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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Keeping your house clean, one room at a time

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 by Emily Boyd

Have trouble maintaining a clean house? This tip shared by emily.hawe aims to turn cleaning from a daunting prospect to something that might actually get done:

Bob gets the vacuuming done

I don't know about you, but I'm often overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning my whole house. I used to wait until Sunday to dust, vacuum, mop, organize, etc. but the amount of things to do would inevitably make me procrastinate and not do any of it.

I decided to break down the task of cleaning my house into mini tasks. I started a list called house work and I listed each room under the list. In the notes section, I write down what I need to do in that room (ex. for bathroom I have notes about cleaning the shower tiles, cleaning the toilet, changing the towels). I then assign each room a day of the week and set the due date to repeat weekly.

You could also divide it by cleaning tasks instead of room (vacuum on Tuesday, dust on Wednesday, organize on Thursday, etc.). Now I only have to clean one room a day and it is much less overwhelming. Even better, my house is clean on Sunday and I can enjoy the weekend!

Thanks for sharing this tip, emily.hawe! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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