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Your Home, Pretty in 20 Minutes: How to Neaten Your House in a Hurry

Written by Nicky Tomboulides .

Making your home LOOK PRETTY can actually make it look clean. In a pinch, you can cheat and skip the cleaning.

So, let’s say your mother-in-law just called. She is on her way and your house is a mess. What do you do? Don’t even think of cleaning, going through your mail, doing laundry or changing the linen. You are on speed mode.  Unless you live in the Taj Mahal, the next eight steps will get your home pretty and guest-ready in 20 minutes.

1. Spend the first two minutes meditating to quiet your mind. Next, turn on your favorite dancing tunes and GO!

2. Grab a laundry basket and a plastic garbage bag. You will start from the bedroom(s). Make the beds, do not change the linens.

Cleaning Your Own Home vs. Hiring a Professional: What You Need to Know

Written by Nicky Tomboulides .

Before we start talking about the actual step-by-step cleaning of your home, let’s decide who will be doing the routine/weekly cleaning.  Are you the chosen one?  Do you need to hire someone to do the dirty work?

Let's talk about the pros and cons of cleaning yourself versus hiring someone. The obvious fact is that very few people enjoy cleaning. You may be the exception. Indeed, it's a chore. You need to motivate yourself and your family. Here are a few motivational mantras.

Reasons to clean your house yourself

1. Cleaning is great exercise! Today we spend long stretches of time sitting in the office at home and in traffic! Cleaning gets us off the chair and on the road to burning calories. ‘Exerclean’ is a triple win, helping you to live in a clean home while creating a trimmer, healthier you!