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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 Real Simple!...

I too enjoy Real Simple! In fact, I first found it a year or so ago on display at the Container Store (one of my "shopping playgrounds"), and until a friend mentioned it, I didn't even realize it was targetted at women. As soon as I did, I was shocked it hadn't dawned on me sooner, (although I still think that may have been less apparent in earlier issues) but that in no way deters me from reading & enjoying it. I have learned a lot from reading RS, and I like seeing some female perspectives, from which I'm sure many of us men can & do benefit. There was a good article recently on the challenges of being a mother, and articles like that spark good discussions between my wife and me. I also like a lot of the tips & tricks (esp. the new uses for everyday things), as well as the presentation of information using grids and diagrams.

As far as "blister" packaging, Merlin, you might want to check out Gizmodo's recent articles about the OpenX Plastic Package Cutter, which I found the other day. Problem solved (thank goodness!).




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