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Quick Cleaning Tips

January 21st, 2014

Curtains add elegance to your new homeQuick Cleaning Tips

It’s time to get a head start on Spring Cleaning. You probably received a number of gifts in December or enjoyed purchasing items during the great sales. In the kitchen, you probably have leftover spices or food that you didn’t use up during baking or entertaining. And now you need to find a home for things.

However, it’s exhausting thinking you have to do everything all at once, and so you tend not to start.

So step one is to write down everything. Yes, you’ll be exhausted after you see the whole list, but stick with us. We humans feel a great sense of accomplishment when we can cross stuff off of lists. So by the time Spring is done, that list will be a lot of solid lines, and you will see all that you’ve done.

Plus, over half of Americans admit that they feel a sense of accomplishment after cleaning their homes-even though they don’t necessarily like having to houseclean. The good news is cleaning doesn’t have to be laborious or take loads of time.

You just need to set up a few routines, and then spend 10 minutes a day focusing on one area that you need to declutter and organize.

Create a chart of what you intend to do on each day of the week, and don’t overschedule yourself. Perhaps you vacuum the bedrooms on Monday, change the sheets on Tuesday, dust on Wednesday, vacuum the rest of the house on Thursday, and wash the bathrooms on Friday. Every day you do only one load of laundry so you can fold it and put it away immediately. And wash dishes after the meal to keep things from piling up.

The FLY Lady has a number of these charts and tips. She also talks about hot spots which are places that naturally accumulate clutter. An example is that spot on the kitchen table where you throw your mail and newspapers intending on reading them later. And later never comes.

Then set up speed cleaning habits to ensure that it takes even less time to clean.

  • Prevent dirt and grime from accumulating. Did you know that 85 percent of all dirt that comes into the home is on the bottom of shoes? By placing mats at the entrance of your home so people can wipe their shoes, you’ll reduce the amount of dirt coming in-and the amount you’ll have to clean later.
  • Have all of your cleaning supplies nearby while cleaning. This will shave time off your cleaning routine, because you won’t have to stop to retrieve missing tools or products.
  • A cleaning caddy, five-gallon pail, cleaning apron or laundry basket can all be used to transport cleaning supplies from room to room. An added bonus is that they make great storage containers.
  • Carry a few damp cloths that you use to clean 90 percent of the surfaces in your home over your shoulder to save time running back and forth to the sink.
  • Hang smaller cleaning supplies from your belt or the vacuum, or put them in your pockets.
  • Clean from top to bottom. Dust and dirt fall to the floor while you clean, so start at the top to avoid having to re-clean lower areas twice. For the same reason, always dust first and vacuum last.
  • Don’t clean what’s already clean.
  • Get the whole family involved. Many hands always make the load lighter.

Keeping tasks small and manageable will ensure that you continue doing them. And if you keep your house clean and dust free, it will help you manage your allergies come Springtime.

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