Oh, the struggle to keep a clean house. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or someone who works all day at an office, keeping a spick-and-span home (or apartment or condo or even just the room you rent) can be a challenge. But so is trying to concentrate or relax in a messy space. To help you out, try these tips that you can apply on a daily basis to keep a clean living space. The key ingredient is to do these every day. It’s not that hard once you get yourself into the habit, so if you really want to help keep your place clean, here’s how to make it happen. You will see–and feel–a difference!
Mom had it right. All those years of telling us to make up our bed was not for naught. I know you’re tired and the last thing you want to do is deal with making up your bed, but it’s the quickest way to start your day in an organized and productive manner. It not only gives you the visual pleasure of a tidy bedroom, but it’s actually an accomplishment. (Even this Navy Seal Admiral says it’s one of the best life lessons he’s ever learned.) FYI, if you have a duvet and no flat sheet, it’s even easier--just flatten out your comforter, neatly arrange your pillows and you’re done!
There’s nothing worse than waking up to a sink full of dirty dishes. So spare yourself the dreaded pile of dishes by cleaning up after every meal. That means cleaning the counter tops, too. I know it’s never fun to do this, especially if you’re also the one doing the cooking, but it’ll be so much harder (and smellier) if you leave it til later. If you have a dishwasher, same rule applies. You can load it up as you go, let it all wash and dry overnight and put everything in its place in the morning.
Cleaning as you go is similar to doing the dishes after every meal. When I’m cooking, I’ll wash whatever pots, pans or utensils that I know I won’t be using anymore and put them where they belong. This way, by the time dinner is served, I don’t have a sink full of dirty dishes and I only have a few plates, glasses and silverware left to clean. The same goes with the rest of the house. If you notice your bathroom mirror and sink are getting dirty or your bedroom dresser is getting dusty, wipe them down. You don’t have to wait until you clean the entire room over the weekend. A little goes a long way and keeps you from being overwhelmed.
Depending on your household size, this is an everyday or every other day thing. By regularly keeping up with your laundry instead of saving it for the weekend (which I realize is easier if you don’t have a washing machine at home), you’ll never get overwhelmed. The other MUST-DO: Fold everything right away! Do not leave it for later. Not only will your clothes be less wrinkly, but you won’t have that dreaded pile of laundry waiting for you.
Something so simple can make such a big difference. Don’t be that person with a huge pile of mail that just sits there begging for attention. Go through your mail as soon as you get it--throw away and shred what you don’t want, open up any packages and toss out the boxes in the recycling bin and if there are bills, make sure you have a system where you either physically file them or set up calendar reminders on your phone or computer.
This is self-explanatory but it’s crazy how many (if not most) people don’t do this. When you get home from work, don’t throw your purse on the floor or leave your shoes at the door unless that’s where they belong. If you’re changing out of your pajamas and into clothes, don’t leave your PJs hanging over the door unless that’s where they belong. If you’re taking off your jewelry for the day, don’t just leave it on the kitchen table. Put it all away where it belongs.
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