While it sometimes seems difficult to keep everything on your plate, there are a few quick and easy tips to assist you in getting your home (and your life) organized and ensure that tidying your house becomes a regular habit. Read on for everything you need to know about how do you keep your house clean.
Tip #1: Put everything away after use.
It may seem like an obvious tip, but failing to put away your things properly is the most common cause of clutter. If you do not place things back where they belong after you’re done with them, chaos builds up in the home and makes cleaning more stressful and time-consuming.
As you move from one room to the next, take a quick look to see if there’s something that you can take with you. Ensure that everything you use, wear, or move ends up where it belongs. It’s simple to leave a pair of shoes near the front door, a few clothes on your bed, and some dishes in the kitchen sink until the next day. But remember that those small piles can quickly turn into big messes.
If you’re short of space, consider some DIY closet organizing ideas like tension rods and shower curtain hangers. Make use of over-the-door organizers to extend existing spaces in your bathrooms, bedrooms, and hall closets. Keep in mind that it takes much less time to put away your belongings each time than to run around frantically searching for them whenever you need them again!
Tip #2: Clean one room at a time.
The easiest way of keeping your house tidy is to focus on each room at a time. If you split up the cleaning by room (or by day), you can accomplish a little bit at a go instead of tackling every task at once. It not only just saves time but also makes keeping a clean house schedule easier to manage and less overwhelming. When a task feels easy to complete, you’re more likely to stick with it for longer periods of time.
Here’s how you can maintain your home’s cleanliness by focusing on a single room at a given time:
From toothpaste dribbles and mirror stains to shower grime and wet floors, the bathroom will always suffer from a myriad of mess throughout the week as we use it every day. It’s easiest to clean up after yourself instead of waiting a few weeks later for a bigger mess.
How to deep clean bathroom on a regular basis:
- Clean the sink
- Scrub the tub, shower, and toilet.
- Remove mirror spots
- Make sure you mop the floors (don’t forget the corners)
- Clean shelves and disinfect other surfaces
The most crucial factor in keeping bedrooms tidy is all about storage solutions. If you have proper places for your clothes and other items, the bedroom will be more organized, and you’ll be much better able to keep your space tidy.
If you’ve noticed that you do not have enough space for your things, you may want to purchase storage containers or baskets that can be placed under your bed. A complete changing of your linens under your bed makes it easier to switch them while your other set is being washed.
Selecting the best nightstand will help to keep your space better organized too. Keep your books, journals, and magazines in the drawers rather than on the top of the nightstand to help reduce clutter. The nightstand can also be used as a work desk if it is large enough.
How to maintain your bedroom clean on a regular basis:
- Make your bed
- Fold blankets and throws
- Put away clutter in appropriate places
- Clean and disinfect tables, nightstands, and shelves
- Vacuum floor and area rugs
- Keep your bedsheets and your linens clean by regularly washing them
Dishes are usually the most common cause of a messy kitchen, especially if you have family members who prefer to let dishes “soak.”
To reduce the dish clutter (and smells!) in the kitchen, prepare one side of your sink with water and a few drops of dish wash detergent. Throughout the day, you can add dishes on the soapy side to easily lift most of the food and grease off the plates. When it’s time to actually wash your dishes or place them in the dishwasher, the dishes will be cleaner and less overwhelming than they were before.
The kitchen is also a great place to stick to a cleaning routine by following the 20 minutes per day rule. Take a few extra minutes cleaning your kitchen after every meal, and you’ll never need to clean up a large mess in one of the major rooms in your house.
How to keep your kitchen clean on a regular basis:
- Put away dishes, and always ensure you have an empty sink!
- Disinfect and clean countertops
- Organise your fridge and pantry
- Mop and sweep the floor.
- Use steel cleaner for appliances
The living area is often the place that receives the bulk of the visitors in your house. If you’re not careful, the room can easily become cluttered with everyday things like bags, games, books, dishes, and many other everyday items that cause clutter. Be sure to put your items where they belong after you’re done using them so your living room can remain neat and clean and also leave a great first impression on guests.
How do you keep your living room clean on a regular day basis:
- Clear the room of any clutter (toys, books, games)
- Fluff pillows and fold blankets/throws
- Clean and dust the mantel, coffee tables, side tables, and knick-knacks
- Vacuum couches and floors (especially when you have pets!)
- Make sure your blankets are clean by washing them regularly
Tip #3: Make sure you stick to a cleaning schedule
It’s normal to give each room a thorough clean once in a while, but how do you ensure your home is clutter-free every day of the week? By implementing a cleaning schedule! While there isn’t a “best” time to clean your home, you can make a cleaning plan that suits your family’s unique schedule.
How to make a cleaning schedule for your home?
Make a list of the essential chores to keep on your refrigerator, your desk, or any other place within your reach to help you keep your household organized. Your cleaning schedule should contain not just the things that need to be completed but also when they need to be done.
By dividing your small household chores into daily, weekly, and even monthly cleaning routines, you can maintain your home in perfect shape year-round.
TIP #4: Believe in a “power clean.”
Nobody wants to go to sleep knowing that their house is a mess. By spending just 10-15 minutes on the nightly “power” clean-up, you can prevent the formation of piles of clutter in your home and sleep easier knowing that you’ll wake up to a clean space.
If you can involve your family members, the more, the merrier! Set a timer, play around with it, and concentrate on your main cleaning priorities. Focus on the items that cause the biggest mess (whether it’s your kitchen, children’s bedrooms, or foyer) first. Then work on the areas that see the most traffic.