Keeping your house clean and organised makes it a pleasant and hygienic place for your family to live in. However, trying to keep the house spotless and tidy is not an easy task, it takes away valuable time from your busy schedule. Getting professional cleaners to do the house chores can largely reduce your stress. But if you don’t wish to avail the services of a cleaning agency, then this guide will help you make the most of your available time to get the house looking organised and clean.

Clean as you go:

Don’t save up the chores for next time, or the next day. If you go by the ‘Clean as you go’ philosophy then you would save yourself the daunting task of cleaning up piles of dishes, filthy kitchen and piles of unwashed clothes. So try multitasking whilst you are talking over the phone, watching television, talking to your children. Glance around the room, de-clutter the table, toss the clothes in the washing machine, sort out the piles of letters and throw the unnecessary extras into the bin. You will be surprised how you can stop mess from building up by simply multi-tasking on a daily basis.

Clear the Clutter:

If you can get rid of the unnecessary items in the living room, table, fridge etc., then you can reduces your house cleaning task to less than half. It is easier to clean a room that is de-cluttered. A quick wipe of the table is only possible if you don’t have to rummage over pencils, pens and papers lying around. Look through your refrigerator, throw away all the expired food rather than wait for them to rot. Anything that is piled up, stacked or heaped needs a good look through to see what needs to go into the bin and what needs to be kept. Discard outdated magazines and throw away any junk mail.

Tidy your kitchen:

Kitchen cleaning is not as tough as it seems. Keep wipes and clean napkins handy in a cupboard or drawer in the kitchen. When you notice a spill on your refrigerator shelf, wipe it off immediately. While you are at it, check for any expired products or anything that you will not be reusing and toss them in the bin. Use a wet wipe to quickly clean any finger print or stains on the kitchen cabinet.
It is advisable to clean up hob every time you finish cooking. This will ensure that the dirt and grime does not collect and moreover the earlier you clean it the easier it is to wipe off any dirt. Clean utensils as you cook; this ensures that the dishes don’t pile up. Wherever possible you can use the same utensil to cook two different dishes.

Dust away:

If you are too tied up for a complete dusting of the house, then use the vacuum cleaner every weekend to dust the curtains, blinds and carpets. If tea or coffee accidently spills onto the carpet use a wet wipe it off immediately. You can also use diluted detergent and a microfiber to clean off any stains on upholstery or carpets.

Before you hit the bed:

Before you go to sleep, spend five minutes tidying up any mess that has been created. Clear the dining table, put the remote control into the designated place, place the cushions orderly on the sofa, fold away the newspapers and magazines. Get these done on a daily basis and you will be glad to walk into a neat house after work the next day!

Creating a home cleaning timetable for the week will help you set your priorities right. You can also assign a task to each family member. Change the duties each week so that your kids or husband does not get bored of doing the same task each weak. So, bits of cleaning every day will ensure that your house looks welcoming when you return back from a tired day at work.

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