- Clean Top to Bottom
No matter what room you’re in, clean top to bottom. It makes no sense to sweep the floor, then wipe the table, then have to sweep the floor again.
- Throw away a few items daily
Try to throw away a few things every day. For example, paper. Given half a chance, paper will take over your damn life. So make sure to throw away envelopes, napkins, old receipts and school permission slips.
- Time your activities
If there are certain things that you often put off doing because they take too long, for example sweeping or vaccuming a room, time how long they actually take. It’s much easier to do a task when you know it only takes five minutes out of your day.
- Vacuum or sweep at least once a day.
This is easy; a clean floor makes the rest of the room look better.
- Do one thing at a time
If you have a trouble spot in your house that just breeds clutter, for example your office, try to do one thing to it every time you walk past it. Even if you just straighten a stack of paper, you can conceivably clean up that spot in a day or two at most.
- Vinegar is your friend
You can seriously clean 85% of nastiness with a scrub brush, a towel, a bottle of vinegar and some hot water.
- Let things soak
Most cleaning solutions take anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes to actually break down grime, so for greasy stoves, soap scum and toilets, spray them down and go do some other really short task before you wipe it all down.
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