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5 novel ways to get your home sparkling again

By Michael Walkden

FIVE NOVEL WAYS TO GET YOUR HOME SPARKLING AGAIN

If you’re out looking at real estate in Perth, Brisbane or anywhere else in the country, you’ll notice that some houses are simply presented to a better standard than others. In fact, some are downright dreadful. However, some homes for sale make you wish your home was nearly as neat! If you’re running out of ideas when it comes to keeping the family fortress in tip-top shape, here are five tips to get you going again.

1.  DON’T WAIT FOR LAUNDRY DAY

Putting the washing on as soon as a load is ready is an easy way to keep half the house looking much cleaner than it currently does. Think about the sports gear in the mud room, the half full laundry baskets in bathrooms and bedrooms, plus a few items lying around. Now imagine they were all gone! It does make a difference!

2. LEAVE IT AT THE DOOR

A lot of households ignore this simple rule, while others only employ it in winter. Shoes off at the door will mean less vacuuming and carpets that look fresher for longer. If you’re wearing work boots or sports gear, take these off outside and give them a clean before going into carpeted areas, or go around the house and take them off in the laundry or mudroom if possible.

3. CLEAN THE TV

It’s probably the last thing on your mind before open for inspections or having guests over, but with your lounge focused around a large, flat-screen TV, it can become the centre of attention very quickly.

A quick dust and wipe with appropriate cloths can make an entire room seem instantly cleaner. Pair this up with a quick run through with the vacuum and fluffing up your couch cushions, and you’ll have a visitor-ready living area in no time.

4. TIDY AS YOU GO

It’s probably the last thing on your mind when you’re in the shower waiting for your conditioner to do its work, but hey, it’s the perfect time to scrub the tiles. Spent a few minutes in the WC? Why not spend 30 seconds giving the sink, loo and shelves a quick wipe down?

There are plenty of ways to tidy as you go that mean when it’s time for a deep clean, there’s far less to do. This can include taking stray items with you every time you leave a room, and putting them where they’re supposed to be, washing your coffee cup instead of stacking it up, and wiping down the counters while dinner simmers instead of watching two minutes of commercials.

5. CLEAN THE HOUSE FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

No, we don’t mean you have to clean every inch of the house as if yours is one of the houses for sale in the neighbourhood (although it doesn’t hurt to if it is actually on the market). No, we mean do things like dusting the ceiling fan or wiping down the fridge before you undertake tasks such as wiping the skirting boards or vacuuming the carpet.

It’s common sense really, when you clean areas that are higher up, the dirt and debris falls down. you can then get to this excess dust and grime when you sweep or vacuum. If you do it the other way round you’ll end up having a dirty looking floor or sweeping twice.

There are many ways to get your home in tip-top shape without sacrificing hours out of your day to do it. If you are thinking of selling your home, talk to your local Ray White real estate agent – they’ll be able to help you identify areas to concentrate on, and some spaces that don’t need as much attention.

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