Written by Marie Nieves
Maintaining and keeping an orderly home is an endless job. No matter how often we try to clean up, most of us are faced with the same eternal question of: “How to maintain order in the house for more than a few days when mess, miraculously, shows up again.”?
Let’s face it – no one likes housework. We do them because we are forced to. But there are smart solutions to make your home as tidy as possible with as little work as possible.
Make the bed as soon as you get up
This is one of the most important rules. Your room will instantly look cleaner, and in the evening you will be more comfortable to go to sleep if the bed is tidy. The entire job will take only a few moments your time.
Do not leave food on dirty dishes
True, no one likes to work full stomach, but ten minutes is enough to clean the table and to wipe the working surface. Rinsing the dishes (and putting them in the dishwasher) prevents the formation of stubborn stains that won’t come off later and will require scraping.
Dealing with the dust
Always keep handy disposable handkerchiefs in the living room for dust cleaning. When the commercials are on, you can wipe your TV or cabinets. It is a small effort, but it pays off.
Mail, advertising catalogs, bills, medical prescriptions and reports accumulate very easily and instantly make a mess in your living room. To avoid a pile of paper that needs handling and gives you a headache, organize your papers as they occur. You can store bills and medical reports in a single folder with several compartments labeled with stickers. Advertising materials, mail and newspapers dispose as soon as you read them, unless you think that they need to be saved (in that case, again, organize them properly).
More hands – less work
When your grandchildren come to visit, ask them to help you with cleaning and reward them afterwards. Every child, even the youngest one, can help with some tasks. Dusting, vacuuming or working in the yard is ideal for child’s work habit development. They won’t get tired from doing this, and it will shorten the time you need for cleaning.
Take off your shoes when entering the house
Scientists from the University of Houston have shown that 40 percent of the Clostridium difficile bacteria in our homes got there through shoes. This is very dangerous bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and which can cause severe diseases. Once entering the house or apartment, this bacteria, can survive on the toilet, on the tables, floor, etc.
Besides Clostridium difficile, your shoes can bring into your home other dirt like soil, dog droppings, chewing gums, automotive fluids, etc. Harmful bacteria that can be found in these deposits can remain on your shoes for weeks. Studies have shown that in addition to the mentioned bacteria, shoes bottoms contain E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
If you or your guests do not take off shoes when entering the house, the smartest thing would be to get one of those steam vacuum cleaners, and clean the whole house with it from time to time, in order to kill any potential bacteria.
Do not leave the room empty-handed
Whenever you have a free hand, grab the first thing you see misplaced and put it in its place. You will be surprised how many things you can keep in order without active housekeeping. When you think of how many times during the day you enter and exit different rooms, you will realize that by doing this you can do a lot of work and remove a lot of little or big things that get in your way during the day.
And last but not the least; don’t allow smoking in your home. Smoke smell is horrible and it will leave stains on your walls and carpets.