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Your Absolute Year-End General Cleaning Guide

It’s almost New Year’s Day!  Are you planning on celebrating it at Times Square? Do you already have someone to kiss when midnight strikes? You might be one of those who kick-starts their long list of activities by cleaning the house down to the last corner and crevice.

As much as you’d like to be productive, you have to admit; there are tons of distractions around us. Given that,  there’s the comfort of the cozy bed, of series to binge-watch, and books to be read.

So now, the question is, how do you achieve that sparkly clean place worthy of fireworks? Here are five general tips that can guide you to an active general home cleaning at the year’s end.

Guide 1. Touch-Move.

You might have been in that situation where you decided to clean but ended up doing another thing. Like when you tidy up your room and end up flipping through the pages of your photo album reminiscing the good old days. Well, you’ve wasted precious cleaning time.

The essence of “touch-move” is once you get your hands on a thing, put it down in its rightful place when you are done. You should do it at that moment, because chances are with all the cleaning you need to do, that you’ll just forget all about it.

Also, prepare boxes with labels to be more organized in sorting your things out.

Guide 2. Laze and Graze.

Relax, sit and take a moment while observing your place. Are you pleased with the order of the things you see? Are you comfortable with it? If on an average day you can spend five minutes to check your phone or watch flicks, you can at least make it productive. Spare the time to rejuvenate different parts of your home. Set up a homey vibe and get rid of all that discomfort and irritation you see.

Once you’ve pointed out every eyesore inside your house, deal with each of it ASAP. No matter how small or significant it is, take action immediately. It can be a bookshelf that needs organizing or a lumpy pillow that needs replacing. To make your life easier, prepare a cleaning schedule for your chores and tasks an area to do every day and if you have children, assign some of those tasks to them.

Guide 3.  Not Just Clean, But Deep Clean.

Welcome the new year from a sparkling, spotless home! It’s most likely the time to deep clean your house doing more than the regular old cleaning. You can start out by cutting through the grease that built up behind your kitchen appliances like the oven and the hood that covers your range. Wipe down the inside of the oven, under the sink and any windows, too.

Do a soap scum or mineral deposit removal for all the kitchen tiles, taps, bathroom tiles, and shower heads. Wash all your blinds and do a full dusting in all corners of the rooms for cobwebs.  Check your ceiling fans for dust, too.

Guide 4.   Keep the momentum going.

To see the results faster, you need to work more quickly. You’ll be done even before you know it! If you try to have fun while doing your tasks, it won’t seem like a chore to you anymore. Listening to music while you clean helps to make the time fly by.  

Guide 5.  Reduce, reuse and repurpose.

When you need to organize your place, you don’t have to spend a lot of money buying plastic containers.  Just check your cabinets for boxes, containers or trash bags that you can repurpose. If you have a lot of mess or clutter in your house, it is very likely that you already have everything you need.

Just as an old mason jar could be decorated to be a plant pot while old CDs can be glued together for a cute coaster. All you need is creativity, patience, discipline, and resourcefulness!  The Mother Earth News has a lot of ideas for recycling!

These tips should help you to keep your home clean, but if you really need help please call us for a price quote.

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