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Kicking Habits that Keep You From Cleaning

Every day, you’re faced with a lot of commitments that take up most up your time. You have your family to take care of, work to attend to, and even your tasks to complete. With all this happening, cleaning the whole house may be on the bottom of your to-do list.

You may have chosen one whole day to do the job, perhaps during the weekend. Aside from exerting more effort and time to do everything in one day, can you live in a messy house for the rest of the week? Of course, not! So, is there a better option?

Yes, there is! You can try doing a few small cleaning tasks every day, not only to keep your home tidy throughout the week but also to take the load off of general weekend cleaning that is done.

Check out these tips to help you get through the week clean and tidy!  To turn these tips into habits, just do them every day.

Habit #1. Make the bed.

Why not start your day right by being productive? Yes, we’re talking about making the bed when you wake up! It’s not a waste of time!  Fixing your bed after you wake up can help you set the mood for the rest of your day. If you begin it right, it will end right. Besides, who wouldn’t want to come home to sleep in a properly-made bed?

Habit #2. Give your bathroom a five-minute cleanup.

Maintaining a clean and hygienic bathroom is a must for every home. Allotting just five minutes every day after your shower is sufficient for you to do a quick cleanup in the bathroom. Here’s a breakdown of how to clean up in just five minutes!

For the first minute, you can take care of the clutter on the counters and other surfaces. Put away your curling iron, place the magazines in the rack and makeup or toiletries in the drawer. Take that used towel off the sink and throw any dirty clothes in the laundry basket now. Those scattered barrettes or scrunchies for the hair that never seemed to have a home should have one. Empty the wastebasket if it is full.

As for the second minute, you can focus on surface cleaning. It also helps if you store your necessary cleaners inside the cabinet under the sink. You can drop some toilet bowl cleaner and let it sit for a few seconds. Wipe down the countertops, toilet tank and seat, sink, and other surfaces. Spray your shower with a home-made daily cleaner or white vinegar. Scrub your toilet with a toilet brush, and you’re done.

Minute three is all about straightening. Refold your towels and washcloths. Then check to see if you still have toilet paper and kleenex and replace those if needed. If the toilet paper is very low, put the second rollout where it can be quickly accessed. Pull your shower curtain closed and straighten any rugs or bath mats.

The next minute, it’s time to make your mirrors shine. A quick wipe with your favorite cleaner will make them shine in a jiffy. If the mirror is already in a clean state, use this time to wipe down the bathroom fixtures and make them sparkle.

And for the last minute, take the time to assess and inspect everything. Make finishing touches, and you’re good to go!

Habit #3. Pick up as you go.

This might come off as the easiest task to habitually do every day, but in reality, it is not. Cleaning as you go or “ClayGo” as many put it, is one thing many people forget to do. Putting things away as you don’t take up too much time, but it can make a difference between a neat and messy home at the end of the day.

You can start by putting your clothes away or tossing them into a laundry basket.

In the kitchen, instead of placing your dirty dishes in the sink, just load them in the dishwasher instead. Cleaning the pots and pans you used to prepare meals right after you cook can also save time. The best part? Saying goodbye to dishes piled up in the sink!

If you have children, teach them while they are toddlers to put away their toys and games before taking out another one. Did you know you can teach your dogs to put their toys away too?

Habit #4. Do a load of laundry every day.

Now, this practice depends on how much laundry you do every week. Getting into the habit of placing your dirty clothes in the washer every morning and finishing the task at the end of the day can help you avoid overflowing hampers.  You could, if you have older children or teenagers, teach them how to do their laundry, so they are responsible for their clothing and bedding.

Habit #5. Keep papers organized.

In case you’re working at home (or even if you aren’t), you’ll want to adopt this habit! One of the most common types of clutter around your house would be papers – lots of them. Know that, it will take much less effort to organize your documents immediately instead of having them scattered all around the house.

As soon as the mail comes in, you can place it in one place, then sort it separating the bills from other mail.  If you choose to save your bills, file them right after they are paid. Keep other things like coupons, carry-out menus, cards or magazines you might need in their own spots, perhaps using a hanging file designed just or mail. That makes it so much easier for you to find what you need and to purge what you don’t.

Habit #6. Wipe down surfaces.

Isn’t a dirty sink, stove, countertop or table just cringing to see? So to avoid that feeling wipe down each surface after using it. Whether you cooked a meal, made a breakfast, brushed your teeth or put your makeup on, you should make it a habit of doing a quick wipe down.  Then everything will look neat and clean.

Habit #7. Do a final quick run through before going to sleep.

Before you call it a night, make sure to roam around your high-traffic areas and straighten up what still needs to be done. Put away any toys, shoes, or other knickknacks. Make sure your throw pillows are puffed and arranged. Do a quick sweep in places where you and your family most hang around. These may seem like petty tasks. You’ll thank yourself in the morning.

There you have it! Even if these tasks might seem minor, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to keep your home clean and tidy at the end of the day!  However, you can always seek help with a trusted professional house cleaning service!. No more worries!

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