Clean House in a Day
Devoting one day to vacuuming is an easy idea that doesn't suck.(grahamheywood/Getty Images)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
You can keep your house tidy by devoting just 10 minutes a day — after you do an initial mass cleaning to undo the damage that’s been building up.
Here are her three rules for maintaining a clean home.
1. Start with a clean house
“You can’t start from a huge mess and spend just 10 minutes a day to get organized, ” Rapinchuk admits. So be realistic. If your house is littered with piles of clothes to take to the dry cleaner and crumbs on the kitchen table, then follow the seven-day “kick-start” outlined in her new book, “Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean and Beautiful In Just 10 Minutes a Day.”
Here, each day of the week is devoted to its own chore: bathrooms on Monday, dusting on Tuesday, vacuuming on Wednesday, floor washing on Thursday, Friday is to catch up on anything you’ve missed, and laundry on Saturday. A lofty goal, sure. If you haven’t touched your bathroom in a year, it might be time to call in some professional help. But some other rooms will at least begin to resemble a place where someone wouldn’t mind living.
2. Keep it up
Memo: An intial mass cleaning will be needed if a room is in shambles.(KLH49/Getty Images/iStockphoto)
After your home becomes more manageable, “turn these tasks on autopilot over time so just a few minutes a day feels quick and easy, ” Rapinchuk says. This is where the “10 minutes a day” thing really comes into play.
The point is that after you get your house to a place that you’re not embarrassed to have people see, it will then take only 10 minutes of quick tidying every day for it to stay that way.
3. Do the kitchen first
If tidying up your whole house feels like something you know you’re not going to realistically do or keep up with, then organize your kitchen at the very least, since it’s likely the dirtiest.
“I recommend starting in the kitchen where there’s usually a lot of extra clutter, ” Rapinchuk says. “Clean up your appliances, that’s where all the grease is, and straighten up your cupboards.”