GOOD HABBITS TO START
As you start developing simple housecleaning habits, you’ll
notice that your work will get easier and easier. This next set of
tips will give you some great ideas of good habits to start.
Housework can be a huge job. Learn to delegate. Make chore charts for
everyone in your house. Even small children can help pick up toys and
other things. As you learn that you don’t have to do it all, housework will
become much easier.
Fill the Sink
A good habit to start is filling your sink with hot soapy water every time
you start to cook. This way you can “clean as you go.” As you get done
with each pot or dish, wash it quickly. This makes clean-up a snap.
Spray the Oven
Time for take-out? If there’s a day when you’re not using your oven, give
it a quick spray of oven cleaner and forget about it. The next day, before
you turn on your oven, give it a quick wipe down. You’ll find that the
baked on stuff comes off much easier.
Have a Charity Box
It’s a good idea to keep a box or bag in your front closet that you put
things you don’t need anymore. This really helps get rid of clutter in your
home. When the box is full, simply drop it off at your local good will
Rinse Your Plate
This may be a small tip, but it can help in big ways. If you simply make it
a habit to rinse your plate after dinner (and have all family members do the
same), it will make washing them a lot easier. No one likes trying to wash
dried food off of dishes.
Tackle the Small Jobs
Housework can be overwhelming. Learn to break it down and tackle the
smaller jobs first. As you do, each job will become easier. Also, if you
clean the small messes before they get big, it’ll be a lot easier to clean up.
Keep Cleaner in the Shower
A great shortcut for cleaning your tub and shower is to keep a bottle of
shower cleaner handy. After you take a bath or shower, spray it down.
You can take it a step further and keep a squeegee in it as well.
Fast Pick Up Before Bed
If you make it a habit to do a quick pick up before going to bed, it’ll really
help. You’ll find that it’s easier to wake up and feel good about the day if
even one room is clean.
Line Your Fridge
If you make it a habit to line your fridge shelves with paper towels, it’ll
make it a lot easier to clean. This will work especially well in the crispers,
as the paper towels will soak up any extra wetness.
Take a Trash Bag With You
As you leave the house, make it a habit to take the trash out. This is a
simple tip, but why make extra trips if you don’t need to? This is also a
great job to delegate to a teenager. They’re always coming and going
Your kitchen gets used every day. Without
maintaining small messes, you can have a big
cleaning job every day. This next set of tips will help
you keep your kitchen clean and manageable.
Here’s a good shortcut to cleaning your microwave: Fill up a cup of water
and put it in there on high for a few minutes. The steam from the cup will
loosen any stuck-on food, and then you can just wipe it away.
Baking soda has many practical uses, especially in the kitchen. Here are a
• Put an open box in your fridge and freezer to eliminate odors
and bad tastes.
• Sprinkle some in the bottom of your trashcans.
• Sprinkle some down your drain and garbage disposal to
Cleaning your fridge can be a big job, but here are a few tips to make it a
• Toss out any bad food.
• Start with wiping down the top shelves and work down.
• Baking soda and water make a great cleaner and wont leave
your fridge smelling like harsh cleanser.
• After you wipe out the crispers, line them with paper towels for
easier cleaning next time.
Washing dishes can really be overwhelming. Here are some tips to make
this grueling task a bit easier:
• Invest in a scrubber that you can put soap in the handle. This
way you can “wash as you go,” eliminating huge piles of dirty
• Soak all dishes that have dried on food. This lets you use less
• Wash in groups—silverware, glasses, bowls, plates, pots and
After the dishes are done and put away, don’t forget the wipe-down. This
makes your kitchen have that extra clean look. When you’re wiping down,
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