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Jul 20 2018 12:08 PM / by John Van Schaik
One of the easiest ways to keep your house clean is to prevent it from getting dirty to start with! Take a few minutes every day to make habit of keeping your home in check and keep a messy house at bay with these tips.
Give each room a purpose and stick to it. When you move files and books from the office to the kitchen table, or pillows and blankets from the bedroom into the living room, you’re creating a sprawling mess and more work for yourself. Make sure everything has an assigned space, and return items where they belong when you’re done using them to prevent clutter creep.
Wash dishes after every meal. Yes, every meal. It’ll keep your dirty dishes from getting out of hand. Even the cleanest kitchen looks dirty with a pile of dishes in the sink reaching Kilimanjaro status. Make the bed. Sure, you’re just going to mess it up again in 12 hours, but just like doing the dishes makes a world of difference in the kitchen, making the bed instantly boosts the look of cleanliness in your bedroom. Do smaller loads of laundry throughout the week.
Washing a load here and there means you won’t have to spend your weekend sorting, folding, and organizing your entire wardrobe.
Keep cleaning supplies where you’ll need them. Rather than trekking back and forth across the house when you need something, keep it handy. If you use it to clean a certain room, keep it in that room.
Dryer sheets: magical multitaskers. The coating on dryer sheets works as a dust repellant and air freshener in one step. Since dust can’t build up as easily, your dusting and sweeping chores aren’t as much of a hassle when it comes time for a deep clean.
Teamwork makes the dream work. If you live with your family or roommates, get everyone involved with an evening clean up before turning in for the night. Take 10-15 minutes to help each other tackle common areas by removing any personal items like clothing, toys, or books, and returning them to their proper rooms.
Invest in cleaning supplies you’ll actually use. You don’t need a bulky carpet steamer or 6-foot extendable duster if you’re not actually going to use them. Invest in a lightweight, portable supplies that are easy to use and still get the job done.
Set your tables. It’s tempting to unload whatever you’re carrying when you walk in the door onto the closest table. Keep your dining room and kitchen table set even when you’re not using them to discourage table clutter.
Make it fun. Play your favorite podcast or make a playlist to jam to while you clean. Cleaning is more effective in short, consistent bursts over longer, less frequent sessions. Keep it to 20-40 minutes long to keep you motivated and help you keep track of time.
Clean as you go. Pick up clutter as you walk through the house. Clean the shower while you’re in it (two birds, one stone). Put away dishes and wipe down countertops while you’re cooking. Keeping spaces clean as you use them is the most effective way to keep your house cleaner in the long run.
PRO TIP: Your weekly sweeping, dusting, and scrubbing will be more efficient and last longer after a deep clean! Start off on the right foot by hiring a professional cleaning service to restore carpet and tile, brighten windows, and freshen upholstery.
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