Does it feel like trying to keep your home clean takes over your weekends? It did for me, too, until I these habits that keep my home clean become practically automatic.
That was decades ago, and my habits have continued to serve me well, even when life was at its most stressful. But, like any change of habit, it works best when you stack them into your. life one at a time, waiting until each becomes routine before you add the next.
1. The Daily Must-Do
I used to put off making my bed then get busy and forget. Once I switched to making it after breakfast, it still had time to cool off and prevent dust mites, but I stopped forgetting. In fact, I haven’t forgotten to make my bed in years and my bedroom looks cleaner for it.
2. Make Room for the Dirty Dishes
When there’s no place to put dirty dishes, my family sets them on the counter. Know what happens when someone puts anything random on the counter? It attracts more clutter!
Then I got into the habit of emptying the dishwasher while my coffee brews. It takes all of 5 minutes, but it means dirty ones can go straight into the dishwasher. So that 5 minutes pays off all day.
3. Automatic Wiping
One of my kitchen peeves is finding grime or crumbs on the countertop. So, after every meal or snack I give the counters a quick wipe. This is easier because there aren’t dishes or a pile of papers on it, as I’ll explain in a minute.
All I have to do is grab the bottle of homemade all-purpose cleaner under the sink and a microfiber cloth. Then it’s spray, wipe, done.
4. Sinks Matter
Yucky sinks make the bathrooms and kitchen feel gross. Plus, the longer toothpaste splatters sit the harder they are to clean.
So, I wipe the faucets and sink basins daily with a homemade disinfecting wipe after I finish getting ready. In the kitchen, I do the same after I rinse the empty coffee pot.
5. A Daily Load
Does anyone enjoy washing and folding laundry? I used to put it off to the weekend then resent how I didn’t get to relax.
Then I started loading the washer before bed and using the delay cycle. Now, I can switch loads when I get up, fold after I tidy, and I’m done with laundry for the day.
6. Tame the Paper Pile
Like the laundry, I used to have a paper pile that grew daily. So, I moved the shredder to the kitchen and began shredding the junk and scheduling bill payments as they arrive.
Now paperwork doesn’t stand in the way of keeping my home clean. Plus, I don’t get billed for late fees.
7. Shake It Off
Using doormats on both sides of entrances keeps people from tracking dirt into your home. It’s also one of my best tips to reduce dust.
But those mats do need to be cleaned, so I made a habit of shaking them off when I get back from walking the dog. Boom, cleaner home without a lot of effort.
8. Clutter Basket
Walking around all day putting clutter away may get in steps but I’m busy. We have a clutter basket in the living room and another at the foot of the stairs.
I add stuff left sitting around to the closest one, and it either gets put away before bed or I make my family do chores to get their stuff back. Unfortunately, they learned quickly so I rarely get to give out extra chores.
9. The Kitchen is CLOSED
I have never been a morning person and cannot stand waking up to a messy kitchen. So, I got in the habit of shutting down the kitchen at night. Waking up to a fresh kitchen starts the day off more smoothly, but there’s one more habit that makes it all work.
Cleaning like clockwork keeps messes under control. It may sound strange to clean a house that doesn’t look dirty, but it goes faster.
Think about it: when someone spills juice, wiping it right away takes a second. Waiting a week means you’ll have to scrub.
That reasoning applies to the rest of your home: the more often you clean, the fewer messes you’ll encounter. The less mess you’ve got to deal with, the less time and effort it takes to clean. See, there’s a mad brilliance to it!