A clean home isn’t just more inviting and comforting – it’s also healthier. As more people suffer from allergies and asthma, indoor air pollution has become a greater concern. As we study the causes of poor air quality, the importance of maintaining a clean home has become more clear.
Unfortunately, it’s equally clear that many of us have trouble cleaning regularly or well. Many of us hate to clean, and many others simply don’t make the time. Thankfully, you don’t have to devote all of our precious to keeping a neat and clean home; with a little preparation, you can clean your home more quickly than you imagined. You can also take a big step in helping to protect the health of you and your family.
Make a Schedule
If you haven’t cleaned your home in weeks, cleaning can seem like an overwhelming task. A key to making cleaning seem like less of a burden is to clean your home every day for around 15 minutes. What you clean, and when, is up to you. You just need to do a little each day to stay on top of things.
For example, you can clean one room in your house each day. Or you can perform one cleaning task throughout the home – scrubbing, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, etc. Any schedule you plan to follow will need to reflect your lifestyle; if Friday nights are social times, for example, you might plan schedule a little more cleaning on Thursday or Saturday.
If you plan to clean a room in 15 minutes, you’ll have to make the most of your time. First, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got the tools for the job. Common tools include a vacuum, broom, dustpan, duster, scraper, bucket, mop, sponge, and paper towels; you’ll also need the right cleaning solution for the job. Make sure you have everything you need in advance, and plan to assemble the day’s tools before you begin your 15-minute session.
Deal with Messes Immediately
It’s isn’t any fun to clean up a mess or a spill, but it is easier to do before anything dries, hardens, or sets. If you spill, commit to cleaning it up right away. If you discover that you’ve created a stain that you can’t eliminate – red wine on carpet, for example – contact a company that specializes in stain removal right away; even if you have to wait for help to arrive, you’re keeping the mindset that messes won’t be allow to linger in your home.
Don’t Leave a Mess in the Kitchen
Dirty dishes and pots and pans are a mess like any other, so don’t leave the remains of your meal to wait. If you do, your kitchen can go from neat to filthy in the space of an evening. Remember that cleanliness requires a little discipline. So when you’re done eating, take a few moments to clean the pots and pans, as well the table, stove, and countertops.
It’s difficult to maintain a clean home – or even the appearance of one – if you allow clutter to gather. So take a few minutes every day to sort mail, newspapers, catalogues, magazines, and flyers and throw out anything you don’t want or won’t have time to read.
Dust From The Top Down
No matter how careful you are, dusting won’t capture everything; some loosened dust will simply drop closer to the ground. So start dusting at the top, and move down as you go; if you spilled some dust from the top of that bookcase, you may be able to capture it when you get to the bottom.
Don’t Overdo It
There is only so much you can do to clean your home in 15 minutes. So you may not be able to finish every task you start – at least right away. But you’ll find that the longer you maintain your 15-minute-a-day cleaning routine, the less time it takes you to stay on top of things. You’ll discover that cleaning tasks take much less time when you repeat them weekly rather than every three months. If you don’t finish your task in 15 minutes, that’s okay – you’ll do it next week.
The End Result
You may or may not discover that you spend less time cleaning than you did before. But day-to-day and week-to-week, your home will be much cleaner than before.
Regular vacuuming of your carpets and furniture will reduce the amount of dust mites, pollen, and other allergens in your home; regular cleaning and mopping of your kitchen will help to mitigate viruses and bacteria. Don’t be surprised if your improved cleaning habits help you and your family to feel better, too.