De-clutter your environment. You can’t properly clean an area when it is full of ‘things’ and you’ll feel much better when everything is organised.
Arrange storage and filing solutions to keep surfaces clear and to prevent dust collection. A good way to prevent cluttering is to tidy regularly and make a point of not allowing things to gather on benches or have ‘drop off’ areas where bags and items are placed as soon as you arrive home. Put them away straight away – it will end up saving you time. Another way to manage this is to throw away old things as you get new ones – don’t be a hoarder!
Set a routine for cleaning so that keep on top of all the areas of your house and don’t forget about areas like the spare room (that quickly becomes the junk room) or your outdoor areas. Get others involved with cleaning, like kids and partners so that they take ownership of the job and work with you to keep in clean and tidy. Organise your closets to keep dust to a minimum, box or bag items that aren’t used regularly so you can easily stack them and dust around them.
- After a while you’ll notice that your cupboards, bench tops, range hoods, pots and pans become greasy and dirty. Overcome this with fibre cleaning to cut through the grease and absorb the fat. You don’t need to fill your kitchen with chemicals – this is where you prepare your food so ensure that anything you use in this room you would feel comfortable ingesting, because you are.
- If you have any calcium build-up on glasses or in electric cookers and coffee machines use a natural citric acid to cut through and clean it out.
- Be sure to regularly check your toaster, microwave and other appliances as they can secretly hide crumbs, scraps and splashes and can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Clean them out then dry off to prevent bacteria growth.
- To help keep your fridge clean and sanitary, keep all food products covered and label them with the date you open/use them so that you know straight away when something should be thrown out instead of letting it fester in the back. A good way to keep on top of this is to do a fridge audit every bin day and throw out what is old.
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