Want a cleaner house? Implement these eight habits, and see the results!
4.) Start Small
Whenever I start cleaning, I usually start with the easiest stuff, or the stuff I like to do, first. Some may call it cheating to start with the easy stuff first, but I find that it gets me into a mood to do a little more. If I put away the dishes from the dishwasher, I’m more likely to grab a soapy rag and wipe down the greasy stovetop that I had to keep looking at. If I’m emptying the trash in the rooms, I can pick one room to go back to and dust. By starting small, and knocking one task off the list immediately, I’m able to feel a sense of accomplishment that leads me in to at least one less desirable task.
5.) Create a Schedule for Big Stuff
Let’s face it: there are some tasks around the house that you can look at every day, and never choose to do them in your ten minute time. For those tasks, we’ve found it’s best to assign a schedule to make sure they get done. Mondays are the day we swish the water around in the toilets (because that’s all it typically takes if you do it once a week), Saturdays we vacuum all the dog hair from the carpets, and twice a month we vacuum the dog hair from the sides of the furniture. All of these tasks could take less than ten minutes if we broke them down, but neither my husband nor I like to do them, so we have to create a schedule. Do this with the tasks in your home that no one likes to do. Then, for added incentive, do them as a couple or family to knock them out quicker.
6.) Clean as You Go
My husband makes fun of me when I cook because I have an amazing ability to destroy a kitchen with one meal. He has been encouraging me for years to clean the kitchen as I cook. Personally, I think this is because we have a strict, “Whoever doesn’t cook, does the cleaning,” rule and my cleaning as I go would get him out of cleaning later, but his request does have some validity. On the days when the dishwasher is already empty, I can easily load the dishes straight in. Then, we are able to run the dishwasher after dinner and the kitchen is consistently clean. This is, of course, dependent on the dishwasher being empty when I start cooking, but that’s an easy problem to solve by committing a few minutes before cooking to emptying the dishwasher. By identifying a few key habits, like unloading the dishwasher, you too can easily implement a few habits to make sure you are cleaning as you go instead of creating large messes around your home.
7.) Look for Easy Ways to Clean
I am a huge fan of making work as simple as possible. Why make things harder than they have to be? There are so many products on the market that make cleaning quick and easy, it can almost feel like you’re cheating with your housework. I’m a big fan of Swiffer dusters, which I use to quickly dust all my surfaces while simply walking around my home. I also like microfiber floor dusters, which I can easily push around the hard floors in my home and collect all the dust and dog hair. By looking for the easiest way to clean a surface, you can save time and energy, and at least create the illusion of clean around your home.
8.) Assign a Basket to Each Family Member
If you have multiple people living in your home, there’s a good chance that you can walk into any room and see items that each person has left in the room. To make tidying easier, assign a basket to each person. Then, during each person’s 10 minutes of cleaning, have them walk through each room with their basket and collect the items that belong to them. Clutter is often the biggest challenge in keeping a house clean, so if returning items to their owner’s rooms is the only thing that gets done during the 10 minutes of cleaning, it will still make a huge impact in how clean the house looks.
Just like having success in any part of your life, keeping a clean and maintained home comes down to the habits you do every day. When cleaning is done on a regular basis, through these small habits, your home will consistently be in great condition. If you are ready to have a home that you are consistently proud of, start implementing a few of these habits and see the change you can create in a small amount of time each day.
Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.