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5 Home Chores to Stop Half-Assing Right This Instant

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02.01.15

First things first: we’re not trying to make you feel guilty about sub-par efforts on some chores. Everyone cuts corners (except Mary Poppins who is, you know, fictional). We’re pointing out these five instances of potential half-assery because it’s actually not that hard to go full tilt. And it’ll feel great when you do!

Check out these ways to stop half-assing it at home:

Your Wood Floors: They Need More Than a Sweeping

If you’re reading Brightnest (and we love that you are!), you’re probably pretty good at keeping your floors swept. At least enough so that you’re not crunching crumbs and other unknown remnants in your toes with each step.

Apologies, but a clean sweep to your bare floors is only half the battle. Life gets sticky. And that’s why we have Pine Sol. So the next time you put your broom down, pick your mop up before pouring yourself a victory drink.

Your Refrigerator: A Monthly Food Toss Isn’t Enough

Kudos for throwing out your leftovers, but the party doesn’t stop there. Remember that apple that sat for a little too long in your fruit drawer? Or the leftover tomato basil soup container that left a nasty red-ring of death on your top shelf? Those puppies left germs!

When you’re tossing expired and damaged goods, remember to disinfect your refrigerator shelves.

Your Rugs: Break Out a Broom and Some Muscle

Don’t just vacuum, do like Michael Jackson and Beat It! (Okay that may have been cheesy but also a fantastic soundtrack for next time you clean, right?)

Once a month, take your rugs outside and beat them with a broom. This will get rid of what’s stuck on the bottom, the top and tiny dust too small for your vacuum to eat. Trust us, when you see how much stuff flies off that rug, you’ll realize why this is such an important step.

Your Naps: Vegetating on the Sofa Doesn’t Count

Didn’t think we’d cover sleeping, did you? Naps can be half-assed, too! Although it may be all too easy to “take a nap” in front of The Bachelor, that’s just not going to cut it. If you need some shut eye, close the blinds and give yourself a true dosage of REM cycles.

Your Vent Covers: What You Can’t See WILL Make You Sneeze

When you’re deep cleaning the floor, don’t just dust or vacuum your vent covers.

Vacuuming your vent covers is like sending the initial “we need to talk text.” You haven’t broken up with your dust yet! Take your vent covers outside (or into a laundry basin) and wash them off. Again, when you see how much dusty comes off the vents, you’ll see why this is a critical move.

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