To help solve my problem about ten years ago I came up with the laundry basket method. I place a laundry basket in the room I'm cleaning. As I clean that room I place anything that doesn't belong in the room in the basket. When I finish the room, then I empty the basket taking each item to it's appropriate place.
I discovered after using the box for over five years now that there is another plus side to it. The children hardly ever ask me where there things are. When they are looking for something they check the box first thing.
These are just a couple of tips that I've found that have helped me in maintaining a tidy house. I would love to hear from some of you what practical house cleaning tips you have learned over the years. Please feel free to share in the comments section.
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