- Purchase cute baskets that will contain the clutter. I have one on the kitchen counter for my husband’s junk (keys, sunglasses, mail), another on the floor for my dog’s toys, and two in the bathroom for my girlie stuff. It takes seconds to throw things in and gives your home a neat appearance.
- Keep your vacuum close at hand so you can suck up the lint, pet fur, and debris in a hurry. Also, make sure you have an easy-to-use vacuum that’s lightweight. The more convenient this product is the more likely you will be to use it.
- Don’t forget to vacuum over the tile and wooden floors too. Then you can mop them. I use a Rubbermaid mop that has a bottle I can refill with my own cleanser. It also has a machine-washable pad.
- Purchase bleach wipes. They’re a quick way to wipe down your bathroom and kitchen, especially if guests are knocking at the door. They also work great when you need to clean up the hair on the bathroom floor.
- Speaking of cleansers, you can get by with fewer products than you think. Formula 409 will get the job done in the bathroom and the kitchen. It works especially well on hairspray grime and soap scum. If you pair it with a Mr. Clean magic eraser you’ll be good to go.
- I hate dusting but I have a dusting mitt that makes it easier. You place this gem on your hand, spray a bit of Pledge Multi-Surface cleaner on, and you can dust over every surface. The mitt makes it easy to pick up the knick-knacks and give them a good cleaning as well. (FYI – if you can part with a lot of your chatchki the dusting goes a lot quicker!)
- Don’t try to do all of your cleaning at once. I do a bit each day which makes the whole experience a lot more doable and enjoyable. I also crank the tunes and try to have fun with it.
The bottom line is that the world will not end if your house is a bit messy. Just keep reminding yourself of that. If the mess really bugs you and you can afford it, hire someone to clean for you. I have a friend who does this and she claims it is money well spent!