Cleaning

6 Smart Desk Accessories

Dress up your desk and stay organized this year with these fun fixtures.

9 Small Cleaning Resolutions You Should Make in 2017

When it comes to keeping the house neat and tidy, don’t make sweeping resolutions you’ll abandon long before it’s time for spring-cleaning. Instead, break those dreaded jobs (doing laundry, scrubbing the tub) down into small chores you can squeeze in here and there. These tiny changes to your routine will help keep the house clean and orderly—with minimal time and effort.

A Home Office Makeover

Real Simple brings some order (and some charm) to a cluttered home office.

The Right Way To Clean Out Your Refrigerator

First things first: You’ve got to take everything out. While it’s empty, give the fridge a scrub down, then replace the remaining contents and condiments in the appropriate spot.

How to Clean the Grossest Kitchen Spots

Got grimy stove grates, a gunky faucet, a filmy sink? Here’s how to tackle the most cursed nooks and surfaces. Grab a toothbrush.

31 Days to a Cleaner Home

We’ve got a cleaning tip for every day of the month, full of inspiration for the rest of 2017.

Which Vacuum Is Right for You?

Spring has officially sprung, which means dust, dirt, and pollen are in the air. The editors at Real Simple tested nine vacuum makes and models to help you discover the best device for your cleaning needs.

The One Spot in Your Kitchen You’ve Probably Been Ignoring—But Shouldn’t Be

When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, you probably cover the basics: counter, sink, stovetop, and floors. But when it comes to smaller spots, there’s one that usually gets overlooked.

How to Clean 8 of the Trickiest Spots In Your House

When it comes to cleaning the complicated spots in your home, do you find yourself giving up before you have even started? We’ve compiled all the tools and tricks to help you tackle those annoying and hard-to-reach places once and for all. With these easy, step-by-step instructions from the cleaning pros at Real Simple, you can tackle everything from up high (blinds and ceiling fans) to down low (garbage disposal and radiators) in a matter of minutes. And don’t worry—we’ve even included those items you use on a daily basis too, like your remote, mouse, and keyboard so your tech will feel fresh and new, too.

Our Best Organizing Tricks of All Time

Struggling to keep your whole house in order? Streamlined organizational systems can help you clear the clutter and eliminate the mess. If you can’t seem to get motivated, these Real Simple-editor approved solutions and strategies will help get you started and keep the disarray under control long-term. Can't tackle it all at once? Introduce one small change from this list every weekend and before you know it, you’ll start seeing results.