Archive for January, 2015

4 Quick and Easy Tips to Simplify Cleaning Your Home

Let’s face it: cleaning is not fun for everyone. It is a means to an end. Sure, the end product is nice and you feel accomplished afterwards, but the road to getting there is at best sweaty and at worst exhausting. Here are four quick ways to make cleaning your home simpler and easier.

1. Designate Organised Areas

Image source: winnond at FreeDigitalPhotos.netIf you know where everything goes (or should go) in your house, then cleaning will be a whole lot quicker. Encourage your kids to put their toys away when they are finished. They should know where the toy trucks go, where the sporting gear goes, where the colouring books go, and so on. If there are specific places for everything, and the places are common knowledge, this will reduce clutter and keep your tidying up time to a minimum. Keep all cleaning items to a specific area based on use. Put your supplies in areas that are easy to get to. Vacuums are always bulky and a pain, so relieve some of that annoyance by setting it up in a place that is easy to access.

2. Reduce Clutter

Keepsakes are nice, but do you really need that trophy you got for participating in the school spelling bee in grade 2? Throw it out, or have a special closet, box, or shed for such items to look back on later. Keeping your home free of clutter will save you lots of time and energy as you clean. If keepsakes are important to you then save them. There are no rules when it comes to your home, but there are tips to help keep you from pulling your hair out later. Do you need a month’s worth of the same magazine or newspaper? If you find a particular article interesting, save it… and throw the rest out.

3. Maintain the Cleanliness throughout the Week

Clean as you go, do small loads of laundry during the week so it doesn’t pile up on one big day, wipe down surfaces as you use them, and teach kids to put toys away after use. Upkeep like this will save you lots of time when you have to do the heavy-duty cleaning. Tidying up can sometimes take longer than the actual cleaning itself but, if each person in your household knows where everything belongs and knows they’re expected to put things away, they can each do their part. Before you head to bed each night, do a quick tidy of the kitchen, living room, and play area.

4. Schedule Cleaning

Have a specified day to clean the whole house or choose a day where you only do bathrooms, then the vacuuming the next day, and so on. Maintain your schedule and stick to it. This will let you mentally prepare for cleaning and allow you to schedule the rest of your day and week accordingly. Try to be strict with your schedule without putting too much strain on yourself. By keeping a schedule, you’ll know everything will get done.

Putting these tips to use will allow you to clean your house more thoroughly than ever before. It may even look like a professional cleaning service like AMC Cleaning has visited recently!

 

 

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Weird Places to Read Your Textbook

In this day and age, everyone is busy – especially the modern student, who is usually combining their study with work, family life, and/or interning. Below is a list of some strange places you can whip out your textbook to sneak some extra study time into your day.

On the Toilet

A 2013 survey of avid readers found that 23% of them admitted to reading while they were on the toilet. While it may not seem like the most hygienic place to read your textbook, researchers have found that your kitchen sink is actually likely to harbour more germs and bacteria than the toilet bowl! Keep some printed notes or prompt cards handy in the bathroom if you don’t feel comfortable sitting on the toilet with your actual textbook.

While You Work Out

We’ve all seen the people at the gym flicking through a glossy magazine while they ride the bike or walk on the treadmill. While exercising can be a great way to catch up with the latest celebrity gossip, you’ll be making far better use of your time if you combine your workout with some study time. Can’t read and run? What about tuning into a podcast about a topic you’re studying?

In the Pool

This is great in summer when it’s too hot to concentrate while you’re sitting at your desk. A word of warning though: either photocopy pages to read between plastic sheets or save the aquatic studying for your own backyard swimming pool, where you can enforce a strict ‘no splashing’ rule. The bathtub is another good spot, particularly if you’re trying to wind down without being too idle.

While You Do the Dishes…

…or any other household chores. This is another great chance to listen to podcasts of lecture notes or audio textbooks if you can’t manage to multitask with a physical book. Study and housework are two things that most students can’t avoid, so combining them can help the time pass quicker and more productively while you perform a task you don’t particularly enjoy.

While You Brush Your Teeth

This is another scenario where a bulky textbook may be impractical – and, depending on how vigorously you brush or turn on the tap, potentially risky – but you can always stick some study prompt post-it notes to your bathroom mirror and memorise equations or statistics while you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face.

While reading coursework or textbooks in odd places can be a helpful way to sneak some extra study into your downtime, it is important that you still get a break for the things you enjoy too. If you are having trouble fitting in classes and study around your lifestyle or commitments, consider talking to a more flexible higher education provider like Evocca College, where you can start studying anytime throughout the year, choose your own schedule, and get access to one-on-one training and tuition.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever read a book? Or have you seen someone else reading in an unusual place? Share your strange sighting in the comments below.

 

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