A dirty, cluttered home is a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, dirt, insects, and rodents. These can cause both long and short term health issues for you and your family. For the wellbeing of those you care about most, it’s important to keep your house clean and healthy, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional cleaning service.
Here are six simple things you can do to ensure you keep germs, dirt, and creepy-crawlies out of your home:
Start Your Day by Making Your Bed
It may seem like an unnecessary chore, but having your bed made helps to keep your sheets free of the dust that floats through the air all day. For those of you who don’t know what dust is made up of, well, you might want to keep it that way. It also makes a huge difference in the overall appearance of your sleeping quarters. Having a relaxing, decluttered bedroom has been linked to a more restful sleeping experience.
Having “stuff” creates areas for germs to breed and critters to hide. Going through the things you have accumulated each month and purging everything you haven’t used helps to keep your home clean and organized.
Plan a day of the month to declutter – throwing things out and deciding what to recycle or give away.
Keep Your Floors Clear
Items on the floor not only makes the entire room appear cluttered, but it can also be a safety hazard. If your family consists of small children or older members that may have stability issues or difficulty walking, this is particularly important in preventing trip and fall injuries.
Keeping the floor clear will also make it easier to clean up dirt, grime, or spills quickly.
Remove Trash from Your Home Every Night
Keeping trash in your home overnight is an invitation for germs and other critters to come live with you. It is also the most common cause of smells that can take over a room in a few hours. Taking your trash out every night will ensure you a breath of fresh air every morning.
Wash Dishes Every Night, Put Them Away Every Morning
Create a habit of washing dishes every night. Just like taking out the trash, washing dishes keep insects and rodents from being attracted to the kitchen, and reduces the chance of trashy smells. If you use a dishwasher, run the cycle before you go to bed, letting the dishes dry overnight.
If you wash by hand, let them dry completely before putting them away. Putting hand-washed dishes away in the morning keeps them free of dust and other “floaties” in the air throughout the day.
Establish a “Daily Cleaning Schedule”
To make sure you keep up on the basic cleaning needed to make sure your home is a healthy place to be, a daily cleaning schedule can be a good idea. Come up with a chore or two to be done on a regularly scheduled day each week. For instance, sweep and mop your kitchen on Mondays and Wednesdays and clean your laundry and vacuum on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The frequency at which you do specific chores (ie. laundry) will be based on your individual needs.
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