Master Cleaning Plan

My husband and I recently came back from a mini-vacay to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary! Yay, we made it! Like most people, you hate the ending of a trip and coming back to reality… but what’s worse (if you’re like me) is coming home to a dirty house. Cleaning our house is something we do not do a good job of… we usually let the house go, mail everywhere, carpet not vacuumed, dishes piled high, and don’t get me started on the bathroom… ugh!

However, one thing we always try to do is clean before we leave on a trip so that we come home to a relatively “fresh” house. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up different strategies/plan-of-attacks into cleaning a house efficiently and effectively. We’ve tried a few cleaning plans and we found that this plan from Saving Dollars and Sense worked the best for us! The main tips is:

  1. ALWAYS put stuff back in it’s place before cleaning (i.e. laundry, dishes, etc.) – we tackle this in each room before busting out any cleaning supplies so we don’t have to stop in the middle of our cleaning to run to another room
  2. Start the laundry before you start cleaning – this helps you kill 2 birds with 1 stone: you can clean and get your laundry done at the same time… just don’t forget about it
  3. ALWAYS start with the “wet” areas in the house first (i.e. bathrooms and kitchen) – these usually take up more time and you expend more effort
  4. Have a “Cleaning Kit” – I have a caddy full of cleaning products that I just take with me from room to room (I’ll do a blog on what’s in my caddy!)
  5. ALWAYS start from top to bottom – the last thing you want to do is sweep the floor only to push more stuff to the floor
  6. Don’t forget the finishing touches like dusting the molding, wiping down handles and door knobs – these little things just brighten up the whole room

Let me know if you guys have any tips on making cleaning your house go by fast! I’ll do a “what’s in my cleaning caddy” post shortly!

Everything I ever learned, I learned from Pinterest

As you can tell by the name of this blog and the title of this post… you probably get the gist of what this blog is all about. Adulthood Achieved is going to be a reflection of all the random things I’ve discovered about myself and the things I learned since graduating college. I’m entering the last year of my 20s, have gone through a few job changes, marriage, and home ownership, etc., but the most important thing I realized is learning how to make time for what I want to do. Whether that’s seeing where this blog takes me, working out, reading, cooking, spending time with my family, vacations, etc., making time for yourself to do what makes you happy is crucial to staying sane in this generation of technology, social apps, and the hundreds of television shows that you’ll never catch up on but really want to.

So not everything I learned, I learned from Pinterest, BUT A LOT of what I learn comes from there, especially after moving out. And as most millennials can probably attest to, its where most of us go to easily find recipes, solutions to problems, and DIY’s of a bunch of cute shit. A big part of this blog will be about all the random stuff I’ve learned on Pinterest, the rest of this blog… we’ll see where it takes me!