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Living Space: 7 two-minute habits that will keep your home cleaner all week

By Marla Christiansen, realsimple.com on

Keeping up with household chores can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be as time-consuming as you think. So, what’s the secret?

Perpetually tidy homes are often the product of a few good habits. Life gets messy, and that’s why it’s important to remember that cleaning is an ongoing process — it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Picking up a few of these quick-cleaning routines will keep the mess in check without an exhausting cleaning spree.

1. Keep cleaning supplies on hand.

Cleaning is much more tolerable when you don’t have to hunt down supplies. Stocking bathrooms, kitchens and closets with some basic cleaning tools will make giving the sink or counter a quick swipe nearly effortless. Easy access to these supplies makes procrastination harder to justify. Taking care of messes as they happen will save you from having to scrub some mysterious, stuck-on stain later.

2. Focus on your high-traffic areas.

Maintaining high-traffic areas on a daily basis will ultimately prevent the spread of dirt and dust throughout the rest of the house. Entryways are a great place to start. Having a dedicated area for shoes will prevent mud and other undesirable things from being tracked through the house. Try sweeping or vacuuming these high traffic areas on a daily or twice-daily basis to stop dirt from traveling.

 

3. Don’t leave a room empty-handed.

As you go through your week, it’s natural for things to get out of place. A good way of keeping your home tidy is by making sure everything gets put away. The simplest way to do this is by doing a quick scan before you move from one room to another. If there’s anything out of place, bring it with you and put it back where it belongs. Doing this each time you leave a room will make cleanup a snap.

4. Deal with mail immediately.

Immediately getting rid of junk mail each day will keep papers from piling up. Take a few minutes to go through your mail each day and throw out the junk, so you won’t have a looming pile to tackle later on.

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