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Whether lavish or tiny, there is no place like home. It is the place where you can relax and unwind after facing the hurdles of life. Therefore, it is essential to keep it organized, clean and hygienic, as you do with your own body. However, finding time to manage house cleaning may prove daunting especially with a busy schedule.
Fortunately, there are some simple cleanliness tips that you can apply to keep your house clean and neat all the time. They include the following.
Empty Dustbins Regularly
Dustbins contain dirt from around the house. If left unattended, they can attract pests such as houseflies, and cockroaches which can cause various diseases and infections. To keep such pests at bay, ensure that you empty your dustbin regularly. Additionally, replace its lid after each use to avoid flies.
Washing the dustbins with a liquid and cleaner and hot water helps to minimize the smell. Maintain a separate dustbin for dry waste, which you can keep in the balcony or living room, and another for kitchen waste. If you choose to place them together, they should have labels to prevent confusion. The wastebaskets should also be placed correctly in an area with shade.
You should also consider coordinating with the waste management company to collect your garbage at least twice weekly to avoid piling.
Keep Your House Dust-Free
Dusty ceilings and walls are breeding spaces for spiders, and they can make your house look dirty and untidy. It is, therefore, necessary to clean your ceilings and walls periodically. Ensure that you dust ceiling fans, walls, corners, and chandeliers at least once a week.
Additionally, clean your floors properly with a vacuum cleaner and mop them at least twice weekly. Ensure that you also mop under your rags occasionally as these areas harbour a lot of dust as well. Your furniture must not be neglected. It tends to accumulate pet hair, dust, surface debris and other small particles over time. You should, therefore, vacuum or wipe them down regularly to make your house look cleaner and increase its life.
Keep Your Bedroom Organized
Your bedroom is where you rest and relax after a long day of work. It, therefore, needs as much attention as any other part of the house. Keeping it clean will help you sleep better and achieve an attractive look that impresses everyone.
You can keep your bedroom clean and organized by decluttering and changing your bed linens regularly. Avoid eating in the bedroom to prevent unwanted spills. Fold and put away any clothes and linens and ensure that you deep clean the room at least once a month.
Take Shoes Off at the Door
In addition to potentially running your carpet with dirt and mud, dirty shoes carry pathogens that lead to stomach parasites and infections. Shoes also carry leaves, toxins, soil, and other particles that can get your house dirty sooner than you expected.
Therefore, it is advisable that your family and visitors leave their shoes at the door and clean off any dirt or debris that they may have before they get into the house.
Pay Attention to the Bathroom
Your bathroom is the place where you practice your hygiene. This is impossible to achieve if it is filled with dirt and filth. To prevent this, wipe down your tub, walls, floor and doors as you take a shower to avoid dirt from collecting in the wet areas.
You should also leave the air vents and windows open for some time to allow fresh air to flow into the bathroom and prevent the build-up of foul smells. Keep it organized by installing bars and hooks to keep toilet paper, towel, detergents, and other essentials used in the bathroom.
Invest in an Air Purifier
Although it is impossible to control pollution outside your house, you can maintain high indoor air quality by investing in a good air purifier. It will eliminate harmful pollutants and gasses from the air present inside your home.
Manage Your Laundry
For most people, laundry feels like a never ending task that can get out of control if it is not managed correctly. Fortunately, you can eliminate piling by having a laundry routine. If you can find a few minutes within the day, do a small pile to reduce your work during the weekends.
Even if you have a busy schedule, try to find a day within the week where you can do your laundry and ensure that you fold and put away your clean clothes.
Keep Your Living Room Tidy
Your living room should be a serene haven where you can enjoy sitting by yourself or with your family and friends. That is why you must strive to keep it as neat and clean as possible. Organize your newspapers and magazines in a shelving unit to prevent them from getting scattered all over the room.
Take a few minutes every day to clean and declutter your coffee table, and do not build a habit of piling up unnecessary items in the living room as it can degrade its look. Consider adding a wall painting or some indoor plants to enhance its look and serenity.
Clutter is likely to form in your house after a certain period. Although you may not need to regularly declutter, doing so will help organize your home and significantly cut down the time you take to clean and get it in order.
Take time to identify the things that are spoiled or no longer in use. Depending on their condition, you can either opt to donate them or have a garbage collection service pick them up.
Focus on the Outdoors
The outdoor spaces in your home need as much care and attention as the indoors. Prune your plants regularly to prevent them from overgrowing and shedding excess leaves in your patio, making it look messy.
It is also essential to ensure that you don’t have any pots or vessels filled with rainwater as they can act as breeding grounds for mosquitos and other insects.
In addition to keeping illnesses at bay, the cleanliness of your house can contribute to your overall well-being. Apply the above tips to keep your home clean and hygienic.