- If you don't have large blocks of time to clean, break housecleaning tasks into smaller jobs. Do one room, even one area of one room, at a time to avoid unfinished jobs.
- Invest in good rubber or vinyl gloves to protect your skin and nails.
- Do two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall. While dinner is cooking, clean up the preparation mess.
- In our house, personal items wander. Carry a box or basket with you when housecleaning. Fill it with all those items that you find that belong elsewhere. When moving on to a new room, deposit the items back in their rightful place.
- Dust before vacuuming or cleaning the floor. Try feather, lambswool, ot the newer electrostatic dusters. Dusters with extendable handles make dusting high places much easier.
- Buy mops with a squeeze mechanism and a decent-size heavy-duty pail.
- Don't stand your brooms on their bristles. It will destroy their shape and diminish their effectiveness
- Invest in a handled basket to carry from room to room. Stock it with glass cleaner, furniture polish, sponges, general cleaning solution, scouring powder, non-abrasive cleaner, rags, a toothbrush, paper towels, a scrubby pad, and trash bags.
- Save old towels and cotton cloth from worn out clothing to use for cleaning. Natural fibers work best.
- Work from the top down to avoid dirt from higher places falling to just cleaned floors.
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