We may all aspire to a clean and tidy home, but in reality few of us have the time or inclination to really achieve it. Read our tips.
Spot-clean wherever possible, don't clean everything unless you have to.
Ventilate all rooms well, especially the bathroom and kitchen to prevent trapped moisture encouraging mould and mildew.
Have a squeegee in your shower to wipe off excess water and excess soap after each use and give showers a daily squirt of Clean Shower after showering to prevent product build up and growth of mould and mildew.
Put a mat at each entrance to your home to stop dirt getting walked into your house.
Have a 'no shoes to be worn inside' rule. Wear slippers in the house and store outdoor shoes in shoe racks near the door .
Have a dustpan and brush handy to sweep up any crumbs made during the making or eating of a meal to prevent build up of food-related dirt on the floor
Try to make every trip count: if you are moving between rooms tidy as you go and take items back to the room they belong in; if items need to go upstairs, create a tidy pile by the stairs and take them up the next time you need to go upstairs.
Keep on top of your ironing by doing a little bit at a time. It's far less daunting to do regular small amounts than to end up with a mountain of ironing at the end of the week.
Have dedicated recycling bins and a compost bin to try and keep your bin from filling with things that could don't need to go to landfill. Responsible waste management doesn't have to be time-consuming if you are organised.
Use lidded storage boxes to store toys. It will save on dusting and make it easier to find a home for all the toys at the end of the day. Label the boxes and encourage children to tidy up after themselves.
Give each person in your house some small, but helpful jobs to do. Dividing up the chores will get them done quicker. A rota could be added to the family pin board or calendar to make it clear which tasks each family member needs to help with.
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