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How do you keep your house looking new?

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    Learning how to keep a house clean can be one of the most challenging skills we acquire, what with having to balance it with our jobs, our responsibilities as parents, and the general chaos of our everyday lives. There are some quick and easy tips that can help you get your house (and your life) in order, even though it may sometimes seem impossible to manage everything that you have on your plate. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about how to maintain cleanliness in your home.

    Maintaining the cleanliness of your home on a daily basis can be a chore, but it doesn't have to consume all of your available time. Keeping a clean home, in my opinion, is less about the amount of time that is required to do so and more about developing some beneficial habits that you will 'eventually!' start to follow instinctively. Yes, there are still times when things get crazy and I'm not always able to follow through with the daily cleaning, but I do try my best to follow these routines in order to keep a house clean and organised. I assure you that the more of them you do, the easier they will become. If the list appears to be overwhelming when you first look at it, select one or two items to get started, and then add more as you are able to.

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    Daily Habits to Keep a House Clean and Tidy

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    Start by Making the Bed.

    I am aware that some people believe that making the bed is a waste of time, but the fact that it only takes a couple of minutes to do so makes a significant difference in how tidy the room appears. In addition, I believe that it sets a positive tone for the day, and at the end of the day, there is nothing better than getting into a freshly made bed. Make sure that your bedding is as straightforward as possible to make things easier on yourself. Because our top sheets were always just going to end up in a big puddle at the end of the bed anyway, we ultimately decided to cut them out and replace them with a duvet and a washable cover instead. If, on the other hand, you are particularly fond of your top sheets, you might want to consider reducing the number of pillows on your bed or using a comforter or duvet that is sufficiently large so that you do not need to tuck your sheets in.

    Do One Load of Laundry Per Day.

    Now, depending on how many loads of laundry you typically do in a week, you might not need to do this every day, but for us, we go through at least seven loads of laundry every week. If you do not do as much laundry as we do, you might not need to do this every day. Make it a point to form the habit of doing at least one load of laundry as soon as you get up in the morning. If you work outside the home and won't have a chance to dry it before you leave, put your machine on delay (if you have this as a feature) so that it will be ready to put in the dryer when you get home. This is especially helpful if you work in a profession that requires you to travel frequently. You also have the option of loading the machine in the morning and starting it when you get back to your house. Make sure that you schedule some time into your day so that you can finish the load in its entirety, including putting it away.

    Be Happy with “Clean Enough”.

    Being a perfectionist, this is probably the challenge that I will have the most trouble with. You want your house to have some semblance of order and cleanliness, but that does not mean that each and every detail needs to be flawless. I always "try!" to follow the 80/20 rule, which indicates that I am satisfied with the cleaning being done if it is at least 80 percent complete. Getting caught up in all of the minute details that make up the last 20 percent of a task, such as ensuring that every little speck is cleaned up off the floor or getting to all of those little out of the way and hard to reach places to dust, are significant time wasters and are probably details that no one would notice. I'm not suggesting that they never need to be cleaned, but rather than including them in your standard cleaning routine once a week, you should incorporate them into a more in-depth cleaning routine instead.

    Prioritize.

    There are differences between various cleaning methods. Create a list of everything you need to get done and everything that can wait until the next day or two, and then prioritise the list based on what needs to be done first. In light of the fact that you have a finite amount of time at your disposal, it is important that you write down the two or three "realistic" cleaning goals that are most important to you and that you prioritise completing these objectives before moving on to other pursuits. I used to despise writing lists, but now I find that doing so enables me to maintain my concentration better.

    Get the Whole Family Involved.

    In recent times, I've focused my efforts on improving this particular aspect. It is true that it is often actually easier to do the job yourself, but it will be better in the long run for both of you if you take the time to teach your children how to do jobs that are appropriate for their ages. Begin by focusing on getting your children to clean up after themselves, such as putting their coat and shoes away when they come into the house, putting dishes in the dishwasher, cleaning their room, etc., and then add in other chores as they are able to do so. It is incredible how much of a difference even these seemingly insignificant actions can make in terms of the overall cleanliness of the house if they are carried out. The first few weeks that you do this, it is likely that you will need to be very on top of your children quite a bit. However, after some time has passed, this will start to become a habit for them as well, and eventually, it should be possible to do it with only a few reminders.

    Do a 15 Minute Nightly Clean-up.

    Make it a habit for your family to participate in a nightly clean-up that lasts for fifteen minutes. When everybody else is picking up their trash at the same time, it doesn't seem nearly as bad to have to do it yourself. Start the timer and stay focused on the most important aspects of the cleaning. While you finish cleaning the kitchen or folding and putting away laundry, you can have the children clean their rooms or complete other minor tasks around the house. Start with the things that are causing the most clutter or creating the most mess, and then move on to any "must-dos" that need to be completed before going to bed. When this time comes around, I always put my bObi robotic vacuum to work, typically in the areas of our home that get the most foot traffic.

    Keep Basic Cleaning Supplies Close to Where You Use Them.

    I keep a microfiber cloth, a polishing cloth, a toilet scrub brush, and a spray bottle filled with water and vinegar (or a multi-purpose cleaner of your choice) in each of our bathrooms. I also keep a spray bottle filled with water and vinegar in each of our other rooms as well. This makes it so much quicker and easier to give the toilet a quick swipe or to wipe the gross toothpaste spit from the mirror rather than having to track down cleaning supplies. If you make an effort to complete these straightforward chores whenever you become aware of a need, the majority of which can be finished in just a minute or two, you will reduce the number of times that you will need to perform a thorough cleaning from top to bottom.

    Never Leave an Empty Room Handed.

    This is a practise that, when combined with others, can have a significant impact on the overall neatness of your home. While you are moving from one room to another, or from one floor to another, you should make an effort to do a quick search to see if there is anything that you can take with you that is appropriate for the location to which you are moving. Take only what you will have time to put away; it won't help you very much to simply move a pile from one room to another without actually putting anything away. It could be a couple of dishes that need to be cleaned and put in the dishwasher, or it could be some laundry that needs to be folded and stored on the second floor. Always keep in mind the "one-touch rule," which states that you should ideally only touch items once before putting them away. This rule applies to putting away items. When you touch an item in order to move it from one location to another, you waste precious time and energy; therefore, it is best to make the minimal additional effort necessary to put it away as soon as possible. Again, I believe that this is due more to habit than to a lack of available time.

    Declutter.

    This one may need to be implemented over the course of a longer period of time, but taking the time to declutter and organise your home will drastically cut down on the amount of time that is required to clean it. It is going to be a lot simpler to clean up if you have a place for everything that is "both easily accessible and easy to put away." This is true not only for you but also for the other members of your family. When there are fewer things out on the counters and surface tops, dusting takes much less time and cleaning goes much more quickly. Try out my 6-Week Decluttering Challenge if you are unsure of where to begin, or read this post for advice on how to avoid accumulating clutter in the first place.

    Know Your High Traffic Areas.

    If you make it a point to clean the areas of the house that receive the most foot traffic on a daily basis, you will be able to reduce the amount of dirt and dust that moves to other parts of the home. Make sure you have a designated area for shoes at each of the entrances to your home. This will serve two purposes: first, it will serve as a gentle reminder to everyone to remove their shoes, and second, it will help to keep all of the dirt tracked in on one level. A number of the incoming dirt can also be captured by placing modest-sized area rugs at doorways. If you have furry friends that come in and out of the house, keep an old towel by the door to quickly wipe their paws as they come in. If you want more ideas on how to keep your house clean with pets, check out the link in the previous sentence. Make it a daily habit to sweep or vacuum these areas. It doesn't have to be much; a speedy five minutes or so should be sufficient to get the job done.

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    Clean as You Go.

    This one might appear to be self-explanatory, but in my opinion, it's something that we frequently forget to do. It doesn't take much time to put things away as you go about your day, but doing so will determine whether or not you come home to a clean or a cluttered house at the end of the day. Take off your clothes and place them on the floor by your closet, where you can either re-hang them or put them straight into the laundry basket. Instead of leaving the dirty dishes out on the counter, load them directly into the dishwasher and start the cycle. As soon as you walk through the door, you should remove your shoes and hang up your coat. After dinner, enlist the assistance of your entire family in the task of cleaning the kitchen so that you won't have to deal with the mess when it's time to turn in for the night. All of these seemingly insignificant actions are actually just habits that can be formed with some forethought and preparation. There will be situations in which this cannot be done, but if you do it whenever you have the opportunity to, you will end up saving a lot of time and effort cleaning up!

    Do one room at a time.

    Taking care of one room at a time is the most efficient way to maintain cleanliness throughout the entire house. You are able to complete a little bit of the cleaning at a time rather than taking on all of the tasks at once if you divide the cleaning up by room (and also by day).

    By concentrating on one room at a time, you can easily maintain the cleanliness of your home as follows:

    Bathroom

    Bathrooms that are immaculately clean are a good example of how to keep a house clean. LED World is the source, according to Callum Mundine.

    The bathroom is going to be subjected to a wide variety of messes over the course of the week, ranging from toothpaste dribbles and mirror stains to wet floors and shower grime. Because we use it on a daily basis, the easiest way to clean up after ourselves is to do it immediately, rather than waiting a few weeks for the mess to become significantly worse.

    To ensure a clean bathroom, pay attention to the following areas:

    • Scrub the bathroom sink.
    • Clean the bathroom's shower, bathtub, and toilet.
    • Remove mirror spots
    • Mop the floors, paying special attention to the edges and nooks.

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    Make your own homemade cleaner with this easy recipe:

    • 2 ounces of water
    • ¼ cup baking soda
    • 2 millilitres of dishwashing detergent
    • Three tablespoons of white vinegar
    • 10 drops essential oil

    When you are finished using the bathroom sink or the shower, grab your natural cleaner and give the surface a quick spray. Start the water again and let it run to remove all of the cleaner. You've just bought yourself some more time before you need to give your shower a thorough cleaning. Congratulations! Additionally, the essential oil will keep the room smelling clean for a number of days to come. Ask everyone in your household to make this a regular occurrence if you want the best results.

    Bedroom

    Storage solutions are essential for maintaining order in one's bedroom. It will be much easier for you to maintain tidiness in your personal space if you have designated storage areas for all of your accessories and clothing items.

    Investing in storage containers or baskets that are able to fit under your bed is a good idea if you have observed that you do not appear to have sufficient space. If you keep a spare set of linens in a box under your bed, it will be much simpler for you to switch them out while the first set is in the washing machine. Choosing the right nightstand can assist you in maintaining a more organised space in your room. Keep your books, magazines, and other reading materials in the drawers. It is possible to use it as a work desk if it is sufficiently large.

    Follow these steps on a regular basis to maintain order in your bedroom:

    • Make your bed
    • Blankets and throws should be folded.
    • Clear the clutter and put it away in the appropriate places.
    • Desks, nightstands, and shelves should be dusted.
    • Vacuum floor and area rugs

    Kitchen

    Most of the mess in a kitchen can be traced back to the dishes. Do you have members of your family who like to "soak" their dishes? Get ready to wash dishes by filling one side of your sink with water and a few drops of dish soap. The majority of the grease and food particles will be removed from the dishes if you add them throughout the day to the soapy side of the dishwasher. The dishes will already be clean by the time you either hand wash them or load them into the dishwasher.

    In the kitchen is an excellent setting for putting the "20-minutes-per-day rule" into practise. If you spend a few minutes more than necessary to clean your kitchen after each meal, you will never have to deal with a significant mess in the kitchen, which is one of the most important rooms in your home.

    When it comes to cleaning your kitchen, pay special attention to these areas:

    • Put away the dishes, and make sure the sink is always empty!
    • Keeping the counters clean
    • Ensure that your refrigerator and pantry are well-organized.
    • Clean the floor with a broom and a mop.
    • Appliances should be cleaned with steel cleaner.

    Living Room

    The number of people who pass through the living room each day is among the highest in the house. It is very easy for it to become cluttered with a variety of objects that are used on a daily basis if you are not careful. Be sure to put your things back where they belong in the living room so that your loved ones and guests will have a positive first impression of the space.

    Take these easy measures on a consistent basis to maintain a clean living room:

    • Remove all of the clutter from the room (toys, games, books)
    • To make the bed, fluff the pillows and fold the blankets and throws.
    • The mantel, coffee tables, and end tables should all be dusted.
    • Floors and furniture should both be given a good vacuuming (especially if you have pets!).

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    storage solutions such as these will help you maintain a tidy environment in this part of your home:

    Rack for shoes If you have carpet in your living room, the high volume of foot traffic can significantly reduce the lifespan of the carpet. Make sure you have a spot for your family and guests to put their shoes before they start tracking mud and grass into your tidy home, and make sure that spot is easily accessible.

    Hidden storage. If you don't have a place to put things like toys, books, and games, vertical shelving can help you display them in an organised manner if you don't have a place to put them. Additionally, storage ottomans are excellent for hiding things away and reducing the amount of clutter in a room.

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    How To Think Like a Server

    • Pay attention to the people and things around you. Before leaving any room, you should always perform a visual search of the area.
    • Consider the best course of action for each move you make. Where exactly are you going, and what other rooms are there in the direction that you're going? What are some things you could get done while you're travelling there?
    • Do not leave the house for the sole purpose of "putting something away." Instead, make it a routine to keep an eye out for miscellaneous items and pick them up whenever you are moving around your home for other, more direct reasons.
    • Discover key locations within your home where you can collect items that need to be put away. For instance, you might have a spot close to your staircase designated as a dumping ground for items that are destined for the upper level. That way, you'll be able to quickly grab whatever has accumulated and take it with you the next time you happen to be going up the stairs.
    • Learn to take a moment to reflect before immediately giving in to the demands of your child or spouse. Is there anything that they can do to assist you in any way? The time to enquire is right now.

    These are simple behaviours to adopt, but they have made a significant contribution to the level of contentment I experience in my personal living space. It is an organic approach that can be utilised to keep things cleaner on an ongoing basis.

    Maintaining a consistent schedule is one of the most important keys to success when it comes to keeping a clean house. This is true regardless of whether you choose to clean the entire house on the same day each week or tackle one room at a time. Therefore, you shouldn't wait for the appearance of chaos in your home before you start doing chores. Maintaining a regular cleaning schedule in your home will help you avoid messes.

    FAQs About Home Repair

    When we talk about vegetation, one of the most obvious and efficient ways to increase the aesthetic appeal of a property is to add some freshly cut flowers and plants. You don't need to plant an entire garden in order to improve the look of the outside of your house; all you need to do is put some planters in strategic locations to draw attention to and frame important visual elements like windows and doorways.

    Even if you keep your house immaculate, a cluttered home can give the impression that it is filthy. The appearance of a room can be ruined by clutter, which can take the form of an excessive amount of furniture, trinkets displayed on a shelf, or even paperwork piled up on a counter. Reduce the amount of clutter in your home by devoting a few minutes of your time each day to this task.

    When you are finished giving the room a thorough dusting, move on to the next step of your cleaning routine, which is to vacuum the floor. This will allow you to pick up any dust particles that may have floated into the air while you were working and fallen to the ground.

    How do you feel when you walk into a messy house? Absolutely! Even though it is not healthy to have an unhealthy preoccupation with cleanliness and to let even the smallest mess cause you to feel anxious, a home that is consistently not maintained well can pose a significant risk to everyone living in the home.

    If you want to avoid a serious buildup of grime, viruses, and bacteria in your bedroom, it is recommended that you declutter, dust, wipe, and vacuum it once a week. If you do not follow this recommendation, you could be putting yourself at risk. Altering your bedding once every week is another important step to take in order to guarantee a restful night's sleep for yourself. There are some domains that require less frequent attention from you.

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