Nearly Perfect: House Cleaning for Real Life

In magazines and on home shows, houses are perfectly clean. If you've ever looked at a house being featured in a magazine and wished yours looked a little more like that, you aren't alone! Magazines and TV shows display the ideal, not real life.

In real life, the children run through the kitchen with muddy shoes, you run out of time before work to make the bed, and the dishes go unwashed for a night because you fall asleep early. That's okay!

If you want a clean house but can't seem to keep things straight in the chaos of life, there's a lot of things you can do to help yourself out and stress a little less:

Hire a Maid Service

Professional house cleaners spend time learning the most effective ways to clean, and their efficiency can save you a lot of hassle and headache.

Life is busy, and when you have to choose between spending time with your family and cleaning the house, you shouldn't have to choose the house. Hiring someone will give you that little boost you need to keep the house clean without taking up too much of your time!

Clean As You Go

The best thing you can do for yourself when it comes to keeping things clean is cleaning as you go. Wash dishes when you finish them (or rinse them off and put them in the dishwasher!), clean up spills, put things away when you're finished, and encourage your family to do the same.

Another great tip? When you finish the dishes and you have a sink full of warm water, grab a clean cloth or sponge and use the soapy water to clean the counters and the stove!

Tasks & Timers

One of the biggest mistakes people make when house cleaning is to try to do everything at once. It's a quick way to get overwhelmed and tired, so allow yourself to slow down a little bit.

Focus on tasks rather than just trying to get everything clean, and between tasks or on a timer, take breaks. Work for 30 minutes, than give yourself a 5 or 10 minute break to drink a cup of coffee, watch some TV, or read a book.

Breaking down things into tasks is a great way to streamline the process and give yourself little victories to keep you motivated. Either room-by-room or throughout the house, do these tasks individually:

  • Trash: Throw away all the trash.

  • Clothes: Put all of the dirty clothes in the laundry and all of the clean clothes away.

  • Straighten: Find things that are out of place and put them where they belong.

  • Dust: Dust the house, starting from the highest points and working down.

  • Vacuum: Vacuum the carpet and the furniture.

Each time you finish a task, it's a victory, and you're the winner!

 

 

     
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    The Maids in Durham have been cleaning my house for several months, and do a fabulous job. They arrive on time and are professional and thorough. A team of 3...
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    The Maids in Durham have been cleaning my house for several months, and do a fabulous job. They arrive on time and are professional and thorough. A team of 3...
  • 05/09/2011
         
    The Maids in Durham have been cleaning my house for several months, and do a fabulous job. They arrive on time and are professional and thorough. A team of 3...
  • 06/19/2008
         
    After having our home cleaned for a wedding, we have been using The Maids on a regular basis. The teams are always professional and curteous and show up when...
  • 05/09/2011
         
    The Maids in Durham have been cleaning my house for several months, and do a fabulous job. They arrive on time and are professional and thorough. A team of 3...
  • 05/09/2011
         
    The Maids in Durham have been cleaning my house for several months, and do a fabulous job. They arrive on time and are professional and thorough. A team of 3...
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  • 06/07/2011
         
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  • 03/19/2017
         
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  • 04/12/2017
         
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  • 05/09/2011
         
    The Maids in Durham have been cleaning my house for several months, and do a fabulous job. They arrive on time and are professional and thorough. A team of 3...