A girlfriend popped over last week for an impromptu glass of wine, and during our little chat, she mentioned Fly Lady. Have you guys heard of her? It's kind of a kooky website, but the basic idea is that she encourages you to set up systems in your home to help productivity and fight chaos.
My house doesn't necessarily feel chaotic, but I do feel like I spend a decent amount of time picking up, cleaning, rearranging...and then doing it all again a few days later. Every few months I do a massive cleaning spree, and those are among my least favorite days of the year. It sounded appealing to tackle one project at a time -- do it well -- and put it to bed for a few months time.
The first thing Fly Lady tells you to do is clean your sink. Really, really clean it. It takes over an hour, but gosh darn if your sink won't sparkle at the end!
Shiny Sink 101
- Run some very hot water into the sink. Fill to the rim. Pour a cup of household bleach into the hot water. Let it sit for 1 hour. Now, pull the plug with a pair of tongs or throw some gloves on your hand to pull the plug.
- Rinse your sink well.
- Use some cleanser (Comet, Ajax, or Baking Soda) and scrub your sink. Ensure you rinse ALL of the cleanser from the sink.
- Take a sharp edge and clean around the rim of the sink, just like you would clean dirt out from under your fingernails.
- Clean around the faucets too. You may need an old toothbrush or dental floss.
- Now, get out your window cleaner and give it a good shine.
- Enjoy your beautiful, shiny sink!