As a homeowner, I know how difficult it can be to keep your house or apartment clean, especially with a busy schedule. Growing up, I always appreciated a clean and organized area. When I rented my first apartment in NYC, it was difficult to keep my place clean while juggling work and school. I am now living in a house with my family of five and the struggle to keep the space clean continues. In this article, I will give key tips on what helped me be able to keep my home clean and tidy during busy and hectic weeks.
Have a Routine Cleaning Day or Time
One of the best ways to keep your home clean is to dedicate a certain day or time to cleaning. There are many different ways this method can be applied. You should choose a time of day that fits your schedule. For me, I clean on Sunday morning because that is the time that my family is out of the house and I can focus on cleaning. My Sunday morning cleaning ritual has become a weekly routine for me. Some people might not have a schedule such as mine that has the same free time every week. In this case, you may want to set a certain time of each day such as 30 minutes before you sleep. If you are able to dedicate 30 minutes every night before you sleep to cleaning, you will be able to make up for the lack of free time you have on the given day. There are pros and cons to both of these methods. When you clean once a week, your entire home will be clean all at once and it should stay clean most of the week but it is a couple of hour job. When you clean for 30 minutes a night, only one area of your home will get clean each night so you cannot appreciate the entire house being clean all at once although you won’t have to spend a lot of time cleaning.
Use Quality Cleaning Products
There are many different cleaning products or solutions that can be used for different jobs. I have always found that using good quality cleaning products not only helps in how clean and sanitized a certain area gets, but how fast you can get the job done. A lot of cheap or low-grade cleaning products do not have enough chemicals to kill bacteria. When you use a low-grade cleaning product compared to a quality product, you will notice a big difference in how the product works because with the low-grade product, you will find yourself having to go over the same area twice or three times compared to once with the quality product. There are certain areas of the home that require different products. While cleaning an area such as the bathroom, it is smart to buy something that is rated to kill 99.99% of germs or bacteria. If you are cleaning any white areas such as the toilet, shower, or sink, you can use a bleach product for the best results. If you are cleaning areas such as the dining room or kitchen, you should stay away from bleach products because they can stain or ruin wooden areas. I found it best to use pine sol while cleaning wood or floors because it is a chemical that will clean fast and leave the wood with a nice shine.
Ask for Help from Family or Roommates
Depending on the size of your house or apartment, it can be a big job to clean your entire home by yourself. Sometimes it is nice to get your family or members of your household involved so that you can get the job done faster and enjoy your free time. If you have kids you can have them be responsible for cleaning up areas such as their bedroom and bathroom which will reduce your workload. You can have your roommate clean the kitchen while you clean the living room and dining room. It is nice to have someone there to split up the workload but what if you live by yourself? If you live on your own and your schedule is too busy to allow you to set time aside to clean, you should consider hiring a cleaning company to service your home while you are away or doing other chores. When I lived in an apartment, I had an NYC cleaning service come in during my busy season at work to clean my home every Sunday morning. The cleaning company I would suggest is America’s Cleaning Service NYC. This company did a fantastic job and was very flexible with the times and special tasks.
These are just a few tips that have helped me over the years keep my home fresh and clean. It is always nice to come home from a long busy day to a clean house or apartment. I believe that when your home is clean, it gives you a piece of mind so that you can think clearly and live a better life. When my home is clean it motivates me to not only keep it clean but focus on other areas of my life such as family time or hobbies. There are many other ways you can keep your home clean other than the above tips I have mentioned. You should be creative and choose methods that work for you and your life. You don’t necessarily need to clean your home with cleaning supplies to get your place to feel fresh. Sometimes you can just open a few windows on a nice day and let some fresh air into your home. You can also light candles or use air fresheners to have the nice clean aroma. Whether you are getting down and dirty and cleaning your own home or hiring an NYC cleaning service, you should always have some sort of cleaning method so that you are healthy and feel good about yourself and your home.