Tis the season for Spring cleaning. This weekend will mark the official first day of spring and it’s a nice time to get everything cleaned up after a long and nasty winter. Here on the west coast we have had very nice mild weather so I can’t complain about how awful the winter was. It is definitely nice to open up all the windows and get some nice fresh air flowing through the house again.
Back in January I reviewed Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying. If you haven’t read this book yet please go buy it or borrow it from the library. After reading Marie’s book I went through the whole house and got rid of so much unnecessary stuff. Getting rid of stuff is only half the battle, once the clutter is gone it’s time to clean. I was looking for a book with instructions on how to really clean your home. There are a ton of books about organization and such but not many give you the instructions on how to clean a house. That’s where The Lost Art of Housekeeping by Jan M. Dougherty comes in. Jan is a professional cleaner who has perfected the art of housekeeping. This book will tell you exactly how to deep clean your whole house, what tools to use and how to maintain it once it is clean.
The first step is to remove everything from the room that isn’t bolted down. You take these items outside or to the bathroom and spray them down.
Jan’s method has you following the “path” and clean one “slice” at a time which means start in once place and move around the room left to right (or right to left if you prefer) top to bottom. You clean each area only as wide as the length of your arms. After you go around the room then you finish with whats left in the middle and you are done!
Jan has only a few products that she uses to clean the whole house. White vinegar, Soft Scrub with bleach and Krud Kutter. I bought and used the products that she suggested. Normally I try to use cleaning products that are environmentally friendly. I was pleasantly surprised that Krud Kutter is non toxic, biodegradeable and generally safe for humans and animals. I probably won’t buy the Soft Scrub again (too many fumes) Krud Kutter and some elbow grease gets rid of soap scum just fine in my opinion. I bought all the products she suggested on Amazon. I made a trip out to Target to get my supplies but my daughter decided to have a huge toddler meltdown in the middle of the store so we high tailed it out of there and I just bought everything I needed online.
The Lost Art of Housekeeping is a very funny, useful book. The methods in the book really work and I have been working through my house room by room getting each one nice and clean. If you need a manual to finally lean how to clean your house, and how to keep it clean, then this is the book for you. I highly recommend The Lost Art of Housekeeping by Jan M. Dougherty. By the time you are finished reading this book you will already be reaching for the vacuum.