Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday's To-Do List...and Housecleaning Check-in

It's Friday!

That means it's time to check in and let everyone know what YOUR plans are for cleaning today and on the weekend. Doing a bit of cleaning on Friday is a great way to prepare for a less stressful weekend.

Here is my cleaning to-do list today:

  1. Cleaning burst AM - done! But, the bed didn't get made yet, as I have one very sleepy kitty sprawled all over the bed and I didn't have the heart to move her. (Nice excuse, huh? lol)
  2. Today's Focus Room - A solid 15 minutes of cleaning in the main bedroom. I'm noticing a trend that hubby and I have of sprawling our clothes around - and no, NOT in the dresser drawers or closets. That needs to get tidied up before the weekend! (And, I'm still working on cleaning the bookshelves...they were very cluttered.)
  3. Cleaning Burst PM - Tonight, as regular - mainly focusing on keeping dishes under control and tidying/cleaning the bathroom up a bit. Plus, a quick sweep. I've been a bit slack with my evening cleaning bursts, and I notice the difference...(therefore the piles of clothing in our bedroom.) I am determined to get back on track again, and hope you're all ready for the challenge, too!

That's about it for me, and grocery shopping later this afternoon. Oh, and fridge clean-out before the trip to my favorite supermarket. I looooove grocery shopping, do you guys?

Please post a comment about what you're going to do today and this weekend! Thanks all, and have a fun and safe weekend.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When Only a Wipe Will Do - Cleaning with Wipes

So, I was walking through the grocery store and I stopped in front of the METHOD cleaning products. One Happy Slob had mentioned the floor cleaning system a while ago, and I kept eyeing the cleaning wipes. So, I finally tried them! I tried Method's all-purpose cleaning wipes in Pink Grapefruit scent. While not easily distinguishable as grapefruit, these do smell fresh and clean. The wipes were so easy to use, and are fantastic for very quick cleaning jobs.

Happy Slob Rating for: Method Pink Grapefruit (also available in cucumber or lavender) All-purpose cleaning wipes
Cost: $3.99 Canadian for a package of 30 wipes (or about 13 cents a piece). This was on sale. I think it's regularly $4.99-$5.49.
Through Amazon you can get a total of 180 wipes for only $21.29 or less than 12 cents each. Not too bad considering how quick and handy these are.

SCORE: 4/5

What I loved:
  • So easy to use, so fast and efficient
  • Good at cleaning many surfaces, such as countertops. Taps and sinks were cleaned streak-free too, which I loved.
  • Container sealed well, leaving the wipes nice and moist and not dried out at all.
  • These are Non-Toxic and contain natural ingredients. The cloths themselves are 100% bamboo.

What would've made me love it even more:

  • A stronger, more citrusy grapefruit scent. It had a clean scent, but it didn't smell much like grapefruit to me.
  • If it had left mirrors and glass streak-free. (Definitely left streaks behind on mirrors and glass, but then most all-purpose wipes still do.) In a pinch, you could use one of these wipes and then follow up with a quick shine with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Perfect for:

  • Fast clean-up jobs
  • Kids' cleaning kits
  • OUR cleaning kits! (Hey, these would be ideal for CODE RED CLEANING.)
  • Keeping under the kitchen or bathroom sink for quick wipe-ups.
  • Keeping in a desk drawer in your office to clean off icky keyboards, desk surfaces, etc.

Have you guys used these? Do you like them, love them or loathe them? Next time I plan on trying the lavender scent. In fact, I'm amazed that I didn't grab that one first, but I think I'm trying to broaden my horizons. ;)

What other wipes have you tried? I won't always use cleaning wipes, but for certain cleaning tasks they ARE incredibly helpful. a comment or two please!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Edgies, not Wedgies

Gunk, grime and other nastiness just loves to collect around the EDGES of stuff. Sinks and tubs are common collection sites. So, when doing your next cleaning in the kitchen or bathroom remember - Edgies (not wedgies...because just about any kind of cleaning is better than an oh-so-painful wedgie! eek...)

How to clean around edges of sinks, faucets and tubs and tile? It can be as easy as a wooden skewer, toothpick or old toothbrush that will loosen the grime so that you can wipe it away.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Messy Purse Alert! It's That Time Again...

Hey everyone,

I've been thinking for the past week (or two...Okay fine, THREE to be perfectly, painfully honest) that my purse is looking a wee bit cluttered. As in, I can't find anything I need in there anymore, except random sticks of gum of dubious age and flavour.

See, the situation is indeed dire! So, grab your favorite handbag, purse, backpack, messenger bag, tote or briefcase (you classy slob!) - whatever it is that you use to tote your stuff around with you. (See guys, this DOES include you! thought you got away from this one easy, didn't you?) Dump out the contents. If your bag looks anything like mine, it'll be embarrassing how much random junk actually falls out!

Chuck out all those old pieces of paper, clippings, old crumpled tissues (I can hear you saying 'Ewwww' from here) and whatever else is in there. If you have an extra few minutes, take time to declutter your wallet while you're at it. Put back in the stuff you really need and use, and otherwise put the rest of the stuff away.

Voila! A much neater purse/bag/briefcase, ready to use in day-to-day life. Good job, slob. I always knew you had it in you.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Clean the Floor by Shuffling Your Feet...Honestly!

When I came across this on Amazon's mega shopping site, I first laughed spontaneously, then my jaw dropped. And then I found myself nodding at the image before me, with a goofy grin pasted on my face. At last, someone had come up with the perfect Happy Slob Housecleaning product...slippers that clean as you shuffle along! Why didn't we think of this, slobs??

Awesome, right??? And they look like some sort of memory of a Muppet, to boot. Which really only makes me love them more. And, in a completely practical way, these cleaning slippers make cleaning the floor a simple task for anyone who is limited in their mobility. Hurray again for these little wonders!

Comments, please...and have any of you guys tried these?