How to Think About It and How to Do It: Our Best Cleaning Advice of the Year

How to Think About It and How to Do It: Our Best Cleaning Advice of the Year

Shifrah Combiths
Dec 23, 2016
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With longer hours spent indoors, lots of extra house guests, a kitchen that's worked harder than it has all year, and, more than likely, an increase in the amount of stuff in your house, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your home cleaned up for the new year. Here are our best posts of 2016 to get those cleaning wheels turning.

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Blitz Cleaning

It's probably safe to say that we all want a cleaner house with as little exertion as possible. Whether through actually cleaning quickly or being a stickler about maintenance, here are are some avenues to a ship-shape house — and quickly.

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Special Case Cleaning

From cleaning particular areas or cleaning up after special inhabitants (pets, anyone?) here are some tried-and-true tips for tackling specific cleaning tasks.

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Cleaning Tricks and Hacks

Although the result is its own reward, most of us view cleaning as a chore. Following are some clever ways to take some of the pain out of the drudgery.

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Mind Over Matter

Like so many other things in life, your home's cleanliness as well as your personal approach to cleaning are at least partially a matter of perspective. Here's how to psych yourself up to clean, how to convince yourself you're good as-is, or how to use cleaning to brighten your spirits.

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