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Top Home Cleaning Tips Experts Highly Recommend

Top Home Cleaning Tips Experts Highly Recommend

I know it’s ancient, but the dictum: cleanliness is next to Godliness still rings true. Tidying up your place may help you have peace of mind and make you healthier, too. Add to that, you breathe in cleaner air if your home is spic and span and it’s easier to work when you have a clean and organized place. As a result, this condition may lead you to be more productive. Here are tips given by experts to make this essential ritual a breeze.

1. Collect trash

Grab a trash bag and act like a garbage collector. No need to mention it, but a trash bag is one of the best tools for fast cleaning. Scan every room for magazines, newspapers, food wrappers, old receipts, packaging, food trash, etc. Pick them up and dump them in the bag. Apply this tactic for the specific area you plan to clean. It could be just the living room and the patio because someone is arriving for a visit, or the entire house if they need to stay for the night. Focus on this only. Do not clean at this point, just collect trash.

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2. Tote the tools

Keep every cleaning tool ready for use in one cleaning tote, basket, or bucket. This way, you won’t waste time gathering them when you need to start cleaning. Just bring the tote with you from one area to the next. In case you have big house, consider having more than one tote; one per area is ideal.

3. Schedule cleaning time and stick to it

Organizing household chores is crucial if you want to succeed in house cleaning. So experts strongly suggest you set an appointment with yourself to do your cleaning tasks. “Nobody hires a cleaning service that promises to arrive some random Saturday when nothing else is happening,” Ewer says. She further states, “take a tip from the pros and set up a regular cleaning schedule. Pros don’t quit until the job is done. Schedule the job and stick to it to get the work done in record time.”

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4. Disinfect sponges

One of the dirtiest cleaning materials in the house is a sponge. It’s a magnet to gazillions of germs. However, I adore the sponges with rough sides. Scrubbing out hard-to-clean pots and pans with them can be done even with eyes closed. It’s a pity I throw them in the bin even before their expiration is over. Here’s what you can do to make them last. Feed them to the microwave for two minutes. You’ll see, microbes will sizzle and evaporate fast.

5. Pick things up prior to cleaning

You hire professional cleaners to clean, not to remove clutter from appliances, furniture, and your floors. They’ll be slowed down if all flat surfaces in your home are littered with toys, scratch papers, misplaced soiled clothes and other clutter. Ewer elaborates, “Pretend that you’ve hired a high-priced cleaning crew. You wouldn’t make them relocate the clutter just to be able to do their job. Give yourself the same head start — pick up before you clean.”

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6. Find a Motivator

You can use motivators if you don’t want to get bored while cleaning your house. That’s what our house cleaning expert, Ewer, suggests. She also added, “Play your favorite upbeat music. Listen to a book on tape so you’ll feel as if you’re accomplishing two tasks at once.”

7. Invest in high-quality tools

Ewer says, “Professional cleaners don’t use gadgets. You’ll never find them toting specialized one-time-use tools or the latest gimmick hawked on a TV infomercial,” She adds, “Buy good tools — once — and use them, and you’ll be finished in record time.”

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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