Most people have busy lives, packed with things to do. You feel you need more like 34 hours a day rather than 24. Unfortunately, you often may not make cleaning a priority. However, having a clean home that looks nice and smells fresh is a wonderful feeling. So after a long day at work and handling other daily issues, how can you get your home sparkling clean with minimal time and effort?
Declutter Your Closets
Just like having an inefficient sales operations system can make life more complicated, a cluttered closet can add unnecessary anxiety to your life. Worse, you’ve probably decluttered over the years and then noticed that it just goes back to being an unorganized mess a few months later. First, organize your clothes into different types, such as shirts, pants, dresses, and accessories.
Then, separate them according to what you want to keep and what you want to donate. Once everything is out of the closet, give it a deep cleaning, wiping down all the shelves and vacuuming the floor. You have endless options for organizing your wardrobe as you put it back together. Put your most-used clothing at eye level so that it’s easier to see and reach. You may want to store things you wear less or off-season clothes in plastic bins. Hang anything sturdy, delicate or ornate while you stack thick items like sweaters and denim clothing.
Clean Your Shower
Plastic shower curtains are easy to clean; just throw them in your washing machine with a little distilled white vinegar. You can unclog your shower head by soaking it in distilled white vinegar. Put the vinegar in a plastic bag and fasten it to the shower head with a rubber band. Let it soak for about an hour. Then, wipe it clean with a non-abrasive wet rag.
Shine Your Stovetop
Get a sparkling stovetop simply by using baking soda. After your stove top is cool from your last meal, unplug the coils and wipe them down with a wet sponge or soft cloth. Then, spread baking soda evenly over the surface, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and wipe it clean. This method will help get rid of grease residue buildup. You can avoid some of this cleaning in the future by wrapping your drip pans in aluminum foil. Then, when the foil gets dirty, just replace it.
Dust Your Blinds
Window blinds are good at catching dust, but adequately cleaning them can seem like quite the ordeal. Fortunately, it can be a lot easier than it looks. Get some kitchen tongs and attach a clean dust rag to each side with a rubber band. Clean each blind by clamping onto it with the tongs and sliding them down the length horizontally. When you finish cleaning them, be sure to clean any dropped dust from the surface below the blinds.
Revive Your Garbage Disposal
Have you noticed that your kitchen sink doesn’t smell quite right? Food and other debris and residue can accumulate over time in your garbage disposal. This buildup can cause foul odors to arise. A great way to clean your disposal is to turn it on and throw two or three ice cubes down the drain while running. Also, add some orange or lemon peels as it’s running. This process will clean the blades and make your drain smell fresh.
Clean Your Cabinets
Spot clean your cabinets by dampening a soft cloth with hot water. If you have grease residue, use a paste mixture of one tablespoon baking soda, a half tablespoon water and a half tablespoon grease-fighting dish soap. Use this mixture to scrub the surface lightly and then wipe it clean.
Rejuvenate Your Rugs
Revitalize your carpets with baking soda and some essential oils. Sprinkle a light layer of baking soda on the carpet and add a few drops of essential oil to give it an extra fresh scent. Leave it for at least 30 minutes, and then vacuum it clean.
Now you are on the road coming home to a refreshing space with minimal time and effort. These are quick and easy ways to maintain your area, and there’s a good chance you have everything you need already.