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  1. Great tips.

    This idea of cleaning as you go could be applied to other areas of the house. In our house we tend to tidy the bedroom each and every morning as soon as we get up. Likewise for the lounge before going to bed. That way we don’t have any of those shock moments when we get home from work or get up in the morning.

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  2. Great tips, Sherri! Thank you for sharing them.

    The best advice for this that I ever got came from my brother, who is definitely NOT the cleaning type. However, because he hates cleaning, he became very proficient at it, so he could get it over with quickly. His best piece of advice is something you touched on here: Clean up spills as they happen. Liquids can usually be wiped up in a matter of seconds, but if they dry, you have to scrub them and do 3x the amount of work.

    I mention this not because it’s unusual or groundbreaking in any way, but rather because of the vaguely pornographic way he phrased it:

    “Get it while it’s wet!” :D

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  3. Excellent, Sherri.

    I’m battling the habit of leaving dishes in the sink for later. I love the idea of filling the sink with water beforehand so that the dishes are technically already started by the time I’m done making a mess. A clean kitchen really clears the psyche too.

    Clean-as-you-go is the way to do it, I think. I love waking up to a clean house.

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  4. These are great tips. I do many of them myself. One thing I do differently though is number one. Instead of using a bowl for waste, I just use one of my produce bags or a plastic grocery bag to put the garbage in. It actually works really well. This way all I have to do is chunk the bag – one less bowl to wash.

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  5. I spent so long being OCD back in college that now I’m really averse to the idea of spending any dedicated time on cleaning. So, for me, the clean-as-you-go approach to the kitchen (and the whole house) is a way of life. It really is a major time-saver.

    Lisis | Quest For Balance’s last blog post..Homeschooling and Other Big Decisions

  6. Mary

    Clean-as-you-go is definitely the best way to do it. When I wake up and have dirty dishes in the sink, I cringe. My rebellion against the dishes gets me nowhere!

  7. Some really great tips here. I do some of them already, but I particularly like the idea of washing up as you go, and also purging the fridge – there’s nothing worse than reaching in there only to find a piece of mouldy cheese..yuk!

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. @ Gary – Absolutely! It can be applied to every part of your house you’re right! Even a 5 minute reset at the end of a day can make waking up in the morning a little stressful.

    @ Jay – You’re welcome. Thanks for sharing your brothers cleaning mantra it made me chuckle! :)

    @ David – You’re right filling the sink before you start gets rid of that little bit of friction and helps you to get started and just do it. Shining your sink every night might sound a bit odd but it really is a great place to start!

    @ Amanda – That’s a great way to use/dispose of produce bags AND it saves cleaning a bowl I love it! :)

    @ Lisis – That’s great I’m glad you do it too and it works really well for you!

    @ Mary – “My rebellion against the dishes gets me nowhere!” That’s funny! I cringe as well if I see dishes on the counters or in the sink in the morning nothing beats tidying up right away and waking to a clean home.

    @ Melanie – Welcome! I’m right there with you with the moldy cheese! Purging the fridge as I go is something I just started doing. It works really well and is a huge time saver when it comes to doing a thorough clean! Thanks for leaving a comment!

  9. beth

    that bowl for waste should not go into the trash, but into the compost.

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