With the change of seasons fast approaching, it’s time to start preparing to throw open the windows and spring clean your house. However, what if I told you a dirty little secret (pun intended) that I’ve found while cleaning hundreds of houses over the years?
Some moms have won their battle over dust and clutter and never have to deal with the hassles of spring cleaning. If you want to learn this secret, read on and be surprised at how easy it can be.
Over the years I’ve noticed that some people are better at maintaining a clean house than others. While it is true that some families have our service to help them along the way, it’s also true that we never to have to spring clean certain homes. Why?
Because they do things differently, and I’ve developed a list of strategies by observing them. These ideas can be used by anyone and are highly effective, inexpensive and can lead to a cleaner, happier home.
Get The Right Equipment
It is extremely important to have an area devoted to your cleaning supplies. If you have children, this is necessary not only to keep them away from products but to protect your equipment.
Successful cleaning requires supplies that work. A vacuum that’s missing attachments is no help to anyone.
Some indispensable items that should be found in your cleaning closets are green cleaning supplies, a reliable vacuum and a cobweb duster.
Successful moms don’t wait for dust to build – they are right on top of it. One mistake people make is procrastinating while stains and dust build up. The longer dirt sits, the harder it is to get off. Nothing proves this better than a dirty shower.
Homes that use a natural, after-shower soap scum reducer have less dirt to scrub. Always remember that a preemptive cleaning takes minutes, while an overhaul takes hours.
Don’t Wait…. Rotate
Another successful strategy is to do a little extra cleaning every day that than planning to tackle all your major cleaning in one big project. While you wait, however, dust and dirt build and it’s always harder to get it off next month than it is today.
That’s why some moms pick one room during a normal cleaning and make a little extra effort so they won’t have to work as hard in the future.
Clutter makes cleaning hard. Clutter can be papers, toys or collectibles – anything that gets in between you and the dirt. The trick is to keep what you need and get rid of the rest. Homeowners who donate nonessentials to charity always have cleaner homes than the ones who stack stuff in piles.
But remember, don’t fall into the trap of organizing your clutter into totes and boxes – storage can also be clutter when it forms a neat mountain on your dining room table.
One way to limit cleaning times is to limit where you find a mess. For example, it is easier to deal with food cleanup in the kitchen than it is in the bedroom.
Likewise, it’s easier to pick up toys when they’re in the playroom than when they are strewn about the house. Make the commitment that certain activities must stay in certain areas.
Is It Cleanable?
Before you buy anything for your home, make sure you ask yourself if it is cleanable. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or buying a vase, bringing something into your house will affect your cleaning load.
Sometimes simple is just better.
Sure, it would be nice to own an elaborately carved piece of furniture, but if it takes 1,000 Q- tips to clean every year for the next 40 years, you are better off with flat and straight.