Are You A Smart Housekeeper

Are you a smart housekeeper? These clever tips below (some of which you’ve never heard of) will definitely spring your housekeeping up a notch. You don’t have to wait for Spring to do these, but as Spring time is nearly upon us, it’s almost time to get not just your dirty laundry out into open air, but all those non-laundry items you’ve been waiting all year to spring clean. Start your spring housekeeping when you want, but I’ve put together some fabulous tips to set you on your way. So go boldly and get that housekeeping, clearing away and organising done!


Are you a smart housekeeper


~You probably don’t need your tights any more until the autumn. The best way to store them is in a sealable freezer bag. Give each pair its own bag. This will keep them fresh and avoid them rubbing against, and getting tangled with each other, causing less wear and tear.

~Get rid of dirty marks on white bags, shoes, belts and other accessories by rubbing them with cotton wool dipped in nail varnish.

~You’ll no doubt, be storing jackets and winter coats in your cupboard soon. A cheap way of keeping the moths at bay is to store a couple of conkers in the pockets of the garment in question. Make sure you dry clean or wash the coat/jacket before storing. It’s better to store each garment in individual plastic cases. Place a couple of conkers in a small laundry bag (a small bag with holes in it) and hang this on the hanger. Moths are repelled by the smell of conkers even though we can’t smell them. Remember to change them each year.

~This is a great time of year to have a clear out. If you didn’t wear something all autumn/winter last season, face it, you’re not going to next winter either. Charity shops are waiting for your donation. Your wardrobe (and less crumpled clothes) will thank you for it.

~Jackets should be hung on padded hangers; sweaters, folded and put away in a sealed plastic box or drawer. Hanging knitted sweaters on hangers for long periods may make them stretch lengthwise, causing a distortion in the style and look when you put them on again. All sweaters should be dried flat, not hanging from a line.

~Fluff and unsightly pet hairs should be removed from all winter clothes before you put them away. Wrap sticky tape to your hands, inside out. Pat firmly over the garment until fluff is all gone.

~Make sure you wash all your white bedding and winter blankets separate from the coloured ones. Never wash them on very high temperatures either. This is the secret to keeping whites white. Avoid spending lots of money to restore white clothes and linen. For added whiteness, add some soda crystals to the wash.

~To avoid your underwired bras losing their shape, hand wash from the start of their lives. If you don’t mind having to replace them often, or having them dig into your ribs, then it’s okay to stick them in the washing machine.

~Do you have trouble with sweat marks? Apply a bit of vodka on the spot before you place garment in the wash. This post shows you what else you can use vodka for.

So how about you? Are you a smart housekeeper? Do you have other ideas and housekeeping tips to share with us? Please use the comment box to do so. Thank you.

Additional reading: How to Declutter.

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27 Responses to Are You A Smart Housekeeper

  1. Marry April 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Yes I am one the good house keepers but your post is more helpful thank you for your ideas and suggetions.

  2. sher yar March 24, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    my mother is the best house keeper in the world…i think she will like this….
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  3. ken curtis March 15, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I had been waiting for long to pack up things I haven’t used lately. It really gets on my nerves to see jackets or body warmers lying all around.

  4. Cat McMahon
    March 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Vodka for underarm stains, what a great idea. I’m looking forward to trying it. I have my own concoction, which works on most stains. In a small spray bottle mix tablespoon each of Dawn dishwashing detergent, Tide laundry detergent, and an enzyme based stain and odor remover. Fill with tap water. I live on the west coast of the USA and have not heard of the term, Conkers. What are they? Thanks for the wonderful information, Anne, and the reminder it’s that time of year to schedule spring cleaning!

    • Anne March 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

      Sounds like a good mixture, Cat. I’m always happy to hear about new DIY ways of cleaning, which avoid using expensive cleaners.

      Conkers are the ‘fruit’ of the horse chestnut tree.

      Speaking of the West coast, I’ll be visiting LA very soon. Can’t wait.

  5. Margaux Allen March 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    I am not good in housekeeping and definitely I’m not smart at it. Thanks for this post! This would be a big help!

  6. suborna
    March 6, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    I am also a good housekeeper. Housekeeping boosts my confidence

  7. Luke Bradshaw
    February 27, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    I feel I am a good house keeper having O.C.D! But it can be a pain at times lol!

    Great advice, thanks.

  8. athul February 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Me and my wife makes our home a clean and tidy one .We makes our house look beautiful day by day.and now i am running a successful house cleaning company in Perth ,providing all the cleaning service.Cleanliness makes a man perfect.

    • Myrna Bacchus
      February 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      I do try to make my home tidy at all times. My children tells me I am a neat freak and that I am always cleaning. Even when they clean their own rooms I have to double check just to be sure it was done up to my standards. I just cannot help it. Thanks for tips. Cheers. Have a blessed day Anne.

      • Anne February 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

        Hi Myrna, thanks for visiting.

        My 15 year old cleans the bedrooms and the rest of upstairs. This is part of her weekly chores. I usually just let her get on with it. I think she does a great job.

  9. rossfharrel February 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

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  10. Cor Safety Program February 20, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Vodka makes sense to me. Being a safety services provider, I want to know if detergent & vodka fumes at reaction.

    • Anne February 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      I don’t think they do – at least not in my experience.

  11. Jackie February 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    LOL ..I love this post! I’m a hopeless housekeeper and there’s some great tips here that I’ll attempt to take on board.


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  12. Simon from Zygor
    February 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    I must send my wife to read this…..I’m afraid she flunked housekeeping!
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  13. Jewelry & watches February 17, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    yes it is clever will very helpful for housekeeper.the tips of Apply a bit of vodka is very interesting for me.thanks

  14. Akos Fintor
    February 17, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    Hey Anne,

    I’m horrible at housekeeping, but my wife is very clean and organized.
    She’s running the household like a “boss”.


  15. Window Blinds February 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Thanks for sharing..

    I think am a good house keeper because i manage each and everything as soon as possible..

  16. Lizanne February 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Great post!! Vodka on sweat marks?! It works!!!

  17. Amlan Biswas
    February 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    I always thought I was a smart housekeeper , before I landed here 🙂

  18. James February 13, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    You got it right Anne, I had been waiting for long to pack up things I haven’t used lately. It really gets on my nerves to see jackets or body warmers lying all around. I haven’t ever packed each cloth in a separate plastic and maybe this was the reason behind the shocking state of my clothes. Hopefully these tips will help my case too, thanks for sharing.

    • Anne February 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      You raised a good point, James. We do preserve our clothes for longer when we clean them and put them away when not in use. I do this each winter and summer.

  19. Onliine Tools
    February 13, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    Hm, your ideas are good. Thanks for sharing this.

  20. lizer
    February 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    i think i am a smart house keeper, we all do, but i only manage to do like half of these.
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  21. Hawaii's first test tube baby February 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    I thought I was a smart housekeeper, but this was great advice! Thanks!

  22. Gerard Saliot
    February 9, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    This is a fantastic information.Much thanks again. Fantastic.
    Thank you.
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