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You’ve successfully tackled clutter with the KonMari method. Now you’re ready to confront cleaning head-on: vacuuming on the reg, scrubbing the tub every week and never, ever leaving leftover Thai food in the fridge for a month. (Well, maybe that’s a little too ambitious.)

Instead, we give you eight super-simple ways to keep your apartment clean (at least on the surface) all year long--because you never know when friends, family or the maintenance guy will drop by for a visit.

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MAKE YOUR BED WHILE YOU’RE STILL IN IT

This defines lazy, but it works like a charm. Before you even get out of bed in the morning, grab the top edges of your blankets, raise them up like a parachute in gym class and then wiggle out from under the sheets--just like this. Do a little fluffing and you’re good to go.

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GET RID OF PET HAIR WITH A RUBBER GLOVE

Bet you didn’t know about this secret purpose for those rubber dishwashing gloves. Just slip them on, get them a little wet and then run your gloved hands over tables, couches and anywhere else pet hair is visible.

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DUST SURFACES WITH YOUR SOCKS

Clever and efficient. Put socks on your hands and your feet to tackle bookshelves, windowsills, floors and baseboards all at once.

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LINE YOUR TRASH CANS WITH MULTIPLE BAGS

When you take out the trash, you’ll already have a new bag in place.

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USE KITCHEN GOODS TO SCRUB YOUR TUB

Don’t like the smell of bleach? Slice a grapefruit in half, sprinkle it with some salt and get scrubbing. Your tub will sparkle and your bathroom will be left with a fresh citrus scent.

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Emily Henderson

THEN CLEAN YOUR SHOWER DOOR WITH A DRYER SHEET

In the laundry, it softens fabrics. In the bathroom, it softens soap scum.

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USE YOUR WASHING MACHINE AS A HAMPER

Instead of throwing your clothes into a basket (or on the floor or over a chair),toss them into the washer as soon as you take them off. Then, when the washer’s full, run a load.

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MAKE YOUR TOILET SPARKLE WITH A MAGIC ERASER

Use this miracle sponge to wipe down your porcelain throne--and any other dusty or discolored white surface in the bathroom--to get it to glisten.

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