There’s no better feeling than when your home has received a thorough cleaning by professionals. Here are some fast, easy strategies to maintain the pristine feeling and hold back the chaos between cleaner visits.
1. Pick Up Your Stuff
This might sound like a no-brainer, but remember to pick up your belongings on a regular basis. This includes mail, clothes, shoes, and boxes. If your housekeeper has to pick up piles of stuff and either discard or organize it before they reach the carpet— you have created somewhat of a nuisance. Your helper is able to devote more time to maintaining your hardwood, tile, and carpet when access is easy. Cleaner floors mean fewer allergens in the air, so do your household a favor and leave less stuff laying around.
2. Sweep Daily
Speaking of floors, Swiffer or sweep your hard floors daily. With the cursory dust and dander cleaned away, your housekeeper can begin the deep clean right away. Even if you don’t get in the corners, a quick five-minute sweep in the morning keeps your floors in better shape for housekeeping day. If you spill something other than water, try to wipe it up so you don’t track it through your home and cause the need for a major deep cleaning.
3. Pile Your Laundry
Does your housekeeper have to track down all the dirty towels in the house? Depending on how big your home is, the task might be time-consuming for them or they may even miss a few crucial items. Make laundry day more efficient by keeping your dirty clothes and towels in a single pile or hamper. Have a separate pile for hand-wash or special care clothes so sorting requires less time. If you have a stain that needs special attention, make a note on a whiteboard or notepad so the instructions are clear.
4. Keep Your Fridge Fresh
Place a box of baking soda in your fridge, which helps absorb potent smells. Not only does this make your refrigerator a more friendly place to be all the time, but it also makes it easier to clean. When your housekeeper doesn’t have to scrub away bad odors, there is more time to get down to the nitty-gritty in your kitchen. You should also clean out your old food once a week. This also staves off bad smells and keeps mold at bay.
5. Clean Up Spills
If you notice jelly dripping down the side of your jar in the fridge or some ranch dressing pooling on a shelf, make sure you address it right away. When something dries and sticks to a surface, it requires more time and energy. Clean up most of the mess on the spot and your housekeeper can come behind you and take care of the details, like any extra stickiness. Cleaning up spilled food right on the spot also ensures you don’t attract bugs or other pests for your housekeeper to address.
6. Grind Orange Peels
Put orange or lemon peels down your garbage disposal with a few cubes of ice. This not only sharpens the blades but also makes the room smell better and masks the scent of the other food you’ve been disposing of. If you want to experience the fresh clean smell of cleaning day all the time, save your breakfast orange peels and drop them down the disposal as often as possible. Break the peels down into small strips before you put them down the drain— you want to freshen the room, not clog your disposal!
7. Use Netting on Drains
Asking your housekeeper to clear hair from your drains is a time-consuming task. You can prevent clogs and grime in your drains by adding a nylon mesh on top. This will catch the hair, and then all you have to do is empty the mesh. Your drains will be free of damaging clogs and both your plumber and housekeeper will thank you!