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How to keep your house tidy – top tips

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When we’re busy, cutting corners can certainly seem enticing but that’s not the answer when it comes to our homes. The home should be a place where we’re proud to be, a place we look forward to retreating to after a busy day, and that’s not going to be the case if your house is a pigsty!

If you see yourself staring at a pile of dirty clothing that desperately needs to go to the dry cleaners, a stack of junk mail on your coffee table, a smelly gym bag thrown by your shoes in the hallway, dirty dishes by the sink and an array of empty toiletries - it’s time to do yourself a favour. Vanguard’s advice is: clean as you go - you leave a room, take something with you. You make dinner - wash up or fill the dishwasher after you’ve eaten. You take off your smelly gym socks - put them in your washing hamper. To transform your home and make those taxing chores easier, read on and allow Vanguard to help you, help yourself.

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Regular clear-outs

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Regularly do your laundry

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Wash your kitchen down after every meal

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Vacuum weekly

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Buy less

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Don’t keep items out of guilt

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Don’t turn threadbare clothes into loungewear

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Consider a storage service

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Always unload the dishwasher ASAP

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No shoes policy

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Share the cleaning responsibility

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Clean little and often

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Put clothes immediately in wardrobe or laundry

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Have a paper filing system

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