Housework Help: a Messy Girl's Guide to Cleaning Your Home

It's rare to find a person who actually looks forward to taking on housework. Over the week, tasks add up very quickly and it can feel daunting to take on such a large list. As a creative individual who houses three rescue cats, I thrive in organized chaos. My desk is always covered in papers, empty coffee cups, paints, books and at least one cat.According to a national survey conducted by polling firm Research & Incite for home-cleaning product manufacturer Vileda Canada, 64 per cent of Canadians prefer to clean their homes by themselves 71 per cent of women and 56 per cent of men. And while I commend those individuals on their ability to perform household tasks alone, I prefer to split the chores with my partner.Over the years I've developed a system that helps me do housework so that I am in control of the situation. I constantly experiment with ways to simplify my house-cleaning routine and while not all methods will appeal to everyone, they might make your large lists feel a bit more feasible.To keep your home clean with minimal effort, it's best to simplify as much as possible.Naturally, having fewer items makes it easier to clean and put things away, but it's not always possible to let some items go. Most of us keep collections of trinkets of sentimental value, and items from our travels. I'm definitely guilty of collecting things, but I've parted ways with things that started losing their meaning or sat there accumulating dust. In short, if it makes me happy, I keep it. If not, it goes to a charity.While housework gets a bad rap, a long time ago I realized that I tend to solve most of the conundrums in my life while doing the dishes or dusting the shelves. The repetitive nature of these tasks helps me clean absentmindedly while thinking about other things in my day-to-day life.If I'm feeling particularly stressed, I ease the workload by listening to music. I'm a fan of Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin vinyls, but most folks prefer to play music on their smart phones. The immersive nature of headphones definitely has its perks.Much like 36 per cent Canadians, I view cleaning floors as the most challenging household task. Between my creative hobbies, the carnage left behind by my cats and the constant shedding of fur, dealing with floors can be a nightmare. I tackle this issue in two ways.Firstly, I made a rule for the floors: with the exception of the cats' necessities, no clutter is allowed on the floor. Not having to move a lot of things in preparation for cleaning makes the job much easier.Secondly, I've invested in good equipment. Trying to clean with a bad product causes a lot of frustration. I have two go-to floor cleaning items.For carpets, I use a Samsung SC12F70 series vacuum cleaner. It's asthma and allergy friendly, and it picks up dust and cat hair better than any other vacuum I've ever owned.And, for the tile and vinyl flooring, I use a Vileda ProMist Microfibre Spray Mop. Unlike most spray mops, this one has a washable microfibre head that picks up dust, dirt and cat hair instead of pushing them around the floor in a wet mess. Also, it doesn't use batteries. The spray function is triggered by squeezing the handle.Every home comes with its difficulties and maintaining a certain level of cleanliness can be very stressful. Here's hoping that some of these tips will help make household cleaning less of a chore.

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