House Cleaning For Dummies

by Editor on May 17, 2013

Cleaning up the mess

Having a clean house is important. It allows you to easily find everything you need, it can keep bugs and rodents out of your home, and it can make it more inviting to company.

Some people have a hard time cleaning their house because they’ve never had to clean before. Although cleaning your home may be time consuming, especially if it’s not something you do on a regular basis, it’s not hard to do. The following are a few basic cleaning tips for dummies.


The first rule of cleaning your home is to become organized. Make sure that there is a place for everything and that everything is in its place. Organize closets so that you can easily find the items you need, and when you’re done using something, make sure you put it away. Invest in a binder or mail holder to keep all of your bills and mail organized instead of piling up on the counter. You should also make it a habit of throwing things away that you don’t need. This will alleviate some of the clutter.

You should also make it a priority to get your other family members involved in putting items away. Don’t allow your children to place schoolwork or other items on the kitchen table and instead designate an area for these things. This will help to keep your house clean.

Use all-purpose cleaner.

A good tip for dummies to start cleaning their home is to invest in an all-purpose cleaner. These cleaners can be used on most surfaces, so you can easily clean every room in your house without having to change products. Keep in mind that most all-purpose cleaners are not as strong as specialty items, such as bleach or degreasers, so you may have to scrub harder to clean certain areas of your home.

Create a schedule.

An easy way to clean your home without spending hours doing so is to make a cleaning schedule. For example, do the laundry on Mondays, clean the bathroom on Tuesdays, clean the kitchen on Wednesdays, etc. This way, you will know exactly where to start, and you can spend less time cleaning by taking a few minutes out of every day to tackle a certain room.

Pick up after yourself.

When you pick up after yourself, you eliminate the number of messes that are created throughout your home. For example, if you spill milk, wipe it up. If you get crumbs on the floor, vacuum them up. If you use a dish, wash it right away instead of letting it pile up in the sink. When you and your family make it a point to clean up after yourselves immediately, it will reduce the amount of cleaning that you have to do in the long run.

Learning how to clean is not hard to do. With these basic tips, you can easily have a clean home without being the most experienced or knowledgeable cleaner. By staying organized, using a schedule, picking up after yourself and using all-purpose cleaner, you’ll be on your way to becoming a cleaning extraordinaire.

About the Author

Caroline Jones is a journalist and mommy blogger from Dallas.  She has recently been sharing house cleaning tips for working moms.

photo by: Toms Bauģis

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