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I am playing maid for my sister for a free place to stay and I am a horrible maid. I try to cut corners and not take forever cleaning the house but it dose not come out as nice as I want. I am not lazy just do not have much time to myself to clean. I hate doing in when anyone is home to critique and get in the way.<br><br>
Anyone good at cleaning and orgnazation that they can throw me some general tips that maybe the other people who are not so good at cleaning can use? Anything would be nice please!
 

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Personally I need to stick with one room at a time. I can't start cleaning one room then move onto another because I tend to get fizzled out easily and not finish what I started. For me completely cleaning one room and then allowing myself to proceed to another room works best.
 

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Work from the top of a room down to the bottom.<br><br>
Sometimes I'm in "clean the whole room then go to the next one" mode, but other times I just clean all the mirrors/glass in the house, then I do all the countertops, then I do all the dusting/furniture polishing, etc. That way I don't have to lug around a bunch of supplies, just a rag and whatever cleanser I'm using. I also tend to mop multiple rooms at once so I don't have to wash a bunch of mop heads.
 

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I pretty much do room by room then sweep and mop the whole place. I am just super tired by the end of it.
 

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My advice is to just... "get started" because once I start I see another small thing I can clean up, just quick, and then it just keeps going till I am exhausted and somehow all the furniture has moved... and then you need to move it back <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br>
Try to make them small tasks, not "clean the bedroom" but vacuum the floor in this room, then dust a little... oh vacuum is out, vacuum the next room maybe....<br><br>
I think if you find a flow that works for you, you'll like it better. Start with things that maybe show result right away. Like organizing your shoes or... folding laundry.<br><br>
My boyfriend goes a different route, if he sees something out of place, he puts it away. If the floor is bothering him he vacuums, right away before he forgets.
 

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Tell any visiting space aliens that when they come to the house, they need to wear slippers; otherwise they'll walk on the floors you just wiped with their gooy alien feet and make the floors sticky again, and that means extra work.
 

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I clean throughout the day. When I get out of the shower I spray it out with cleaner.. I wipe down the sink in the bathroom whenever I use it. That sort of thing. It's easier to clean as you go.
 

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I usually just do the more noticeable things. Vacuum the floor, organize the table, pick up the dogs toys... It takes 10 minutes tops and then nobody asks me to do anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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What is this "cleaning" you speak of?
 

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Dust before you vacuum so you don't get dust all over the rugs after you've already got them clean.<br><br>
Don't use the same cleaning rag on the furniture/countertops that you used on the toilet.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Loud music.
 

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My sister and I tried to start our own cleaning business once. We cleaned one house and decided it wasn't for us, lol.<br>
As far as tips go, the most important one I follow is.. If it's not dirty, don't clean it! It also helps to have a checklist of things that need to be cleaned daily, weekly, and monthly. <i>Fadeaway1289</i> has good advice about cleaning one room at a time. I usually rotate in a clockwise motion cleaning around the room until I end back up in the area I started. Here are a few tips I found from various websites..<br><br><i>Dry To Wet:</i><br>
Do your dry cleaning, dusting, wiping down, etc. first. Next, move to your wet cleaning. The more you can take care of with a dry cloth, the less streaking, spreading of dirt, and potential for spilling you'll have.<br><br>
Keep all your cleaning supplies in a bucket so you can carry them from room to room. You need glass cleaner, powder cleanser, all-purpose cleaners, furniture polish, and rubber gloves. In addition, you need a tub and tile brush, old toothbrush for tiny areas, and a couple of stiff bristled paintbrushes for dusting lampshades, wicker and ornaments.<br><br>
Always clean a room from top to bottom or highest to lowest, so your floor or carpet is done last. This allows you to avoid dripping cleaner, or settling dust over surfaces that have already been cleaned.<br><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Bathroom Tips</span> - Clean the bathroom after someone takes a bath or shower because the steam loosens the dirt, making cleaning easier.<br><br>
Pour vinegar into the shower door track; let it soak for a five minutes and then rinse. In your toilet, pour some bleach and then put the lid down, leaving it until you finish cleaning.<br><br>
In a small bathroom, use a damp sponge with an all-purpose spray cleanser, to wash your floor.<br><br><br>
Use a sponge mop to clean the shower walls. It is fast and saves you from stretching and bending.<br><br>
Throw two denture tablets in the toilet before bed. In the morning, just run your toilet brush around a few times and flush. Your toilet will be clean and fresh.<br><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Kitchen</span> - Make a quick and easy cleaning solution by using one-quarter cup of automatic dishwasher detergent, which you dissolve in a gallon of hot water. This works great for cleaning stoves, floors, refrigerators, glass and walls. Dry or wipe with a cloth after.<br><br>
White vinegar on a soft cloth makes stainless steel shine and removes water spots. Use a cloth to dry afterwards.<br><br>
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As for organizing, I'm a lost cause on that one, haha. I hope that helps some! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I was a motel maid when I was a teenager but now I just hate cleaning and try not to it. When we can afford it we hire someone to do it. Otherwise, I just do whatever seems most important and I try not to stress about what doesn't get done.
 

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Loud music.</div>
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agreed<br>
cleaning and dancing at the same time is always better<br><br>
I have no proper tips though, and just wing it most of the time.
 

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I clean throughout the day. When I get out of the shower I spray it out with cleaner.. I wipe down the sink in the bathroom whenever I use it. That sort of thing. It's easier to clean as you go.</div>
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yep, i do this too.
 
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