Keeping your home clean doesn’t mean you need to strap on the gloves and dive into some arduous tasks occasionally. Creating an approach and using some useful tips can keep your living space spic and span with little effort. From tackling clutter built up by the kids to dealing with stains that have been sitting there in your carpet for months cleaning may seem like a daunting task. Being in the house cleaning service for over a decade here are four cleaning tips so you can keep your home clean and presentable.

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Narrow down your routine

One of the best ways to keep your home clean is by streamlining your cleaning routine. Start your routine by narrowing down the tasks that need done into manageable bits and create a cleaning routine from that. Dedicate different days for different chores, such as dusting on Tuesdays, cleaning the bathroom on Friday, vacuuming on Thursday. By creating a regular routine, you’ll prevent cleaning tasks from building up. This will help make your cleaning feel like an easy thing you do on each day instead of one long task you need to do on the weekend after a long week of work.

Use multitasking products

When it comes to cleaning, versatility is a useful tool. Look for multipurpose cleaners that can tackle a bunch of issues. This will help you tackle cleaning issues and save you money at the store. One thing we all want as prices on everything continues to rise. Invest in all-purpose cleaners that can be used on various surfaces, from countertops to bathroom sinks and even floors. Also consider using DIY cleaners like vinegar and baking soda which is a natural cleaner that cleans a wide variety of areas in the home. I’m sure if you speak to someone over the age of 60, they will tell you how much vinegar and baking soda was used to clean everything from the bathroom to the windows when they were growing up.

Declutter as you can

Clutter always builds up in any home. Whether you live alone or have a family of five. Clutter happens. However, clutter makes your home look messy and creates obstacles to cleaning. Create a routine to declutter at least once a week and organize your clutter. You may have small children with toys laying around. Create a game out of cleaning to put their toys away. If they aren’t really playing with stuff anymore sneak it away and stash it in the Goodwill box to giveaway. Odds are they won’t even notice. The idea is to remove unnecessary objects from your living space. If you can’t get rid of the objects or toys, designate them to a separate room and remove them from high traffic areas. This will clean up the space and make your home look cleaner. We all understand homes with small children will have toys everywhere, and some folks have hobbies of collecting things, but you can still be organized about it.

Use the one-minute rule

The one-minute rule is a very easy and effective way to keep your home tidy. The idea behind the rule is to tackle any cleaning task that may take a minute or less once you notice it. This could be wiping down a sticky countertop, putting dishes away from the dishwasher, or sweeping up some leftover fur from one of your furry friends. The main thing is, if it can be done within a minute, just do it. Then the task is done and forgotten. If you have kids teach them to do the same. If you see something that needs cleaned, do it and get it over with. This will help over time, so cleaning tasks don’t build up and get worse than they need to be.

Keeping your home clean doesn’t have to be an extreme event. Implementing these quick and easy tips into your cleaning routine will help you maintain a clean and welcoming space without spending hours on end wiping down surfaces or vacuuming carpets. Streamline your cleaning routines by embracing multitasking products, decluttering family areas at least a couple of times a week and adopting the one-minute rule will keep your home looking great without a lot of effort. With just a little work you can keep your home looking amazing and you can enjoy a clean and comfortable space for you and your family.

Author: Ryan Knoll owns Tidy Casa in Phoenix and Tucson. Tidy Casa has been serving greater Phoenix and Tucson homeowners for nearly a decade, having helped more than 12,000 clients, cleaning more than 600 homes a month.