Want to relax and unwind at the end of a long day? Studies say you should start with a clean house, but who has the time for that? This may come as a surprise, but keeping your house neat and tidy doesn't have to be a huge undertaking. In fact, by paying attention to a few trivial tasks, you can easily create the calmness that comes with an organized home. Here are a few suggestions for sprucing up your space without sacrificing too much of your time.
Enhance Air Quality
You want to breathe easy in your own home, so it makes sense to take steps to improve your air quality. Dust and clean air vents throughout your house and wipe down fans from time to time. Keep a supply of HEPA air filters to change on a regular basis, to keep dust and debris at a minimum. You can also add a few air-purifying house plants to your rooms, to add a little green and detox the air that you breathe.
Wipe Down Counters and Surfaces
Even with clean ducts and fresh filters, dust and grime is bound to accumulate, so take a few minutes each day, or at least every other day, to clean it. Use a damp cloth to wipe down furniture and hard surfaces. It's also a good idea to wipe down other surfaces, like countertops, faucets and mirrors, after you use them each day. Taking a minute to clean up can cut down on spots and dirt accumulation that only gets harder to clean as it builds.
Do a Load of Laundry Every Day
Laundry has a way of piling up, and it can take hours to get through on the weekend. You can save time, and add to your weekly wardrobe, by doing small loads of laundry throughout the week. The smaller loads tend to be more manageable and keep your hamper from tipping over. Try to keep your sheets and towels washed on a regular basis as well. Having clean sheets, as well as a clean bedroom, and bedding can help your space look put together while helping you get to sleep faster at night.
Freshen Up Floors and Fabrics
Nothing beats kicking your shoes off after a long day and curling up on the couch for a quick snooze. Dirt on your floors or grime on the sofa can kill that vibe pretty quick. Take care to clean the spaces you come into contact with the most, to help you relax after stressful days. Vacuum couch cushions and wash throw pillows often. Clean any stains as soon as they happen and use fabric spray to freshen up between cleanings. Take time to sweep and mop floors and vacuum carpets and rugs as well.
Don't Forget the Details
There are simple steps you can take every day to keep your house neat, but you'll also want to take things a little further from time to time. Dust and wipe down baseboards and trim, clean behind appliances and take the time to really organize and wipe down the inside of cabinets. Just a small amount of leftover food or an open box can lead to pests, like pantry moths, which are can wreak havoc on your house. So take a few extra measures regularly to avoid problems stacking up and getting out of control.
Maintaining a fresh and clean house doesn't have to take up most of your days. With a few modest measures, you can keep your home comfortably tidy, no matter how busy your schedule gets. A clean house can help you unwind and de-stress at the end of the day, and keep your mind clear throughout the week.
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