10 ways to keep your house mess-free!


“My idea of a superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.”

~ Bette Midler

Rule #1: All cobwebs have to go!
You should learn to scream a big NO to dust! Dust can hide anywhere. Obvious places are under the bed, on side tables, paintings, fans, window sills, carpets, books. Not so obvious places are curtain holders, above the door and door panels, plastic flowers, tube lights, fish bowls and stuffed toys! You know you’ve left a region too long without dusting when you find cobwebs there. Ooh…

Rule #2: Ignore the bath and you are so dead.
Two things that are ignored in the bath: Walls and the chrome. When you scrub your bath floors, do you take a look at the walls behind the WC? Behind the basin? Taps of your shower? Next time, look out for them. Also polish the bath chrome. Even around the house. The door knobs specially will make your house look sparkling!

Rule #3: You mess, you clean up. Pronto!
This is usually easier said than done for most people unless they have someone else cleaning their houses. The antidote for this is fire your help! Do the cleaning, scrubbing, tidying up yourself! You’ll think twice before dirtying.

Rule #4: Spring cleaning is not for the Spring.
When I rule the world, every citizen of the world will find spring every week. Till then we can settle for one at least every season change. This could be a good workout session and you’d probably even feel closer to home.

Rule #5: Wires are hideous.
If you have way too many gadgets and most of them eat from your electric sockets, get a spike buster. And those wires have to be rolled and tied up with rubber bands or plastic fasteners if they are too long. If there is anything that attracts dust and dirt, it’s these tangled up wires.

Rule #6: Every type of dirt is in its own league…
…So every kind of cleaning requires a different tool to be cleaned with. Be it wiping, dusting, scrubbing or polishing. And no way hozay! Your old dirty t-shirt won’t do for all of them: windows, mirrors, floors, kitchen counter, flowers vases, computer. Be specific with your cleaning. You usually get to pick the different cleaning tools for every item in the store you buy them itself.

Rule #7: Let everything in your house be shaped round.
And if this can’t be done, special attention to those freaky corners!

Rule #8: Compartmentalise and compartmentalise cheap.
Don’t throw away shoe boxes and glass bottles. Shoe boxes can hold books as well as your toiletries and glass bottles or jars can can hold your spices. Have a place for everything in your cupboard, drawers, closet and shelf. My sister goes to extent of even labeling things around and no, it’s not weird. I personally know many who do that. Those piling newspapers, bills, mails and magazines can go somewhere too. Get a magazine stand not tuck them under a rug.

Rule #9: Newspapers are heaven send.
Chuck the rotten t-shirt that you’ve been using for ages now. Sometimes use these newspapers. They are better friends than your favorite teen t-shirt. Especially for your windows and mirrors.

Rule #10: Please get rid of the garbage in time.
Ideally, clear your garbage after dinner if you have thrown wet garbage. Wash the bin with phenyl now and then so that your bin is not the reason for the stench in your kitchen. Oh, by the way, this goes for the dishes too. They have to be done before bedtime if you don’t want those roaches to pest you!

All said and done, an occasional messing of the house is permitted. However, don’t let the sun set on it.

4 thoughts on “10 ways to keep your house mess-free!

  1. ….and when did the Founder of the ILO reduce thyself to house chores…none the less cleaning?? and thereby depriving a poor maid of her living wages…..i shudder at the coldness of thy heart!Does Bangalore do that to you ol'pal?

  2. The Co-Founder (if I may correct you, my darling)! She is still practising all the wonderful things she preached close to a decade ago (a decade? Really?). However, as fate has it, she found new love. It lies between broom bristles, mops and in detergent bottles. Ahh… Mild orgasm!

  3. Hi Rency, nice post! I read through all your more recent posts, right till this one, and decided I had to comment on this post!! Oh Gawd! cleaning up the house is something that I detest, and your post just made me realize how inadequate I am at this! Anyway, nice pointers. Could be the magic that restores my den… :)

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