10 quick house-cleaning habits you should be doing every day

10 quick house-cleaning habits you should be doing every day

Organised people know how it works: not only do they have a place for everything, they also have simple cleaning habits that are performed daily. Here are 10 things to add to your routine that will save you time in the long run and give you a clean home to boot! 1. Make your bed […]

Organised people know how it works: not only do they have a place for everything, they also have simple cleaning habits that are performed daily.

Here are 10 things to add to your routine that will save you time in the long run and give you a clean home to boot!

1. Make your bed every day
Set aside just three minutes every morning to make your bed. Regardless of the style or storage situation elsewhere in your bedroom, a freshly made bed makes you feel in control and on top of your day. Everything will follow from here.

2. Always load your dishwasher at the end of the day
Clearing away the dishes after a meal is one thing but loading your dishwasher and handwashing your pots and pans, knives and chopping boards will result in clean and tidy benchtops to return to each morning. Even if the dishwasher is not full, make a habit of loading it up and setting it to run, then wipe down your sink and benches for a clean and clear food prep area. Use a little air freshener or essential-oil-and-water spray to finish.

3. Tidy bathroom vanity after use
Always tidy away your makeup and grooming products after use and wipe down your bathroom or ensuite vanity each morning. Ensure there is a place for everything and pack away items immediately to keep clutter at bay and allow for easy cleaning and wipe down of your benches.

Have your makeup and hair products organised into racks, draws or acrylic holders to encourage simple storage and easy access. If your makeup collection is extensive, it’s worth investing in storage designed to care for and organise it properly. Find stylish containers for storage of other essential items to keep your vanity clutter-free and beautiful.

Wipe out your basin daily and check your handtowel and replace with a clean one a couple of times a week.

4. Use organisers and stackable containers for storage
Invest in a system of containers for your under-sink storage. Use as many as needed to fit the space and organise products by use and type. This also helps to keep your supplies fresh as items are less likely to get lost at the back of a shelf or cupboard.

5. Use baskets and/or drawers in your hallway
Shoes, hats, dog leads and umbrellas all collect in your entrance hall and not all are attractive. With daily use, they tend to look untidy if not given adequate storage. Choose a set of drawers or freestanding baskets to organise your hallway and style it up with decorative hooks and holders to create a stylish welcome to your home.

6. Have a lightweight vacuum cleaner
Easy to carry around your house and kept within easy reach, a portable vacuum cleaner is an answer to your incidental cleaning woes. Rather than lugging the whole unit everywhere, you’re more likely to grab a stick or hand-held dust buster for quick clean-ups and to whip around high traffic areas in no time.

7. Start a system to organise paperwork
A simple filing system for keeping and storing paperwork and receipts will not only save you time looking for papers, it will keep surfaces in your home clear. A cheap file organiser or set of chic drawers kept handy in your kitchen or living area works well for keeping receipts, school notes, invitations and invoices ordered and handy.

8. Empty your bin – often
Rather than letting kitchen and household rubbish bins pile up into a groaning, side-splitting mess, empty your kitchen tidy and recycling bin often. This is a great job for children learning to contribute to housekeeping if you make it fun. A quick wipe down of the inside of your bin and frame each time you do so will keep things clean and hygienic. Place small bins in each room in your home to ensure litter doesn’t collect.

Green tip: To aid in the breakdown of household waste, don’t tie your waste bags when you dispose of them – simply use the tabs to carry them to your wheelie bin and allow for the waste to tumble out into the garbage truck and, in turn, the dump. Better still, don’t use bags at all to line your bin.

9. Keep a cleaning cloth in each room
Having a small sponge or cleaning cloth in each room will make incidental cleanups easier. Tuck a sponge behind your vanity or in the corner cupboard, keep one in your bathroom and laundry for daily wipe-downs and hide dusting cloths at the back of bookshelves or cupboards in your home office or rooms removed from the kitchen or laundry where you store cleaning equipment.

10. Add indoor plants to your home
Not only a beautiful addition visually, indoor plants purify your air and keep you healthy, offsetting chemicals thrown off by plastics and finishes found in your home.

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Secrets of People Who Always Have a Clean House

If you’re among the section of the population struggling to maintain an orderly home, you probably find yourself wondering how “clean” people do it. Wonder no longer, the secrets of the clean house crew are about to be revealed. They know how to make space Even if you don’t consider yourself a collector of “stuff,” […]

If you’re among the section of the population struggling to maintain an orderly home, you probably find yourself wondering how “clean” people do it. Wonder no longer, the secrets of the clean house crew are about to be revealed.

They know how to make space

Clothing donation box on wooden background

Even if you don’t consider yourself a collector of “stuff,” that “stuff” always seems to pile up in every corner and on every countertop. “Start following the one in, one out rule going forward,” says Nancy Haworth of On Task Organizing in Raleigh, North Carolina. “When you buy something new, toss, sell, or donate an older item to create space for the new item.” For more expert advice from clean freaks

They smooth surfaces

white clean counter in kitchen with utensil at home

Junk drawers have a habit of spilling out onto what should be an otherwise clean, empty surface. Countertops and tables are practically begging to be littered with stray mail and other odds and ends. People with clean homes tackle that problem immediately. “When you keep large, flat surfaces clear, not only are they more visually appealing, but easier to wipe down as well,” says Carrie Higgins, author of Organization Hacks and founder of the blog Making Lemonade. “Don’t store appliances on countertops or clutter on your desk.”

They set cleaning systems in place

Young woman using a vacuum cleaner while cleaning carpet in the house.

Clean homes don’t just miraculously clean themselves—neat people have a protocol in place to keep things maintained and orderly. “People with neat homes tend to have a cleaning schedule and routines so dirt and laundry don’t have time to pile up,” says Higgins. “For example, they set a designated day to vacuum or do laundry every Monday so those big tasks don’t get skipped.”

They think clean when they step in the house

Welcome home doormat with shoes

Sometimes it really is the little things that lend themselves to a sparkling abode. Bailey Gaddis, a certified professional organizer and author of Feng Shui Mommy, starts with a shoes-off policy. “When shoes are left at the door you prevent toxins, soil, leaves, and other goodies that quickly dirty up floors from making their way into your home,” she says

They have a place for everything

keys for home and car hang on a metal hook

“If you have too much stuff without a place to go, the clutter and piles in your home become impossible to actually clean,” says Jennifer Snyder, owner of Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts in Waco, Texas. So if you have a peg in the kitchen for your keys or a shelf for your mail, use them.

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The Ultimate Guide on How to Clean Carpets

Every home is prone to the occasional coffee spill or shoe stain. It’s inevitable. But it’s all about how you deal with the stain afterwards that matters. Here’s our expert-approved method, for how to clean carpets that have common dried-on stains, like red wine, gravy, mud, pet messes (ick), and more. 1. Take two empty spray […]

Every home is prone to the occasional coffee spill or shoe stain. It’s inevitable. But it’s all about how you deal with the stain afterwards that matters. Here’s our expert-approved method, for how to clean carpets that have common dried-on stains, like red wine, gravy, mud, pet messes (ick), and more.

1. Take two empty spray bottles, and fill one with cold water. In the other, mix 1/4 teaspoon mild dishwashing liquid, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap($2, amazon.com), and 1 cup warm water.

2. Spray the detergent solution onto an absorbent cloth (not the carpet — you don’t want to wet it too much), and dab (don’t rub!) it on the spot. As the stain dissolves, blot with a clean section of cloth. Keep applying and blotting this way until the stain is gone.

3. Spray another cloth with the cold water, and use it to rinse the detergent solution from the carpet, then blot again with a dry cloth.

4. Pile a stack of paper towels on the spot, and place a heavy pot on top. “Overnight, the towels will soak up any residual stain deep in the carpet. In the morning, fluff the fibers with your fingers and allow to air-dry,” Forte says.

5. If the stain remains, try a more targeted approach based on the stain you’re dealing with.

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How to Maintain Your Carpet

Refresh high-traffic areas

Spy a gray, matted trail from your couch to your kitchen? In between heavy-duty cleanings (with a rented machine or by a professional), hit the dingy path with a powdered or foam carpet cleaner, like Resolve High Traffic Carpet Foam ($4, amazon.com). Apply it according to the package directions, then vacuum.

Keep dirt outside

Try implementing a no-shoes-in-the-house rule. Stow extra slippers or flip-flops next to a shoe rack near your door, and encourage family members to make the switch inside. Stash a broom in a closet near the entryway to collect dirt before it gets ground into doormats, and put down mats outside your door, too, so you can wipe your feet before you go inside.

De-grit doormats

Interior doormats can only stop dirt from being tracked inside and onto your carpet if they’re clean. If the care tag allows, you can toss mats into the washer and dryer and use the gentle cycle on warm and tumble-dry low. Otherwise, use a vacuum. Go over the front of the mat, flip it over, and then vacuum the back, even if it’s rubber or plastic (this loosens any embedded dirt). Then flip the mat again, and vacuum up the grit that came out. For a quick refresh, take the mat outside for a good shaking, beating it with your hand or a stick a few times on each side.

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Cleaning Hacks for the Woman With Zero Extra Time

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Work, kids, partners, pets, laundry, dinner — the list grows exponentially. Like gremlins. And one of the biggest time-suckers of all turns out to be cleaning, a task that can eat up […]

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Work, kids, partners, pets, laundry, dinner — the list grows exponentially. Like gremlins. And one of the biggest time-suckers of all turns out to be cleaning, a task that can eat up hours upon hours each week. In the immortal words of Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Seriously, though, there has to be a better way, right? While cleaning is a necessary evil, we’ve got places to be and people to see — we need sprucing up to be as expedited as possible. Happily, there are hacks for busy women like you and me who have zero extra seconds in the day to devote to tedious cleaning.

So, if your motto is “Work smarter, not harder,” bookmark this page. As a busy mom of two, I have learned some pretty great hacks that will save you a whole lot of time. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Use a pillowcase to clean ceiling fans
The blades of your ceiling fan draw dust in like a moth to the flame. We’re all friends here, so there’s no shame in admitting you usually don’t get to this hard-to-reach area until you’ve got dust so thick it looks like fuzzy black caterpillars. When you go to clean it, the dust then inevitably falls all over the floor, meaning you now have to tack on time to vacuum or mop too. Make your life easier by stealing this trick from Homemaker Chic: Use a pillowcase to dust your ceiling fan blades so all the dust is contained.

2. Dust with a lint roller
While we’re on the subject of dusting, do you ever wonder where the dust goes with traditional dusters? Like, aren’t you basically just pushing the dust around from one place to another? Therein lies the genius of using a lint roller as a duster — the sticky stuff grabs dust so it doesn’t simply resettle when you aren’t looking. This hack works especially well on cloth lampshades.

3. Get rid of dog hair with a rubber glove
We all love our pups, but constantly trying to keep their shedding at bay is the bane of any dog owner’s existence (unless you have one of those bizarre but adorable hairless dogs). Brooms prove to be of little use in this battle because the hair just gets blown somewhere else in the process. If you’re tired of cleaning the same upholstered areas over and over to get rid of your dog’s hair, do this instead — use a rubber glove with a textured palm surface, like heavy-duty dishwashing gloves, to scrape the hair off of your couch or carpet. You can also use a glass squeegee if you happen to have one lying around.

4. Pour Pine-Sol in your toilet brush holder
The ol’ toilet brush — ick. It needs to stay on standby in the bathroom, but it can get so gross. But instead of tossing yours out every other day, pour Pine-Sol down into the toilet brush holder. Not only will it clean and sanitize your brush, but it will also make your bathroom smell fresh.

5. Power(tool) clean your tub & shower
You’ll never meet a person who enjoys cleaning the soap scum and mildew that naturally accumulates in the bathroom. Well, unless that person utilizes this hack. Basically, it entails modifying a scrub brush to fit onto a power-drill head. Then you can basically just buff grime right out of your bathroom with minimal effort. You can learn how to do it here.

6. Blow bathroom exhaust fans with canned air
File this under super-simple yet incredibly clever ideas you can’t believe you never thought of. If you go into your bathroom and look up, chances are you’re going to be staring straight into a bathroom exhaust fan that is so dirty, you almost can’t see the vents. But it’s in such an awkward spot… how do you clean it? Try grabbing canned air and blowing all the crud out. Then just use a broom to sweep up what came out and voilà! Clean bathroom vent.

7. Wipe down baseboards with dryer sheets
It doesn’t matter how clean the rest of your house is, dirty baseboards make it look a little grimy. However, they’re hard to clean. Who wants to spend half a Saturday on their hands and knees scrubbing this wood trim? Here’s a two-prong trick that could save you some serious time (and also your sanity): Wipe down baseboards with dryer sheets. This keeps dust from re-accumulating so you don’t have to worry about it as much. And if you’re really next-level lazy like me, you can even stick the dryer sheets to the pad of your Swiffer and go to town.

8. Blast your blender with soap & hot water
Blenders are notoriously difficult to get clean because they have so many little nooks and crevices. There’s nothing worse than thinking you got the job done only to have a bit of mildew pop up when you’re trying to make your favorite breakfast smoothie. Don’t worry. Just pour some hot water in the blender along with liquid soap. Press start, and the blender will churn up suds to clean all the places your hand couldn’t reach.

More: The Decluttering Hacks Clean Freaks Actually Use

9. Pour wine on wine spills
Yes, you read that right. And, yes, I realize how counterintuitive it sounds. However, for reasons unbeknownst to us, white wine acts as a great stain remover for red wine. Weird, right? But if you spill a glass of red wine at your next party, crack open a white and pour it out on the spot too. Then use a paper towel to blot, blot, blot the red wine stain away. Bonus? You get to open a new bottle of wine.

10. Line your slow cookers
Ah, you’ve made a delicious one-pot meal and everything is great until you’re finished eating and it’s time to clean off the baked-on food at the bottom. The solution? Use a slow cooker liner that you can simply toss out after your meal. These are my favorite liners.

11. Line your fridge shelves with press-&-seal wrap
My least favorite thing to clean? The refrigerator. It takes a day and a half to clean the whole thing, and it’s a huge headache. But if you line each shelf in your fridge with press-and-seal wrap, all you have to do is pull it off and toss it in the trash when it’s dirty and put on a new one.

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CAN’T TOUCH THIS: CREATE YOUR OWN CACTUS DECOR

There’s a perfectly prickly trend happening these days. While we’ve been gushing over succulents over the past few years, now the more sticky, prickly version is becoming very haute in everything from home decor to clothing. Those saguaro, prickly pear, Joshua tree and pincushion cacti are popping on on everything from neon lights to salt […]

There’s a perfectly prickly trend happening these days. While we’ve been gushing over succulents over the past few years, now the more sticky, prickly version is becoming very haute in everything from home decor to clothing. Those saguaro, prickly pear, Joshua tree and pincushion cacti are popping on on everything from neon lights to salt and pepper shakers to button-down blouses to watercolor paintings and much more.

If you’ve fallen in love with these bright green, pokey plants, there are dozens of DIY ideas you can do to incorporate them into your home and wardrobe. Here are three of my favorites that range from plush and cuddly to fun and functional. For even more cactus decorating ideas.

Bedroom

Believe if or not, a beautifully prickly cactus can make your bedroom even more warm and inviting, even snuggly! With beautiful watercolor images of flowering cacti, crocheted, stuffed cactus plants, clever cactus string art, an adorable poofy cactus stool for a children’s bedroom and mini cactus felt ornaments strung together in a fun swag, that bedroom can be your own desert oasis.

Want to adorn your bed in cactus-themed bedding? Create your own desert garden by making a batch of cactus throw pillows to pile on your bed. Cut out simple cactus shapes in either felt, flannel, fleece or your favorite cotton. Find fabric with a cactus pattern for even more whimsical fun. Stuff the pillows and for a little extra fun, thread yarn or thread through the fabric to create “spines.”

Kitchen

The bright greens and pinks of desert cactus plants in bloom prove a perfect theme for a sunny kitchen. Cacti are appearing in kitchens in the form of cookie jars, dishes, salt and pepper shakers, planters and much, much more. Tablescapes and centerpieces are even more prickly perfect when adorned with vases filled with a variety of cactus and succulent plants.

If your thumb is less than green, but you still want a pot filled with cactus plants, you can create your own garden of cacti out of painted rocks. Find a collection of smooth rocks in various sizes and round shapes. Paint in a variety of green shades, add spines in white paint and let dry. Fill a terra cotta pot or planter of your choice with small gravel and then arrange the cactus rocks to best resemble that desert landscape.

Wardrobe

The saguaro cactus can be found on all sorts of T-shirts paired with a variety of snarky, fun sayings like “Can’t touch this.” You can also find cacti on Bermuda shorts, kimonos, skirts and even sneakers. This new Southwest trend is easy to come by in stores, but you can also make your own on-trend clothes, too.

Dress up a plain T-shirt by adding a pocket of cactus-printed fabric. Applique a flowering cactus to your baby’s onesie for an adorable look. Or you can grab some fabric paint and make your own Southwest pattern by creating your own cactus design. Take a new pair of white tennis shoes, too, and paint on a desert landscape for the perfect pair of kicks.

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Builds Furniture Out of Old Apple Computers

While Apple’s moderate outlines frequently straddle a staggering line amongst gadgetry and workmanship, the architect Klaus Geiger has reconsidered one of the tech mammoth’s discontinued PCs with an utilitarian inclination. Geiger made a line of contemporary furniture joining Apple’s Power Mac G5 – a substantial, aluminum machine that was launched in 2003 and was replaced […]

While Apple’s moderate outlines frequently straddle a staggering line amongst gadgetry and workmanship, the architect Klaus Geiger has reconsidered one of the tech mammoth’s discontinued PCs with an utilitarian inclination.

Geiger made a line of contemporary furniture joining Apple’s Power Mac G5 – a substantial, aluminum machine that was launched in 2003 and was replaced by the Mac Pro three years after.

To assemble a seat, for example, a bit of strong wood rests on two of the machines, settled accurately inside every PC’s handles. To make a capacity unit, Geiger stacked two of the PCs on a level plane, and repurposed the substance of each into a working cabinet.

 

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