Sunday, July 8, 2012

Just Write Books is operated from the home of the publisher, Nancy E. Randolph. That's me.  My spouse and I live in a two-bedroom condo. My commute is very short and the atmosphere is great.  The downside could be that I might be drawn away from work by keeping the house tidy and clean.  

That doesn't happen because we have a cleaning person coming in once a week.  I've paid for housecleaning since I was a young Navy Journalist in Japan and living in the barracks and could afford $20 twice a month have a Japanese woman come in and clean, change the sheets and air out the room.

So, recently after my previous cleaning person contracted the miles from home that she would work, I hired a more local cleaning firm that was just starting out and I'm training the person who is cleaning for me. 

But I'm lucky, I have a list.  I thought I might share it with people who have a home office. It lets you or someone else do the work once a week and then you can concentrate on your business.

The caveat is that I pickup messes as they are made and my spouse and I have the same level of cleanliness/neatness barometer. We both served in the Navy—I know I was always a neatnik from the time I was a kid growing up in a house with 9 messy siblings and a mother that didn't know how to keep house. (She cleaned other people's houses—go figure.)


So here is the Cleaning List:




Kitchen
¨  Countertops and backsplash clean (move things to clean underneath things) Use Vinegar spray.
¨  Cabinet fronts wash and wipe – Vinegar Spray
¨  Sinks – Vinegar Spray plus scouring pad. Used pad put in zipper bag and put in freezer for next use.
¨  Outside of appliances (oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, stovetop)  Vinegar Spray
¨  Small appliances wipe Use Vinegar Spray as needed
¨  Window sills wipe down (use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket)
¨  Baseboards dust or wipe (use Swiffer or cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket)
¨  Spot wipe doors, walls and switch plates (use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket)
¨  Trash (under sink) empty (dumpster down the road)
¨  Dust table and chairs (spot clean)
¨  Floor vacuum and mop and dry (use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket or put warm water in sink with Simple Green)
¨  Remove cobwebs
Upstairs Bathroom
¨  Put litterbox in hallway while cleaning BR
¨  Fill bucket ½ full with warm water and ¼ cup Simple Green
¨  Sink  & counter -  Vinegar spray – use green brush (under sink) around sink edge.
¨  Tub bottom Scrub Brush with baking soda bottom of tub only.  Rinse before next step.
¨  Tub and surround wipe with laundry detergent and wipe down with rag
¨  Chrome fixtures - shine.
¨  Toilet base, rim, inside and outside sprayed with Vinegar mixture and wiped
¨  Toilet inside -Use ¼ c Simple Green and toilet brush to scrub
¨  Mirrors clean  (use vinegar spray)
¨  Window sills wipe down (use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket)
¨  Trash emptied (gather in larger bag from office)
¨  Baseboards dusted and/or wiped (use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket)
¨  Vacuum and mop and dry floor (After vacuuming use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket)
¨  Spot wipe walls, cabinets and switch plates (use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket)
¨  Washer/Dryer Use Vinegar Spray. Spray & Shine.
¨  Remove cobwebs
Vinegar Formula
1¾ c. vinegar
1¾ c. water
¼ c. alcohol
1 drop of dishwashing liquid

Downstairs Bathroom (every other week)
¨  Fill bucket ½ full with warm water and ¼ cup Simple Green
¨  Sink  & counter Vinegar spray
¨  Toilet base, rim, inside and outside sprayed with Vinegar mixture and wiped
¨  Toilet inside -Use ¼ c Simple Green (undiluted) and toilet brush to scrub
¨  Counter top clean (use green brush underneath sink to scrub around sink)
¨  Mirror clean  (use vinegar spray)
¨  Trash emptied (gather in larger bag from office)
¨  Baseboards dust and/or wipe (use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket)
¨  Vacuum and mop and dry floor (After vacuum use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket)
¨  Spot wipe walls and switch plates (use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket)

Living Room, Dining Room, Hallways and Stairs
¨  All areas-dust
¨  Couches-vacuum of cat hair (use cat hair remover from closet).
¨  Baseboards dust and remove cobwebs
¨  Window sills – wipe down
¨  Spot wipe walls and switch plates
¨  Picture frames –dust with swiffer
¨  Lamp shades dust with swiffer
¨  Bookcases-Wood - Dust only Spot clean fingerprints on glass with Vinegar spray.
¨  Tile/Linoleum floors-damp mop and dry
¨  Carpeted floors-vacuum
¨  Remove cobwebs
Bedrooms (Master bath every week and 2nd bedroom every other week)
¨  All areas dusted – on top, on front and underneath
¨  Picture frames dusted  - swiffer
¨  Mirrors clean – Vinegar spray
¨  Window sills cleaned – damp cleaning cloth
¨  Spot wipe walls and switch plates
¨  Trash emptied (in larger trash bag from Office)
¨  Baseboards dusted and wiped
¨  Lampshades dusted
¨  Carpet vacuum

Office
¨  Spot wipe doors, walls and switch plates (use cleaning cloth with warm water from bucket
¨  Window sills – wipe down
¨  Carpet – vacuum
¨  Baseboards dust
¨  Remove cobwebs

Hope this makes your life go more smoothly.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Poet on the Verge of Science: FORGOT AGAIN!

A Poet on the Verge of Science: FORGOT AGAIN!: YES. I FORGOT THE BLOG AGAIN. DID ANYONE NOTICE? Poems generated through visits to my wife, Vicki, at Clover Health Car may explain the fo...

I'm so glad that Robert M. Chute doesn't forget his blog for long.  We need to read this poems as they emerge.

Thanks Robert.