If you are finding it increasingly harder to keep your house clean, utilizing some of these tips will make your life a lot easier.
Take a good inventory of your home and re-evaluate your living space. Then do a complete makeover with cleanliness in mind.
Replace those mini blinds that collect dust, with other window treatments that require less maintenance.
Repaint your dingy walls with a satin finish that doesn’t become easily dull or show marks and fingerprints as much. The shinier the finish the easier it is to wipe away grime.
Remove items from tables, counter space, refrigerators, and any other place that becomes a spot for decorations rather that for what it’s intended purpose is. Your house will look bigger and it will stay cleaner. When it you have to dust or wipe down that counter you won’t have move everything or wipe around it.
If you want decorative accent pieces consider a beautifully covered table box, or canisters, or anything that can be closed and can be used for storing things such as remote controls.
Keep collectibles and decorative items in closed glass cabinets to keep the dust at bay.
If you have a lot of books, keep them in barrister bookshelves. This is a traditional books shelf with glass front doors. Books get very dusty and keeping them covered not only keeps your house cleaner but protects the books as well.
Buy products that help you maintain cleanliness like the automatic shower cleaners, and blue toilet water tablets. Buy the better quality air filters and change them often.
Buy multipurpose cleaning products. There are products that work on glass, wood, and hard surfaces all in one. This makes things so much easier.
Buy a steamer. I have a canister type with a long handle. I can clean my mirrors, windows, glass shower doors, counters, cabinets, everything with the same steamer. I just steam everything down at once then wipe away.
Vacuum your tile instead of sweep. You won’t spread everything around and you will pick up a lot more at once. You also won’t have to keep emptying a dust pan.
Avoid the trap of putting things in baskets to get to “later” by tackling a large job in steps. If you need to unload the dryer, for example, but don’t have a lot of time. Hang up a few shirts at a time and go do something else, then as you walk past the laundry room, do the same thing until its empty. It better than putting it in a laundry basket for later and have it pile up to something that takes all day to do.
When you are in the shower, take that time to clean the door and walls with shampoo. It works wonders at removing soap scum and you are in there already. If you don’t have a cloth or sponge, just put some in your hands and rub it around. The steam from the shower will wash the soap away. Same thing with the bath, a quick little rub around the edge of the tub before you get out will avoid the soap scum left behind.
Enlist the help of family. We tend to do a lot ourselves out of habit, but don’t under estimate what your 5 year old can do. You may have a hard time getting them to pick up their toys, but I bet they would love to vacuum the house for you.
Instead of using a comforter over your whole bed, use your sheet and a blanket, then put your comforter up 1/4 to 1/2 of the way and tuck the rest in under your mattress. This will make it virtually impossible for your bedding to fall off, or twist, or get tangled. It is so easy to wake up and just pull everything tight and your bed is made in seconds.
Try these tips to keep your house looking tidy all the time and you won’t be spending your weekends cleaning.