How much cleaning time do you spend every week?
Whatever it is, it is probably more cleaning time than you need. Time is literally the most precious and irreplaceable thing we have. I don’t know about you, but I can think of 50 things I’d rather be doing than cleaning the house.
If I could tell you how to clean a bathroom in 12 minutes, would you be interested? And I mean actually clean, not the way my 15-year-old son “cleans” a bathroom in 12 minutes – ick.
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With his unbeatable “Clean Team” method, Jeff Campbell claims his 3 person teams can clean an entire HOUSE in 42 minutes. He should know, his company has cleaned literally thousands of homes over the years and they have studied and refined their methods and now they are passing them on to us. OK, you might not be able to clean your whole house in 42 minutes, but if you can clean it in less than a whole Saturday afternoon, I think you’d still be interested. I certainly was.
I will share some of the basics of his plan, but if you really decide to give this method a try, you’re probably going to want to find one of his books – he’s written several. This one is my favorite. It’s a quick read and jam-packed with great tips:
I first read this book probably 10 years ago. Since then, I’ve incorporated his methods to cut down my cleaning time considerably. I never quite hit the 12-minute mark on a room, but I know I have speeded up a lot.
Basically, speed cleaning comes down to two factors – tools and methods. It’s really not all that complicated and you can get started immediately.
The main way their tools generate the speed is because they keep everything you need in one convenient place. Ideally, you want the tools right on your body as you move through a room. So Jeff has designed a special Clean Team apron for that purpose. It’s really the foundation of this cleaning method. Click the photo to see it on Amazon.
Once you have the apron, it is time to fill it. It is set up very strategically and specifically. The side loops are for your liquid cleaners. In sturdy spray bottles – left side is your Windex or other glass cleaner. He calls it “blue juice”. So obviously, the other loop is for “red juice”. This would be 409, Kaboom, or similar liquid cleaner.
In the apron pockets, you need the following things – a toothbrush, a plastic paint scraper (or credit card), a razor blade holder, a Magic Eraser – stored in an open ziplock bag held in place with a binder clip, a 2nd ziplock bag (also held with a binder clip) to hold small trash items, and a stack of good sized cleaning cloths – large cloth diapers are ideal. Each item goes in a specific pocket and is always returned to it’s same location – that way you can reach for things and find them quickly without digging around.
These are the microfiber cleaning cloths I prefer for my apron. They are cheap, wash up well, and have a textured backing when you need a little extra scrub power.
When you have an apron stocked like this, just about everything you need for cleaning a room is right on your body enabling you to move efficiently without digging around under the sink for additional cleaning products or tools. You are literally a mobile cleaning machine!
However, you will also need a large plastic open carryall with a handle for more specialty items, such as Lime-a-way, cleanser, brushes, furniture polish, and floor cleaner and extra cleaning cloths. The picture above is similar to what mine looks like.
You’ll also need a good heavy-duty vacuum with a 50-foot extension cord (you plug it in one place and move around the room), a feather duster (in your back pocket), and a professional quality sponge mop.
On the next page, I will give you an outline of the METHOD.
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