Cleaning Uphostery Fabrics – Guest Post

Cleaning Upholstery

 

 

 

 

Fine upholstery is something to be proud of, but not until it starts getting dirty, yellowed or stained – not very presentable. The upholstery is one of the dirtiest areas whether you notice it or not. In fact, every time you vacuum the carpet and the floors you should vacuum the sofa, stools and armchairs too.

Many people overlook this area, assuming it looks just fine, when the truth is that it’s just as dusty, dirty and covered in grime and hairs as any other area with fibers. If you take good care of the upholstery, the fabric will live much longer than usual. Almost all fabrics allow some kind of washing, so make sure you don’t skip this area.

If you don’t wash the upholstery, all the dust, sweat and other particles go deeper into the fibers, which lead to the material gradually declining, yellowing and becoming rougher. It’s essential to understand how the quality upholstery cleaners work. Rinsing is easy: You can wash the upholstery fabric quickly and easily in just a little water, so it can dry quickly as well. The great thing is that there is no residue of cleaner which would act like a dust magnet.

If you choose a material purifier which is made of the right chemicals, spot treating won’t lead to damage of the upholstery. If the product is powerful, you don’t have to rub or scrub the surface, so there is less damage. So how should you clean your upholstery?

If you don’t wash the stains as soon as possible, they will become permanent. You can do spot cleaning with liquid dishwashing detergent and some vinegar. For deodorizing use baking soda – it’s a great green solution which does wonders. At least once a week vacuum the upholstery using the dust attachment on the vacuum cleaner, and reach up to the crevices. This will keep the fabric cleaner on its top level.

Regular spot cleaning will preserve the life of your upholstery for longer. Use a white cloth or a sponge and a detergent such as hair shampoo, dishwashing liquid or wool detergent. First, test it on a hidden area to make sure it won’t decolorize the fabric. Don’t use too much water on upholstery, just a damp cloth.

Allow the fabric to dry or use a hair dryer. Check if the stain is completely removed after the fabric is dry and if necessary repeat the cleaning steps again. One of the best techniques for cleaning upholstery fabric is with dry cleaning, which includes natural detergents and chemicals.
The treatment is quick and efficient, so the fabric is not too wet and the solution doesn’t penetrate the stuffing on the furniture. This technique needs special equipment, so if you can invest in professional upholstery dry cleaning services, you should definitely do it.

The right cleaning of upholstery depends on the type of material too – check to see the label on your sofa or armchair and clean accordingly. Some fabrics allow being washed whereas others need professional cleaning technique or just spot treatment.

Preserving the life of your upholstery for longer is a lot about prevention – if you make sure that you vacuum it regularly and you don’t sit with dirty clothes anywhere near it, the fabric can look like new for years.

About The Author

Nicole is passionate about travelling and flowers. Learn more about how to keep your home clean at http://www.housecleaning.org/news.html .

4 Ways To Ready Your Home For Spring – Guest Post

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Cold winter weather tends to keep people cooped up indoors more often than usual, and as winter drags on, it’s common for clutter to accumulate around the house. That’s one reason why spring has become the season known for intense cleaning and home revitalization.

Most homes can stand to endure an annual cleaning binge, and if you’re keen to the idea, consider these four ways you can put winter behind you and invigorate your home as temperatures finally warm up:


Retire the Christmas decorations to storage

After the holiday season, it’s hard to find the motivation to put away the grandkids’ stockings, the colored lights and all of your favorite decorations. Maybe that explains why we all know someone who’s let Christmas decorations linger well into January – or longer. But it’s a challenge to start deep-cleaning when last year’s decorations are still hanging around.

If you opted for a real tree last year, get that dried-out fire hazard out of your house! Your area trash-pick up service may offer options for recycling, or you can chop up your old tree and add it to your compost pile. Owners of artificial Christmas trees may have an easier time of post-holiday clean-up: just store it in a cool, dry place.

Carefully pack ornaments, wrapping delicate ones. (Tip: Save discarded gift wrap and use it to protect ornaments).

 

Clean out your storage spaces

Now that you’ve put away the holiday doodads, it’s time to start deep-cleaning. Your basement, attic and garage can – over time – become home to all sorts of odds and ends. You can clear up a lot of space in your home by going through these spaces and getting rid of the things you no longer need. Whether you donate them, throw them away or set them aside for an upcoming garage sale, you should be able to unload a lot of unnecessary baggage. You can also use this time to better organize your storage and make it easier to navigate.

Use what you have

If you’re like most grandparents, you’ve got a parade of relatives coming in and out of your home – kids, grandkids, in-laws – so it can be hard to find time to clean. But who said you can’t put some of those people to work?

Adults know that cleaning products can be toxic – and no one wants to expose children to dangerous chemicals. But you can make many cleaners yourself with common household items like vinegar. Whip-up some homemade cleaning solutions and assign a few simple tasks to your grandchildren, while you tackle the more sophisticated projects. Granted, they may not stay interested in cleaning for long, but this is one way to get them off the couch so you can vacuum it!

Clean the furniture

When thoroughly cleaning, most people instinctively wipe-off tables, counters and other hard surfaces. But dirt and dust can accumulate in your sofa, recliners and mattress, too. You can remove a lot of that debris by vacuuming, using your upholstery attachment.
If you have furniture with machine-washable covers, now is a good time to wash them. Some people instead choose to steam-clean furniture using just hot water and mild detergent.

Getting your home clean and organized doesn’t have to be a big chore – especially when you have a little help and stick to that to-do list.

About The Author

Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She writes on behalf of Tree Classics. She’s currently working on her master’s degree, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing softball.

Avoiding Harmful Chemicals When Cleaning – Guest Post

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Cleaning is one of those household tasks that we all have to do, whether we like it or not. Using commercial cleaning products that are powerful and effective is easy, but not always the best idea. One of the down sides of it is that most of these products are full of harmful chemicals, which are toxic and therefore neither eco-friendly, nor good for our health. In fact, if you only take a look at what you have in your kitchen, a great deal of products and ingredients can be mixed to produce strong cleaning solutions.

You’d be surprised at how many homemade recipes you could use for cleaning just about anything at home – glass, furniture, floors, tiles, etc. Some natural products have been used for decades for cleaning and they give perfect results. Here is some more information on how to avoid toxic cleaners and harmful chemicals.

Drain Cleaners


These are some of the most toxic ones, but they are still used in just about every home. When there is a clogged drain and you have to fix it, all you want is a quick and powerful solution, but do you stop and check what’s the product made of? If you are conscious about your health and about the environment, you will pick a different method – a drain snake or a drain auger would do just as well. You can buy them from a hardware store. The way to use them is by pushing down the drain and rotating them. This way you can grab onto what’s clogging the drain. You could even buy a cheap plastic one, which is still a better option than using a product which has toxic fumes. Another way is to dissolve what’s clogging the drain by pouring some vinegar and baking soda in it. Sprinkle a cup of 200 gr of baking soda, then pour a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain so the foam goes down and not up. Leave it like that for about an hour, then pour a cup of boiling hot water.

Cleaning the toilet

The commercial toilet bowl cleaners are quite toxic, but how else could you clean that nasty ring and all the stains? In fact, there are other methods you can use just as successfully. Pour one cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar in the toilet. This will produce a foam which you can rub with a toilet brush into the bowl. The result is a sparkling clean toilet that you just have to flush down.

All-Purpose Cleaner

You can prepare a completely natural all-purpose cleaner with which you can clean windows, stove tops, countertops, tables and many more areas. Mix hot water with white vinegar. Vinegar is one of the ultimate cleaning products, but many people don’t use it because of the strong smell. Don’t worry –the minute it dries out, the smell will be gone. You can use it for cleaning the bathroom tiles and all the glass surfaces in the bathroom too.

Glass Cleaner

Why waste money on commercial glass cleaners, when you can prepare your own and pour it in a spray bottle?

It’s simple, affordable and effective. Fill a sink with hot water (a few cups), after that add cornstarch and stir it all. The ratio is about 25% cornstarch to 75% water. Dip a clean cloth in this mixture and wring it out a little. Use the washcloth to wipe down glass surfaces.

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Cleaning New Year’s Resolutions – Guest Post

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When you start thinking about your new year’s resolutions for the upcoming year, why not consider adding some cleaning resolutions to your list. Here are some ideas:


Clean more regularly:

Few people enjoy cleaning and most people put it off as long as possible, this is the worst thing you can do. The longer you leave stains and built on dirt to remove, the harder it will be remove completely, it will take much longer and you may even need to buy specialised cleaning and stain removal products to completely get rid of the marks. Make a resolution to clean both daily and weekly. Daily, you should de-clutter, vacuum the floors, wipe surfaces, clean the kitchen and toilet and sinks. Weekly, you should give the house more of a deep clean, doing things like changing all bed linen etc. Once the house is clean you will find it won’t take as long to keep on top of the housework and then it won’t be as much of a daunting task.

Make a cleaning schedule:

Think about and plan out when you are going to do the cleaning and what it is you intend to clean. It is easy to forget to clean something, or to not be able to remember when you last cleaned it, making a schedule helps you to remember all the things you need to do. Furthermore it takes some of the pressure off cleaning, without a schedule you instead have a list in your head of what you need to do and this acts as a constant reminder, leaving you unsure as to what to do first and a little bit overwhelmed at how much there is to do.

Clean more things in your home:

Most of us do the daily chores, such as cleaning the surfaces and vacuuming the floors but how many people regularly clean the oven or pull out the furniture to clean behind it. You might clean your toilet often, but do you clean the bathtub and the sink often enough? Make a resolution to clean the things that really need doing often but you rarely do more than once a year.

De-clutter more:

De-clutter daily, get rid of anything you don’t want or never use. Clutter makes the home look messy. Go through your home room by room and put all of your things into one of four boxes:

Keep and find a home
Store
Sell or give to charity
Dispose of

Once you have de-cluttered the entire home, it will be much easier to keep it clutter free.

Save money and shop around for deals and bargains on cleaning products:

Instead of always buying the same products from the same shops, look around for bargains and special offers various supermarkets offer. Store vouchers and discount codes to use to get money off cleaning products. Contact the manufacturers of the cleaning products for a free sample to try before you buy. If you buy a multipurpose cleaner that does everything you need it to don’t waste your money also buying specialised products for the same job.

Make your own cleaning products:

Rather than purchasing all of your cleaning products, why not make them out of things that you will likely have around the home anyway. Things like lemon and baking soda make excellent cleaning products, even newspaper can be used to wipe glass dry and leave a smear free finish.

Get everyone in the household involved in cleaning:

The cleaning duties shouldn’t just fall onto one person in the house, make everyone help and split the cleaning duties fairly. Decide together on a family treat that you can do, such as eat out at a restaurant or go to the cinema when everyone has been helpful in cleaning, for every day cleaning chores set in place a reward system, a star for everything they do to help and a sweets or treats after every 10 stars.

About The Author

Nicole is a passionate writer, devoted mum and housewife. She enjoys writing about healthy home organizing. Tips and tricks on cleaning you can find at http://www.londoncleaners.co.uk/domestic-cleaning/.

Cleaning Your Home – Easy and Fast Tips to Do It – Guest Post

If you are one of these people that often have a huge list with chores that are all of a high priority, but you can hardly find time for accomplishing even half of them, you are not alone. There are millions of people struggling with getting motivated to do the so monotonous cleaning of the house, especially when the amount of housework is immense.

The good news is that there are fast and easy ways that you can employ and feel relieved once your cleaning is over.

 

* Hiring someone to do the cleaning job for you is one of the easiest ways to be over with it, but if you can’t afford it at the moment, keep reading further.

* Stop complaining about how many things you have to finish, roll up your sleeves and knock out all of the housework.

* Always start cleaning with making your bed first because your room will look instantly cleaner.

* Don’t forget to make sure you have all you need to clean your home or at least the basics: a vacuum cleaner, something to polish with, all-purpose cleaner, a bin or bag, a cloth or rag and a positive attitude.

* If you don’t have a microfiber cloth, make sure that you get one. It will save you enormous amounts of time because it has multifunctional appliances and won’t leave any lint.

* Forget about being lazy halfway through cleaning your home. Once you start I, you have to finish it. You can take brakes but don’t get too carried away.

* Ask for approval once you are done cleaning one room if there is someone around. A positive encouragement will inevitably get you in cleaning mode.


* Treat yourself with something you love after accomplishing a task or cleaning an entire room. That will be a great stimulus for moving on to the next one.

* If you have a partner, siblings or kids, get them involved in helping you clean the house. Challenge them by having a competition of who will finish cleaning the given area or room faster. It will be even funnier if you get someone to be the judge and inspect both places and score them.

* Set the timer as giving yourself an estimated time for accomplishing the chores, and see if you will finish before or after that time.

* Be very careful not to step on something sharp on the floor while putting away the misplaced items.

* Have you ever considered the variant of mopping your floor as you walk? If you did, you have to check the dust mop slippers, which can look cute on your feet and do the tedious work of mopping for you.

* Play your favorite tunes when cleaning; the faster the beats are, the better. You may start moving too.

* If you need to do some tough cleaning and lots of scrubbing is involved, try rubbing the desired area with a magic eraser. It does wonders, and it gets even more powerful if you add some water to it.

* Always try to plan cleaning your kitchen while preparing a meal – it will save you time.

If not all, at least some of the cleaning tips will help you to get done sooner and faster with your cleaning.

Grace is a happy mom who really loves sharing her domestic cleaning tricks and tips and to help busy modern housewives to handle easy all the tasks at home.

How to Clean Your Bathroom Fast and Effectively – Guest Post

Cleaning is nobody’s favorite past time activity. But when it comes to certain objects and parts of the house, there are things that simply cannot be neglected. One of these places, without a doubt, is the home bathroom. Each member of the household uses it and one can only imagine what it will turn into if nobody takes care of it. As a matter of fact, it’s actually the place where one goes to take a shower, brush the teeth, shave, or in other words – to achieve a clean and neat look.

That is why there is no way you can allow and tolerate a dirty bathroom. And how often have you made a judgment upon a certain host’s cleaning habits, judging simply by the bathroom in their household? More than you imagine. Following is a simple guide to walk you through the mandatory process of bathroom maintenance.

 

1. Start off by removing everything that can be moved out of the bathroom. Mainly, things that don’t belong there, but also proceed with ordinary bathroom objects – towels, toiletries, toilet paper and so on. You will be using high chemical detergents, and you don’t want any of it touching the surface of objects that will be touching your body afterward. You can even go as far as to removing the shower curtains so that they don’t get in the way.

2. Prepare a list of all the necessary items and make sure you have everything handy once you start the cleaning. You would not want to go in and out of the bathroom numerous times. You know, everything goes smoothly and faster with a list. Make sure you have two pairs of rubber gloves, scrubbers, mops and different types of detergents.

3. Clean shower area or the bathtub first. If the tub is too dirty, it is recommended to apply a strong spray cleanser and to leave it for some time. Don’t forget to remove all the hair that’s trapped in the drain. Also, if it’s too clogged, use a drain cleaner. Clean with a scrubber and rinse afterward. Also, don’t forget to pay attention to the shower area walls, too. A lot of dirt goes in the gaps between the tiles and it also tends to stay there, so be prepared for some serious scrubbing.


4. Proceed with the mirrors and counter tops. For the mirrors, use glass cleaner and wipe with a soft dry rag. You can clean the sink and counter area with the same cleaning product you used for the bath tub. The faucets are not to be neglected as well. Make them clean and sparkling by using a rag. For the hard-to-reach parts, use a toothbrush or cotton swabs.

5. Wipe off the front and tops of cabinets and drawers. For that purpose you can simply use warm soapy water.

6. Clean the toilet bowl next. Since it is the biggest source of germs, pay extra attention to it. Make sure you have an efficient toilet cleaner, one with bleach in it, preferably. Follow the instructions on the back of the container and pour onto the basin of the toilet. Don’t forget the area right under/behind the rim. Let it sit for an hour. Clean the seat, under and behind it, then, the lid. Again, employ a toothbrush for the tricky parts. After you have poured the cleaner, scrub the basin with a toilet brush. Flush it all down.

7. On your way out, mop the floor so that you give the bathroom an overall clean look. Leave the door and window of the bathroom open for a couple of hours to let all the detergent fumes out.

Make sure you repeat this whole process at least once a month to ensure yourself and your family a germ-free sparkling clean bathroom.

Nicole is a housewife and a passionate writer. She enjoys writing about Home Cleaning and Organizing.

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Tips For Cleaning Kitchen Cupboards

It is a good idea to clean out the kitchen cupboards after you’ve moved into a place (or right before you move out) and before putting the dishes in. This way you can be sure that you’re not inheriting any of the previous owner’s old and forgotten belongings or any dust and dirt. Even if you’ve lived in a place for quite a long time, a periodical cupboard cleanout never hurt anyone.

Do the clean one cupboard at a time. Open each one, finish everything you have to do with it, and then open the next one. Do not try to take everything out at once and clean all of the cupboards in a single go as this will make everything unnecessarily complicated. When you’re dealing with each cupboard, take everything out of it. Then, wash each cup, dish, pan, utensil and leave everything to dry on a towel on the kitchen counter or table.

 

 

While all of the dishes are drying, take care of the cupboards themselves. Usually, a simple wipe down with a damp cloth will do. Occasionally, though you may find mold, mildew or spider webs in your cupboards. This isn’t a testament to your house-keeping skills, these things do tend to happen in old homes and even new ones if there is too much moisture.

If you do find a spider web or two, grab the vacuum cleaner and simply vacuum out the offender, then proceed as normal.

If there is, indeed a problem with mold or mildew, you will need to get a mold killer. These products are sold in most supermarkets and hardware stores. You will need to spray the patch of mold and wait for a few hours (or however long the instructions on the bottle say) then wipe away the mold and clean the cupboard as usual. Be aware that if you use a mold and mildew remover, you should not put back the dishes or utensils immediately. You will have to leave the cupboard open and let it air out overnight, or until the chloride smell disappears. Afterwards, you can proceed as normal.


If, by any chance, your cupboards have glass doors, you can usually use a good all-purpose cleaner and a micro fiber cloth to wipe off any dust or stains from these. If there are any grease stains, you may need to use a more concentrated dose of all-purpose cleaner. There are also specific detergents on the market, which are designed to deal with grease stains. These can, however, be toxic and are therefore not a good alternative.

Something else you could throw at the problem is a bit of simple dishwashing liquid. Simply get a sponge, lather it up and rub at the grease stain. Since dishwashing liquid is designed to deal with exactly this kind of substance, it should work like a charm. Afterwards, simply clean off the foam with a damp cloth and let the cupboard dry and air off with the doors open.

Once you’re finished with the cleaning routine, simply put back the dishes or utensils and repeat for all of the remaining cupboards. Do not put back any items that are still wet, as this can be the cause of mildew or mold. This is a fairly simple cleaning routine. All that is needed is no more than two spare hours a fortnight and your kitchen cupboards will be left clean and spotless.

Nicole is a housewife and a passionate writer. She enjoys writing about House Cleaning and Organizing. You can visit her and read more tips and ideas at http://www.0800housecleaning.co.uk/.

Organizing the Laundry Room – Guest Post

 

Is your laundry room notoriously the messiest room in your home? You aren’t alone in this! Keeping the laundry room clean may be the most daunting task in cleaning your house, because it seems like there are always dirty clothes piling up, no matter how often you do your laundry. Thankfully, there are crafty people in the world that have shared with us how to clean up the laundry room while still making it look like part of your home, instead of like a storage closet.

On Ana White’s homemaking blog, she shares a great idea for a laundry basket dresser. It’s a pretty simple idea, but it’s borderline genius. The laundry baskets act as drawers in a dresser. You can label them however you like for easy sorting. You can even stack them if floor space in your laundry room is at a premium. The blog comes with full-fledged directions for building this dresser, and they’re very easy to follow. Using simple woodworking tools and wood you can get pre-cut from most stores that sell lumber, it was a fun and simple build that worked out very well for my laundry room!


It’s understandable if you’ve never worked with woodworking tools, and the thought of doing so for the first time is a little daunting. There are still other great ways to keep your laundry room organized. Have you ever seen those great antique-looking (or maybe actually antique) wooden crates? They were formerly used as shipping containers.

Now, you can find them in many great antique malls, or even online. Consider stacking these on their sides against the wall. Secure them together some way, even if it’s just by tacking them together with small nails. They can then be filled with smaller-than-ordinary laundry baskets, plus you can save a couple for storing your laundry detergents and fabric softeners.

Are you into sewing? Maybe you’ve seen these neat wall-hanging sewing organizers with pouches to help you separate your sewing tools. Think of one of these on a larger scale! Using sturdy fabric, you can sew on even larger pouches, creatively label or embroider the front of the pouches for easy sorting, and hang it up on the wall. Just make sure you really secure those pouches!

Get creative! There are lots of great, crafty ways you can clean up your laundry room and get those piles of clothes off the floor. Think of creative ways you store things around the rest of your house, and do it on a larger scale.

 

You can reclaim your laundry room in no time!

 

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoyed finally putting her woodworking tools to good use with this project. Next, she plans to learn to build custom kitchen chairs! Read her work at http://www.eatbreatheblog.com/.

 

 

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Cleaning Tips for Busy Moms and Grandmothers

 

 

Whether you’re a mom or a grandmother you know how much of a challenge it can be to keep your home clean when you have little finger prints around the house. It doesn’t matter if you have young children or teenagers; they all seem to make little messes. They may go unnoticed for the moment. However, over time, those little messes will turn into big sticky ones.

It doesn’t matter if you have a long or short list of cleaning tasks to get done; if you procrastinate, you may become overwhelmed when you finally decide to tackle them. Letting cleaning chores build up will only lead to stress, and who needs added stress?!

Decide to take on the cleaning chores as they need to be done. This way you’ll breeze through them much quicker.

Below are cleaning tips for each set of tasks around your home that needs to be done at least every three months or so.


1. Window Cleaning Tips

As a busy mom or grandmother, you will find that cleaning the windows (especially if you have a lot of them), to be somewhat of a challenge. To make the job easy and hopefully a one time thing; consider purchasing a squeegee with a removable handle. The long handle will make it easier for you to clean the outside windows.

Also, of course your job of cleaning windows will be much easier if you have the tilt-in type. Consider yourself lucky if you have the tilt type.

2. Carpet Cleaning Tips

The carpet cleaners you rent from the stores can be big, awkward and heavy, making it difficult and inconvenient for moms and grandmothers to handle and use. Consider purchasing one that is light-weight and up-right that looks like a regular vacuum cleaner.

For stubborn carpet stains, make sure and spray a good pre-cleaning spray and leave on the stain at least 15 minutes before actually cleaning your carpet.

Also, clean one half of a room at a time. This way moving your furniture around and also cleaning under furniture will be less difficult.

3. Floor Cleaning Tips

Depending on the type of floor you have, there are small machines you can purchase to make the job easier. Mops and buckets are basically a pain and a thing of the past! So using these light-weight types of machines make it much easier.

For instance, the Swiffer mops with washable or disposable cleaning pads are ideal for hard wood floors.

4. Upholstery Cleaning Tips

Keeping your upholstery clean is important when you want your home to look nice and presentable when people come to visit. You will want to do some research and select a cleaner that won’t harm your upholstery.

If your carpet cleaner has a hose and attachment, you might consider using that if it’s not too powerful. You might consider test cleaning on a part of your sofa or chair that’s hidden before hand just in case it is harmful on your upholstery.

Also, there are dry cleaning kits you can use on your furniture, so do some checking around before tackling upholstery cleaning.

Spring cleaning is a great way to refresh your home after a long winter and it gives you a chance to clean those items that might only get a true cleaning once or twice a year. As a busy mom or grandmother you may find this to be a long process, but if you use the tips above, the process will go much smoother.

You can find more cleaning tips by Tammy Here.

Tips for Cleaning and Organizing your Closets and Drawers

Whether you’re cleaning and organizing your own closet and drawers or those of your spouse or children, this is something that must be done. How many times have you had last minute notice that someone was coming over and you shoved your closets and drawers with things that were lying around? We’ve all done it, but if we’re more organized that won’t happen.

Closets can be the messiest thing in your home at times. They can accumulate anything we don’t seem to have enough room for and that’s not good. These types of closets can include bedroom closets, storage closets, or coat closets just to name a few. It’s unfortunate but that’s the way it is. Things fall off the hangers, toys and shoes are thrown in the bottom, and the tops can be used for storage.

The best way to clean your closets is to literally empty everything out of it. Place hangered items on a nearby bed or sofa so they stay together and on the hangers. Sort through the items in the bottom and on the shelf and separate them by who they belong to or what they are. Remove anything that’s not used or has a place other than the closet. Next, vacuum or sweep the floor and dust the shelf and rod. Now you’re ready to put things away.

Return things that fit or are going to be stored in the closet. Placing unwanted items in the closet will only cause it to be a mess and it won’t be organized. Organizing your closet will be different for each one based on what you put it in. For example if you have shoes that go on the floor, but you don’t like them there, consider purchasing a shoe wrack or one that hangs on the door. If you have toys for your child, consider a toy chest or plastic containers.

Chester drawers are another place for collections of items that don’t go there. It’s easy to slip papers in there or items you don’t want visible if someone comes to visit. Once those items are in there, it’s easy to forget about them or only remember when it’s too late or too early in the day to handle them. The best thing to do is put things away regularly so you don’t have this problem, but that’s easier said than done.

Organizing your drawers and your chest in the first place will help prevent this from happening. Always put things away and never store anything important on top of the chest unless you need easy access to it within a short amount of time. Always put things away in the same place and make sure the way you put things away make sense. Fold things properly and always put them away as soon as they are washed or done being used.

If you plan to have a junk drawer in your chest, make sure it’s organized and things are neat and easy to find. Depending on the type of chest you have and which drawer you choose for your junk, you may want to put it close to the bottom. It’s more important to have easy access to the drawers with clothes or other items you use regularly than it is to have easy access for the items in your junk drawer.

Once you have your closets and drawers cleaned and organized it’s a good idea to keep them that way. To do this, plan a day to clean them out or remind yourself to do it each time you get into them. Once you do this for a while you’ll get used to it and it will become second nature to you. At that point you’ll always be clean and organized and it will show in the way your home looks.

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