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Cleaning tips for single guys – or indifferent housekeepers like me.


Originally, this was meant to be solely a list of cleaning tips for single guys, and then I realized they’d work just as well for an indifferent housekeeper like me.


Easy cleaning tips for single guys.


As a single guy (or indifferent housekeeper of any gender – like me), living alone or with roommates, one of the last things you want to do is clean.

Yet, one of the easiest ways to impress a guest is to present a clean living space.

Here are a couple easy ways to keep your living area clean and avoid the embarrassment of a dirty living space.


Remove the clutter.


This is the easiest way to clean up a place.

Beyond the obvious (clothes and dishes), developing a system for filing books, mail, or other important papers lying around can save you lots of aggravation.

Also, cutting back on the “knick-knacks” can alleviate the clutter, making an area look cleaner.


Windex: the all-purpose cleaner.


Thought Windex was just for windows and mirrors?

Think again.

After laundry and dish detergent, Windex should be the next essential cleaning agent a single guy can have. Besides working on glass, Windex is an excellent degreaser for counter and oven tops.

Need to clean up the toilet, sink, or shower?

Windex performs well in cleaning these surfaces as well. In fact, for surfaces other than wood and items you or your pets eat near, Windex is a formidable all-around cleaning agent.


Good smell goes a long way.


While Windex is an excellent cleaner, too much of it can give a place a slight “funny” odor.

Top off a clean living space with a good smelling air refresher.

Spray it just before guests arrive. This way it is not potent, but still lingering when they arrive.


Keeping it clean.


Upkeep is essential to keeping a living area clean.

Develop a schedule to clean all of your living areas periodically.

Make sure to keep key cleaning agents like Windex in stock. This will make clean-up before guests arrive easier and put you at ease when unexpected guests arrive.


Follow a few simple tips.


There are a few simple things to keep in mind that will help keep your home neat and tidy just about all the time.

Use some of the ideas below to keep you from doing a mad scramble when you find out guests are coming over.

  • Never leave a room empty handed. You can always carry a plate, cup or something from one room to another. You’ll find that this keeps the house nice and tidy without taking time out of the day to clean up all these things at once.
  • Everything has a place. Treat your home like you would your tackle box or garage. Give everything a place and keep it there.
  • Clean for 20 minutes every night. You will be amazed at what you can get done in that time. Just set the timer and keep busy on the house for the next 20 minutes. This time cleaning means you can wake up to a tidy house in the morning.


Christine is the owner and author for her three blogs: Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest, and Top Web Blog Tips. Periodically, if a post topic is appropriate to either of her other blogs, they will be published as a guest post by CJB.


This is one of my four blogs:

I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

Feathering the Empty Nest is my 'baby' that I have been nurturing and building or four years - ever since taking medical retirement from my government job because of disability issues. As a result, general health and well being, and losing weight are a concern for me and are therefore topics covered here. I also discuss marriage, raising a family (especially military families like ours) including parenting teens,adult children (or, if you prefer - parenting young adults living at home) as well as parenting children of all ages.

Of course, I can't forget our lovable, furry family members. Pet ownership is wonderful - especially once our kids have moved out on their own, so there is discussion about responsible pet ownership and care. Lifestyle changes that come with raising a family, retirement, and health issues, in addition to how these affect other aspects of our lives such as housekeeping, cooking and shopping matter a great deal. Being the lazy housekeeper and indifferent cook that I am, learning how to save money while still eating well has meant finding easy cooking recipes, experimenting with online grocery shopping and sharing invaluable household hints and tips.Our home remains our castle, whether our kids live here or elsewhere and home ownership and renovations, diy home projects and repair tips and hints play a large role.

Weave all of this together with humorous stories of children, pets, family life, marriage and any other silly little thing I can think of, and you have 'Feathering the Empty Nest.'

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