If your home looks like a disaster zone, Jennifer Flores may be able to help. Here, the blogger shares her secret to getting her house clean and keeping it that way.
Keeping my house clean shouldn't be so hard, but the reality is that cleaning always falls to the bottom of my to-do list. When there's work to be done, I tell myself I can get to the cleaning "tomorrow."
Do you do the same? I've found a trick that helps me get the house cleaned up in no time. Literally, in five-minute spurts.
See the messy living room above? My daughter decided to build a fort the other day and naturally she had to bring all her stuffed toys into that fort. They're sitting on the armchair waiting to be brought back up to her room. There are Legos on and under the coffee table, throw pillows that need to be fluffed and a stack of books and magazines I've been meaning to read piled up on the dresser.
When I feel I just can't take the mess anymore, I step away from my work and set the alarm on my phone for five minutes. Then I run like around like a mad woman cleaning up. Loose papers get tossed in the recycling. Toys go downstairs. Toys go upstairs. Magazines get put away. Clothes get hung back in the closet. And when the alarm goes off, I go back to work.
I find all it takes is five minutes to tackle any one room in the house. I do this clean up three to four times a week, and before you know it, the house doesn't look like a neglected dusty mess anymore.