Are you wondering how to keep your house clean? We all want to maintain a clean home. For some people, this comes naturally, and their homes are always clean. If someone stops over, they don’t panic or wonder if they have to open the door. They can let them in without feeling the shame of a messy home.
If you are reading this, I’m guessing you aren’t one of those people. So what do these people know that we don’t? What are the secrets to keeping a clean house? It all comes down to consistency. What I have found over the years is that if I do certain things each day, my home will always stay clean. I can happily welcome anyone into my house without the worry of what are they going to think.
Now I will admit, if you are starting from a place where you are overwhelmed with clutter and don’t even know where to begin, this isn’t going to get your house in tip-top shape in a day. If you are currently in that situation, I would start with the 30 day declutter challenge and do that along with the following 11 items each day. Once your home is clutter-free, it will be so much easier to maintain.
If you are looking for more of a cleaning schedule to tell you what to clean when there is a free printable cleaning schedule for working moms here. This is the most manageable schedule I have found to follow.
If you need to do a thorough cleaning before starting this daily routine to get your house in tip top shape, get this spring cleaning checklist printable and do it first.
So let’s get to it. Do the following 11 things each day, and you will always have a clean home.
1. Put things away after you use them.
I think this is the one thing that can have the most dramatic and immediate impact on the shape of your home at any given time. If you get into the habit and all of your family members get into the habit of putting things away as soon as you are done using them, you will be amazed at how neat your home stays.
This is probably the one thing that people who always maintain clean homes do naturally. They already have this habit. For some, it may not have been instilled as a child, or it may not come naturally, so work on forming this habit, and you will be in great shape. Use this habit tracker to track your progress and make it fun.
2. Always do the dishes right after using them.
No one likes to stare down a sink full of dirty dishes, especially if they have been sitting and need scrubbing. It is simpler to rinse your dishes as soon as you are done using them and either wash them or put them in the dishwasher. This will save you so much scrubbing time in the long run, and you will never again have to look at a sink full of dirty dishes.
3. Make the beds.
The bedrooms will look so much neater if the beds are made, and it doesn’t take too much time at all. It is also so much better to climb into a nicely made bed than one that hasn’t been made.
4. Do a load of laundry every day.
This may not be necessary every single day, depending on how many people are in your household. I have five people in my household, so doing a load a day prevents the laundry from ever piling up and getting out of control. If you only have a few people in your household, you may be able to spread this out to a load every other day.
5. Sweep the floors at the end of each day.
Every time I sweep my floors, I am amazed at the dirt that I sweep up. This is true even though I sweep my floors every day. Sweeping them every day ensures that you are staying on top of it, and they never accumulate too much dirt. They will always look good at a moment’s notice.
6. Clean the sinks daily.
Before you go to bed each night or at any given time you choose, do a quick sweep of all the sinks in your home. Hopefully, if you are doing the dishes immediately after using them (and your family members are, too), your kitchen sink will stay clean. But also check all of the bathroom sinks and give them a quick wipe down if they need it. That way, you will never have to worry if the bathroom is clean when an unexpected guest asks to use it.
7. Dust one room each day.
You can choose one day a week to do all your dusting, or you can dust one room each day. This will take no time at all, and you will ensure that there is never enough time in between to accumulate too much dust.
8. Mop one room’s floor each day.
Just like dusting one room each day, mop one room’s floor each day. You can choose to mop all of the floors on a given day if you wish as well. For example, Monday can be for dusting, Tuesday for mopping. Either way, you choose to do it, make sure it becomes part of your routine, and you will always have clean floors.
9. Deal with papers and mail immediately.
Throw them out, file them or put them where they belong. Doing so will ensure that you do not incur “hot spots” where paper accumulates and looks just plain messy. Dealing with the paper immediately is so much easier than putting it in a pile to deal with later. It prevents having to look at it and think about it repeatedly, and it prevents an unsightly mess.
10. Clean a bathroom each day.
Cleaning a bathroom each day will ensure that your bathrooms remain clean. Remember, you are already making sure that the sinks are clean each day. You might also check the rest of the bathroom while you are at it and, at a minimum, rotate each bathroom to clean the shower, tub, and toilets to make sure they always remain clean.
11. Do a quick sweep of your home before you go to bed to ensure everything is put away where it belongs.
In my experience, this is the second most important thing you can do each day to ensure that your home always remains clean. (Remember, the first is putting away things right after you are finished using them.) If you are following through with putting things away as soon as you are done using them, this last step will not take much time.
How long will this take you? Shorter than you think, and trust me it will so be worth it to always have a clean house. If you have read any of my other articles on decluttering or cleaning, you know I am a big fan of setting a timer for 15 minutes at a time. I think you can do anything for 15 minutes, even if you think you hate to clean. You will be amazed at just how much you can get done in such a short amount of time. Give it a try yourself, and let me know how it goes!
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