From stains to storage: Easy home cleaning solutions that open up more time for fun
Juggling parenting duties, work obligations, and not to mention household chores, is a lot for one person to take on and yet, people like you do this every single day. So often you get caught up in all the busyness, you forget to set aside time to relax or just have some fun. Fortunately, there are ways to streamline cleaning duties, so you don't have to spend every spare moment scrubbing the floor or tackling clutter. Here are five easy cleaning solutions to efficiently maintain your beautiful home and open up more time to do things you love and enjoy.
Purge, purge, purge: While getting rid of broken appliances and barely worn clothes initially takes some time, the results are well worth it. After removing barely-used belongings, you'll have less stuff to store, which prevents clutter from piling up causing stress in the future.
When getting rid of junk or clutter, start in the area that contains the bulk of your possessions, such as the bedroom or hallway closets. Tackling the problem head-on and getting the worst part over with first will motivate you to complete the project.
Stress less about stains with a convenient carpet cleaner: When you have kids and/or pets, stains are just a part of life. That doesn't mean, however, you have to let stains interfere with your schedule. A quality carpet cleaning solution like a portable spot cleaner, will lift away tough stains and ground dirt so they don't take away from your home's style.
Add a mud tray in the entryway: Every time you mop the entryway floor, it seems to be dirty again in just a couple days. Winter and spring are especially hard on your floors, as visitors, kids and pets often track in mud, water and snow. To keep your floors clean, and reduce the need for mopping, set up a mud tray to store dirty boots and shoes. Mud trays are often made of tough plastic, which means they are easy to hose off and keep clean. Plus you can find stylish designs that fit in well with your welcoming home.
Always put belongings back in their designated spot: It's easy to finish eating and say to yourself "I'll put the dishes in the dishwasher later", or, maybe you put off putting the laundry away when you're in a rush. But in a few days, small clutter can turn into a big mess. Pretty soon, you'll be overwhelmed by the clothes scattered on the floor and the dishes covering the kitchen counter, and you'll be forced to spend a good hour or two putting belongings away.
To avoid belongings from piling up, get in the habit of putting items away when you're done with them. It might seem like a hassle at first, but this small change in your daily to-do list will have a big impact on your weekly cleaning routine.
Use extra wall space for storage: If lack of storage is constantly causing clutter, take advantage of bare wall space to install shelves or hang belonging, like coffee cups or hats. This simple trick can enhance your home's style and maximize storage without taking up floor space.
-Don't spend more time cleaning than you have to - new habits and a few product additions to your home are all you need to streamline your routine and open up more time for fun.
DIY Carpet Cleaner: Have a small spill or pet
accident and don't want to pull out your large bulky carpet cleaner? This inexpensive, easy to make cleaner is your solution.
What you'll need:
1 teaspoon dish washing soap
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon baking soda
Add dish washing soap, vinegar and warm water. Working over the sink with the top of the spray bottle close at hand, add the baking soda, and then quickly screw on the top of the spray bottle (the reaction between the vinegar and baking soda can cause it to foam up and spill over the top of the bottle).
How to use:
Vacuum over the area and then wipe gently with the abrasive side of a sponge.
Spray the soiled area generously with the carpet cleaner
Gently rub and dab the area with the towel (you should start seeing results right away)
Continue dabbing and wiping with the towel to absorb solution completely and remove the stain