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How To Clean Your Home Like a Neat Freak (Even if You’re a Slob)

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While everyone is familiar with spring cleaning, many of us actually catch the strongest cleaning bug in the spring and early summer. Thanks to the pandemic, we’ve already been spending more time in our homes than usual, which can come with added pressure to keep them hygienic and safe. So this spring and summer, reclaim your home and enjoy tidy rooms, clean air, and a healthier you with these tips from Magazism.

Declutter and Tidy

The number-one step toward sparkling surfaces is unearthing them in the first place! Decluttering makes it easier to clean and maintain a fresh home. Get a black trash bag and scout your space for obvious garbage: things like wrappers, broken hair ties, empty boxes, and old receipts. Next, look for items that are easy to put away. For instance, you know your kid’s Pikachu stuffy belongs in his bed, and the bowl in your bedroom obviously goes in the kitchen (we’re not judging). Take things to their proper homes immediately. This may feel like extra steps, but it guarantees you won’t find yourself with baskets of “keep” or “deal with later” lining the walls at the end of the day.

By now, you should see some difference in your efforts. Use this success to energize your decluttering process. As you comb through possessions, ask yourself, “If I needed this item, where would I look first?” This can help you determine where to put things — and know where to find them later. Another important question: “If I needed one of these, would I remember I already have one?” If the answer is no, consider tossing it.

Now, let’s talk about paper clutter. This can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. As paper enters your home, keep it in a single basket. Once a week, go through your papers and deal with anything that needs immediate attention. If it can wait until next week, let it. To deal with existing mountains of paper, digitize your records. 

Clean and Disinfect

You know it’s a good idea to wipe down surfaces and sterilize bathrooms, but one of the biggest home health issues is indoor air quality. To ensure healthy air, hire a professional once or twice a year to clean and inspect your HVAC system, including vents and air ducts. Also, don’t forget the impact of a clean and well-functioning chimney on the inside air. A qualified technician may run you $100 to $300 to scrape out dirt, obstructions, and buildup, as well as inspect your chimney and flue for structural soundness and any blockages like nests or debris. Before you decide on someone to hire, search online and take a look at what other customers had to say about these services. The last thing you want is to end up with someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Another pro tip: depending on the scope of your cleaning project, you might actually find it easier to empty out a given room in order to provide you with more space to work. If so, use this free label maker to keep all your boxes straight.

Paying for maintenance is well worth the investment, but it might require some financial creativity. Refinancing your home can help ease your budget by lowering your monthly mortgage payment. Many people opt for a cash-out refinance, which replaces your mortgage with a higher amount and allows you to “cash out” the difference. However, make sure you research the best cash-out refinance rates to ensure you’re making the right choice.

Send Out an Invitation and Get the Family Involved

Getting your family involved in household cleaning chores can benefit everyone in the household. Not only does it lighten the load for the primary cleaner, but it also teaches children and teenagers valuable life skills. By working together as a team, families can accomplish cleaning tasks more efficiently and effectively. Assigning age-appropriate roles and responsibilities can help even the youngest members of the family feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in contributing to the household’s upkeep. Additionally, cleaning together can be a bonding experience that creates shared memories and reinforces the importance of working together toward a common goal.

Getting your family involved in cleaning can be a daunting task, but sending them invitations can make it a more organized and exciting process. By outlining what needs to be accomplished in the invitation, you can give your family members a clear idea of what they need to do to help out. To make things even easier, you can use an online tool to create your own custom free invitations. This will allow you to add your own personal touch and make the invitation more appealing to your family members. With a clear plan of action and an inviting invitation, your family will be more likely to jump on board with the cleaning process.

Freshen up your living space to support your health and happiness. Whether you’re buried in clutter or have only a bit of mess niggling at you, you can certainly benefit from improving the safety and cleanliness of your home.

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