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Despite the weather's reluctance to agree, it is almost springtime, and with spring comes spring cleaning. It's great to clean out and air out your house when the temperatures really do start to warm up.

The problem a lot of people face is taking on a little too much work and getting overwhelmed by it. With the right strategies and planning, though; you can get your house just as clean as you want it without getting burnt out.

Whether you work from home or just spend a lot of time on your computer for various things, you deserve a place to work comfortably. The calmer and happier you are, the more productive you will be, so it's okay to make a good home office a priority.

The most important thing about your home office is this: make it personal. Make it fit your personality, your way of working, and the things you like most. You might not love your work, but you can love your desk!

Light fixtures have a tendency to attract dust and small insects, not something anyone wants for their house, but they can also be a hassle to clean. Step stools, ladders, awkward shapes, dust falling everywhere—yikes!

Some of those things can't be avoided when it comes to cleaning your light fixtures, but by knowing the most effective way to clean each type of light fixture, you can make cleaning them a lot easier.

Schedules are tight—work, family, friends, other responsibilities—so the more you can fit into one span of time, the better! You have to get the house cleaned up anyway, and house cleaning can actually become a fantastic workout with a little bit of speed, motivation, and of course, music.

A month into the new year, everyone's getting everything organized. Maid services have been called, clutter has been thrown out, and the house is getting back to normal.

As this happens, everyone is also beginning to make predictions on everything from weather to fashion to the economy, and design is no different. Elle Decor discussed the trends expected in the months to come, and three of them stood out. Here's how to get three favorite trends for yourself without too much effort!

It doesn't seem to matter how well you plan or time, there's always something that goes wrong when you're in the middle of your house cleaning, and it seems like trouble you have to go through to fix the problem makes it not worth doing at all!
Everyone’s multitasking something these days; smartphones alone do roughly fifteen million things! What about your decorating? Have you thought about how you can decorate in a way that makes things multi-purpose? It’s a great trick, especially for small spaces or rooms (or large families!).
 

The Playhouse Tablecloth. It wouldn’t be right not to start with this clever, gorgeous idea. Children love to play under tables anyway, so why not turn your table into more than a makeshift fort? With a tablecloth that includes a flap for a door and a couple of windows, everyone will think you are the cleverest of housekeepers—especially your children!

Ever have a day when you look around your house and think, “Yeah, that’s not getting cleaned today.” Everyone has had one of those moments, and that’s okay! That’s what maid services are for, after all.

If you want to get a quick clean in without spending a bunch of time on it, though; there are ways to get a room cleaner in five minutes or less—set your timer and test your 5 minute clean!

If your house is looking nice thanks to some decluttering and your favorite maid service, you might have some time to look at other things in your life that could use some organizing. One area people often neglect in their lives is “digital house cleaning.”

Sorting and deleting old e-mails or computer files can seem daunting, but if you’re using your computer often, it’s worth the effort, making it easier to find what you need and helping your computer run more smoothly.

In your housekeeping endeavors, do you ever find yourself running out of places to put things? It always seems like there’s more stuff than places to put it all. Between your work and that of your cleaning services, the house may look great—except for that one thing that never has a home.  

You aren’t alone, and this has led to a lot of creative storage ideas like this one from Apartment Therapy, which involves using a trunk for three purposes and is a great trick, especially for smaller spaces.

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