Ok, it’s that time of the year!!

Time to purge, clean, organize and get ready to nest for the winter. Ready for those out of town guests who meander in during Thanksgiving and Christmas. This time of the year is so exciting…. I’m going to post each project as I do it to inspire and motivate! Get those rubber gloves and cleaning supplies ready. And please…… please…… get lots of trash bags. Because I KNOW you have lots of things to throw away.

1. All rugs, shower curtains, liners (if they’re not the cheap disposable), curtains and decor towels get hauled to the laundry room. Extra rinse and Snuggle, please! If you use the cheapie liners, buy replacements now.

2. I sprayed the shower/tub down with the new Oxyclean Soap Scum remover (let it sit for at least 10 minutes) and it’s like a new tub. (I’m not kidding). Get the crud around the drain with an old nail file and cleaning rag. Spray down the toilet and sink. Get around the base of the toilet really well. Do the Windex last on the faucets and mirrors.

3. Now’s the time to check all medications, topicals, anything that expires. Throw that stuff away! If you haven’t used that partial bottle of shampoo you bought in April, get it OUT of the house. Go through your make-up now, too. (Perfect timing because the winter shades are out, girlies).

4. Soak the soap dish, lotion dispensers, anything like that. I run mine through the dishwasher. Refill dispensers, put out new soap and just stand and admire a minute.

5. Replace toothbrushes if you haven’t lately. Soak/dishwasher the toothbrush holder if you have one.

6. De-hair combs and brushes. Soak in a warm water and clarifying shampoo solution. Rinse well with cold water and let them dry outside if you can.

7. Sweep floor really well. Then get on your hands and knees and *really* clean it. Luckily our bathrooms are small enough this isn’t a big deal. I use a wet cleaning rag and a bottle of my favorite cleaner and just hand clean the floor in small sections. Get the baseboards and in the corners really well where the dust collects and junks up.

Now! Re-hang your curtains, put your warm Snuggly rugs down, hang the shower curtains and revel in it. This is where you could also get a new air freshener to celebrate. (I love the Method Green Grass from Target for the bathrooms).

From here on out, keep a container of cleaning wipes stored in each bathroom. I use the Clorox toilet bowl cleaner contraption and keep those replacement heads in the bathroom closet. If you use the brush, keep whatever cleaner you use stored in the bathroom too. A couple of minutes a day will keep it this clean. Don’t forget to wipe out the shower/tub after you use it, or at least a few times a week. When the guests start showing up, you’ll never have to worry about the bathrooms. Because, girl, you’re done.