Maintaining a tidy home is a tedious and time-consuming task, especially if you have kids and pets around. And with a busy schedule, it’s tempting to just put off this chore for another day, but if you take note of these tips and tricks from cleaning service Happy Helpers, cleaning your home won’t be as dreadful.
Assign a place for everything. Maan Sicam, CEO and co-founder of Happy Helpers, encourages having a designated spot for things like keys, bills, chargers, and toys to ensure that they won’t get misplaced. These items may seem trivial, but when left lying around in your living room, they accumulate as clutter. Use catchall trays and bins to keep your living area and foyer organized.
Do away with clutter, pronto. “Always keep the dining table free of any clutter,” says Sicam. Right after every meal, take away all the dishes, cups, and utensils, and give your dining table a good wipe down. Use placemats and coasters to avoid troublesome spills on your table, especially if it’s made of wood.
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Establish good habits. Sicam advises to “make your bed as soon as you get up.” It takes only less than five minutes to do so. Sicam also discourages leaving clothes—used or unused—lying around. Have a hamper ready to store used clothes in, and spring clean your closet every six months. Store toys and books in bins in your kids’ rooms, or better yet, teach your children to return these items to their proper place as soon as they’re done playing.
Don’t procrastinate. Sicam advises that it’s better and more efficient to “sweep all the rooms every day to get rid of dust.” She recommends a Swiffer, which is available at S&R. “Don’t wait until the last minute. Otherwise, mess will accumulate. Allot 10 to 15 minutes a day to do small things,” Sicam adds. If you have pets at home, it’s best to do regular vacuuming. A lint remover will help keep your upholstery fur-free, according to Sicam.
Clean as you go. This is especially true in your home’s most-used area: the kitchen. “Make sure the sink is always empty. Wash as you go. Wipe down countertops and oven with an all-purpose cleaner. A diluted vinegar solution is an effective cleaning tool against stubborn grease and stains,” Sicam relates. Throw away vegetable and fruit peelings, as well as leftovers and other items that will spoil, immediately.
Keep molds and mildew at bay. When cleaning the toilet and bath, go for effective cleaning solutions. “Make sure to wipe dry the tiles of your bathroom after a shower to prevent mold and mildew buildup. You can also spray the shower area and shower curtain with a shower mist.” Sicam recommends Messy Bessy’s Tea Tree Mold & Mildew Spray. “Keep a toilet brush beside the toilet at all times. Swoosh the bowl with a bit of mild bleach or detergent at least once a day to keep the stains away,” Sicam adds.
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Always keep in mind that regularly tidying up your space—even for just a few minutes—saves you precious time and energy that you can allot for more important things at home.
Happy Helpers is a social enterprise established in 2014 by two mothers who saw the value of having part-time household help. In partnership with Gawad Kalinga, Happy Helpers employs women from Gawad Kalinga villages to help them earn a living. Currently, there are 25 Happy Helpers working as independent contractors. Sicam says, “Happy Helpers creates a community of belongingness and support for urban poor women…they are provided uniforms and all of the tools needed for work. Jobs take around five to six hours, and signing up for jobs is purely voluntary, thus giving them a lot of flexibility so they can balance the work with the needs of their family. In addition, they are given a continuous values formation program, quarterly skills development, and monthly one-on-one mentoring, consulting, and coaching.”