Sure, you'll always see a clean home on TV shows like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (or Atlanta, Orange County, New Jersey or Miami). It's television, after all.
In real life, however, with the triple threat of finding time for work, family, and friends, housekeeping understandably comes in a distant fourth.
So the chances our weekly housecleaning leads to a spotless home week after week are pretty much slim to none.
Not because we don't want a tidy, presentable home. It's just that when time is short, something has to go.
These 10 home cleaning tips for busy bodies provide ways to maximize every cleaning minute you have each week - and lets you know what tasks are OK to skip every now and then.
When it comes to home cleaning, If the dust bunnies aren't hopping out at friends and family, it's OK to occasionally let them be.
Find tasks that you can do simultaneously. For example, while:
Do all you can to prevent big messes in your home. A few things to consider:
When you decide to devote a spare minute or 10 to a quick cleaning around your home, avoid interruptions until the task at hand is complete. Let voice mail take the calls until you've finished the task at hand.
If you lack the time to buff your home thoroughly, adjust your expectations accordingly.
Streamline bathroom and kitchen disinfecting with a
Vacuum frequently and wash bed linens in hot water to remove dust mites. (Read 9 Allergy Relief Cleaning Tips here.)
If you enjoy indoor greenery but spend too much time maintaining it, choose a few easy-care plants and weed out the rest.
Need to find out if plants you can't kill actually even exist? They do! Get the names of 6 easy indoor plants here.
Make your home safe. A clutter-free home helps prevent accidents from happening.