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Real Simple: 19-minute daily cleanup

Real Simple | Cleaning | The Keep-It-Clean Plan

As the far less tidy half of the two vertebrates on our lease, I shouldn’t have been surprised to find this article printed out and gently wedged into the single clear spot on my office desk. It outlines a straightforward daily cleaning regimen that beats back the squalor on an economical 19 minutes a day.

Here’s the Family Room/Living Room/Foyer daily routine (clocking in at a manageable 6 minutes)

Start with the sofa — as long as it’s in disarray, your living room will never look tidy. Once you’ve fluffed the pillows and folded the throws, you’re halfway home. If you pop in a CD while you dust, you should be able cover the whole room by the end of the third track.

  • Pick up crumbs and dust bunnies with a handheld vacuum (one minute).
  • Fluff the cushions and fold throws after use (two minutes).
  • Wipe tabletops and spot-clean cabinets when you see fingerprints (one minute).
  • Straighten coffee-table books and magazines. Throw out newspapers. Put away CDs and videos. (Two minutes.)

I’ll also use this as the opportunity to reluctantly confess that I love (and currently subscribe to) Real Simple. It really appeals to the productivity pr0n nerd in me (plus I enjoy the Martha-riffic pastels and airy layouts). There. I’ve said it. You happy now?

[Link via the very subtle (and tidy) Ms. Madeline Stiness]

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I too enjoy reading the...

I too enjoy reading the magazine but I echo others' dissatisfaction with how she's hijacked the 'simple living' meme (otherwise usually connected to the environmental/greenie movement) to mean 'spending lots of money so you can live like a snobby New England society lady.' I mean, crafts and cleaning, sure, but don't make them seem like they're dependent upon purchasing a lot of expensive and environmentally disgusting products. I really get upset with 'how to clean' books/websites/etc that double as unpaid adverts for some of the most damaging and unneccessary products on the market today ('Swiffers' and 'disposable wipes' anyone?)




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