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6 Lessons We Learned from Cleaning our Homes

Take note of these handy hints that you can apply in your own space

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Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo) and Miguel Nacianceno (Article)

Let's admit it, just the thought of cleaning the house is already tiring. You may ask yourself: why would you want to clean the house today when you can do it tomorrow? Or the day after that? Keep in mind that delaying your chores won't make it disappear as clutter may build up—making it even harder for you to keep the house spic-and-span.

Sweeping and mopping the floors, dusting furniture, and purging the closet can be fun and enjoyable if you are armed with cleaning and organizing tricks! Here are cleaning lessons that we've learned that may just help you. Make this weekend count and be productive.

Start from the top

When cleaning any room at home, always start from the high areas such as the walls and ceiling fans. Always remember that gravity pulls down dust and debris, that’s why it’s best to start cleaning from top to bottom.

Clean as you go is still necessary

We’re all familiar with CLAYGO, however, we often forget to wash the dishes ASAP and bring out the trash. Remember, small things contribute to the bigger picture. If you can finish a chore as soon as possible, do not delay it.

Try homemade cleaners

How about experimenting with homemade cleaning solutions? All-natural cleaners are more affordable and readily available—just look around your kitchen. You may use vinegar when cleaning glass doors while baking soda can be useful when cleaning pots and pans. 

READ: 5 Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Set a schedule

It always helps to have a fixed schedule when cleaning the house. What are the things that you need to do daily, weekly, and monthly? Schedule tasks and chores beforehand so you won't feel overwhelmed. You may also schedule the cleaning per area.

Know your cleaning products

Avoid cleaning your home without checking the recommended amount of cleaning product to be used. It’s advisable to double check the label before anything else as using too much of a product may result to broken appliances and dents on your furniture.

Always think of an upgrade

Cleaning can also be therapeutic—especially if you are cleaning out a closet or storage room. Once you're done cleaning, think of what else you can do to spruce up your space. How about moving the furniture around or decorating your cabinets? Always think about how you can add a refreshing touch to your home like adding potted plants in the living room or using flowers in a vase as centerpiece in the dining area.

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