Last month I started what I envisioned as a bit of a series here on the Spot. It was a post about our spending habits, entitled, “This is the way I keep the books.” I’m continuing that series today with a post on the infamous Maranich household clean up night. Because, you know, our cleaning habits are that interesting. Or not. I guess it depends on who you ask. My thing, though, is that if I’d be interested in reading someone else’s post on the same topic, I deem it interesting enough to write about here. I’m sure the fact that I’d be interested in reading your clean up post reveals something creepy about me. So be it.
Clean up night is a weekly event ’round these parts. It takes place each and every Thursday (barring school performances or natural disasters). It’s so standing an event that we avoid commitments of all kinds on Thursdays so as not to disrupt our cleaning schedule. Anal much?
At the onset, the joint looks something like this:
First things first: we call in the clutter crew and have them clean up all their crud. And then we come along with our vacuum and mops, our vinegar spray and roll of paper towels. Jeff is charged with the kitchen. His duties include the cleaning of the ceramic cooktop, the kitchen chairs, the granite sink and counters and the stainless appliance surfaces. Truth be told, he omits that last one 99% of the time and I end up coming behind and doing it for him. I suppose it would be fair to add it to my own list. My list? I’m the floor gal. I move everything but the kitchen table and couch off the concrete floors before making an initial sweep with the vacuum. I follow with my steam mop. From there I dust the coffee table and vacuum the rug and clean the dog-drool from the sliding glass door. Once we’re finished the joint looks more like this:
From start to finish the whole process takes a little over an hour. Both of us wholeheartedly dread going in to it, but the end result is definitely worth it. One glorious night each week we’re treated to a pristine living area. And enjoy it we do. Typically, we reward ourselves with a perfectly-chilled one of these:
So…what do you think of our weekly clean up night? Do you have a similar technique or are you more the clean-as-you-go type? I’m curious how our process compares to yours. Also, if you have thoughts on my “This is the way…” series, do let me know what else you’d like a glimpse at.