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Most people come to realize this the hard way, but maintaining a clean environment both at home and in the workplace is a vital component for ensuring success. If your apartment is cluttered with items from last week’s rendezvous or your workplace looks as though it was hit by a hurricane, then the chances for delayed operations and diminishing productivity are likely to be high. However, not all hope is lost – in fact, by utilizing these 5 cleaning hacks, preserving the cleanliness and sanctity of your space (and, as a consequence, of your mind) has never been easier.

1. Don’t just sweep it under the rug.

rp_^7E5932972B838BDEC0BC17DC593A188E37723554D84151C8BD^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distr.jpgIt’s Friday night and you decide to have some friends over for an impromptu gathering. There you are, patting yourself on the back for managing to pull off the night on such short notice, when someone informs you that one of your wine glasses has just taken the hit. Now, although the temptation to deal with it later is at an all time high, I’m here to tell you not to do it. Dealing with broken glass can be daunting, but it’s not as bad as it seems. All you have to do is clean up the large shards first. Then, simply drop a slice of bread onto the floor and press down on it to sweep up the less noticeable debris.

2. Tired of trying to clean up the fur? Look no further.

^2234B3FA239902132139042F39107A282CE9F714AA1A4635DF^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrNow, I know how hard it can be to say no when you’re curled up on your couch and all of a sudden your dog decides they absolutely have to cuddle up with you that very minute. I mean, why would anyone say no to that? Here’s where the problem arises: after you’ve allowed them to join you on the couch, you find yourself attempting to clear out all the fur for about a week. Sure, a vacuum seems like the most hassle-free option but here’s something even better – simply slip on a rubber glove and move your hands all over the scene of the crime. The powers of static will do the rest for you. Finally, make sure to wash up in the sink and use a drain catcher to get rid of the fluff for good.

3. This one is really just about absorbing.

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Ah, the feeling of purchasing a new sponge. One might even call it one of the simple pleasures of life. Sponges are such a handy tool in the kitchen, from getting the dishes done to clearing up spills on the stove top; they can do it all. However, there comes a point rather soon after the purchase of a sponge where you can no longer bear to look at it because you feel as though you can actually see the bacteria multiplying on its surface. The next time this happens, don’t just give up on the poor thing. Actually, the life of a sponge can be quite easily extended in two easy steps. First, moisten it. Next, set it in the microwave for about two minutes and let it cool before use.

4. Yes, there is a way to spell painting without pain.

^DCA804C4C86DECB464162FB3899D3139BCB47DCF1189B5B981^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrA fresh layer of paint can do wonders for your home or office space – but if you’re anything like me – being within a 5 mile radius of paint can spell disaster for your clothes. Luckily, having a paint spill does not mean your new outfit needs to meet with the bottom of a trash can. All you have to do is fetch your disposable razor, and run it over your clothes in a quick sweep while they are laid flat. Be careful not to press down too hard, though. Voilà, there you have it – good as new.

5. Let’s not be crude.

^1612F1BE54E49DEE4FF4D2926BAF4E256826AF3C38CD91893E^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrAre you tired of looking at the hideous oil stains across your driveway? Have no fear – with one easy hack, your days of having to look at these crude blemishes will soon be a thing of the past. Simply grab a bottle of Coca Cola from your refrigerator (yes, Pepsi will do) and pour it over the stain. Let it sit for a couple of hours and simply rinse it off to witness the magic.

Chandni

Chandni

Chandni Purswani is a sophomore at New York University pursuing a dual major in Economics and Computer Science. Born and brought up in Dubai, she considers it her home. In her free time she loves discovering hole-in-the-wall coffee shops and getting lost in a good book.

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