8 Quick Tips for a Cleaner Home in 2013

Posted on December 27, 2012. Filed under: Cleaning Bedroom, Clearing Clutter, Green Cleaning, Household Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: |

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Given the amazing benefits of a clean home and how important it is to a sense of self worth, it is no surprise that a clean and organized home is a perennially popular New Year’s resolution.

At Sponge & Sparkle, Inc. we want to help you keep your resolution, so here are a few quick tips to make it easier to keep your home clean.

Tip 1 – Clean Faster

Studies show that each of us spends, on average, 685 hours each year cleaning. That’s almost an entire month! By learning how to speed up the process, you will save untold hours and reduce your aggravation and frustration.

Tip 2 – Hire an Imaginary Inspector

Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? Well, now it’s time for your imaginary inspector. The inspector’s only task is to ask the following question about items in your home: “Is it beautiful or useful?” If the answer to is no, this item should be removed as soon as possible. Assign it to one of the following categories: garbage, charity, or sale.

Tip 3 – Get Professional Help

Starting with a clean slate will make achieving your goal easy. By hiring a professional cleaning service to provide a detail clean, you will quickly gain traction on your New Year’s resolution.

Tip 4 – Watch your Hands

Do this exercise for 10 days, and I guarantee you will be on your way to a much cleaner home. Watch your hands – every single time you put something down, ask yourself if you are placing the item in its proper place. If the answer is no, make sure you put it where it belongs. After 10 – 14 days performing this new exercise, you will find your home getting cleaner, almost as if by magic.

Tip 5 – Make your Bed

Imagine coming home at the end of a long day to a tidy, serene bedroom. Doesn’t the thought of it just make the stress drain out of your body? Making your bed takes, at most, 2 minutes and can really go a long way towards giving you a feeling of serenity. On the other hand, since the bed is probably the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom, having it untidy and messy is guaranteed to raise your stress level.

Tip 6 – Corral your Stuff

Instead of having items strewn all over the place, get in the habit of placing like items together in containers. Corralling can be done in any room in the home. Anything from jewelry to magazines to pot lids can be easily organized in containers or baskets. In addition, cleaning around containers takes less time than having to move and clean around individual items. Here’s another tip: use similar or matching containers in each space to make each area look “pulled together.”

Tip 7 – Clear Clutter

Clutter attracts dust bunnies. If you find the thought of cleaning clutter intimidating, do not attempt it all at once. Instead, work on one room for 15 minutes at a time. Steady, consistent progress is infinitely better than no progress at all. Need help clearing your closet? Click here for our closet clearing tips.

Tip 8 – Pull Rank

You know those little people – also known as your children? Put them to work. Even young children can be assigned small, age-appropriate cleaning tasks. Do not carry the entire cleaning load on your shoulders.

Put these quick tips into practice, and you will find yourself in a cleaner home before you know it.

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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