Through the hustle and bustle of every day life, keeping a house clean can be a real challenge to keep up with! At the end of a long week, it’s difficult to spend time picking up around the house. Many people opt to hire a maid or routine cleaning service to help take the load off– however, for those of us that don’t want to spend the time and money on a cleaning service, here are 5 hot tips to help keep things in tip-top shape year round!

1. When you exit a living space, take something with you!

This one is a given, and something my mother used to drill into my head as a kid! It’s funny how over adulthood, we lose these simple pieces of advice and tend to have to relearn good habits.

The idea is simple, every time you leave a room, take something out! Whether it’s socks on the floor that need to go in the laundry hamper, or an empty water bottle headed for the trash can– take it out! Learning this simple habit is enough to put a drastic change on your organization and trash management habits.

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2. Lint rollers are your friend for fur!

Over half of Americans have at least one domestic pet– with the majority of these being dogs or cats. The only downside about our furry friends is the SHEDDING. For those of us with these issues, keep lint rollers handy! They are worth their weight in gold and using one routinely can help remove animal hair before it gets woven into furniture like hair tends to. Lint rollers are cheap as most stores, and very easy to use.

As far as shedding animals go besides lint rollers, regular brushing is the best defense against animals that seem to rain fur year round. For light shedders, taking your dog or cat outside once a week for a good brushing might be all that is needed. For heavy shedders, sometimes 2 or 3 times weekly may be needed. Regular bathing helps too!

3. Floor mats, floor mats, floor mats…

You’d be surprised how much difference the interior of a house experiences when there is a lack of floor mats. Put a floor mat in every applicable area of the home… ESPECIALLY door mats. Having locations throughout your home where dirt and/or spills can accumulate (e.g. the kitchen), is the best way to help beat this issue. The more, the better (well… don’t get TOO crazy with the door mats.)

4. Keep the Tables Clear

Coffee, dining, or end… tables of all kinds end up being a place for the accumulation of miscellaneous junk. A good habit to have is to regularly clear tables; or better yet, don’t let things get placed there in the first place!

Developing this habit will not only keep your tables clear, it forces you to deal with extra junk the RIGHT way before it accumulates. This tip in conjunction with #1 is a deadly combination for tackling organization and clutter problems.

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5. Clean your Garbage Disposal

Cleaning your garbage disposal is something that hardly anyone ever seems to do, but takes literally seconds to take care of. Ever notice that general ‘funk’ smell in some peoples kitchen sinks? That’s the tell-tale sign of an maintained garbage disposal.

To clean your garbage disposal, you will need the following three easy supplies:

  • Ice
  • Salt
  • Lemon

Gathering these three rarities (sensing the sarcasm?) is the hardest part of the whole deal. The procedure is quick and painless as long as your disposal is working. You do the following:

  1. Drop the ice, salt, and lemon down the sink.
  2. Run the disposal until its all ground up.

The science behind it is simple– the ice and salt helps grind up and erode the gunk and grime that gets plastered around the disposal blade. The lemon juice spreads around the disposal and deodorizes everything.

Repeating the above tips are a sure way to give your home a noticeable improvement. From my experience, you’ll see a difference within two weeks of starting to pick up these habits!

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