Wondering how to keep a clean house, day in and day out, so you don’t wind up spending your entire weekend cleaning it? The secret is doing a little bit every day to keep messes from piling up.
Doesn’t a Saturday at the park sound better than one spent doing laundry? Wouldn’t you rather loll about on Sunday afternoon doing whatever you please than spend it mopping the floor?
Once you’re in the habit of tending to your home for a little bit every day, you’ll no longer have to sacrifice your entire weekend to get it back under control.
10 Tips to Keep a Clean House
Although they don’t amount to a complete house cleaning, once you get in the habit of doing these things daily you probably won’t have to clean every room every week.
Don’t feel like you need to be the one to perform them all, either: get kids involved in the habit of doing a little for the house every day and they’ll grow to adults who know how to keep a clean home, too. (Here’s a great list of chores kids can do.)
1. Make your bed.
As the most visible surface in the bedroom, an unmade bed makes the whole room look messy. If tucking in sheets isn’t your thing, switch to a duvet with a removable cover that you can launder each week — you have to pull it up and, boom, your bed’s tidy.
Need more convincing? Find out how making your bed daily can change your life.
2. Empty the dishwasher each morning.
If you’ve ever timed yourself doing this, then you know emptying even a packed dishwasher only takes 5 minutes. Do it while the coffee brews or while you wait for the kids to get ready for school.
An empty dishwasher keeps dirty dishes from piling up in the sink, making your kitchen look tidier. Plus, it helps prevent household pests, too.
3. Clean up after each meal or snack.
Dirty countertops make your kitchen look awful. Since you already emptied your dishwasher, load dishes after each meal or snack and then wipe down your counters with a homemade all-purpose cleaner.
You don’t have to move everything off the counters. Put food stuff away, obviously, then spray and wipe around the rest.
4. Do a load of laundry daily.
Developing a daily laundry habit is game-changing. Just pop a load in before heading to work then transfer it to the dryer when you get home. Fold as soon as the buzzer goes off and — this is the important part — put the clean clothes away.
Can’t decide what to wash? Use a laundry sorting hamper and grab the one that has the most clothes.
5. Wipe your sinks and faucets.
Toothpaste splatters and hairs in the bathroom sink look nasty. Grab a homemade disinfecting wipe and wipe the sinks and faucets after you get ready for the day. Doing this on a daily basis takes mere seconds because the mess never gets out of control.
6. Sort and recycle paper ASAP.
Keep papers from piling up on the kitchen island and dining table by dealing with the mail when you walk in the door. Run junk mail through the shredder, then put bills and letters in a mail sorter or inbox to deal with on bill-paying day.
7. Use floor mats.
Even if you can’t train your family not to wear shoes in the house (which really reduces household dust), you can keep most of the dirt out by placing floor mats both inside and outside of each exterior door. Vacuum or shake them outside every few days.
8. Tidy the countertops before bed.
Before you head to bed, give the kitchen a quick glance and put away any clutter. In the bathroom, put away your toiletries and jewelry. The same goes for your dining table — don’t let it turn into a catch-all.
9. Get picky with your carpet.
We should vacuum high-traffic areas at least every other day, but not everyone has time for that. Make a point to pick up small messes (cat hair, scraps of paper, etc.) between regular vacuuming, and it will look nicer all week. Bending over to do it counts as exercise!
10. Run a kitchen sweeper nightly.
Brooms and dustpans are a hassle. Use a multi-surface sweeper each night to go over the kitchen floor. It’s easy enough to use that your kids can do it as part of their evening routine.
Performing these tips to keeping a clean house takes only a few minutes a day, but they’ll keep your home looking continually clean no matter how busy life gets.
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