When people find out what I do they will ask me for advice on how to clean up certain types of messes, or how to keep things looking picked up and organized. I love sharing my tips, and if you look through my log here, you can see them.
I also like to find quick tips elsewhere, and one of my favorite resources are online magazines. Good Housekeeping had some great hints for making things easier around the house. Here are just a few of them:
“Fill your dishwasher with everything but dishes.
Plastic toys, soap dishes, plastic hair brushes, and more can get clean in dishwasher — zero effort required. Take a lap around your house and gather the stuff you rarely (err, never?) clean and run an everything-but-plates load.
Banish dust from baseboards.
You can tackle dingy spots without stooping. Lightly spray an old sock with some cleaning solution and run your foot over the baseboards to whisk debris away in a flash.
Freshen your garbage disposal.
Got kitchen stink you just can’t kick? Try running a couple of lemon rinds through your garbage disposal, and follow with cold water to dispel the smell.
Clear dust from ceiling fans.
Before the first hot day makes you flip your fan’s switch, make sure it won’t fling dust all over the room. An old pillow case makes quick and tidy work of making your fan blades sparkle again.
For goodness sake, just toss that pile of catalogs.
There are certain things you just don’t need to think about before you get rid of them. Recycle that stack cluttering your nightstand, no questions asked, and feel the lightness of free space in seconds. “
If you want you home to smell nice and fresh, there is nothing like good ole baking soda to remove stale odors. I know it’s pretty hot here in Florida at this time of the year, but if you turn up the air, and open your slider and a window or two, just for a half hour or so, that will get the stale air out and bring some fresh air in. It’s good for the energy flow in your home as well.
As always, our best advice is pick up each day, clear out the clutter, and if you have a family, remember, you aren’t the only person in the household who can use a sponge, mop or dust cloth. Delegate.