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4 valuable tips for keeping a clean home this year

A clean home is good mind therapy

Keeping your home clean is not negotiable but it could be an uphill task especially when you lead a busy life.

Sometimes you are all booked up with work for the most part of the week and the only free time you get is on the weekends. And on such weekends you are faced with having to spend time with your family, visit friends, and have some time to yourself.

By the time the weekend is almost over you realize that there is a growing stack of laundry in the hallway, the living room is a mess, and the dirty dishes since the beginning of the week remains unmoved.

On the days where you have the strength of a hundred men, you are able to do all the tasks and still have just enough time for yourself, but the cycle continues and if you don’t develop and adopt a healthy strategy for house cleaning, you might never again have a happy weekend.

Here are 4 tips to help you maintain a clean home and still have ample time to yourself this year:

1. Keep to a schedule

Most times keeping a clean home becomes a lot harder than it should be because we tend to be all over the place with our cleaning routine.

Wanting to do it all at once will leave you achieving next to nothing at the end of the day.

One of the most effective ways to go about house cleaning exercises is to take the tasks one at a time and conditioning yourself and those around you to stick to the routine.

Draw a list of cleaning chores that should be done and allocate time and people to each task. Even better is when you draw up your routine on the blank back of a calendar where you can fill the tasks according to the days that they should be done.

Remember to allocate less work to weekdays where you have to work. Do most of the heavy lifting on weekends.

2. Use the right cleaning equipment

If you want to clean your home the right way, you must use the right type of equipment to go about it.

A lot of different types of equipment can be used for the same cleaning purpose but some are not quite effective as the others and as such, they are not the right ones.

Take carpets for example. In a lot of homes, they make use of vacuum cleaners to clean the carpets but vacuum cleaners don’t always do the trick. They don’t leave the carpet spotless and most times cannot get to the dirt within the carpet and effectively vanquish bad smells.

What do you do in situations like this? Invest in some of the best carpet cleaners you can get. Carpet cleaners are specially tailored for carpets and so they are always more effective than a vacuum cleaner.

3. Deal with them as they come

It’s always frustrating when you go to the kitchen and you are welcomed with a heap of unwashed dishes, or when the pile of clothes just keep building up.

For one, it is not healthy to keep a pile of anything that requires immediate attention, and secondly, these piles make it more difficult to do the work.

Surely it is always easier to deal with one or two plates on the washer to handle a monster of dirty dishes.

Of course, in most cases, a lot of persons are too lazy to wash after eating, but at the end of the day, it is better than having to be overwhelmed by a full dishwasher.

The same goes for dirty clothes and taking out the trash.

4. Keep your arrangement simply

It’s no mystery that the more complicated things are, the more difficult they can be to handle. The same rule applies to house arrangement.

While it is true that complex arrangements tend to be more attractive most of the time, it becomes a total nightmare when it comes to maintenance especially when you don’t have a lot of time to spare.

Your bedroom and living room are the major places that you visit that have the biggest furniture in the house. Keeping these places simple would make it easier to be organized and keep you sane in the process.

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