Keeping your home clean can become a big task if you don’t stay on top of the small things regularly.
Which is why it is so important to stay on top of the small things to maintain a clean and organized home.
Below are 7 tips for doing that so that you are able to keep your home clean regularly!
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Tip 1) Create a cleaning schedule
Staying on top of everything that needs to be cleaned in your home can be difficult. There is little things that you might be forgetting about or that should be cleaned more often but you don’t know how often!
Which is where a cleaning schedule can really help you out with keeping your home clean.
I like to break my cleaning schedule into 4 parts- daily, weekly, monthly, and annually.
Things that can go on your cleaning calendar:
Note: everyone will have a different cleaning schedule depending on your home, kids or pets, and lots of other attributes!
Daily– make bed, dishes, wipe down surfaces, trash & recycling, sweep floors.
Weekly– laundry, vacuum, dust, clean bathrooms, mop, clean stove, change and wash bedding.
Monthly– wash windows, deep clean kitchen, clean washer/dryer, wash shower curtains & bath mats.
Annually– declutter closets, deep clean carpets, clean & organize garage.
You can also get something like a “chore board” to help with the cleaning schedule if multiple people contribute!
Tip 2) Clean as you go
Cleaning as you go is one of the easiest ways that you can keep your home clean.
Cleaning as you go just means to keep up with things as you’re moving. If you spend 30 seconds picking up after yourself every time you move onto a new task or activity it will help stop your home from getting messy or dirty.
Some tips for cleaning as you go:
- If you’re doing a lot in one room don’t leave it until you have picked up your mess.
- Clean dishes while you are cooking. If something needs to bake for 30 minutes you can probably get most of the kitchen cleaned up in that time.
- In general if you take something out of its “home” then make sure that you put it back into its home.
Tip 3) Don’t let clutter build up
If you stop the clutter from building up then you can avoid having to declutter at all!
Before you buy something make sure that you know what or where its home will be and make sure that you are going to use it within the next month.
Asking yourself those two questions can stop you from buying things that are just going to clutter up your home.
If you do end up with clutter that’s fine and totally normal but in order to maintain a clean home you probably need to declutter. Try starting your decluttering with these 50 items.
Tip 4) Put laundry and dishes away right away
Clean laundry and dishes tend to be two of the most common things that build up in your home and make it feel messy and uncleaned even if they are clean.
It is easy to push off putting away laundry for just an hour that turns into tomorrow that turns into 3 days later! So put it away as soon as the loads are done for the day.
For dishes I like to make it into a habit that works for my daily schedule. Such as running the dishwasher right before bed and putting them away in the morning before I even have my coffee for the day.
Tip 5) Don’t let your house have a “stuff collector”
The “stuff collector” exists in most households- it’s the place where random stuff that needs to put away, dealt with, taken somewhere, etc gets put.
This is frequently a table, kitchen counter or island, or any furniture that is by the front door.
Having a stuff collector will make your home feel permanently cluttered and messy. So try and make a conscious effort to not allow a stuff collector area to form in your home.
Tip 6) Find a home for everything
One of the best ways to make sure that your home always feels clean and organized is to make sure that every item in your home has a home of it’s own (a place where it belongs).
Remember- when you are shopping make sure that you can already figure out where an item will live before you buy it.
If everything has a home then it will keep your house from getting cluttered and will make cleaning up easier because you already know exactly where everything should belong.
Tip 7) Pick up for 10-15 minutes before bed
The final tip for keeping your home clean and organized is to always spend a little bit of time before you go to bed cleaning up your home.
It will help keep your house clean and it feels great to wake up the next morning to a clean house. If you maintain a good cleanliness level at all times you rarely have to spend hours and hours cleaning!
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Start implementing these tips and you’ll start seeing results quickly for a cleaner home.