Want a cleaner house? Implement these eight habits, and see the results!
Keeping a clean house takes work, but often not as much work as people think. A clean house is more a matter of establishing a few habits that you repeat on a regular basis. The more often you repeat the tasks, the cleaner your house will be ongoing. Growing up, I was raised to clean the house on a weekly basis. This meant that every week, we dusted, vacuumed, and cleaned the bathrooms. As I’ve gotten older, my husband and I have incorporated smaller cleaning habits into our daily routines that we do instead of one big cleaning a week. I’m going to share those, and a few additional habits, with you to help you keep your home consistently clean.
1.) Make Your Bed
Studies have shown that establishing a habit of making your bed each morning leads to habits of being more productive during the day. It’s one of those habits that starts our mornings right, and inspires us to do more. Think about it: if you make your bed in the morning, you’ll probably notice that pile of laundry on the bedroom floor and be more motivated to move it to the hamper. That may lead you to noticing how much dirty laundry there is in the hamper and make you want to start a load. The chain goes on and on, and it all starts with a simple act of making the bed.
I’ll be honest, when we make our bed each morning, it’s less military, and more rushed tossing the covers up. But you know what? It still works. Simply seeing the bed straightened up leads us into the next task of the day.
2.) Keep Your Counters Clean
This is a big one in our home. Clutter quickly accumulates on counters, and the more clutter, the less likely the counter is actually going to get cleaned. It is so tempting after a long day to just leave a bunch of dirty dishes on the counter, but the quicker we can get them washed (or at least loaded into the dishwasher), the cleaner our kitchen stays. Just one night of being lazy and leaving out dirty dishes can lead into a week of having a dirty kitchen.
One strategy I use in both the kitchen and bathrooms is keeping a basket of small towels next to the sink. In my episode, How to Keep Your Bathroom Clean Without Cleaning, I talk specifically about how I use this tactic to never have to scrub my bathroom. Check that one out for some more details on other bathroom specific tips.
3.) Set a Timer
Cleaning can seem like a daunting task, especially when you get behind. To make sure that you are always on top of things around the house, the best tool I can recommend is a timer. Whether you use the one on your microwave, or you buy a cute one specifically for this job, a timer can help you create a habit of doing 10 minutes of cleaning a day. First, pick a time that you can consistently invest 10 minutes into tidying and cleaning your home. Depending on what goes on at your home, you may choose first thing in the morning, after the kids go to school, during nap time, after dinner, or before bed. Whatever time you choose, pick the time that you are most likely going to be able to take 10 minutes to clean.
Then, when that time comes each day, grab your timer, set it for 10 minutes, and clean until the timer beeps. Just make sure you stop when the timer says stop. That way, you can adjust your habits to work hard until the timer tells you to stop. If you’re going to only do ten minutes of work, that’s OK. Ten minutes of fast-paced cleaning is better than 30 minutes of lackadaisical wandering around the house. If you are extra motivated, or have extra time one day, and want to set the timer for 30 or 45 minutes, go for it, just allow yourself to stop when the timer says stop.
You can also use this tactic with others in your family. If you are the only one cleaning, you can getten minutes of cleaning done per day. If you have a spouse and two kids, you can get 40 minutes of cleaning done per day, which can make quite an impact! Reward yourself with something fun afterwards, like family game night, or a scoop of ice cream, and you’ll be amazed at how clean your home can stay!