If you are anything like me (especially if you have children), cleaning up your home can feel like a battle that never ends, and one that never has a winner. As one thing gets completed, another mess decides to rear its ugly face and it's right back to battle.
Honestly, it feels like that ever spare moment that I have, I am cleaning up one mess or another. And when I am not busy cleaning, I feel like I am not living up to my adult responsibilities. It's not always a monster sized mess, but rather the continuous barrage of little messes.
It seems to be easier to deal with the "big" messes, ones that simply take time and a little bit of muscle power. When we are talking about going through something with a fine tooth comb, not only does it take a lot longer, but you don't mentally feel like you are getting a lot done.
With that being said, there are some ways that you can help stem the tide enough to possibly get ahead of the next onslaught of dirt, grime, and disaster. Here are six cleaning tips that will make a difference in how you do things at home.
1. Make sure every trip counts.
The garbage is full, but you aren't in "taking out the garbage mode," as you walk out to the car to go to the store. There are dishes from dinner earlier that night, but you will grab them later when you are done watching your show, even though you just passed them on the way back from the washroom. In these instances, if you have a chance to grab something and get it done while you are doing something else, you may as well. Every time I head outside to have a smoke, I bring whatever trash or recycling needs to be dealt with out with me, it saves me a lot of time in the long run.
2. Set aside a little bit of time each day.
Have you ever looked at a massive mess that has to be cleaned and you just feel immediately overwhelmed? It happens when you let the mess accumulate, or you put it off until you have a decent block of time to tackle the problem. Feeling overwhelmed can put a major damper on your cleaning success. Instead of trying to get it all done at once, set aside a little time each day to tackle the small things before they are able to become big things.
3. Don't forget about the dust.
You know that weird looking tool that mom used to use to clean the dust off of things sitting on shelves or mantles? Well it might be time to get yourself one. Dust can build up quickly, and it is one of those things that you don't think about nearly enough, because you're often dealing with "bigger" issues around the home. Spend some time every so often running a cloth over items and shelves in order to get that dust outta there. It will make you feel a lot better, and your lungs will thank you.