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3 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Clean

Keep Your Home Clean With These 3 Tips

Set a Cleaning Schedule or Routine

Keeping a clean house isn’t a sprint—it’s a marathon. If you try to put all of your efforts into short bursts of home care, you’ll likely burn out and end up with a messy house anyway. Once you set a regular routine, you’ll likely find it is easier to maintain an orderly house than it is to clean a messy one.  

 First, make a list of all of the chores that need to be done to keep your home neat and organized. Identify chores that require your full attention (like vacuuming, hand washing dishes, mopping, etc.) as well as chores that allow you to step away for a while (like laundry, cleaning with a dishwasher, etc.). While keeping a tidy house requires a time commitment, it’s important to work it into your schedule.

Next, determine how often you should perform each chore on a weekly or monthly basis. Take into consideration how many people live in your home compared to the size of your home. The smaller the person to square footage ratio, the more frequently you’ll need to do certain chores. Next, write out your plan on a calendar. Some people find it easier to make designated chore days (Laundry on Monday/Thursday, mow the lawn on Tuesdays, etc.), while others find it easier to schedule according to the particular week’s commitments. The most important thing is to find what works for your life.

Finally, don’t be afraid to adjust as needed. If one routine isn’t working, shake it up. Find what works best for you.

Start Training Kids to Help With Chores

Even if your house always sparkled before you had kids, you might find keeping a clean house more difficult when you add kids into the mix, especially once/if the kids outnumber the adults in the home. Remember—many hands make light work. Even if those hands are very little.

Of course, you can’t expect your toddler or grade-school-aged child to clean the whole house. However, you can start introducing chores as young as 2-years-old. Use the following guide for examples of age-appropriate chores for your children.

  • 2-3 years old

    • Clean up small toys after use (with supervision)

    • Wipe small spills

    • Put dirty clothes in a basket

    • Help dress themselves

    • Dust easy-to-reach surfaces (with help)

  • 4-5 years old

    • Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher

    • Set the table (with assistance)

    • Make their own bed

    • Water plants

  • 6-8 years old

    • Fold and put away laundry

    • Help with yard work

    • Sweep and vacuum floors

    • Make easy meals (non-stove meals like sandwiches, leftovers, etc.)

  • 9-11 years old

    • Mop floors

    • Take out the garbage

    • Wipe down bathroom surfaces

    • Basic laundry

  • 12+ years old

    • Mow the yard

    • Clean the refrigerator

    • Clean tubs/showers

    • Cook meals (with supervision in the beginning)

Make Vacuuming Easy with Central Vacuuming Systems

Many experts recommend vacuuming all carpeted areas at least twice a week. High-traffic areas carry a daily vacuuming recommendation, especially if you have kids or pets. As mentioned before, your home may require more or less often depending on how many people live there.  

If the idea of dragging a heavy vacuum around your house every day sounds exhausting, we’ll let you in on a little secret—you don’t have to with a central vacuum system.

Central vac systems are installed directly into your home. They send dirt, dust, and other debris through a tubing system to a collection area in your garage, basement, etc. Homeowners can place inlets in convenient locations throughout the house, eliminating the frustrating search for a just-out-of-reach outlet. When it comes time to vacuum, simply attach the lightweight hose to the most convenient inlet, and vacuum the room.

Not only are central vac systems convenient, but they’re also easy to use, cost effective, healthy, and powerful. Contact us today to learn more.

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