5 Steps to a Cleaner House

By on October 1, 2013

House cleaning is one of those dreaded but unavoidable activities that few of us actually enjoy. Most people, if given the choice, would almost definitely choose a nice dinner out with friends over an evening at home scrubbing the kitchen floor; plus, the prospect of cleaning an entire house can intimidate even professional cleaners!

But the benefits of a clean, organized house certainly outweigh the consequences of a messy one—nobody wants bugs, rodents or a home where they can’t find anything they need. Here are 5 simple tips that can make cleaning your home a little less overwhelming and a lot more manageable:

1.     Clean by task, not by room.

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Rather than tackling one room at a time, choose a specific chore such as dusting or vacuuming and do this chore in every room in your house. This allows for more efficiency and reduces the possibility of letting some rooms fall by the wayside.

2.     Clean out your closets.

It can be easy to “clean up” by stuffing everything into a closet, but this doesn’t actually get rid of a mess; it just hides it! Purge your closets of anything unnecessary; donate clothes you haven’t worn in ages and make sure you have a trash can nearby to immediately toss items you don’t need.

3.     Assign a place for everything.

Not having a place for certain items in your home is a major cause of clutter. If you don’t have a specific spot for something, it’s never going to get put away. Assign a place to everything so putting away items is easier. No space? Invest in plastic storage bins that can be hidden under beds and couches.

4.     Clean for 15 minutes every day.

Cleaning up a little bit each day will make those days when you do a deep cleaning so much easier. Every day, take a few minutes to load the dishwasher, pick up loose articles of clothing and clear off clutter from your counters to prevent larger messes from accumulating.

5.     Create a schedule and stick to it.

It’s hard to convince yourself to clean when your favorite show is on or when you have dozens of errands to run, so incorporate cleaning into your schedule. Devote certain blocks of time to certain cleaning tasks so you’re prepared and ready to clean. Most importantly, stick to any schedule you set for yourself.

Incorporate these tips into your regular cleaning schedule and odds are, you’ll start to dread cleaning up less and start to notice a real difference in how your house looks. If you have other house cleaning tips, please share them below!


Author Bio: This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Hefty®. Hefty has everything you need—from trash bags to storage containers—to help get your house clean and organized. Explore our products at www.hefty.com.

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5 Steps to a Cleaner House