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Housework isn’t everyone’s idea of  good time. Here are 8 ways to reduce the burden, and keep a clean house while you’re at it.

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Do you hate cleaning? If it takes you half of Saturday to get your home looking presentable, take a look at these eight habits that will start saving you time with your cleaning chores. You’ll never feel like you’re cleaning your house for hours again.

1.Take off your shoes at the door

It seems so simple, right? The soles of shoes are covered in dirt and germs. Don’t drag that nastiness into your home. Instead, keep the dirt out by having your family take their shoes off as they come in the door. You can ask your guests to do the same. You won’t have to mop and vacuum as often.

2. Eliminate the paper clutter

There’s no getting away from bills, but you can get rid of the paper trail. Spend some time setting up automatic payments and opt out of paper bills being sent to your home. Also, sort through your mail and take care of everything immediately as you take it out of the mailbox. Don’t set it on the table because that’s how clutter accumulates. At the very least, sort out all of the junk mail.

3. Soak your bakeware

If you hate soaking casserole dishes and scraping your bakeware even after it comes out of the dishwasher, start soaking your bakewear immediately after use. Just put a dab of dishwashing liquid into the casserole dish with a little bit of warm water and let it sit while you wash the glassware, dishes, and cutlery.

Once the water has softened some of the hardening food matter, and the dishwashing liquid has helped to break the grease down, the pans and dishes you’ve used will be that much easier to clean.

4. Use baking soda and pot pourri to encourage good smells

Bad odors make a house feel dirtier than it is. Make sure that your home always smells fresh by using a bit of baking soda in carpets and rugs. Pot pourri helps to add a bit of fruity and earthy scent to your interiors, too. If you open your door and smell lilac and lavender instead of day-old trash, your home will feel clean.

5. Sort and wash laundry in increments

Laundry canof the biggest and most energy-draining chores, especially if you have a lot of people to do it for. Save yourself time by getting separate hampers for whites and darks or a hamper with a divider. That way you can simply throw a batch of laundry in the washer instead of taking time to sort your clothes first.

Instead of spending your entire Saturday sorting, washing, folding, and putting away laundry, do one batch more often rather than a huge batch less often. Just put a load in the washer before you eat breakfast and then switch it to the dryer before you head to work. It will be ready for you to put away in the evening at your leisure.

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6. Use minimal bedding

All of those decorative pillows may look nice, but they make making your bed a nightmare. Instead, use minimal bedding so you can pull the covers up to the top and be done. Then you won’t feel like you’re always making your bed. Plus, you’re much more likely to get the job done in the morning if it only takes you a few seconds instead of a few minutes.

7. Don’t leave dishes in the sink

The kitchen is one of the hardest rooms to clean because of the dishes. If you make a rule that no dishes are allowed in the sink, you’ll never have to spend hours cleaning the kitchen again. Basically, all dishes go immediately to the dishwasher or get washed by hand. Like what you’ve done with the laundry, dishes are often best done in increments.

8. Include your kids

When it comes to cleaning up around the house, there are other (short) people in your home to help you pick up the slack. Don’t hoard all of the housework to yourself! Get your kids involved in the housecleaning process. This reminds them that they too have ownership over the house. If they spend some of their energy cleaning it, it’s easier to communicate that the home they share with you really is theirs because they’ve invested in it.

Of course, you’ll have to let go of the process a bit, and let them own their share. But in the long run, they will be more prepared for when it’s time to create a space of their own without you.

Who wants to clean constantly?

These are just a few habits that will help your home look and feel clean without much effort. Nobody likes to feel like they are constantly cleaning. Just do what you can to keep cleaning quick and your home organized and cleaning won’t be as big of a chore.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.