Keeping on top of every room in the house can seem like an impossible task. They all have different things going on in them, so a one size fits all type of strategy is never going to work. Once you understand that your rooms all require a different personal touch, then you’re halfway to getting the job done in a more efficient way. Here are some suggestions on how to work through some of the key rooms in your house.
These days the living room is probably the most used area of your house. It is often the centerpiece to your home with the television, sofa, and other forms of entertainment. Families will gather in the front room together now where they once sat around a kitchen table, and when people feel under the weather moving from the bedroom to the living room is an accomplishment. But that does mean this room is left as one of the messiest in the house, so a solid cleaning strategy is going to be required.
Regular general tidying is always a must for any part of your house, but none more so than the living room. However, every so often you are going to want to do a deep clean. First of all, you should start from the top down; that means dusting the ceiling, vents, wall hangings, and anything else that will push dirt on to the floor. The reason for this is quite simple; if you clean your floor first, then you will just make it unclean again when you start on the walls because dirt falls downwards.
Depending on how far you want to go with your deep clean, you might also want to consider taking down curtains and blinds to get them thoroughly cleaned. You can do the former in your own washing machine if you so desire. But whether you take them down or not, you should be taking a vacuum and a wipe to the window sill area. This area collects dirt like there’s no tomorrow.
Finally, for this room, it is time to get to the floor area. Once you have dusted everywhere in the room – that includes the TV area and sofas – you will need to tackle your carpet or flooring. Depending on which you have, you will need to have a different strategy. As we are discussing a deep clean, consider renting a cleaning machine to get your carpet as stain-free as you possibly can. You might just end up feeling like your carpet is brand new with a healthy going over.
With the living room cleaned, it’s time to move into the kitchen.
The kitchen is a pretty straightforward exercise so long as you are good at cleaning while you cook. Making sure you are regularly keeping on top of food stains and watermarks is going to be the key to keeping your kitchen looking in tip-top shape. But, if you are looking to do some heavier cleaning let’s look at some alternative solutions.
One of the worst things to clean in your kitchen is the cooking utensils, like your hobs and the toaster. But they don’t have to be with some small tweaks to your methods. For a good clean of your hobs, you should look no further than a ¼ cup of ammonia in zip-lock bags. All you have to do is put your metal hobs into the bags and leave them to soak overnight, and before you know it they’ll be free of grease and ready to use. Toasters on the other hand just require a pastry brush to move the crumbs away from the tiny crevices after you have tipped it upside down to clear the more substantial dirt out.
The majority of your kitchen can be handled with surface cleaner and a good scorer. Make sure you are moving countertop items out of the way to get a perfect clean. However, the final kitchen item to discuss is one of the most frustrating – the oven. We all know that it is a chore that we don’t look forward to, but it must get done. This is a non-chemical way of getting your largest cooking appliance clean. You’re going to need some rubber gloves, baking soda mixed with vinegar. Using a spray bottle, squirt your solution onto the inside of the oven and watch it bubble up. Leave it to sit for a few hours before coming back with a textured sponge to wipe away the baking soda and vinegar, plus any leftover residue. Your oven will be as clean as they come, but make sure you are doing this regularly because the dirt will build up and that will only make it harder to clean.
Cleaning doesn’t just take place inside the home, as you’re no doubt aware. Keeping the garden clean is an ongoing nightmare what with leaves falling from trees, creatures bringing in all sorts of stuff and backyard extras like pools and toys getting dirty through all manner of ways. Keeping this area tidy should be an ongoing effort, raking leaves and covering garden extras based on the weather is a must. Keeping a pool clean is a matter of personal preference, and you should research more about that to see whether you prefer an in-pool cleaning system or to have it regularly maintained.
It isn’t necessarily a fun job, but it can be incredibly satisfying. Once you get started, and you see the improvements around the house, you’ll quickly find more and more things to clean. A house that has a fresh smell and clean look to it just feels nicer to live in, but don’t beat yourself up when it starts to get dirty again. Regular tidying and cleaning are important, but this is a home, and it should be lived in; being lived in will lead to mess.