10 Minutes to a Cleaner, more Organized Home series | Baseboards and Trim

It's Thursday and we're getting out the elbow grease and getting things done!

This week's task:

Baseboards and Trim

- Get your favourite cleaner and cleaning cloths ready to go. Pick a corner of a room.  Go in one direction, either left or right, around the room along baseboards and up around doorways and windows until you make it back to the corner you started at. Continue on in as many rooms and hallways as possible.


If you haven't cleaned your baseboards in awhile or just want to save a bit of time you may want to pre-treat them. Simply go around and spray along the baseboards and trim before you actually start wiping. By the time you get all the way around, everything will be ready to be wiped down a lot easier! Also, if possible, it will save time if you move any furniture away from the wall ahead of time. It should only take a few minutes to do this so I wouldn't include it in the ten minutes.

Have a little more than 10 minutes today?


Bonus task!

- Get out the vacuum cleaner and vacuum out your heat vents and air returns! Yay!....aren't you glad you stopped by today?

*One final note*

- If you are not sure how your cleaner will react on your baseboards, take a few minutes and test a small section of trim in a inconspicuous area before you start. I tend to use a general purpose/degreaser type cleaner from Home Depot or diluted Pine-sol for this type of cleaning. Actually, I love these cleaners for all sorts of cleaning jobs. They are definitely two of my favourite non-green cleaners. I have never had a problem with it damaging our trim. The trim in our basement is painted with an oil based paint and on the upper floors a water based paint. We have a "dusty" house. The kind that it wouldn't matter if I dusted every single day - we would still have some dust by the end of the day somewhere. We live fairly close to a highway and that's probably why. So I choose this type of cleaner often.

"Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort." - Paul J. Meyer