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Blog: Take The Stress Out Of Housecleaning
15 Minute Tidy for your Living Room

This is a great tip for when unexpected company is arriving, you have a busy schedule or the house needs to be refreshed and clear of clutter. Cleaning doesn't have to be stressful and take a lot of time, it may not be dirt that is affecting your life, maybe it is, clutter!
15 Minute Tidy
  1. Take a basket and walk around the room and put everything in here that doesn't belong in this room.
  2. Using a garbage bag, pick up all of the garbage, junk and newspapers and throw in the garbage.
  3. Pick up all of the dirty dishes and ashtrays and put them in the dishwasher or sink.
  4. Brush the crumbs off of the furniture
  5. Using a piece of pape toweling, wipe over all of the end tables and coffee table and arrange the contents on the top of the table.
  6. Neatly arrange the remote controls, magazines etc.
  7. Using a hand sweeper, sweep over the carpeting in all of the walkways.
  8. Spray air freshener, fabric freshener or odor out-for that fresh clean smell!
Now, that wasn't too bad, was it? It only took you 15 minutes to clean it up, make it shine and smell good too. We seem to forget, that our homes are lived in and that creates clutter and upset, it doesn't mean that our homes are what you would call 'dirty'.
Keep the major cleaning to once every two weeks or once a month, until then, a 15 minute tidy, once a day is all that you will need to keep your home looking good.
Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer, that offers tips and hints on home organizing and house cleaning shortcuts at her website Organizing Your Life THE EASY WAY. Get her free pamphlets,checklists and ideas to help you have more time to enjoy life.

posted on: 2/15/2008 10:00:00 AM by Jan Hayner
category: Homes

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Take The Stress Out Of Housecleaning

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Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer and the creator of www.organizingandcleaning.com filled with tips and hints on home organizing and house cleaning shortcuts. After years and years of making mistakes and wasting money she has used her own experiences to help take the stress out of life. There are so many shortcuts to cleaning and organizing, that when you apply them, you will have time for the fun things in life!

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