10 Tips To Keeping A Clean Home
Wondering how to keep a clean home on a daily basis so you don’t wind up spending your entire weekend cleaning it? The secret is doing a little bit every day to keep the mess from piling up.
Doesn’t a Saturday outside in the fresh air sound a lot better than being sat in a stuffy house doing laundry?
Once you’re in the habit of keeping your house tidy, you’ll no longer have to sacrifice your weekends in order to see the bedroom floor again!
It may feel like by doing these little tasks that they will make no difference but once they become part of your day to day living, you will start to see a major time difference spent on tidying up.
So here are 10 easy tips on how to help keep a tidy home;
1. Make your bed.
Having an unmade bed instantly makes any room look messy. Being the most visible part of your furniture in the room, making your bed can change the look of the room straight away. Plus, there is nothing better than coming home from work to a nice, tidy bed.
2. Tidy up after your meals.
Dirty countertops make your kitchen look awful, by simply wiping the kitchen sides down after meals and cleaning as you cook, it prevents having to do a full deep clean over the weekend.
If your kitchen sides are quite cluttered then don’t worry about moving these right away, just make sure to put any food away, then spray and wipe down the sides.
3. Fill and empty the dishwasher daily.
Don’t let the dirty pots build up in the sink, you’d be surprised what difference an empty sink can make to your kitchen, it even helps prevent household pests too.
If you have ever actually thought about how long it takes to fill or even empty the most packed dishwasher, it won’t take any longer than five minutes, a task that can be done whilst waiting for the kettle to boil for your morning brew, there really is no excuse on this one.
4. Use doormats.
Not wearing shoes in the house helps reduce the amount of household dust that is carried into your home but for family members that can’t learn to take their shoes off inside, doormats are a great solution.
Although using doormats won’t stop dust from entering your home completely, you can still keep most of the dirt out by placing floor mats both inside and outside of each exterior door, then vacuum or shake them outside every few days to keep them clean.
5. Wipe your sinks and mirrors.
Toothpaste splatters and hairs in the bathroom sink look very uninviting so before you leave the bathroom, all you have to do is wipe the sinks and faucets down after you get ready for the day, it takes under a minute to do and this way, the mess never gets out of control or stubborn for a quick wipe down.
6. Get the family involved.
I know that often it’s actually easier to just do the jobs yourself, but spending the time to teach your children to do age-appropriate jobs will be better in the long run for all of you.
Little jobs like putting their toys away after playing or hanging their coats and jackets up when they come home really help keep the house tidy. And if your kids aren’t the most enthusiastic about helping around the house, many parents often turn to offer incentives for the chores the kids do; this can be a treat, some spending money or even staying up late, eventually this will start to be a habit for them as well and it should eventually be able to be done with minimal reminders.
7. Sort & Recycle.
Keep papers from piling up by dealing with the mail when you walk in the door. Anything that is junk, run through a shredder or sort into a pile and the important things can be put away in the rightful place.
Take out the trash and recycling before bed or in the morning as you leave the house, you can even alternate days between the two, but getting into this habit will prevent from having garbage pile up on your kitchen side or next to the bin.
8. Spray and wipe down counters and appliance fronts.
Before going up to bed, give the kitchen a quick glance and put away any clutter that may be left out on the sides. Give appliances like the toaster or kettle a quick wipe down too, you wouldn’t think it but splatters and crumbs can quickly build up if gone unnoticed.
9. Clean as you cook.
There are two types of cooks in this world: those who clean as they cook and those who don’t. Start with your prep work and then clean that area before you start cooking. Once your meal is ready, quickly rinse any pans or utensils before sitting down to eat or even leave things to soak, it will make it much easier to clean up after you're finished eating.
10. Start a wash cycle as soon as you get home.
If you have enough laundry, start a wash cycle first thing in the evenings, that way you will still have time to dry and fold the clothes before going to sleep. It’s always good to have a folding area near your washer/dryer and be ruthless about folding/ironing as soon as the drying cycle is done, not only will this make the house look tidier and reduce the amount of laundry to do on the weekend but this also helps stop that horrible creasing in your clothes.
Following these tips to keeping a clean house takes only a few minutes each a day and they’ll keep your home looking continually clean even on the busiest of days. Now you can enjoy the weekends doing whatever you wish rather than being overwhelmed with a messy house to clean.