If you’re like many people, your career, family, hobbies, church and social commitments can demand an enormous amount of your time. When you do carve out an hour or two for yourself, the last thing you likely want to do is tackle the housecleaning. If you are tired of never-ending cleaning, here are four tips to help you get your house clean and keep it that way.
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Clean for 20 Minutes a Day
Unless you live in an enormous house, you can vacuum several rooms, take out the trash and scrub the toilet in 20 minutes. Choose a few chores and get them done, then choose different ones the next day. With this method, the only cleaning left will be large projects you only need to do a few times a year.
Organize Your Storage
The average cost to hire a professional organizer ranges from $268 to $718, but you can do this yourself if you have the time and patience. Empty out a closet, pare down ruthlessly, repack your stored belongings and label them clearly. A pile of poorly packed holiday decorations could be reduced into a few neat tubs. Your out-of-season clothes can be vacuum-sealed and hung in a spare bedroom closet.
If you have too much stuff you can’t part with, get a storage unit. Plantation storage units and those in other locales can help you create space in your home by getting storage clutter out of your closets, basement and attic and into a unit.
Schedule Big Cleans Throughout the Year
Spring cleaning, fall cleaning and one big cleanup after the holidays will give you time to do the big jobs, like polishing the insides of all the windows or waxing the floors. Big cleanups are also a great time to take down the draperies, wash, iron and rehang them, dust light fixtures and ceiling fans and wash down the walls. Schedule out three weekends a year and these big jobs won’t pile up.
Renovate with Cleanliness in Mind
If you need a new floor in your kitchen, laminate is much easier to keep clean than grouted tiles. If you want to repaint the hallway, tan or gray semi-gloss hides fingerprints better than shock-white flat paint. As you renovate and spruce up the house, make decisions that will make cleaning easier.
Keeping your house clean can be a challenge, especially if you have a lot of commitments and responsibilities. By keeping these tips in mind, you can enjoy a well-organized, clean home without an enormous time commitment.