Have you ever looked at your laundry pile and felt like you were looking up at Mount Everest? When you're tackling household tasks on your own, you need all the help you can get. These tips will help you conquer that mountain of laundry, keep your home tidy and still have the energy to spend time with your children.
Cleaning the Microwave
Open your microwave and take a look inside. Does it look a little scary? This is one cleaning task that's easy to overlook. After all, it stays closed most of the time. You can make cleaning easier with this simple trick: place a cup of water and a squirt or two of lemon juice inside the microwave, and cook for five minutes or until it's at a rolling boil. Carefully remove the water and wipe out the microwave. Almost everything will be loose enough to easily wipe out. If grime remains, repeat the process.
Tidying the Floors
Cleaning floors is a time-consuming task, especially when kids are dropping crumbs and bits of paper all the time. One of the best ways to save time on the floors is to buy a quality vacuum for carpeting or steam cleaner for hardwoods. Some models, like Dyson, are equipped to clean a variety of surfaces, like tile, carpet and wood, eliminating the need to switch cleaning tools for each room.
Make Dusting Fun by Exercising
You may be unable to make dusting less time-consuming, but you can make the most out of your time by multitasking. Do squats, steps and other simple aerobics while you dust the house. You can easily get in your 20 minutes of exercise while fighting the dust bunnies at the same time.
Cleaning the Fridge
The refrigerator can quickly turn into a science experiment if you are not on top of throwing out the leftovers. Every week before your local trash pickup, toss what you will not be eating and enjoy a fridge that does not become overpowered by three-week-old tuna casserole. Scrub it down once a month, and you can have a clean fridge all the time.
Buying a Trash Compactor
Taking out the trash is typically considered a man’s job, but when your man is gone, you are left holding the bag, literally. You can create a shortcut for this task with a trash compactor. Sure, you will still need to take out the trash, but you can do it less frequently.
When it comes to keeping your house clean, shortcuts do not have to mean a messy home. These simple tricks will cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning, while still allowing you to keep your home presentable. Keep them in mind the next time you feel overwhelmed by your temporary single parent gig.
Author bio: When Maire is not blogging for Sears and other major retailers, she enjoys spending time with her family and Scottish Terrier named Pete in Chicago, practicing yoga and baking.