Do a little cleaning daily to avoid last-minute housework marathons

Posted on April 11, 2013 

Comparing our housekeeping styles, you'd never guess that I'm my mother's daughter. She'll insist it's not, but her house is immaculate. You can literally eat off her kitchen floor. She has a cleaning schedule and she sticks to it. She doesn't let the work pile up until the weekend and then whine all day about how much she has to do. Although, if you listen closely, you might hear her mutter something about why my dad seems unable to locate the laundry hamper after 35 years of marriage.

I, on the other hand, let all the housework pile up until Saturday and then spend the day procrastinating and finding fun things to do instead of dust. Ditto for Sunday. About the time my mom is relaxing with some TV viewing on Sunday night, I'm regretting my procrastination and madly running the vacuum around the house. Is it any wonder that I wake up Monday morning in a grumpy mood?

My mom promises that doing a little bit of housework each day will make me less stressed, especially on Sunday nights, which she thinks should be full of calming activities to help the mind rest before the busy workweek begins.

I have a feeling my mom and Evette Rios, BISSELL’s lifestyle expert, would be friends. Rios offers this advice for keeping your home tidy on a daily basis:

Do the dishes: A sink full of dirty dishes creates an instant “yuck” factor. Empty the dishwasher and clean any dishes in the sink daily, if not after every meal, to keep the kitchen clear.

Make the bed: While it may not seem like much, a tidy bed can make the rest of the bedroom seem neater and more pulled together. Make the bed every morning for an instant room makeover.

Vacuum and sweep: Each day, vacuum and sweep high-traffic areas in the home, like the kitchen and living room, to clear up dirt, crumbs and hair. For added “oomph” to vacuuming carpets, use Febreze Carpet Deodorizing Powders. Just sprinkle the powder on carpets, wait for a few minutes and vacuum as usual. Not only does the powder clean up to three times better than vacuuming alone, it also eliminates odors and leaves behind a light, fresh scent.

Scrub the bathroom sink: Bathroom sinks and countertops take a hit from left-behind residues like toothpaste and soap scum. Wipe down bathroom countertops, sinks and faucets to keep the mess to a minimum.

Clear the clutter: It’s also important to clear the clutter that’s accumulated in every room of the house. Take the time to put items back where they belong, arrange books and magazines, pick up dirty clothes, and fluff and straighten throw pillows.

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