Stop tripping over toys, fighting impossible stains and feeling like you always have a mop in your hand. Try fast, simple housekeeping tips that keep you ahead of the messes, despite the kids' best efforts to make your home look like a disaster area.
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Stay on top of the mess to stay in control of the mess. Instead of having a cleaning marathon to make the whole house sparkle, spend a few minutes each day tidying up. Your home will always be spotless and ready for company. Use a printable house cleaning schedule
to keep your housekeeping tasks in order by days of the week and get into the habit of daily cleaning
. Once you do, you'll always be motivated to keep the house looking great
without feeling like you're constantly picking something up, wiping down a counter or vacuuming the carpet.
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Get organized and de-clutter to save time
and make your home spic and span. An easy way to de-clutter is to donate old toys
, clothes, books and other items
. Charitable donations are also tax deductible
when you itemize your taxes. You get to help others through your donations while helping yourself too.
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Moms can always use an extra pair of hands. Those little hands are usually eager to help when it's time to clean and do chores around the house. Assign appropriate chores for your kids
. Children as young as two can be in charge of simple cleanups and older teens can take a step toward bigger cleaning roles. When everyone pitches in, cleaning becomes less mom's job and more of a family responsibility.
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The house is dirty! You start calculating the square footage in your home and wonder why you thought you needed that much space in the first place. Focus on one room at a time to make housework more manageable. Plan room by room cleaning for the kitchen
and living room
so you're not overwhelmed with a major cleaning project.
5. Look Beyond the Obvious
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