Daily habits to keep your home clean

10 Habits That Keep My Home Clean

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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.

10. Consistency

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!

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19 Comments

  1. This is really helpful thank you.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sue!

  2. Bettina Whippie says:

    You are SO right. A little here. A little there!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      That’s so true about so much, isn’t it?

  3. Liked your comment about not waiting till your house is messy to clean it! Being consistent and cleaning regularly saves money too! I don’t know about you, but when I get done dusting and wiping, the last thing I want to do is buy decor junk to make clutter! In fact the more often I clean, the simpler my life becomes. Everything in its place. All in good order. And that mentality spills over into other areas of our lives! Family life, financially, daily routines, etc… its peaceful when our homes and our lives are in good order.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You are so right: who wants to clutter it up when you’ve spent all that time tidying!

  4. Sometimes you feel like you’re the only one who cleans in the house. It’s a daily chore and it’s tiring to constantly keep picking up and cleaning after others.

    If everyone would just do their own part to clean up after their own selves daily, it would certainly help from putting the whole task on someone else.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      It can definitely feel that way. And you’re right: everyone in the home should do their share.

    2. What helps is to go grateful! It is so easy to feel resentful or bitter doing so much. One tip/trick… when you are cleaning someone else’s mess, pray for them. So… not… easy at times. But, it will turn things around… the situation as well as your feelings about it. As a wife and mama… I’ve had to do this often… but it is a game changer!

  5. Gioko Patrick says:

    One thing that we have decided in my household is that no matter how bushed we are, we must do one cleaning chore daily. This includes cleaning on the move. For instance, I have found that undressing close to the closet ensures that outfits go to their rightful place. Never leaving a room empty-handed also helps a lot.

  6. UpstateNYer says:

    I like to empty the dishwasher in the morning. It only takes as long as the pot of coffee brews – or less. Also a tip of putting away 5 things before bed nightly has helped. – or straighten 5 things in the Living Room works too.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      It really does get the day off to a good start having an empty dishwasher, doesn’t it? Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  7. Those are great tips! Especially if you have kids. Kids do as they see and will mirror what their parents do. Great habits to get into. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Lol. I have been doing dishes since my arms could stretch over the kitchen sink and, after 50+ years consider myself pretty good at it. Our mother taught us many of the same points. Doing the dinner dishes was not complete without wiping down the counters and sink, taking out the trash, and sweeping the floor. The kitchen was spotless and closed for the evening.

    2. Katie Berry says:

      That’s wonderful, Sally. Many people did not grow up with mothers who taught them such habits, and I think people our age often forget that. 🙂

  8. Clide Evans says:

    My mother and grandmother are excellent at housekeeping. They taught me much of the points you outline above. I just purchased a kitchen sweeper recently also. Grandma always has this handy and uses it after each meal. The one thing that they taught me that has made the biggest difference is making your bed every morning. It starts your day off on the right foot and makes the room instantly look tidy. Thanks mom and grandma, turns out your tips are ageless…

  9. Veronica Marks says:

    It seems like the common theme throughout these tips is to not procrastinate cleanup. That’s something that is so hard for me to avoid! I get home from work and am tired, but still have to make dinner and get my baby in bed. At that point, I’m usually just ready to sit down with a good book and relax. I guess I need to make some changes in my routine, though, so that I can keep a cleaner house. I’m liking the idea of hiring someone to take care of it for me, though!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Yes, that’s the common theme with most housework, it seems. But if you make a point of taking just 10 minutes first thing in the morning and again before bed it can make a dramatic difference in your home.

    2. I use to be the same (still often am when work gets crazy). I have found incorporating 2-5min cleaning into existing tasks is the only way I manage. For example: the first thing I have always done every morning is open the blinds & turn on news- now I open dishwasher as soon as I get up so by the time I unload while waiting for coffee to boil some is already dry enough to go straight away. The rest gets stacked on rack to put away in evening when I’m starting the new load (which is already in there from cleaning as I cook dinner).
      Getting a cleaner once a fortnight or month just to do main “big” clean is also great to make the daily stuff manageable. I can’t justify the cost now I’m mostly working from home though.

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