1. Move Things en Route
Picking up a room becomes much easier when clutter is managed. To help with that, make a point of scanning the room you are in for anything that should be somewhere else when you are about to step out. Grabbing an errant toy or book may not sound like a big deal, but when it is done twenty or thirty times a day, that impact can quickly add up. This strategy works even better if you get family members in on the act.
2. Create a Schedule
Being faced with a messy house all at once is a hard blow to motivation. Instead of tackling everything at once, make a schedule that allows for ten or fifteen minutes of cleaning every day. Something as simple as running the vacuum or unloading and loading the dishwasher can help make sure that tasks do not pile up. This system works great for families with young children, as some chores can be put on a chart to be rewarded publicly.
3. Automate What You Can
While assigning chores is effective, it is a bit old fashioned. Instead, consider investing in an automatic floor cleaner to vacuum or mop your floors every night. Waking up to a clean floor every morning is a wonderful feeling, and helps keep grime from building up on other surfaces.
4. Baking Soda is Your Friend
Maintaining a bunch of different household cleaners can be difficult, so it is all the more important to make use of those things you have already got at home. Baking soda can be used to polish silver, clear drains, scuff out stains on ceramics, and much more. Best of all, a dab of baking soda on a damp warm cloth can scuff out crayon masterpieces on painted walls.
5. So is Vinegar
Vinegar is even more useful than baking soda when it comes to cleaning. It can be used to wash color-sensitive clothes, clean drains (along with baking soda), and act as a general purpose cleaner for surfaces. Combined with warm water, it can also help to remove grime and grease buildup from kitchen cabinets.
6. Toothpaste for Scuffs
Due to its mild abrasive qualities, toothpaste is another great household cleaner. Don’t feel the need to splurge on this one – the cheaper the toothpaste, the better! From removing coffee stains, cleaning glassware, and even polishing metal fixtures, toothpaste can help keep your house sparkling.
7. Salt on Red Wine
For many people, a red wine spill is a worst nightmare. Luckily, every home in America is likely to have an easy solution. Next time there is a red wine spill, simply cover the spill in red wine, then blot it dry. It is important not to rub, but with consistent blotting and the addition of extra salt, the spot will come up.
8. Use a Rag, not Paper Towels
Cleaning all the surfaces in your home can use a lot of paper towels. Instead, consider taking a hint from professional cleaners and using a rag to do the dirty work. A new rag in every room will help keep things sanitary, and can be much cheaper in the long run.
9. Razor off Comforter Pills
Tiny pills on comforters, sweaters, and other fabrics can make even new pieces look worn. Instead of using a lint roller or tape, try taking a razor to the offending pills. It will quickly remove them in one swipe, and makes the textile look brand new.
10. Clean Driveway
Driveway cleaning is one of the easiest steps that can be taken to keep your home looking great from the street, and like most things, a little prevention can make it much easier. Start with a thorough pressure washing to make the pavement sparkle, then sweep it off weekly, or after major storms. This will help keep grime from accumulating.
While cleaning house is the very definition of a chore, these steps can help you to do the job in a much shorter period of time, and while saving money in the process.