Wanna chill, but gotta clean? Do these super easy tasks

It’s all too easy to come home from a rough day out on the town and slump down onto your couch or bed, flip open your laptop, and start watching those cat videos. You know that your dishes are a mess, your laundry needs to be done, you need to vacuum and your bathroom is a nightmare, but none of those matter – because work was really hard today, ok?

That doesn’t mean there aren’t ways you can feel those feels and still get some things done! Here are some ways to trick yourself into cleaning your apartment a bit, even if you just really need to chill.

Get that cat hair off your pillows

One of the easiest cleans with the easiest way to clean, getting pet hair off of your couch or bed is actually pretty easy – put on a pair of rubber gloves and give the surface a rubdown! It’s not as thorough as a vacuum or a pet hair removal brush, but it does a pretty decent job and takes, literally, seconds to complete. It barely even counts as work if it takes a minute or two!

Use a pillowcase to dust hard to reach places

Case in point: ceiling fan. One of the most notoriously difficult and annoying things to clean, a ceiling fan – or really, anything high up, can be easily cleaned with a pillowcase. For the fan, simply open the case over the blade, pull down and out, and voila, your fan is completely dust-free. For the tops of cabinets or any other hard to reach place, using the pillowcase as a whip and slapping it over top of the area will have a similar effect. Best part? Just throw it in the laundry when you’re done!

Toss something fresh into the garbage disposal

Lucky enough to have a garbage disposal in your suite? Every now and then, throw a lemon in with some vinegar to give the disposal a good disinfecting, deodorizing clean. Garbage disposals can be a smelly and gross place most of the time, but they really don’t have to be – keep them clean with lots of water, and keep them fresh with your old fruit

It’s all about tackling things that only take a couple minutes! Even if you can get five minutes of cleaning done before you veg out, you’ll always feel better than at least you did something!

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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