If you never feel like you’re on top of your housework, try this neat trick.
Cleaning the house is a big job and not all of us have time to put aside every week to knuckle down and give the entire house a once over. Even when we do, it’s never long before things start to get messy and dirty again.
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Staying on top of your cleaning is much easier when you break it down into small tasks and do “incidental cleaning” around the house on a daily basis. This will help address cleaning and organisation of high traffic areas and lessen the job when you do have time for a deep clean.
Here are some examples of little daily cleaning hacks that make a big difference:
- Wipe down the toaster and kettle when you wipe down the bench each morning
- Wipe down the stove top and splashback when you wipe down the bench each evening
- Wipe out the kitchen tidy bin each time you empty it
- Wipe out the fridge shelves and crisper drawer when you get down a only a couple of items
- Wipe the doors and seals of the freezer when you refill the ice trays
- Use facial wipes and tissues to spot clean walls, floors, toilet and window sills
- Keep an extra cloth or scourer hidden handy to the basin in each bathroom for a quick wipe over
- Vacuum hair and dust collecting with a stick- or hand vacuum cleaner in between your big cleans
- Use a squeegee to wipe clean your glass shower frames after every shower
- Dust a small area with tissues or a hidden dust cloth when you notice it collecting on a surface
- Place items to go upstairs on the third or fourth step to take up with you on the next trip
- Buy a pretty watering can and keep on display so you’re more likely to tend your indoor plants
- Clean living room mirrors when you clean your bathroom mirrors
- Hide a broom at each end of the house or on the front verandah for incidental sweeping
- Shake out the front door matt each time you sweep the verandah
- Hose down the garden path once a week when you water the garden
This article originally appeared on Home Beautiful