Keep Your Home Constantly Clean
Keeping your home in a constant state of order and cleanliness can feel like a full-time job, and unless you have the help of a cleaning service it’s difficult to keep up.
Between cooking for family, entertaining friends, doing laundry and keeping foot and paw prints off the floor, the to-do list never ends! Most of us create priorities we can manage based on which parts of our homes are most visible to visitors, like running the dishwasher regularly to clear the kitchen or doing a quick run-through of the living room, but we also have that shameful closet that is in a constant state of disarray from hiding our clutter. So what is the secret to keeping a clean house all the time? These simple strategies will have your home tidied up and staying that way in no time:
1. Clean Up Messes Immediately: We’ve all had those late nights and busy days that tempt us to leave muddy footprints or dirty dishes until tomorrow (or the next day, or the next day…), and we’ve all learned the hard way that letting those little messes pile up will feel like a mountain of work later. So before you fall into bed after that dinner party or jump into the shower after an afternoon of gardening, take 20 minutes to fill your dishwasher or clean your gardening tools. You will feel one thousand times better and your house will look better, too!
2. Keep Appliances Ready for Action: There is nothing worse than gathering up a basket full of dirty laundry only to get to the laundry room and find you forgot that the washing machine and dryer are both full. Talk about losing motivation! Starting a load of laundry or running the dishwasher or vacuum is half the battle, but if you set a reminder to empty those appliances when they’re done then your next round of cleaning will go much faster.
3. Kick Junk to the Curb: If you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, or a drawer full of utensils but nothing to cook with, then it’s time to de-clutter. Before you can keep your spaces at home clean and organized, you have to have room to organize clean things! Start with one room and do a quick purge; if you can’t remember the last time you used or wore something then throw it out, or if you only use an item once or twice a year then move it to storage. Once you’ve removed the hurdle of overcrowded closets and drawers, keeping things tidy and put away will be as easy as pie.
4. Leave Things Where They Belong: If your laundry basket is in your room, don’t leave your dirty clothes on the bathroom floor. If you always use Windex on your bathroom mirrors, don’t store the bottle under your kitchen sink. Misplaced items tend to linger where they’re not welcome, and cleaning supplies that are far from their destination don’t get used. Keeping things where they belong will make staying tidy a lot less trouble.
5. Deep Clean One Item Every Week: Now that your home looks amazing all the time and you don’t have to spend four hours straight cleaning every week, just pick one thing every week that will take you 30 minutes or less to clean up like wiping down floorboards or cleaning the bathtub and tile grout. Don’t forget to incorporate structural and mechanical maintenance into your cleaning routine as well, like switching out your air filters, unclogging your dryer vent and descaling your dishwasher.