One of the keys to having a clean home is to educate each individual within the home of the need to play their part. This includes young children. Teach your children the value of playing their part in maintaining a clean home by making their beds, and helping in other household tasks, according to their age. You will be surprised by how much young children enjoy helping in cleaning the home, and this also has health benefits for them.
Be a shrewd consumer
When purchasing items, have in mind the cleaning time that will be required for each item.While brass or other metallic items seem attractive as home furnishings, remember that they are dust magnets, and over a course of years they require hours of dusting. So be careful not to be lured by the beauty of an objects appearance, try to think of the time it would take to clean, and weigh up whether you are prepared for such an investment.When it comes to the décor of your home think carefully about the material you select to cover your walls. For instance using semigloss to paint walls can be a good idea, particulary if you have young children because this can be washed very easily and still looks nice.You can rapidly reduce the investment of time in cleaning floors by remembering that smooth linoleum or wooden floors are easier to clean than a carpet. But beware of floors that require constant waxing as this can consume time.Choose the colours of your furnishings wisely, and remember: dark upholstery shows up the dust,and light colours are easily soiled, so look for in-between colours, and check the fabrics washability, try to get something that will be easy to clean,and will hold up to normal wear for longer.
Analyze your home to see what you could eliminate and remove items that are infrequently used. You may have to be tough with yourself on this one . If this is difficult for you to do, apply the six month test; place the infrequently used item in a box for six months and if within those six months you do not use the item you can rest assured that it isn’t needed. Get rid of it at once!If your house is large, close off a section, perhaps covering the furniture with old sheets and open it only when you have company or when it is otherwise needed. This will save you much valuable time.