Did you know that Gwinnett County, GA, got a B in the 2022 State of the Air Report? That passing score shows that its outdoor air is much cleaner than in many other US counties.
However, that doesn’t guarantee that the air inside your home is just as clean. After all, pollutant levels in indoor air can be two to five times higher than in outdoor air.
Thus, it pays to know how to keep your home tidy even if you hire professional house cleaners.
If you’re unsure how and where to start, don’t worry, as we’re here to share helpful tips. So, keep reading to learn how to tidy up your home between cleaning appointments.
Clutter is any object that impedes movement, takes up space, and causes slip and trip hazards. Examples are old reading materials, outdated bills, and bags and toys on the floors.
Please note that slips and trips can cause severe injuries that land people in hospitals. Indeed, such incidents account for more than a million US emergency room visits per year.
In addition, clutter can pose fire hazards, another reason to organize or get rid of them. At the very least, they create more surfaces for pollutants to settle on and accumulate. That results in your cleaners needing more time to clean and tidy up your home.
What you can do instead is to shred bills and other sensitive documents and then throw them right away. Designate containers for toys and hang bags or keep them on shelves. You can also donate old but valuable stuff like books to Georgia State University.
Commit to Daily Sweeping
Daily sweeping can help reduce indoor dust on your floors. The less dust down there, the less of the contaminants you can kick up into the air. So, it also contributes to better indoor air quality.
You don’t have to sweep your entire home every day; you can focus on high-traffic areas. That includes the entryway, hallways, dining, and kitchen. You can then leave the rest to your professional home cleaning team.
Rinse Doormats Weekly
The doormats are your footwear’s first contact point when entering your home. Therefore, it’s vital to rinse them off at least once a week or right after inclement weather. Otherwise, they can become filthy or muddy, contributing to more indoor dirt, dust, or mold.
Remove Shoes Before Entering Your Home
Scientists say that, for your safety, it’s best to leave your shoes outside or by your home’s entrance. According to studies, shoe soles can spread infectious diseases. They can harbor germs, chemicals, microplastics, and even radioactive elements.
That’s on top of all the typical dirt, dust, and debris that your shoe soles can harbor. Thus, wearing outdoor footwear in your home contributes to more indoor filth and mess. That increases the need for tidying up, translating to more work for your cleaners.
So, why not invest in a shoe rack for your outdoor shoes and another one for indoor-only use? Then, place them by the entryway. That lets you change into your indoor footwear as soon as you take off the ones you used outside.
Clean the Kitchen After Every Meal
Did you know that mice have over 1,000 olfactory receptor genes while humans have only 400? ORs, in turn, are proteins that allow for the detection of airborne odor molecules. So, they enable us (and other animals) to analyze smells in the air, including food odors.
That’s also why many animals, including pest rodents, can pick up smells from even tiny food spills. For the same reason, it’s best to tidy up your kitchen counters and clean appliances after every use. It’s also wise to wipe food containers coated with grease or residue and always keep them covered.
Cover or Refrigerate Food
Keep your dining area clean and neat by covering any cooked food you must leave on the table. Otherwise, its smells can attract pests.
You should also avoid leaving food on the dining table for over two hours. It can spoil if left at room temperature for longer than that.
Better yet, refrigerate the food if no one will eat it yet.
Wipe Spills and Splatters Immediately
The sooner you wipe away food and drink spills and splatters, the less time they can harden or set in. It’s an excellent way to prevent water stains on wood and glass-topped tables. It also keeps the pigments in tomato sauce, red wine, or coffee from causing stubborn stains.
Store Dirty Laundry in Bamboo Hampers
Bamboo is sturdier and more durable than most timber species. It’s also eco-friendly and sustainable since it grows faster than many other types of wood. Moreover, it makes attractive yet functional household products, including clothes hampers.
Using hampers for used clothes, in turn, is an excellent strategy for tidying up your home. Many of them also come with lids, helping keep dirty laundry hidden.
Plus, if you chuck in used clothes straight into the hampers, the pro cleaners have fewer things to pick up. That lets them focus on what you hired them for: to clean your house.
Put Away Clean Laundry
If you also get your laundry done by professionals, they will fold and hang your clean clothes. However, you usually need to store and organize your stuff in cabinets and shelves. It’s best to do that right away, as it’s easier to transfer those neat piles and stacks to their proper places.
Besides, if you wait too long to put them away, they might come tumbling down and create a bigger mess.
That’s How to Keep Your Home Tidy
Now that you know how to keep your home tidy, it’s best to apply what you’ve learned as early as today. You can start by removing (and avoiding) clutter and donating the useful ones instead. You can then do some wiping and sweeping, followed by the rest of our tips.
If you can’t wait for your next appointment and need cleaning help ASAP, our team is happy to help. We provide professional home cleaning services in Gwinnett and Barrow Counties. So, get in touch with us now to request your free quote!