#justcleanit challenge page
Did you miss the email? Did it end up in spam or in the crazy recesses of the internet? No worries! This page is here for you! Each day, along with the email, I will add the prompt here. This makes it easy to see everything in one place. If you joined the challenge after we have begun, you can see exactly what you missed and can jump right in with us.
Here are the dates for the LIVE videos on my Facebook page. If you're not sure how it converts to your time zone, search a time zone converter to be sure.
Monday 2/26 @ 6pm EST/3pm PST
Tuesday 2/27 @ 12pm EST/9am PST
Wednesday 2/28 @ 1pm EST/10am PST
Thursday 3/1 @ 4pm EST/1pm PST
Friday 3/2 @ 1pm EST/10am PST
Alright, mama. Let's clean it.
Day 1 | The Kitchen
It’s day 1 and I am pumped. Yes, I did just say I am pumped to clean, and you should be, too. We are in this together.
So, remember how this works. I am going to give you the list and you choose which fit for you. There is NO right or wrong. There are no “shoulds” here. There is only a choice of what fits your home, your life and your day.
My BEST advice? Don’t let procrastination and perfectionism stop you. Read the list over and grab the first one that catches your eye. Even if that first one takes you 8 minutes….you got it DONE.
Choose at least 5 of these items and get to it, mama! Use a timer if you have to. Timers are a fantastic motivator.
Clean out expired and bad food from the fridge
Wipe down refrigerator shelves (warm water and soap works just fine)
Wipe down countertops
Declutter spices and seasonings
Wipe down appliances
Clean the coffee maker (run water and 1/4 cup white vinegar through a brew cycle, then just a cycle of water as a rinse. About 60 seconds of work on your part and you have a cleaner coffee maker.)
De-crumb the toaster (the best place to do this? Outside! Take it outside and remove the crumbs from the inside by tipping it upside down and gently patting it)
Give a quick, damp wipe-down of cabinets (soap and water is all you need)
Clean top of fridge
Clean dishwasher (Yes, this takes less than 5 minutes of actual work. Pour baking soda on the bottom on the empty dishwasher. Be liberal. Don’t be shy with it. Pour 1 cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe dish or glass measuring cup and place on the bottom rack of the dishwasher. Use a bowl or dish that FITS so that the vinegar doesn’t spill. Close the door and run on the hottest setting. When it’s done, wipe down the sides of the door quickly. The dishwasher does the work for you)
Dust cobwebs from corners
Clean out broiler drawer (a little hot soapy water will do the trick)
Clean out junk drawer (YES, you can do this in 5 minutes. Make faster decisions and get rid of things that don’t belong there or are garbage)
Declutter printed/handwritten recipes
Clean microwave (soak sponge in water and “cook” for 2 minutes. Let it sit for 2-3 additional minutes, then open the microwave and wipe out. This method loosens all of the cooked on food and grease)
Dry mop/sweep the floor
Wipe down kitchen chairs
Wipe down range hood (degreaser or soap and water will remove built-up grease)
Make a natural deodorizer with a cup of baking soda and 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils. Put the baking soda in a small glass dish, add the oils and mix gently. Leave out to deodorize the kitchen and keep it smelling lovely. 2 minutes of your time well spent.
My top kitchen cleaning tips:
Clutter is the enemy of a clean house. If it is taking you too long to clean, ask yourself, "Is it because I spend all of my time moving junk?"
Let your products do the work for you. Let them “sit” especially on heavily soiled areas, before you wipe or scrub.
Use soap and water to clean out your refrigerator. You don’t need anything more fancy than that.
Use a magic eraser to clean out your sink. It will shine it up and remove a great deal of grease and grime.
If you want some bonus activities...
Pull out the refrigerator and clean the sides and floor underneath
Vacuum our lower cabinets and drawers (they get pretty crumby)
Clean and degrease the range hood fan
Remove the inside parts of the dishwasher and do a deep clean.
To access the live video from today, click here.
Day 2 | The living room
We’re on day 2. WOOHOO. How did day 1 go? Feels good to get stuff done, doesn’t it? For me, it felt good to just concentrate of 5 areas of 1 room and then be done. I felt like I made huge progress, even though it only took me about 25 minutes.
Alright, you know the drill. Choose at least 5 of these items and get to it, friend.
Dust the entertainment center
Clean behind furniture
Clean all mirrors and glass
Vacuum out floor heater vents
Dust baseboard heaters
Deodorize carpets with baking soda (the process takes much longer than 5 minutes, but it only takes you 3o seconds to sprinkle baking soda down and another couple of minutes to vacuum it up later. This is a great task to do before you leave for the day. The longer the baking soda sits, the more deodorizing it does)
Declutter books on shelves to be donated or tossed
Vacuum the floors
Vacuum under the couch cushions
Vacuum lamp shades with soft vacuum bristle attachment
Declutter for 5 minutes
Tidy movie/DVD area
Dust knick-knacks (this is also a great time to declutter and remove those that don’t serve you or have any purpose in your home)
Wipe down molding in doorways
Wipe down doors, especially near the handles and on the decorative inset areas. (soap and water does the trick)
Dust ceiling fans
Dust blinds (I use a Swiffer dust wand. If they are particularly dusty or dirty, you can remove then, hang them in the shower and spray them down with warm, soapy water. This may take more than 5 minutes, of course. If you have wood or faux wood blinds, a great trick is to cover tongs-yes kitchen tongs-with a cloths. Secure them to each side of the tong with a rubber band and voila. You can “pinch” the blind with the tongs for easy cleaning.)
My top living room cleaning tips:
Use baking soda to deodorize your carpeting and couches, as mentioned above. You can also do this with your couches and chairs
Always spray a cloth, not the furniture with dust cleaner
Use a dusting wand (like a Swiffer) to get into tight areas, like heater grates or behind unmoveable furnishings.
Use a Swiffer dust mop to clean the walls, or any dry dust mop for that matter.
If you want bonus activities, here you go:
Move large pieces of furniture, like entertainment centers. This is great to do when 2 adults are home. There is massive amounts of dust back there. If you’re looking to dive in during this challenge, this is a great place to start.
Move all books, DVDs and knick knacks off of shelves and do a thorough dusting.
Go to town on stains. A great DIY stain remover is 2 parts hydrogen peroxide with 1 part dish soap. Put in a bottle and fill with about a cup of water. Spray the affected areas on carpets and upholstery. The peroxide helps to remove the stain while the dish soap lifts any grease and dirt. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then scrub gently and blot. ALWAYS test a small area before using anything on upholstery or carpets.
To access the live video from today, click here.
Day 3 | The bedroom
We are almost halfway through. You’re doing this and the progress I am seeing is phenomenal!
Today is all about the bedroom. I recommend you focus on the master bedroom, but you can choose a child's room if you like. The master bedroom is often neglected, so I really would push you do put in the effort in your special area today.
There aren't as many places in a bedroom to "clean" as say, a kitchen. Removing junk, clutter and knick knacks is one of the major steps that helps to keep bedrooms clean. If you prefer to spend some of the time decluttering, do it! Whatever is going to give you momentum and give you a feeling of accomplishment is what we are going for here.
You’re a PRO at this now. So, go ahead and choose 5 items and let’s DO this.
- Dust the tops AND sides of all end tables and dressers
- Declutter the tops of dressers and end tables
- Flip the mattress
- Clean under the bed (if possible)
- Go through your underwear and sock drawer and toss tattered clothes and undergarments.
- Clean 1-2 windows (if they pull in and you're able to clean the outside, go for it, girl!)
- Wipe down the doors (make sure to pay close attention to the areas around the door handle and any ornate molding. That is where that dust loves to live. Use warm water and soap.)
- Clean behind furniture (if it’s moveable, pull it out and give it a quick vacuum/dust. This is a very quick task that is very often neglected)
- Do a 5-minute closet cleanout dash.
- Deodorize the mattress (you can do this with baking soda. Let it sit for as long as possible, even all day if you can and then vacuum the baking soda off before putting sheets back on. The process takes a long time, but your effort is about 5 minutes, tops.)
- Dust knick knacks
- Vacuum the carpet/floor
- Dry mop the floor (if applicable)
- Mop the floor (if applicable. No need to mop if you have carpeting. haha)
- Remove cobwebs
My top bedroom cleaning tips:
- Wash your sheets once a week. This removes dust mites, sweat and dirt. Cleaning your pillowcases regularly also helps prevent breakouts. Score.
- Clean your bedroom before you clean other areas. Most people make their master bedroom the last place they clean (if it even gets clean) but a clean bedroom promotes health, rest and joy. Don't procrastinate.
- Wondering what to put in the drawers of your nightstands that isn't junk? How about some cleaning supplies. Leave a few cloths, a duster, some glass cleaner and/or your favorite dust spray. This will make it so much easier to clean your room when you see dust and dirt that you'd normally have to clean with supplies that are stored somewhere else. Make the barrier of entry to clean low.
Bonus points for you:
- Wash your bedskirt. This is usually a two person job to get it on or off...which is why it is a bonus. :)
- Wash the bedroom curtains.
- Dust and/or clean the walls. Did you know you can do this with a dry mop floor cleaner, like a Swiffer? Put a fresh, clean cloth on it and just wipe the walls down with it. SO useful for dusting off the walls without much effort!
Click here to view the live video from today.
Day 4: The bathroom
Here we are on day 4 already. Time is flying by.
Today is all about the bathroom. I know this is a place so many people dread, but funny story about me: I LOVE cleaning bathrooms. It was my favorite thing to do in any home when I had my cleaning business. There is something about making things look shiny and clean in a bathroom that just gives me a sense of accomplishment and joy. I'm weird..I get it.
You can make huge strides in your bathroom by just committing to small tasks. So, here we go. Choose at least 5 and let's do this!
- Clean inside and outside of toilet
- Clean fixtures (a little tip for fixtures that have mineral build up: soak a paper towel in white vinegar and wrap it around the affected area. Leave for about 30-45 minutes. The vinegar helps to break down the deposits and makes it easier to clean.)
- Clean vanity and sink area
- Vacuum or sweep floor
- Clean tub area (note, depending on the depth of cleaning that needs to be done, the tub and shower may take longer than 5 minutes. However, you can do one area, or spend longer diving into this)
- Clean out medicine cabinet
- Clean medicine cabinet shelves
- Clean all mirrors and glass
- Clean windows and sill
- Remove cobwebs from corners
- Clean baseboards
- Clean light switches, doorknobs and area around knobs on doors
- Wipe down doors
- Clean behind the toilet
- Wipe down cabinets
My top bathroom cleaning tips:
- Spray cleaners onto wet or damp surfaces, especially disinfectant. They work better this way. Just spray down the shower quickly before spraying your cleaners, even DIY cleaners.
- Let your products sit and do the work for you. Don’t just spray and scrub.
- Let your toilet brush dry before putting it back into the holder. Simply wedge it between the toilet and the toilet seat with the brush part dripping into the toilet. After 5-10 minutes, it will be dryer and ready to put back with less germs and water to create mildew.
- Scrub in circles, but wipe in an S-pattern
- Take down the shower curtain and launder it while you tackle the bathroom
- Clean grouting and caulking with a grout brush and a baking soda paste.
- Deodorize urine smells (can we say #boymom?) Make a thick paste with baking soda and lemon juice. Smear on the area where the toilet meets the floor, and on toilet seat areas affected. Let is sit for about an hour. Spray with white vinegar (it will bubble and fizz), then lightly scrub with a soft sponge and wipe down. This helps to remove the odors and deodorize.
Click here to view to Facebook live from today.
I'm so proud of you. You're almost done and look how much progress you've made in such a short amount of time? It's incredible and inspiring, right? Tomorrow is our last day together for this challenge, but I've got something insanely awesome to share with you when it's done, so you'll want to stick around.
Day 5: All the small things
It’s out last day together! Sad. Well, it’s actually just the end of the challenge, but we are going to stay friends for a while and I have plenty more in store for you!
Day 5 is my favorite, because it’s a little more fun. Yes, I said fun. We aren’t going to be jumping on trampolines or anything, but it can be nice to shake it up and do some of the little things throughout the house that you just usually wouldn’t think about.
Here is a great tip: Focus on areas like entryways, hallways, stairs, guest rooms, laundry rooms, etc. Obviously if you don’t have those in your home, do wherever you like, but it can be really productive if you clean the area rugs in an area like a hallway where you never think to do it.
Again, this is all about YOU and you get to choose. No particular room today, just choose and go:
- Clean out garbage cans and waste baskets (soap and warm water will do just fine. If you can, rinse them outside. You can do them all at once and let them dry in the sun. Only a few minutes of your time.)
- Clean light fixtures
- Wipe down baseboards
- Clean area rugs
- Move area rugs
- Clean window tracks
- Wipe down door knobs
- Sanitize toothbrushes (you can do this with hydrogen peroxide. Soak for 30 minutes)
- Wipe down/clean blinds
- Wipe down light switches
- Wipe down railing and banisters
- Clean garbage disposal (pro tip: make your own disposal tabs with vinegar and lemon rinds. Use an ice tray, freeze and "grind" 1-2 at a time in the disposal. It freshens and clean!)
- Sweep front walkway (if applicable and possible, obviously)
- Wipe down electronics, like phones, keyboards and tablets
- Change your air filters
- Clean out your vacuum (wipe out the canister, clean the brush bar out, clean the filter, change out a full bag, etc)
- Dust indoor plants
- Clean toothbrush holder, soap dish, soap dispenser in bathroom
My top cleaning tips for around the house:
- Don’t forget to put these areas into your cleaning routine.
- Get your kiddos to help with this day, for sure. Many of these things are super simple and easy for small hands to accomplish and it’s a great time to get them involved.
- Remember to sanitize these areas during and after an illness. You don't have to use bleach if that isn't your deal. Hydrogen peroxide is a great disinfectant, as is isopropyl alcohol. Pro tip: Vinegar is not a registered disinfectant, contrary to popular belief. Doesn't mean it isn't a fab cleaner, though.
There are no bonuses for today, because you’re already doing the little things that might otherwise go undone. You rock and you’ve made it 5 days. THAT is your bonus.
And that, my friend, is a wrap! Woot woot!
But don't worry, we aren't completely done. I have another email coming to you later today with something special. I am raining all the cleaning goodness down on you during our live today at 1pm EST/10am PSTand will be announcing this something special then, too. If this challenge was everything and a bag of chips for you, this is going to absolutely be what you are looking for moving forward.
I'm so proud of you. Happy cleaning, mama.