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Published: Thursday, 9/21/2006

Speed-Cleaning Tips to Help You Take Back Your Time

NewsUSA) - One in three Americans are chronically overworked, according to a 2005 Families and Work Institute study.

Many would agree that making the most of one's time is essential to achieving happiness and life balance. The experts at Merry Maids offer these time-saving tips to help you breeze through the dirty work fast.

* Use the right tools. Forget specialized gadgets; opt for a cleaning apron or caddy for storing cleaning supplies. They keep your supplies within reach as you move around the room.

* Make every move count. Work around the room once without backtracking. Carry your equipment and supplies with you so you don't have to make dozens of trips back and forth across the room. Work from top to bottom so you won't be re-cleaning surfaces with dirt from above. Follow the mantra: "dust first, vacuum last."

* Repetition is key. Always return your tools to the same spot in your apron or caddy.

You can't spare the time to fumble around for them.

* Know when to call for help. If you've reduced your cleaning chaos with these tips and you're still feeling frazzled and resentful, it's time to call in some help. After all, a cleaning frenzy is no way to spend your valuable leisure time.

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