9 Daily Habits to Keep a House Clean and Tidy

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Do try to follow these 9 habits to keep a house clean and tidy:

  • Start by Making the Bed:
    some people think that making the bed is a waste of time, but it really makes a big difference in how tidy the room looks and only takes a couple of minutes.  To make things easier, simplify your bedding as much as possible by using a duvet and washable cover.
  • Do One Load of Laundry Per Day:
    Now, depending on how many loads you typically do per week, you may not need to do this every  Try to get in the habit of putting in one load of laundry first thing in the morning. Make sure you save some time somewhere in your day to complete the load – including putting it away.
  • Be Happy with “Clean Enough”:
    As a perfectionist, this is probably the hardest one for us.  You want your house to be relatively clean and tidy but that doesn’t mean that every little thing has to be perfect. Make a plan for a daily partial deep cleaning routine rather than your regular weekly cleaning schedule.
  • Prioritize:
    Not all cleaning is created equal.  Make a list of what you would like to get done and then prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait until the next day or two. Given the time that you have available, write down your top 2 or 3 {realistic!} cleaning goals and stick with these before attempting to do other things
  • Get the Whole Family Involved:
    Yes, it is often actually easier to just do the job yourself, but spending the time to teach your children to do age-appropriate jobs will be better in the long run for both of you
  • Do a 15 Minute Nightly Clean-up:
    Make it a routine to do a family 15-minute nightly clean-up.  For some reason, it doesn’t seem quite so bad to clean up when everyone else is doing the same thing. 
  • Keep Basic Cleaning Supplies Close to Where You Use Them:
    This makes cleaning so much quicker and easier to give the toilet a quick swipe or wipe the gross toothpaste spit from the mirror instead of having to track down cleaning supplies.
  • Never Leave a Room Empty Handed:
    This is one habit that can make a huge difference in the general tidiness of your home.  As you move from one room to another {or from one floor to another}, try to do a quick scan to see if there is anything that you can take with you that belongs where you are going. 
  • Clean as You Go:
    Putting things away as you go doesn’t really take up much time but it will definitely make the difference between a tidy house and a messy house at the end of the day.  Take your clothes off by your closet and either hang them back up or put them directly in the laundry.  Load the dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of just placing them on the counter.  Put your shoes and coat away as you come in the door.

 

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