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Hate Cleaning? Here Are 15 Easy Tips You Won’t Hate

Hate Cleaning? Here Are 15 Easy Tips You Won’t Hate
March 23, 2020

Perhaps one of the most ironic things about cleaning is that the best way to avoid it is to do it every day. While this seems counterintuitive to someone who hates cleaning, this isn’t as hard as it sounds.

If you can get into the habit of keeping things tidy, you can avoid dealing with major weekend-long cleaning battles. Neat freaks have tapped into the beauty of tidying a little bit here and there, so they never have to face one big mess. It just makes sense to take on some “neat freak” tendencies to keep ahead of the game.

Easy cleaning tips

Here we offer 15 cleaning tips you won’t hate to help keep your condo clean.

1. Stop hoarding

The smaller your living space, the faster you’ll see clutter build. This means it doesn’t take long for clutter to spread to other rooms — if you have other rooms — which means your home becomes a disaster area. To avoid clutter, get into the habit of throwing things you don’t need out right away. You’ll reduce the number of papers, thing-a-ma-jigs, and other odd items that tend to end up in your junk drawer and keep things neater as a result.

2. Declutter as you go

Instead of leaving a mess behind in every room you use, declutter as you go. Put things back, take dirty dishes to the kitchen and rinse them out or put them in the dishwasher, put dirty clothes in the hamper, etc. Your home will be tidy all the time, and these small habits make it easier to do quick cleans such as vacuuming and dusting with nothing on the floor or tables.

3. A place for everything

To make decluttering easy, get organized, so you know where everything belongs. Whether it’s adding shelves, using baskets, having shoe racks, or adding more hooks to hang things, being organized and having designated storage keeps things tidy.

4. Keep antibacterial wipes around

Avoid all that horrifying build-up of toothpaste, hair, grease, food, etc. in your bathroom and kitchen by keeping antibacterial wipes near the sink. Give any spills, spots, and messes a quick swipe as they happen, so any bathroom and kitchen clean-ups become a breeze. It’s also better for your health as it reduces bacteria that can make you sick.

5. Binge clean while you binge-watch

Choose a favourite show to binge-watch when you have heavier cleaning jobs to do like vacuuming, dusting or folding laundry. You won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything, and the time spent cleaning will go by much faster.

6. Eliminate paper

Online subscriptions allow you to read without magazines, newspapers, and books piling up. This is good for the environment, but also keeps your home far less cluttered. Music and movie subscriptions also reduce the space needed for CDs, DVDs, and records. And yes, we realize for vinyl addicts this suggestion is sacrilegious!

7. Make your bed

Even just throwing your duvet across your bed and fluffing your pillows will make a world of difference for your bedroom. Smooth it all out, and voila, suddenly, your bedroom looks clean and welcoming.

8. Keep a schedule

Consider having a schedule to spread out annoying duties like vacuuming or dusting. Mark it on your calendar for a day that suits you and stick to it. It will become routine and take less time as there will be less buildup.

9. Use a hamper

Dirty clothes have a way of piling up not only in the bedroom but on chairs, in halls, and wherever you toss them. The best way to manage laundry is to buy a good-sized hamper and make sure all dirty clothes are tossed in there every day. It will also make it easier to get your clothes to the laundry room.

10. Hang up clothes

For clothes that aren’t dirty such as jackets, sweaters or skirts that still have a few wears before they need cleaning, hang them up when you take them off. This way, you won’t have to worry about ironing them, and you help keep your bedroom less messy.

11. Do the dishes

Never allow dishes to pile up. Wash dishes right away whenever you can. A few plates are manageable, while a pile can lead to despair. Also, dishes are easier to clean when the food hasn’t been left to form a crust. And don’t forget dirty dishes are an invitation to all sorts of pests, which should be enough said to convince you not to leave your dirty dishes out.

12. Clean in spurts

If you hate cleaning so much you can’t bear the thought of it, do it in manageable spurts. Focus on one task at a time and don’t spend more than 5 or 10 minutes on cleaning. Rest in between to read, play a video game, or watch a bit of TV for 30 minutes and then move on to the next task.

13. Make it a group effort

If you live alone, you’ll have to be the lone cleaner. If you have roommates, a partner, or kids, everyone should be pitching in. Sometimes you get lucky, and where you hate doing dishes but don’t mind doing laundry, the other person is the opposite, and it works out perfectly. However, if this isn’t the case, make sure everyone is doing their fair share for a happier, cleaner home.

14. Teach good habits

Without being too naggy, help your kids have neat habits. Provide designated spots for their toys, their homework, and their belongings so they know where things should be placed when they aren’t using them. Baskets work well for homework, as do hooks for things like backpacks and coats, and plastic boxes are great for toys.

15. Have a dumping ground

Life is busy, and sometimes you’re just going to have to let the mess build up. To make it more manageable and help keep your mind calm, having a dumping ground out of sight works best. Whether it’s a hall closet, a spare bedroom or a spot under the kitchen counter, choose a safe zone for messes and use it as needed.

For more tips and easy ways to keep your home clean, call Maid4Condos at 647-822-0601 or contact us here.

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