How Establishing My 5–9 (Yes, 5–9!) Routine Transformed My Day

published Nov 18, 2018
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(Image credit: Gray Benko)

Whether you spend the day chasing emails or toddlers (or both), we’re guessing that your 9–5 can get hectic. A calm morning can make all the difference for the rest of your day, and even though we can hear you laughing right now, “calm morning” doesn’t have to be an oxymoron. The trick? A 5–9 routine.

When you devote a few minutes of your evening to tidying—organizing items that have been scattered from room to room, giving the floors a quick sweep with the Bona® Quick Clean System—the next day just flows better. Going to bed with things a little cleaner and more in order can let you skip the a.m. chaos in favor of sitting down to breakfast or chatting with your family about the day ahead. And best yet, you don’t have to waste your Saturday on an all-out cleaning binge.

Case in point: These lifestyle bloggers all have hectic lives that could translate into hectic homes, but they use 5–9 routines to keep their households humming along. Here’s how.

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Melissa Coleman

This Minneapolis mama—a.k.a. The Faux Martha—is all about minimalism. It’s a look she manages to ace every time in the gorgeous home she shares with her husband and 5-year-old daughter—all while recipe-developing, writing, cooking, and baking up a storm.

“My plan for 2019 is to attach Bona cleaning pads to the bottom of everyone’s slippers between cleanings. Half-kidding on the last part. But wouldn’t it be nice to clean without realizing you’re cleaning? Until that day comes, I clean a little bit, a very little bit, at a time, so it doesn’t feel like such a chore.”

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Jessica Kraus

Fans of House Inhabit know Jessica makes hazy, dreamy SoCal magic whether renovating, road-tripping, or cuddling with her husband, four boys, and two dogs. As this huge brood settles into their newly renovated digs, Jessica is starting an evening routine that will let that magic shine (no Instagram filter required).

“I work from home, so cleaning up my workspace is vital to my overall focus and productivity. A clean floor is essential to my peace of mind, and Bona’s gotten my mop-over down to a ten-minute gig. It’s the laundry I’ve spent half a lifetime trying to nail down…”

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Gray Benko

The stunning 130-year-old house that Gray shares with her husband and two kiddos always looks cheery and polished. Their intricate and eclectic space never looks too cluttered, though, thanks to some quick daily maintenance.

“Sundays are reserved for stealing kisses and cleaning my hardwood floors. Sometimes simultaneously.”

Bona lets you spend less time cleaning and more time living with its Quick Clean System, which delivers Bona’s expert hardwood care in an easy, disposable format. Bona Disposable Dusting Cloths clean 1.8 times faster than leading sweeping cloths, locking away dust, dirt, and pet hair. The Hardwood Floor Wet Cleaning Pads are infused with Bona’s residue-free Original Formula to whisk away dirt and grime, leaving only your floor’s natural shine. And the Premium Microfiber Mop for Hard Surface Floors has a durable telescoping handle and a 40-percent larger mop head with Velcro bottom for easy pad attachment.

Translation: When you say quick sweep, you’ll actually mean it.

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