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Not many people enjoy cleaning. Most people want to get over it as soon as possible so that they can resume the more enjoyable aspects of their lives. Finding new and quicker ways to clean efficiently, and less often, are in high demand. There are books (This one is my favorite) and websites that are completely devoted to the best cleaning tips and tricks. Here are some great tips for daily cleaning.
Top to bottom
The most effective way to clean a room is from top to bottom, because as you clean from the top, things will drop down to the floor (from the ceilings to walls to counters to floors). If you begin with the ceiling and walls, and work your way towards the floor, you will not have to clean a surface more than once.
Clean your toilet
Most people don’t think of toilet cleaning as an everyday task. However, the more often that you clean it, the less dirty it will ever be. If you give your toilet a quick wipe down and swirl the inside with a little cleanser or baking soda, it will stay clean. This way, toilet cleaning will never be the gross, disgusting job everyone despises.
Focus on one room at a time
Cleaning an entire house is overwhelming, but focusing on one room at a time will tame anxieties. If you keep surfaces and floor picked up daily, then you can focus your attention to deep cleaning one area at a time. Depending on the size of your home, one room may take a day or it may take a week to thoroughly clean. Keep a list and work your way through it.
The less stuff that you own, the less you’ll have to clean. By taking 10-15 minutes out of every day to declutter, you’ll be on track to a more simplified and comfortable home. Ask everyone to pitch in with this task. Make sure and donate or throw away these items as soon as possible. If they are in a box in your home, they are still clutter. By throwing things away and/or donating them to charity, your home will feel lighter and more inviting.
If you don’t live alone, you should not bear the burden of all the household duties. Assigning chores to family members encourages responsibilities for children, as well as, respect from everyone in your home. Even small children can put their own laundry away or help fold towels and washcloths. In fact, smaller children love to help. It makes them feel grown up!
Pace yourself and remember perfection is your enemy. Your home doesn’t have to perfect for it to be comforting for all its residents, and that is the most important thing a home should be. Perfectionism is like a disease that will eat away at your happiness. Be content with what you have accomplished, because you are still in a better place than you began. Don’t fuss over every detail. Cleaning a little bit every day will make a big difference in the look and feel of your home.