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Have a cleaning schedule. Organize your daily, weekly, monthly, biannual and annual tasks into a schedule so everything is listed. After your day's work is done, you can have fun without guilt.
Most clutter is caused by not knowing exactly what to do with something. Get a filing cabinet for important papers. Get a basket or box for bills and important mail that requires immediate attention or for magazines and newspapers. Get closet organizers, boxes with drawers, recipe boxes, address books, new bookshelves, etc. to provide places for those things.
Set rules for what must be done before going to bed, watching a movie, or whatever else seems to prevent proper housekeeping to happen. E.g.--before going to bed, the dishes must be done. Only on rare occasions could this rule be broken.
Enlist the very young in doing simple tasks. Even two year olds can put the toys in the blue box, stack up all of the papers, put the crayons in the bag, or put all of the books in a stack. It can be fun to wipe a mirror or a table, "sweep" the floor like mom, or help make dinner. My two year old contributed most of the effort toward a pumpkin pie (of course it took 4 times as long, but it actually got done because I let her help instead of fighting her). Some of this is just finding ways for your children to be nearby and contributing so that you can get more difficult tasks done without them interrupting so much. This leads into the next idea of providing hands-on instruction about how to perform certain tasks.
For children who are learning about cleaning, provide a hands-on instruction about how a task is to be done. Then make a card with the steps and details that are important to this task on a card that is easily accessible. That way, a child can determine if he or she has completed the task as required. If you think the job was not done properly, then you have specific reasons why it was not and what to do to improve.
Hydrogen peroxide helps remove stains such as blood, without destroying clothing fibers.
Read the containers of salt and baking soda. They give great cleaning tips that save time and money
Pour salt on spilled raw egg. Then wipe away with a towel.
Use baking soda to freshen the air in your refrigerator.
Use baking soda on a damp sponge to clean sinks, counters, microwaves, pots and pans silverware, food containers, counters, tubs, tiles, toilets, and more. It doesn't scratch. It cuts grease. It removes soap scum.
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a load of laundry to boost your detergent's cleaning power and to neutralize odors.
Sprinkle baking soda into garbage cans, diaper pails, and litter boxes.
Sprinkle baking soda into greasy or smelly drains.
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