What do people who have clean homes have in common with each other? These eight things!
4.) They Don’t Wait Until Things Are Dirty to Clean
This may sound crazy to some of you, but the people with clean homes often don’t wait until something is dirty to clean. One of my most popular episodes is one titled, “How to Keep Your Bathroom Clean Without Cleaning.” In it, I talk about how I haven’t really cleaned my bathroom for years because I prefer to not let it get dirty. I don’t wait for the shower floor to be grimy, the mirror to be covered in toothpaste and water spots, or the toilet bowl to be completely discolored before taking action. Instead, I keep a few cleaning supplies in the bathroom to wipe the surfaces on a regular basis. Not only does it mean that my bathroom is almost always company ready, but it also means that I never have to break out any harsh cleaning products to get it clean. A rag, spritz of vinegar, and a quick swipe is all it takes for me to maintain a clean bathroom.
This habit applies to each and every room of the house. If you are waiting for things to be dirty before you clean them, not only is your job going to be tougher, but you are going to dread (and likely put off) the cleaning more than you would if you cleaned before things were really dirty. If you can work this shortcut into your cleaning routine, you’ll be amazed at how little effort it takes to keep your home clean.
5.) They Clean Up Spills Immediately
Remember the last time you exploded red sauce in your microwave? Did you wipe it out immediately, or wait until the end of the week when it was your “cleaning day?” Chances are, if you wiped it up immediately, it took you about 5 seconds to clean your microwave because the sauce was still wet and easily wiped up. If you waited, it likely took you 5 minutes or more because you had to soak the sauce with spray and scrub to get the crusty mess off.
No matter what is splattered or spilled, from spaghetti sauce, to fruit juice, to Legos, the quicker you clean it up, the easier it is going to be. If you wait, the mess is going to spread, harden, and generally become more difficult to clean. This is why people with consistently clean homes always clean up their messes immediately. It’s not because they don’t like to see the mess, rather it’s another shortcut they do to make their lives easier.
6.) They Clean Up and Clean Out on a Regular Basis
The last 5 tips have been talking about how people with clean homes clean up on a regular basis, but they also clean out on a regular basis. People with clean homes often realize that clutter is the opposite of clean, so they clean out their clutter on a regular basis. From removing clothes they don’t wear from their closets, to having a “One in, One out” rule when it comes to their kids’ toys, they don’t allow clutter to rule their homes. By keeping clutter at bay, they are much more able to stay on top of the cleaning because they don’t have as much stuff to clean up. Add cleaning out a space or two to your monthly routine, and you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to keep your house clean on a daily basis!
7.) They Don’t Beat Themselves Up
You want to hear something ironic? The people who usually have consistently clean homes don’t stress as much about messes as people who have dirtier homes. People who have cleaner homes typically accept that messes are going to happen and don’t beat themselves up over it. When I walk into a home that has a mess, but is usually clean, it’s more likely that the person living in the home is going to make a quick apology along the lines of, “Sorry for the mess. It’s been a busy week,” and then never mention it again. On the contrary, people whose homes are not consistently clean apologize over and over and over for the state of their home. They feel guilty for everything that is out of place or not clean.
Now, there are always exceptions to any rule, but for the most part it is something that I have seen over the years. People who don’t have routines and shortcuts in place often get overwhelmed and become ashamed at the state of their home, which makes getting it back to clean condition even harder. They get into a cycle of never feeling like they’re able to keep up, and their guilt behind never having a clean home becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. On the other hand, people who maintain their homes more regularly realize that sometimes life gets in the way, but they have a plan to get back on track because they have previously established routines and shortcuts. Therefore they may apologize for the temporary state of chaos, but they aren’t beating themselves up over it.