bowl with scrub brush.
- Wipe down toilet from top to bottom. Don’t forget behind it and the floor around it, especially if you have boys.
- Flush toilet.
- Put items back.
Enjoy your clean bathroom!
It takes less than 5 minutes, and your bathroom is clean. Maybe not perfectly, I- just-disinfected-every-surface-and-scrubbed-the-walls-down-clean, but if you speed clean your bathroom every day or two, when it comes time to give it the weekly deep clean, it won’t take as long. You can focus a little more time and attention to things like the floor and baseboards and shelves, because you know you’ve been cleaning the rest throughout the week.
Want to take speed cleaning your bathroom to a whole new level? Grab your microfiber mop and give the floor a go-over with a damp cloth, this will help pick up dust and hair and when it comes time to really wash the floors the job won’t take as long.
I cannot tell you how much time this simple routine has saved me, but I can tell you that it is much easier and faster to clean an already clean bathroom than it is to clean a dirty one. Not only that, my main floor bathroom is always nice and clean for those instances when company shows up unexpectedly. Allocating five minutes of your day for speed cleaning your bathroom not only saves you time when it comes to the weekly deep clean, but it can also give you a little bit of breathing room for when life gets hectic. Everyone enjoys a clean bathroom!