Will knowing the three things that clean people do daily make your house cleaner? No, but actually doing them will get you started on the path to having a much cleaner home.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
– Lao Tzu
We all want a clean, organized home and yet many of us find getting there is an overwhelming task. We look around at the clutter, the messes and spills, and we cringe at the thought of spending an entire day, or even a weekend, dealing with it.
Sometimes, we realize it’s going to take far longer than even that.
The things that clean people do daily really are building blocks. They’re the basic tasks that keep a home in order, so the mess doesn’t feel out of control. Once you start doing them, you’ll find it easier to address other areas of your home through one-minute chores or even more thorough cleanings.
TRY MAKING THEM PART OF YOUR DAY
If your home has been overwhelming you, chances are you’ve tried going gung-ho and cleaning it only to wind up burned out and exhausted. Don’t do that. Add one of these daily things that clean people do to your life and keep at it for a week or two. Once it’s become a habit, add another.
By the time you’ve made all three part of your average day, you’ll very likely feel better in general about cleaning your home. When that happens, grab one of my printable weekly cleaning checklists and follow it for a week or two. Then grab another. You see the pattern here, of course. It all starts with three little things.
3 Things That Clean People Do Daily
Make the bed.
No, not your kid’s bed, though they would certainly benefit from doing it, too. Make your bed. Every day. It might sound like a ridiculous task, but making your bed can change your life.
- By making your bed, you’re setting an intention: “I will tend to small tasks, starting with this.”
- A made bed makes your bedroom instantly look tidier, so you’re less likely to put up with other clutter in your room.
- Making your bed lets you start the day with a sense of accomplishment. At the end of a long day, it will also feel like a refuge rather than one more thing you’ve not managed to do.
Pick up messes on the floor.
Your floor is the largest surface in the home. If it’s dirty, it won’t matter how clean everything else is. A few moments’ attention every day will keep it looking good between deeper cleanings.
Now, there’s no need to break your vacuum cleaner out daily, but you should at least sweep up any crumbs or clumps of pet hair you find. A powered carpet sweeper makes quick work of this on carpeting and hard flooring surfaces, and it’s easy enough for your child to use.
Daily attention to messes on the floor will motivate you to keep other parts of your rooms picked up, too. That pile of laundry in the corner will finally get folded. You’ll finally decide to put away that suitcase you left out after vacation last month. You might just choose to make the time to organize your kids’ toys, so they’re not in your way.
Tidy the kitchen every night.
Waking up to a messy kitchen full of dirty dishes and overflowing trash is no way to start the day. For one thing, you’ll feel defeated even before you’ve had a cup of coffee. For another, you’re likely to wind up with kitchen odors or even household pests.
Both things contribute to that sense of being overwhelmed that makes a person decide to give up rather than doing something about the messes that are bothering them.
Clean people tidy their kitchens every night. They wash and dry the dishes or load the dishwasher and run it. They wipe countertops and spills on the stove. They put food away, change the dishtowel, and take out the trash. They have a nightly kitchen routine that they follow because they know that doing so lets them start the next day feeling in control and motivated, not overwhelmed.
ONE THING AT A TIME
Remember, the goal here is to take baby steps and slowly build habits. By adding one of the things that clean people do daily to your usual routine, you’ll start finding that sense of accomplishment you’ve been missing. It’s that sense, that pride, that will motivate you to begin doing more.
Keep at it, and don’t let hiccups in the process discourage you. There’s no trophy for having the cleanest house, so there’s no need to make a race out of it. Baby steps, people. That’s what it’s all about.