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This is the ninth day of my 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge. To read all the posts in order, start with Day One or visit the Overview Page.

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Are you ready for this?

Cleaning Day

It’s CLEANING DAY! I know you’re excited. Can I get a little woot woot?

The older I get, the more of a clean freak I become. But I wasn’t always that way, and even now, keeping things neat and tidy certainly does NOT come naturally to me. It is still something I have to work at every single day. It is still something I have to gear up to do.  It is still work.

To me, it is worth the effort. I spend a lot of time at home, probably more than most people. I am more productive, more peaceful, more creative, more engaged, more fun when my house is clean. I enjoy my life and space so much more when it is tidy. So I clean. And today, so do you.

LWSL Cleaning Supplies

For those of you who are worried about trying to deep clean your whole house in one day, stop! We are going to tackle a big chunk of it today, but not quite all of it. There will be selective areas that we ignore until later. But our bathrooms will sparkle, our countertops will shine, & our main living areas will be CLEAN.

So let’s get started!

My personal strategy is to start with the room I dread cleaning the most:  in my case, the bathroom. I then do the kitchen, since that is my next least favorite, and from there work my way through the rest of the house. After I’ve cleaned the bathroom & the kitchen, made the beds, & picked up any clutter (I throw it all in a basket for the kids to help put away), I find it more efficient to do things like dusting, windexing,vacuuming, & mopping throughout the whole house all at once, not room by room.

I’ve prepared another checklist for you to use while you clean today. You’ll notice that there are a few things conspicuously missing, such as the home office, the closets, & the kids’ room. This is intentional. We will get there! For today, just focus on the main living areas, the bathrooms, and your own bedroom.

Cleaning Day Checklist

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What’s your least favorite area to clean? Are you a neat freak or do you struggle to keep things tidy? Are you excited to clean today or dreading this task?

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{Go to Day 10}