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40. Clean Your Garbage Disposal
It’s always a good idea to be in the habit of cleaning your garbage disposal monthly or every other month—especially if you detect an odor and/or run a lot of food down it.
41. Maintenance Clean Your Dishwasher
Spend a few moments every now and then to maintenance clean your dishwasher. You don’t have to deep clean it every time, but it should be maintenance cleaned a month to keep the unit running properly and to help keep odors and calcification at bay.
You can often find store-bought products for this as well as DIY options online, or refer to the instruction manual for your unit.
42. Maintenance Clean Your Washing Machine
Another important appliance to keep up on maintenance-wise is your washing machine, not to mention the dryer too.
People often clean their machines by running a machine-cleaning tab or cleaner through a Tub Clean cycle or as instructed, followed by cleaning any gaskets, seals, and trim with a cleaning cloth to help prevent mold/mildew build-up.
Dryers are a little easier when doing a simple maintenance cleaning, generally by making sure to clean the inside and outside of the unit using a lightly or barely damp cloth. It’s also good to make sure the lint trap is properly emptied and cleaner to help avoid fires and other issues.
However, ever so often it might be good to check in the slot where the trap goes to check for any lint that got by the lint filter and to occasionally have the vent ducts cleared out, if necessary.
43. Clean Out Your Purse, Backpack, or Wallet
Items such as backpacks, pursues, workbags, and wallets can quickly accumulate a lot of unnecessary weight, clutter, trash, and redundant items that we often don’t even need to lug around with us.
This not only makes it hard to find what we need, but it can also take a toll on those items in question along with our joints and body due to the access or lopsided weight. And it’s because of this that it’s essential to clean these items out ever so often, but ideally once a week.
Tips and Helpful Habits
You can quickly turn cleaning out your bag, purse, or wallet a weekly habit fairly easy, simply by stacking or incorporating it with another task you already do.
Maybe that would involve brewing coffee or separating mail for the day. Maybe it’s as you prep for the following day before you go to bed or as you start to wind for bed in general.
Either way, the more you keep at it, the more of a habit it will become. Over time, you’ll barely even notice when you’re doing it and it’ll seem far less tedious than it used to. Sort of like brushing your teeth, which is another task you can stack it around. I actually get grouchy now when stuff is a mess, which is a feeling I don’t think I’ll ever get used to.
If you’re in the habit of forgetting to clean your items out, you can set a weekly or even daily reminder.
44. Wipe Down a Door or Two
Doors, whether interior or exterior, can quickly become dusty and dirty, and that dust and dirt can eventually become one with the door, effectively sticking to it due to time and humidity in the air. It’s when stuff starts to stick to surfaces as a result of humidity and time that requires more detail scrubbing—that key part most people hate since it can require more time, effort, and elbow grease.
Get Ahead of the Mess
That’s why it’s helpful to dry dust your doors and wood trim weekly or at least a month to prevent build-up from occurring. Dusting often means less work later since there won’t be much to clean off.
Still, stuff does eventually start to show, which is why it helps to take a few moments to wipe the doors, or a door, down with a lightly damp microfiber cloth or cleaning cloth. A good rule of thumb is to at least try to wet dust at least twice a year, but quarterly often works best. Some people will even do it monthly.
Either way, it really does take just a few seconds per side.
PS—Don’t forget to get the handles or knobs.
45. Wipe Down the Banister
Got a minute or two? You can easily get banisters done with a lightly damp cloth if you hurry and try to beat the clock. Just be careful!
And if it’s been a while since you’ve last cleaned them and they happen to be covered in dust, try dusting them with a stick-style or “dry” duster that has a long handle. We love to use this duster lately, which isn’t as eco-friendly as some options but you can also recycle the replacement heads via mail if you live in the States.
46. Wipe Down the Mantel
If you have a fireplace mantel and it’s been a while since you last cleaned it or decluttered it, try taking a minute or two to do so. As an incentive, consider decorating it with seasonal items.
47. Vacuum the Floor in a Room or Small Area
You can generally maintenance vacuum a room in a few minutes, which is great for those who want to give daily vacuuming a try—especially in main or high-traffic areas of the house, such as the living room, kitchen, hallways, entryway, etc.
As a rule, you don’t necessarily even need to move furniture unless you want to. You can also try making moving furniture and heavy items easier while vacuuming by using felt furniture pads, which we cover in our post 5 Ways to Use Leftover Rubber & Felt Furniture Feet Pads.
48. Wipe Down Your Computer Monitor, Keyboard, mouse and/or Laptop
If you find that your desk tends to look thrashed more often than not, you can start by adding small, quick, and easy cleaning or organizing chores into your daily or weekly routine to help break things up a bit.
One great way to do this is by taking the tip to dust and/or wipe down your monitor, keyboard, mouse, or laptop at least once a week or more often using a slightly damp cleaning cloth or cleaning wipe designed for electronics.
This can be especially important during flu season or the like as well as to keep fingerprints and germs at bay. More so if you have a touchscreen or eat at your desk.
49. Go Through Some Mail
Going through mail usually only takes a minute or two if you stay on top of it. But regardless if you do or have a mountain of it to go through, sorting, tossing, or going through your mail is a great 20-minute task that you can do in-between doing other things (i.e., cooking, watching TV, gaming, etc.).
50. Go Through Some Emails
If you’re in the habit of letting your emails pile up into the hundreds or even thousands, as many people are, try giving a few minutes of each day to throw out or respond/process as many as you can. You can even make an effort 5 days out of the week to eliminate x-amount of emails each day until your spam, junk, and inbox folders are cleared.
Tips and Helpful Habits
- Even after you’ve cleaned up your email account, it helps to make it a weekly or monthly habit to clean out the junk and otherwise maintain the account as much as possible.
- Getting a lot redudndant emails to companies you previously subscribed to? Try to unsubscribe from them as you come across them during your email purge. That way, you’ll have a whole lot less coming through in the future.