2. Tidy as you go
Make it a point to tidy up after yourself after every time you use something (this helps to train your kids to do the same, too). This applies to washing the dishes, putting away piles of laundry, and wiping down the hob after cooking – doing these small tasks as you come across them helps to prevent dirt buildup in the long run, making it easier to do deep cleaning next time.
An easy way to remind yourself to do this is to keep your cleaning materials close at hand. For instance, storing a lint roller in a dresser drawer keeps it within reach when you need to pick up hair, dust and powder. Alternatively, store your cleaning materials in a cart that’s easy to move from room to room.