6 Simple Ways To Keep Your Home Clean All The Time
If you have been frustrated over all the clutter and can’t seem to find a way to keep your house tidy, here are 6 simple ways to keep your home clean! Even if you are short on time or have a very busy schedule, these tips will help you accomplish your chores fast and make your home smell like heaven.
Cleaning, cooking, taking care of the kids, and working can feel like a heavy load and spiral up your stress levels but it doesn’t have to be that way. By simply working out a plan and scheduling your task, you will be able to have enough time left on your hands to indulge in stuff you like.
6 Simple Ways To Keep Your Home Clean All The Time
Before we begin with our 6 simple tips, I highly recommend you create a schedule that consists of meal planning and prepping, cleaning and organizing, kid’s time, hubby time, and most importantly, YOUR TIME!
Get Rid Of Your Mail As soon As You Get Them
Paper clutter is a huge source of messiness in many homes. As soon as you bring the mail in, sort through it. If you still get paper bills in the mail, open them and place them in a designated place to be paid when ready. For private and sensitive information you could either shred it, or I use this to hide personal information.
We have a basket in our pantry that collects all the junk mail and ads, and I just empty it into the paper recycling bin in a nearby church parking lot when it gets full. Years ago, I used to be so bad at processing our mail that our energy company actually came out and turned off our electricity because we were behind on our payments.
The bills were buried in various stacks of random mail. That sure solved my mail-opening procrastination! The bills exist whether we actually open them or not, and it’s just better to know what they are. Ignorance is not bliss!
Wash Your Dishes at Night Or Early In The Morning
Whether it’s full or not, get in the habit of running the dishwasher and emptying it every day. This way you can load every dirty dish into the emptied dishwasher throughout the day as you use them, instead of filling your sink. Dishes can pile up so quickly, and really make your kitchen look messy!
I used to wait until my dishwasher was chock full before running it, and I’d take forever before I unloaded it. If you have a small family or live alone, you could stretch this out to every other day or so of course. The idea is to be proactive and to have a place for the dirty dishes to go right away.
You’ll be surprised how little time it actually takes, especially when you stay on top of it! You can quickly unload a dishwasher in less than 5 minutes, and you’ll just be placing your dirty dishes in it instead of the sink, so no added time there.
Wash Your Laundry And Put Them Away Daily
In our small household, I don’t quite need to do a load every day. Granted, I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to sorting laundry and doing all sorts of different loads. But one day I’ll do my laundry, another day my husband’s, another our towels, then our sheets, etc. This way all day Sunday isn’t spent doing laundry. (Ugh, that sounds awful!)
The lovely thing about washing machines and dryers is that they do almost all the work for us. I usually throw a load in the washer first thing in the morning, then later I put it in the dryer, and then later still I quickly fold it and put it away.
Make Your Bed As Soon As You Wake Up
I incorporated making my bed into my ‘getting ready’ morning routine a couple of years ago. Before starting my makeup, I apply my No. 7 serum and eye gel (love that stuff!) I like to give that a minute to soak into my skin, so while it’s soaking in, I make my bed. I’d be surprised if it even takes me a full minute!
I don’t aim for absolute perfection, I just pull up the covers as smoothly (and quickly) as I can, and arrange the pillows. It’s an instant facelift for the bedroom!
Wipe Down Your Counter Tops
Since you already did your dishes and processed your mail, this should hardly take any time at all. I love using disinfecting wipes (I get mine at Dollar Tree) for wiping down the countertops. A spray bottle with a vinegar and water mixture and a washcloth or paper towel work just as well. Once you’re in the habit of doing this in the kitchen, add cleaning your bathroom counters to your routine as well.
Clean One Small Area At A Time
What you clean will change each time, but the idea is to do one extra cleaning task each day. The task could be quickly dusting, cleaning the shower, Swiffering the kitchen and dining room, or basically whatever looks dirty on that particular day. By taking care of one chore at a time, you’ll hopefully never feel buried by all your impending housework.
If it seems overwhelming to start doing all these things at once, just implement one at a time. For a week, just work on running and emptying the dishwasher daily. You’ll be used to doing it after one week. Then you can move on to dealing with your paperwork and mail. One thing at a time, friend.