If you are like most people, cleaning your home can be a dreaded chore. No one wants to spend the whole day cleaning. So here are a few tips to keep your home tidy. We promise, the more you do them the easier it gets.
- Create a daily cleaning schedule.
Keeping up with your house cleaning is easier when you set a schedule and do a little each day. Here is an example of a daily cleaning schedule that is easy to follow and can be done in 15 minutes a day:
Mondays: Vacuum the house thoroughly, especially high-traffic areas. If time allows, vacuum the curtains and window crevices.
Tuesdays: Do a through dusting removing all knick knacks from shelves.
Wednesdays: Clean master bathroom including toilets, counters, mirror, shower and floor.
Thursdays: Do your laundry.
Fridays: Clean kitchen– wipe down all counters and mop floors.
Weekends: Clean other bathrooms in your house or find another small cleaning project like cleaning out a drawer or closet.
- Make your bed everyday.
Get in the habit of making your bed every morning when you get up. Leaving your bed unmade can stunt your overall productivity for the day and make it easier for you to be sloppy in other areas of your home. Making your bed can also help protect your sheets from common allergens, especially if you have pets.
- Don’t let dishes pile up in the sink.
Clean your dishes everyday. Don’t leave them to sit overnight because you will be more likely to allow them to pile up. If you have a dishwasher, make it a habit to load it every night with all dirty dishes.
- Pick up kids and pets toys before leaving the house.
It is easier to declutter when you are constantly picking up around the house. For kids and pet toys, set a designated area for their storage in a bin or basket and place them in their daily.
- Invest in eco-friendly cleaning supplies.
Many chemicals can be downright dangerous when mixed together. They can also be dangerous for small children and pets. Fortunately, everything from laundry detergent to floor and counter cleaners can be purchased as eco-friendly. Cleaning with eco-friendly products will also help improve the air quality of your home.
- Clean with pest prevention in mind.
When cleaning your home, be sure to inspect your home for signs of pest issues. If you have a garage or basement, pay extra attention to signs of pests as these are the most pest prone places in your home. Make sure all items are stored using hard plastic totes with tight fitting lids instead if cardboard boxes. Rats and mice use pieces of unattended cardboard to make their nests. Cockroaches feast on the adhesive glue used in boxes. For extra protection, use a natural pest repellent like Stay Away® natural pest prevention pouches to prevent a pest infestation before it begins. Stay Away® repels rodents, ants, spiders, moths and beetles without the use of harmful chemicals or poisons, making it safe to use around children and pets.