It’s the second week of a brand new year, and how time flies! Unfortunately, it’s more than likely that you’ve already fallen by the wayside and thrown your New Year’s resolutions firmly out the window. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that only 8% of people actually manage to stick to their resolutions. We lead busy lives that are full of a multitude of priorities, so aiming too high is simply setting yourself up for failure. The trick is to keep them short and set smaller goals that are more realistically obtainable throughout the year.
For example, establishing a bathroom cleaning routine is one place you could start. Like setting a massive and probably unobtainable new year’s resolution to complete, setting out to keep your bathroom clean can be psychologically daunting. I’ve been guilty of leaving it for another day in the past, but the longer you leave it the less motivation you have to do it as you set yourself up for thinking that’s it going to take up too much of your day.
Our time is short and we’re worried about wasting it with things we don’t want to do, but life is full of things we don’t want to do and the best way to overcome them is to do them quick, do them right, and then get rid.
I’m here to tell you that it won’t rob you of your time. I’m here to tell you that an established routine that you stick to will actually free up more time for you to do the things you want to do. Putting something off that you don’t want to do may feel like you have more time to do other things, but you’ve always got that task looming over your head with a dark grin.
Follow this quick routine to freshen up your bathroom and you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about. You’ll enjoy the weekly feeling of accomplishment too.
The 15 Minute Bathroom Cleaning Routine
That’s all it takes, just 15 minutes. They say that anyone can concentrate on something for a tiny 15 minutes. It’s the perfect amount of time, and your bathroom can easily be cleaned within this period.
It’s safe to say that, on average, the bathroom is the smallest room in the house. Take a quick look at it and you’ll notice that there’s not a massive amount of clean. It’s the idea of having to clean places like the toilet and bath that starts us down the path of avoiding our responsibilities. It’s nowhere near as bad as you think unless you’ve got the impression that you’re someone who lives in their own filth. The fact that you use your bathroom on a regular basis shows that’s probably not the case, so it’s not like your bathroom is going to be in a terrible state. It’s simple to do it, and sticking to a regular routine means it won’t get to a point where cleaning it would be a lot of hard work.
Before we begin our 15 minutes, make sure that you’ve got everything you need to clean the bathroom with you. I come armed with disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray, a bowl of water, a pair of gloves, a cloth, a feather duster, a mop and a bottle of bleach. My equipment is kept in the kitchen cupboard, but you may have yours closer to the bathroom. Wherever the equipment is, getting out is the first step to making sure you follow through with your plans.
The First Five Minutes
Firstly I quickly do a visual skim over the surfaces to see if anything needs binning. Often I’ll have empty shampoo bottles on the end of the bath, or an empty soap hand dispenser on the sink. I then clear all surfaces ready for wiping, putting the stuff that needs throwing away aside from the rest of the pile. You can put it in the bin after you’re done, don’t get distracted by going downstairs to do it at this point.
I also pick up any used towels and put them aside to for washing, and I move the bin outside the bathroom for emptying after I’m done.
Next up I spray down surfaces like the basin and areas around the bath with disinfectant before wiping down with a cloth. Dust normally gathers in these areas so be prepared to pick up clumps of dust on your cloth. I use the bowl of water to rinse the cloth out every now and again so I’m not accidentally just spreading wet clogs of dust around while I wipe. I also give the tiles next to the bath a quick wipe down too (I have tiles halfway up the wall), and the taps.
The Next Five Minutes
You should now be moving on to the dreaded toilet. It’s not everyone’s favourite job to do, of course, but it’s a necessary evil and it’s probably not half as bad as you think. Spray some disinfectant into the bowl and wipe around inside with a fresh disinfectant wipe. Move on to the rim next, before using a new wipe on the toilet seat (don’t forget the underneath of a toilet seat too, where mysterious yellow stains can collect!).
Finally, I also wipe the outside of the toilet, including the tank, where dust also has a habit of collecting. Pop some bleach into the bowl to leave overnight and you’re done.
I also add bleach down the plugholes of the basin and bath (or shower enclosure plughole). Pick out any debris such as loose hair first, pour down and leave it for 5 minutes. You can come back at the end of the 15 minutes and run the taps to wash any remaining bleach away.
The Last Five Minutes
It’s time to give your glass a wipe down. I use a solution of white vinegar mixed with water as a glass cleaner, which I pour into a spray bottle. Spray this on mirrors and glass shower doors/bath screens, wiping in a circular motion with a cloth. If you do it correctly you shouldn’t have any streaks, but give it a quick once over to make sure. Take a minute to refill toilet rolls and set out fresh hand towels too.
Use your feather duster to reach into the corners of the room and destroy any cobwebs. Make sure to give the lights a quick dust over too.
Finally, I move anything on the floor out of the way and give the floor a quick mop, which doesn’t take too long given the size of my bathroom.
So, you see, it’s as easy as that. Just pick a day to do this (I do it on Wednesday) and stick to that every single week. It’s a good idea to spread all your cleaning duties out throughout the week rather than trying to do them all at once. That way you’ll be more focused on the small task you have than worrying about all the rest you need to do that.
For more bathroom-related tips and inspiration, why not take a look at our Pinterest boards?
We’ve also got the following bathroom cleaning articles you should check out:
- Bathroom cleaning and simple repairs.
- Deep cleaning a toilet.
- How to clean your house with the things your Granny used.
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