9 Things People With Clean Houses Do Every Day!
Do you ever just pop in on a friend or family member and think to yourself, “Why is their home always clean? or How do they consistently have a clean home?”
“Do they just avoid things like cooking each night or What?”
If you do chances are, you struggle with keeping your home clean. You find yourself having to wash a sink piled high of dishes, washing load after load of laundry, and you can’t ever seem to get ahead on the clutter.
You are not alone. So many of us get in this routine of waiting to clean once or twice a week and find ourselves spending countless hours getting the house back into shape only to find it dirty again the next day.
There is something we can do to fix this problem. You can maintain a clean home every day without having to spend hours cleaning.
The secret? Well, it’s simple. You just need to do these 9 things everyday! Once you get in the habit of doing them, you’ll find your home consistently clean day in and out.
Keeping up on the dishes can be one of the hardest tasks to maintain on a daily basis if you allow them to pile up. The trick is to wash up as you cook and wash up immediately after your meal. If you can resist the temptation of relaxation after your bellies are full, you’ll be right as rain every time. Plus, you will never have to wash a sink piled high of dirty dishes ever again!
#1: Do a Load of Laundry Every Day
Laundry sucks… plain and simple. There are so many steps to it. If you are like me, you often wish you had a laundry room full of dressers, closets and more so you could simply wash, dry, fold, and take care of all in one room! But, like most of us, our bedrooms are 2 flights of stairs away from our washer and dryers so the task of doing laundry becomes more like a task of being an Olympic star athlete. What to do? Start by always carrying your laundry baskets with you to the laundry room. Purchase several of them so you can keep one by the dryer at all times, one in every bedroom of your home, and a few extra to spare. If you have kids, have them bring their dirty basket to you and switch them for a clean one. Make it a priority before dinner because who wants to do laundry late in the evening when that time is meant for other things… like relaxing!
#2: Use Baskets to Organize Things
So we talked about laundry baskets keeping us in check with our laundry, but use other types of baskets for everything else around the house too! A decorative basket can go well in any area of the house and will help you keep things tidy. But be cautious not to allow those baskets to become junk drawers. Be specific about their use, if it doesn’t belong in that basket, don’t put it in there.
#3: Put Away Your Clothes From the Day
We all like to wear articles of clothing more than just 1 time… I mean come on, who washes their jeans or sweaters after every use? Keep a designated area of the house, preferable near the bathroom or where you put your shoes, to hold those types of clothing when you get home for the day. Especially if you are the type of person who’d rather throw them in the wash than to walk them up the stairs and hang them back in your closet. I find a lot of people will wear the same sweater multiple times within in a week just throwing it back on to run back out to the store for example. This will also eliminate dirtying up new articles of clothing for just a simple errand.
#4: Clean as You Go
This is very important. Straightening up each room as you go is so handy in maintaining a clean home. It’s the fastest way to clean too because if you keep up the routine you won’t get to that point of no return… you know the moment you have to cancel a family get together because you only have 3 hours to clean and that just isn’t enough to tackle the mess you put yourself in. You’ll find you have more time to do deep cleaning on the weekends too if you aren’t spending your whole Saturday just straightening up the house.
#5: Never Go to Bed With a Dirty Kitchen
Ding, Ding, Ding… You got it, the most important one to keep. When you leave this post, I hope the one thing you learn form it is to keep your kitchen straightened up and cleaned before bed. The kitchen is the room in the house where germs can fester the quickest. The kitchen is also the room in the house that is used most often. If you can commit to keeping it clean every night, you won’t be overwhelmed by a messy living room or a dirty laundry room as much knowing your kitchen is tidy. You might also find motivation to prep meals for the next day!
#6: Plan Ahead
This is a hard one. What are you planning ahead for exactly? A rampage of dirty children running threw your home trashing the place to no avail? Perhaps… What about a family get together? Can you plan ahead for that? Sure! OK, but daily planning, that really is difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Just keep it simple. Plan your grocery shopping, plan your meals, and plan your daily cleaning schedule. People who work on a schedule find that what they commit to becomes a routine and overtime it becomes natural to maintain. Just start by planning it out. Think about how your day will be the following day, just a quick thought before bed each night will help life in your home be easier.
#7: Control The Paperwork
Do you get a lot of mail? Most people still get tons of mail daily. It can be really overwhelming and if you don’t have a particular place for your paperwork to go, often times you just give up and throw it all away… oh wait, that’s me! Lol. I find it best to keep it organized. Even if it takes me two weeks to get to it, at least I know where it is. Any type of organizer for paperwork helps. Keep it in one central location and tell everyone in the house to put all paperwork in this location. Get on a schedule and force yourself to look thru it once a week! It’s a struggle; I know I’m still working on that one!
#8: Put Everything In Its Place
I find the best way for me to clean the house is to start by putting everything in its place. Once everything is in its place, things like dusting, vacuuming, and so on don’t seem so difficult… It can also be accomplishing to take on the final touches of cleaning once everything is out of your way when you start!
#9: Sweep and Vacuum The Floor
Lastly, who doesn’t feel so much better in their living room after the floor is vacuumed? Even if the rest of the house is dirty, having a clean floor can make a world of difference – especially if you are a proud parent of a fur baby. Schedule this into your daily routine and you’ll find maintaining your home a much easier task.
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