13 cleaning shortcuts for busy people
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Easy Cleaning Shortcuts1 of 14
By Andie Huber
Too harried during the workweek to stay on top of cleaning? Rather than get locked into an epic cleaning spree come Saturday or Sunday, we've compiled 13 fast and convenient strategies for keeping your place tidy—Monday through Friday—without losing time.
Dish Duty2 of 14
Run the dishwasher at night before going to bed. The next morning, put the clean dishes away to kill time while your coffee is brewing.
Wash This Way3 of 14
Program your washer to begin its cycle about an hour before you get home from work. Once you're home, you can toss them into the dryer.
Refrigerator Redo4 of 14
When you open the fridge to grab some hot sauce on Taco Tuesdays, take a quick moment to chuck any expired sauces and condiments.
Paper Protector5 of 14
If you find that your drinks leave rings on the shelves of your refrigerator, strategically place a couple paper towels where those drinks live to absorb potential runoff.
Living Room Load-Up6 of 14
Folding the laundry in the living room? As you make your way back to the bedroom, toss odds and ends into the basket and return them to where they belong.
Divide & Conquer7 of 14
Rather than have one closet that houses all your cleaning supplies, divvy them up in various rooms—keep bathroom cleaners in the bathrooms and kitchen cleaners under the kitchen sink. It'll make doing quick-and-easy cleanups more convenient.
Wipe Twice8 of 14
If you have a kid and you use baby wipes to wipe their face after a messy dinner, use the other side of the same cloth to wipe down the table.
Mail Management9 of 14
Sort mail daily—tossing flyers, catalogues, unsolicited credit card applications and junk mail immediately, tearing as you toss. Have your name removed from junk mail distribution lists to keep unwanted mail out of your home. Opt Out Prescreen is a good place to start.
Micro Management10 of 14
If dust is your problem, micro-fiber cloths are your new best friend. Dirt and dust cling to the cloth, making dusting easier and more effective.
Dirt Blocker11 of 14
Reduce the amount of dirt that enters your home by stopping it in its tracks. Doormats that have an abrasive surface are ideal—rope, coir or a bristle-like material will scrape dirt off shoes before entering the house.
Spray Down12 of 14
Playing with the hose in the backyard? Spray the house, doors and windows to wash grime and dirt away while you play.
Brusha, Brusha, Brusha13 of 14
When brushing your teeth, open the medicine cabinet and toss out any medicine that has expired, while taking note of items that need to be replaced.
Bed Spreader14 of 14
Before getting out of bed, pull the sheets, blankets and duvets up to your chin. Once you get out, your bed is almost made. Just a couple more tucks and pulls and you're done.
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