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There is an overwhelming amount of tips and hacks online to help you figure out how to clean and organize your house. Unfortunately, it’s tough to find tips that are actually useful and practical — and for real people, looking for long term results. So let’s cut to the chase — if you’re ready to learn the things you need to have to have a clean and organized house, keep reading!
But I need to share one thing with you. I am not sharing cookie-cutter cleaning tips. I don’t think they are effective. Consider these cleaning and organizing tips below as lifestyle changes you’ll need to make. To take your home from ugghhhh to wa-lah — and keep it that way most of the time — you need to think long term.
So if you’re ready to learn the 10 simple things you need to do to easily clean and organize your house, let’s dive in!
It does not matter whether you need to clean and organize your entire house or just a pantry. The very first step will always be to declutter! What can you throw away? What’s just taking up space? What doesn’t belong? How did it end up there in the first place? What no longer serves a purpose?
Getting rid of random piles of messes throughout the house means that you can spend more time cleaning surfaces, more time on beautiful organization projects & less time just moving items out of the way. Plus a decluttered house looks clean even when it’s not — a simple clean house hack.
HOW TO GET STARTED DECLUTTERING:
NEED HELP GETTING RID OF ITEMS?
Hard to let go? I get it. Sometimes it’s hard to get rid of items because of the history or memories associated with them. Try putting a layer between you and the items you’re sorting. You can try something as simple as wearing gloves or call a friend to actually get rid of the items for you.
Laundry is a headache for most people I know. The most common thing I hear is that there’s just too much of it to handle! Keeping laundry managed is an often overlooked part of keeping a clean and organized home.
Think about how messy huge mountains of clothing look. How much of your time does it take to get the laundry under control? Probably more time than you have. Let’s solve this problem once & for all with simple laundry hacks.
SIMPLE LAUNDRY HACKS
If you want to learn the secrets to cleaning your entire house fast, you should check out my post: how to clean your entire house in 2 hours! It’s a game changer!
The true spirit of minimalism is simply having items you truly need & discarding what no longer serves a purpose in your life. By making an intentional effort to lead a lifestyle that revolves around getting rid of things you’ve outgrown, you can focus on creating not just a home, but a life that is neat, clean and expresses your current mood and personality.
GET INTO A MINIMALISTIC MINDSET
Whether you hate or love to clean and organize your house, having nice tools will certainly make the tasks wildly enjoyable! Spend a few extra dollars on a better vacuum or invest in nice organizing containers and you’ll see what you’ve been missing out on.
Look on YouTube for “cleaning routines” and you won’t be disappointed. Making or finding a cleaning routine is a great place to start if you feel like you need a little help meeting your cleaning goals.
Just remember that you’ll need to perform the routine quite frequently in order for it to really “stick” and become natural.
You may want to check out my very popular Daily, Weekly & Monthly Cleaning Schedule With A Simple Morning Routine (built into the schedule) in this post!
MAKING CLEANING ROUTINES WORK FOR YOU
You may want to read my post How To Have A Clean House For Life. It’s a huge list of simple ideas & habits you can start using literally today to help you have a house that virturally stays clean forever!
It’s a great idea to buy furniture that doubles as storage, but I want to give you a word of caution. Sometimes, having too many storage options can turn into trouble so just make sure you’re storing items that add value to your life and not junk.
However, if you approach this wisely, it is a great way to keep items in your home neat, tidy & organized. Below are three ideas for furniture that are both beautiful & functional!
One surefire way to keep the kitchen clean is simply to not use it so often! Sure, that may be easier said than done but let’s look at the obvious. If you are in the kitchen cooking a 3-course meal every night, you’re going to have a kitchen that requires a heck of a lot of clean-up!
Keep this same principle in mind and apply it in other areas of your life. Getting outfits ready for the week, gathering everything you’ll need in the morning at night, planning out your time more precisely — all of these things can be considered prepping. Doing this gives you more time to balance work, life & home which is absolutely necessary for a clean house.
HOW MEAL PREPPING CAN WORK FOR YOU
The more time you spend meal prepping, the less time you’ll have to spend cooking and consequently, cleaning. Pick a day when you have some serious time and cook 2-3 meals that you can alternate throughout the week.
Warming up leftovers and washing a few plates sure beats having to clean the entire kitchen on any day! When you cook, you can also dish out the food you cook into official meal prep containers to really streamline meal-time!
No matter how clean or messy your house is, stains will always stick out like a sore thumb! The next time you get a stain on your shirt, sofa, carpet or where ever, be ready by always having a stain remover ready to grab. Stains scream dirty so let’s make sure we don’t let stains hang around!
PRO TIP | PREVENT STAINS FROM DAMAGING FURNITURE
Your home is your castle, but that doesn’t mean you can live without order your majesty! If your house is unorganized and dirty, you can easily get it cleaned once you know where to start. But in order to keep it clean and organized, you’re going to need to set some rules!
A FEW GOOD HOUSE RULES TO HELP KEEP THE HOUSE CLEAN
The people you see that have seemingly perfect homes don’t get them by wishing for them – they work for it but it’s easier to do than you think! Here are a few good rules to follow:
Do you think that anyone you perceive to be great at something got there while glued to their phone or television? Nope. They didn’t. Believe it or not, this is the secret to being great at anything — having dedicating uninterrupted time to “focus”. And you need to practice this to have a clean and organized home!
TV, your phone and social media are distracting & take up soo much of your time! If you’ve ever wondered why you’re struggling to get the house cleaned or finish anything on your to-do list, this is for you! Unplug so that you can actually focus on the task at hand whether it be cleaning or anything else!
HOW TO UNPLUG AND FOCUS WHILE CLEANING
And of course, if you found this content useful, I’d love it if you share this by pinning it on Pinterest or your favorite social media spot. It’s kind of like giving me a virtural high-five! You’re the best, XO — Victoria!