Clean organized decluttered home. Everyone’s wish. That we snap our fingers and viola and our house immediately changes from cluttered and disorganized to clean, organized, and decluttered home
The objective of a Clean Organized Decluttered Home
…is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment. is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.
Twenty years ago, I accidentally discovered this very effective method for spring cleaning my home. I had earnestly set up my spring cleaning list and had cleaners in hand and then dropped a can of diet soda on the kitchen floor. It hit the tile and burst wide opened and sprayed all over the floor, the cabinets, the walls, and the ceiling. I almost set down and cried. What a mess!
The Bottom-Up Cleaning Method that Not Only Saves Time and Money
After gathering my wits, cleaners, and sponges, I sat back down on the floor and decided to start cleaning the cabinets. It was then that I saw a lot more dirt than diet soda. I realized that the room looked much different from this angle and that most of my cleaning happened at eye level. We all want a clean organized decluttered home for our families. To have more room to breathe and play.
Now I know that most people don’t mind a bit of dirt here and there. But I mean there were a lot of spatters and spots. The baseboards were disgusting as well as the bottom of the cabinets. So, I began cleaning the kitchen from the bottom up to the baseboards (I did save the floor for last since I was walking on it while cleaning), the cabinets, the walls, and the ceiling. Now you could start cleaning at the ceiling level and down, but I felt that I would just kind of miss the lower cabinets and the baseboards using this method.
You can get clean, decluttered, organized, and ready for anything…
I discovered that the room looked much cleaner. It felt just like a thorough spring cleaning but much deeper.
So, I decided to try this Bottom-up Cleaning Method in each room to clean, organize, and declutter my home:
- The laundry room
- The living room
- The Den
- The two bedrooms
- The two bathrooms
Then I did the same when cleaning the windows. Yes, starting at the bottom of the glass and up. Much more clean and fewer streaks. Two other things became evident to me. I was cleaning much faster and with fewer cleaners. It appeared that with such a solid method used in each and every room, I streamlined the cleaning process and was done in a half a day, rather than the two days that it usually took to completely spring clean the house.
This Bottom-up Cleaning Method is a staple in my home and I try to do this a couple of times a year, not just in the spring. I find that I spend less time cleaning each week and less time on intensive cleaning, due to the thorough cleaning that I did the previous month. I use fewer cleaning products. Click here to see some more recommendations on cleaners Make Your Own Cleaners.
The best cleaners for me are vinegar and baking soda or washing soda. I have spray bottles with vinegar and use them to clean my countertops and sink each day. I also use it on my bathroom floors. Vinegar is a great mild cleaner. The smell does not bother me with full strength. If it bothers you, dilute it with water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I can also highly recommend anything Mrs. Meyers which is sold at Target and most supermarkets. Cleaning erasers are your best friend in removing almost anything. But use caution here as they do remove paint if you rub too hard. Here is a link to one of my fellow blogger’s (Lisa) posts on Chemical Free Cleaners.
Having a clean home from the bottom up feels cleaner, takes less time, and costs less. It is particularly important if you have small children as they are down at that level most of the time. Subscribe to receive free a free morning and evening routine checklist and free organizing tips and tools every week or two directly to your inbox!
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