Places in your home you should be cleaning, but aren’t
You may think your house is clean, but there are many commonly missed cleaning spots you might not have considered… until now. Grab the antibac – sneaky dirt traps, we’re coming to get you!
Underneath the fridge
A refuge for all those unstoppable rolling peas. GHI cleaning tip: Use a flat mop, (microfibre ones are especially flat) which will go all the way underneath or if it’s on castors pull it out and give the floor and a good wipe down – and don’t forget the wall behind too.
Underneath the sofa
Lifting it up can be such a hassle, it can be easier to just forget about the cleaning situation. But if you knew what was building up underneath you’d soon be reaching for the vacuum, especially if you have pets. GH cleaning tip: Use the nozzle for those hard-to-reach corners.
Down the side of the sofa
Strapped for cash? Just take a peak down the side of your sofa. Here you’re almost guaranteed to find loose change, along with other, less exciting things.This should be hoovered using a nozzle at least once a month.
Gap behind an open door
The triangular space behind your open door is often neglected – go around your home, close the doors and see what lies behind!
A Homemaker’s Ultimate Guide to Housekeeping
Housekeeping can be an overwhelming task. Sure, it’s straightforward enough when there are only two of you, but everything changes when that first crying potato bursts into your world.
I remember when I first transitioned into being home full time. I was nearing the end of my pregnancy and my husband took on a full time job in addition to full time school so that I could quit my job.
For the longest time, I just could NOT get it together. While I feel that my struggle is very relatable and all too common, it didn’t have to be that way! Does your home stress you, and leave you feeling like you have little time left for your family, and even less for yourself?
Do you feel overwhelmed with the demands of your role, and find yourself routinely saying, “I’m only ONE person; I just can’t do it ALL!” Or maybe you feel like you could keep up with the housework just fine IF you didn’t have a needy baby or clingy toddler-monkey glued to your body all day long.
Whatever your situation, I’m telling you right now… housekeeping DOESN’T have to be stressful, you CAN get everything done, and you DON’T have to spend hours upon hours in an endless daily loop of chores. And… you can love your job, too.
Room By Room Cleaning Guide
All Rooms and Common Areas
Purge, Organize and Dust:
Declutter each room, organize all your items and dust from top to bottom
Move furniture to get to those hard-to-reach places that have been collecting dust all winter
Wash Window Treatments:
Steam clean curtains
Use a dryer sheet on mini blinds
Wash shades with warm water and microfiber cloths
Achieve “Like New” Status:
Give your kitchen cabinets and appliances TLC
Clean grimy stovetops, ovens and microwaves with baking soda, warm water and microfiber cloths
Make it “Eat-Off-The-Floor” Clean:
Move everything that touches the floor and vacuum to remove dust and debris
Use baking soda and warm water to make a paste for tough stains, scrubbing with a microfiber cloth
Give Them a Five-Star Hotel Room Clean:
Use a duster or microfiber cloth for the headboard and bed frame
Vacuum every inch of the mattress
Reassemble a fresh, clean bed
Dust the Décor:
Run a microfiber cloth over and underneath every surface and décor item
Deep Clean the Ins and Outs:
Clean out and wash vanity drawers or cabinets
Refresh the Light Fixtures:
Bring fixtures back to their “out-of-the-box” condition by removing dust and polish from fixtures with a microfiber cloth
The Ultimate Guide to Household Cleaning: What You Should Be Cleaning When
There’s nothing more calm-inducing than stepping into a spotless, tidy home. No matter what happened out in the world or what kind of day you’ve had, . Believe it or not, it’s possible to always have that Zen feeling with a bit of planning and .
secret weapon: the cleaning checklist. By breaking down housework into manageable tasks sorted by day, week, month, season, and year, you can pretty much put cleaning on autopilot. The best part? Just a few minutes here and there can make a huge difference when it comes to how great your home looks and feels—and it keeps messes at bay so that they don’t become bigger headaches down the road
Take those containers of leftovers you vowed to reinvent but never got around to, for example. It’s probably best to do an audit of that back row of and toss them (and any other expired items) each week to prevent overcrowding and keep your fridge running optimally.
Research shows that the easiest habits to keep are the ones that are automatic, like glancing at these checklists. This way, you’ll never waste time wondering where to even begin or be caught off guard by a seasonal task that crept up on you
They take minimal time and energy but produce maximum results. For example, by making your bed every morning, you ensure that the focal point of your bedroom is tidy, which makes the entire room feel more orderly. (Plus, it puts you in a good mental state to tackle your day.)
Spring Cleaning Checklist: The Ultimate Guide
Welcome spring by giving your home a good deep clean. Our handy guide breaks down the must-do chores into a three-step system. First up are the spring cleaning checklist and to-dos, the once-a-year tasks perfectly suited for spring. Next, tackle exterior spring cleaning with tips on fix-ups and repairs for the outside of your home. Finally, room-by-room cleaning tips will help you declutter and tidy up specific must-hit areas.
Spring is the perfect time to or embark on an apartment-cleaning marathon. Work these chores into your cleaning schedule this spring and get ready to face warmer days with a space that sparkles. Before you tackle your deep cleaning, make a cleaning checklist tailored to your home and needs.
Be sure to pick a cloudy day to . “If it’s too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and you’ll have streaks,” says . Water and a microfiber cloth will typically clean windows more effectively than chemicals. Otherwise, make your own glass cleaner solution with 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/3 cup vinegar, and distilled water.
Sliding glass door tracks probably aren’t the first spots you’d think to clean, but you’ll appreciate having done it before the outdoor entertaining season gets into full swing. Smallin suggests scrubbing the tracks with an old, dry toothbrush to loosen debris, then using your vacuum hose to remove it. Finish with a wet sponge.
Spring cleaning is an opportunity to address those surfaces you overlook on a daily basis. Once a year, give your baseboards, door frames, and . Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dishwashing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water.