Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Rachel Pre­ston-Bid­well Rachel Pre­ston-Bid­well is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of West­ern Aus­tralia.

Clean­ing can seem like an oner­ous task, es­pe­cially around in­spec­tion time if you’re rent­ing.

We all know some­one with a house that al­ways ap­pears sparkling clean, so here are five top tips from ha­bit­u­ally tidy peo­ple to help keep your space spot­less on a daily ba­sis.

1. Tidy as you go In­cor­po­rate small tasks into your daily rou­tine such as:

Mak­ing the bed first thing in the morn­ing.

Throw­ing scraps in the bin as you cook.

Plac­ing dishes in the dish­washer straight after you have used them.

Com­plet­ing these small, less time con­sum­ing jobs will keep your house in or­der on a daily ba­sis. Plus, you’ll save time when do­ing a com­plete house­hold clean.

2. Do your laun­dry on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Rather than spend­ing hours on a Satur­day wash­ing your week’s worth of clothes, ded­i­cate an hour a few times a week to wash, hang and fold your laun­dry.

Do­ing a lit­tle bit more of­ten will make the task seem less oner­ous and it won’t eat into your day off.

3. Dust and vac­uum once a week.

Ded­i­cate 20 min­utes once a week to dust sur­faces and vac­uum your house. Not only will this cre­ate a bet­ter breath­ing space but it will help to main­tain car­pets and other house­hold sur­faces, which is a plus for renters and in­vestors alike.

4. Never go to bed with a dirty kitchen.

Al­though it might be tempt­ing to leave the dishes for an­other day, wash­ing the dishes, wip­ing down counter tops and putting away left­overs be­fore bed will make your morn­ing rush a lit­tle eas­ier.

Not to men­tion you will wake up with a clean space and a clean cup for your morn­ing cof­fee. Stains and spills will also be eas­ier to re­move as they have less time to stick to your dishes and bench tops.

5. Don’t de­lay.

Pack away your gro­ceries as soon as you get home, file away your let­ters and put the bin out when it’s full.

By man­ag­ing your time and com­plet­ing small tasks straight away, you can avoid the domino ef­fect of mess build­ing up. It will also de-clut­ter your space and your house will prob­a­bly smell bet­ter too.

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