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Don’t clean, just tidy!

Is your house always clean and tidy? Mine used to be, but these days it get harder and harder to keep a clean home. Let’s face it. Life gets busy, and as much as we love opening our front doors and entering a clean home after working all day, we just might be faced with a few messes instead.

To get your home looking “tidy in a jiffy” follow these easy cleaning tips:

Grab a large laundry basket or bin and fill it with all the things that things that seem to be out of place. For example, toss old magazines or books that have piled up on the table. Remove junk mail, homework or toys from countertops. Pick up dirty laundry, backpacks, jackets and shoes that are not in their place.

Use old, repurposed items for storage. Use an empty napkin holder as a place for storing your bills or your mail. Turn your favorite glass or mug into a pencil and pen holder. Use a clean rectangle tray for décor by placing a few vases filled with flowers on them. Use it as a centerpiece for your side or console table.

Focus on tidying things that are on eye level. Dust off tabletop décor. Wipe down kitchen sink and countertops. Wipe down the fan once with a damp microfiber cloth, then again with a dry cloth.

Grab a lint roller and roll it all over your couches and chairs to remove pet hair. Grab a pair of rubber gloves and push all the hair up into a ball for easy catching.  Here’s a quick video on how to remove pet hair and pet odor from rugs – super easy!

Eliminate crumbs and dust bunnies that are noticeable on the floor. Wipe them up using a damp microfiber cloth if you don’t feel like pulling out the vacuum.

Tidy up the bathroom by wiping off leftover gobs of toothpaste in the sink or built up soap from the soap dish. Pull the shower curtain closed so you don’t see a dirty shower upon entering the bathroom.

Rub down all surfaces using a damp microfiber cloth. This method of cleaning does not disinfect, but it will keep your home looking very tidy!

Wipe down window sills and baseboards to reduce asthma and allergy triggers.

Fluff up pillows and flip over couch cushions in the living room to keep your room looking fresh. Fold your throw blanket and place it neatly on the couch.

Shake off entryway rugs outside.

Keeping a tidy home doesn’t take a lot of time. Just a few minutes of cleaning each day can keep your home looking beautiful!

What are your favorite tidying tips? Share them with us!


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