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Lets face it, for most people, cleaning house isn’t a thrill.

It is a dreaded chore that has little in it that is fun or rewarding. A house has several rooms, and every room generates dust and dirt easier then a cat shedding its fur. Here are some ideas to help making the cleaning and keeping of a house easier.

Get the items you need to clean properly and keep them in a container like a five gallon bucket. The following items are helpful: glass cleaner; several old rags- socks work wonderfully as dust rags; paper towels; cleanser for tile, tub and shower; an old knife to scrape gunk from floors with; baking soda; an old toothbrush; a scrub brush for the toilet; and a broom, dustpan and mop. If you have carpets add a vacuum.

Clean from the top of the room down, if you have the time do the deeper cleaning but the most benefit is from keeping the areas picked up as you go from room to room. For example, it only takes a few minutes to unload the dishwasher, wipe down the stove and counters and the microwave. If you are in the living room and go the bathroom take dirty dishes to the kitchen on the way.

If you don’t know how to clean something, does some research- ask someone or check out the neat sites online. It only takes a few moments and you will know how when the item in question gets dirty again.

One method to use for kids is to write down every room in your house on a separate slip of paper; fold these slips of paper so the writing can’t be seen and place them into a jar or bowl. Draw out one slip and work on that room as fast as you can for 15 minutes. Make sure you do a thorough job on that room. If it is exceptionally untidy extend the time. Give a brief reward after finishing a big project or two rooms. A favorite treat or piece of candy is a wonderful incentive.

Some people use the same idea but put on some favorite music and work on one section of the house until the cd is over or several songs have played. One tried and true method is discovering you have company coming over for dinner! It’s amazing what that fact can make you accomplish in a few hours or even an hour.


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