If you want a clean and healthy home every day, you also have to clean it every day. Take a few minutes tidying up everything in your home. Clean the area around the kitchen sink; take clothes from the bedroom floor and put them in place, remove the backpack and shoes in front of the hall, and so on. If you delay small jobs like this, you can imagine how your house will be like next week.
Make a schedule for bigger tasks. It would be easier to handle if you do it regularly. Vacuum the carpet, the bottom of the sofa cushions, and kitchen table. Clean and rinse items that are often covered in sticky fingerprints, such as booster seats and toys. Discard old food in the refrigerator.
Every six months, make a plan to set aside items that are no longer used, such as clothes, shoes, books, toys, and other household goods. If possible, encourage children to sell those goods at a low price in front of the house (garage sale) or donate them.
Involve the children
Children can be involved in the home clean-up project. For instance, children aged 3 or 4 years old have been able to match socks and put them in a drawer. Children aged 6 years are able to set the table and fold clothes. Organizing closets and drawers should be easy for the children. Put a book or toy at a low shelf or on the floor. Install a hook to grab a jacket or a hanging bag.
Write down all the children’s tasks. Create a chart of work with each child’s name on it and let them choose daily tasks according to their abilities. Duties may include arranging tables, making beds, or washing dishes. Give prizes for children who are able to carry out their tasks on time. For example, you can invite them to go to a movie or buy them ice cream.
Frequently forgotten areas
There are some areas that are often forgotten to be cleaned. If not immediately cleaned, these areas could be a nest for dust and germs.
- Refrigerator’s wall, shelf, and water dispenser
- Lightweight equipment such as fans
- Ceiling of the house
- Telephone handle
Many cleaning products are usually less safe for health. To deal with this, you can try the natural way, i.e. by using vinegar and water or baking soda and water which is put into a spray bottle. This fluid can be used to clean stains on the table. Or you can also use these second-hand goods as cleaning tools:
- Socks for removing dirt in the corners of the walls.
- Pencil erasers for removing stains on the floor.
Those are some easy tips on how to clean your home effectively. Have a fun home cleaning then.
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