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How can I clean smarter? Splash out on a cleaning caddy: You’ll find that having all your cleaning supplies together in one place and being able to carry them from room to room saves you oodles of time. And they’re not expensive – some very serviceable cleaning caddies are just a couple of dollars.Forget scrubbing: When was the last time you saw a professional cleaner scrubbing at a surface? The trick is to use the right product for the stain, then give it time to sink in and do the hard work for you. Simply spray or apply the cleaning solution at the start of your house clean, then wipe away when you’re done.
Create a cleaning scheduleFollowing a simple, weekly cleaning schedule ensures that my house isn’t just tidy, but actually clean. It’s not an exhausting schedule, but it outlines which days I do certain tasks and it keeps me accountable. I look forward to including my children in this schedule in the future.As part of this schedule, I try to give myself 20 minutes of uninterrupted time each day (around my children’s sleep times) when I carry out as much cleaning as possible. It helps to have a fully stocked cleaning basket that I carry with me from room to room – this way I’m not wasting time searching for that elusive cleaning product.
Extravagant or essential?Opinions on hiring a home cleaner are divided. One school believes if we were better time managers we could – and should – deal with our own mess. This theory is often tinged with moral outrage at perceived exploitation of low-waged workers. Another school suggests paying a cleaner creates more time for family activities, leisure and enjoyment of the home, away from the demands of work. Then there are those with physical issues that make domestic help a necessity.If you’re in the latter camps, here’s how to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with whoever you hire to make your home spick and span when you can’t.
YOUR SAY How do these dirty deeds rate on your love-to-hate list? Share your thoughts in the Comments.MORERead through more stories with cleaning tips
Whether you chose to use chemical cleaners or more natural products like vinegar and baking soda, be sure to clean the places not easily accessible and therefore often overlooked by less thorough cleaners. Behind the oven, inside high cupboards and the space at the back of the toilet bowl are all areas that will likely want a good seeing to, as well as anywhere likely to accumulate mould and mildew.