This week my friend Laura asked me to partner with some other bloggers to share simple 10 minute cleaning tips.
Now I love a cleaning tip as much as the next person.
And I wanted to share one that was amazing and earth-shattering, but yet so simple my cat could do it.
So I did a little research on Pinterest. I found this seemingly amazing tip. But would it work? Has anyone actually used a glove to pick up pet hair? Or how about this tip? Will a dryer sheet really work? Has it met my soap scum before?
I needed help. And guidance. And assistance.
So I did the only thing a girl can do at a time like this.
I phoned my cleaning-tip-phone-a-friend.
My mother-in-law is wonderful and clever and funny and her house is so clean you could serve dinner to the governor off the floors.
I remember when I started dating my husband and I walked into his house for the first time….
….and stared at the carpet.
It was fancy.
With perfect lines in it from the vacuum cleaner.
And if you could have seen that carpet and knew I needed a cleaning-tip-phone-a-friend….
….you would have dialed her number for me.
And the tip she gave me was so simple, I totally should have thought of it years ago.
It would have saved me hours of cleaning time.
And anyone can do it.
To illustrate what I’m talking about….let’s look at exhibit A.
A spilled Gatorade.
This happens all the time in my refrigerator, except most of the time I don’t know it’s been spilled. Someone (usually named Nobody or I don’t know or Not Me) spills the Gatorade on the refrigerator shelf. And Nobody and Not Me think it’s funny and that no one will notice and leave it on the shelf.
And it drips.
From shelf to shelf.
Until the next time I open up the refrigerator door and see the kind-of-half-dried gooey mess. And I take out all the shelves and wipe them down and sigh and yell and ask who did it and where are they and why in the world did they leave spilled Gatorade everywhere and could they help me clean it up.
But Not Me never shows up.
Enter my mother-in-law’s cleaning tip.
She calls it preventative.
I call it brilliant. And time-saving. And easy.
She uses plastic shoe bins from the dollar store to hold all her spillable items.
Like salad dressings.
And soy sauce.
She groups them together in the see-through plastic container and places them on the shelf in the refrigerator.
The shoe boxes come in different sizes and the store I went to even had decorative containers if you want to get fancy.
Then….if anything spills….all you have to do is pull out the container and wipe it down.
Nothing drips to the next shelf.
All the spills simply stay put.
Oh…and if that idea wasn’t brilliant enough….
….she gave me one more tip for the road.
She lays down a sheet of plastic wrap in the bottom of the vegetable drawers.
Just in case your cucumbers or broccoli or tomatoes get a little crazy.
PS I’ll share her tips, but I won’t share that wonderful mother-in-law of mine.
I adore her.
And she’s already taken.
And here’s a few more cleaning tips from some of my friends:
Cleaning Your Grill at Finding Home
Quick Painted Furniture Touch-Up at Inspired by Charm
How to Clean Your Hairbrushes at TidyMom
The Best Way to Clean Windows at Four Generations One Roof
10 Minute Cleaning Tips at Julie Blanner