Hudson Valley Parent

HVP - Feb. 2014

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20 minutes to a tidier home Easy tips to get your house organized in a hurry By LAURA LANE L ike many moms, I love having a clean house. Even if the kids are running around and tossing their toys all over the place, I feel so happy when I look at a gleaming kitchen with clean countertops and nice sparkling bathrooms. I'm not alone. In a recent survey from Working Mother, 68 percent of moms said they try to keep their house clean to feel more at peace. As much as I love a clean house, however, I'm usually not very motivated to put in all the hard work and elbow grease required to make it spic and span. Instead of feeling guilty, every day I do a "general tidy." In 20 minutes or less, I zoom around the house taking care of key tasks, so my house feels picked up and organized. After I do the general tidy, I feel the house is "good enough," and I can move on to more fun things like taking the kids to the park or catching up with a friend over a cup of coffee. Here's how to tidy your house every day in 20 minutes or less: Be an early bird Even if you have to wake up 20 minutes earlier, it's worth it to do this routine in the morning, because 32 Hudson Valley Parent n February 2014

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