The year is off to a great start, but if you’ve found that some of last year’s clutter has found its way into 2019, it’s time for a fresh start. Keeping your house clean doesn’t have to be a full-time job. With a little bit of organization and a few helpful tips, you can stay on top of housework and make this the year of living clean.
Task by Task
Many experts recommend “task cleaning” instead of “zone cleaning.” In other words, tackle the work job by job, not room by room. If you’re dusting, dust the whole house. If you’re polishing up glass and mirrors, do all of them. According to an article in Woman’s Day, the recommended plan of attack is top to bottom and left to right. Start from the highest point (dusting high shelves, for instance) and work your way down. Move from left to right across the room to avoid re-distributing dust on lower shelves and to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Don’t forget to clean surfaces that get a lot of touch. Door handles, light switches, and even TV remotes need to be cleaned frequently in order to prevent the spread of germs.
Break It Down
One of the best ways to ensure that your mess doesn’t get too big to handle is by breaking up chores in to easily manageable chunks. Not everything has to be done every day, or even every week. Some of the bigger undertakings might even be a once-a-year thing. Vacuuming, for example, probably needs to be done more often than mopping. Tasks like changing air filters, dusting ceiling fans, laundering linens, and deep-cleaning crevices are less pressing and more subjective. Tackle these tasks as needed, or as time allows.
If you separate tasks into daily, weekly, and monthly to-dos, you’ll be much more likely to stay on top of what needs to be done.
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