Clean And Organize Your House With 10 Powerful Tips

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tips for cleaning and organizing your house

There is an endless supply of tips and hacks online to help you figure out how to keep your house clean and organized.  Unfortunately, it’s tough to find tips that are actually useful and practical.  (And not cheesy, or time-consuming or for mega DIYers!)  So let’s cut to the chase — if you’re ready for some common sense, regular-person-friendly tips, keep reading! 

These are not just tips for cleaning and organizing your house. They are lifestyle changes you’ll need to make to take your home from messy to wa-lah!  And keep it that way!

 1. ALWAYS DECLUTTER FIRST

the first rule to cleaning and organizing is to declutter the area.

It does not matter whether you need to clean your house or organize an area.  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? 

HOW TO GET STARTED: 

  • To declutter quickly and effectively, always sort items into one of 4 categories: trash”, “donation”, “misplaced” or “storage.” 
  • Once everything has been sorted, work on getting each pile to the appropriate destination.  Once everything is cleared away, you have a clean slate to work with and can start cleaning or organizing. 

PRO TIP

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. 

2. DON’T WASH EVERYTHING

keep laundry under control by washing less items like jeans

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!  Let’s solve this problem once & for all!

A GOOD TIP

  • Creating a wash or laundry schedule is a great place to start! Be sure that no matter when you wash (or even if its just one load), you follow through and get those clothes folded within 24 hours! 
  • Hiring a professional service to take care of your laundry for you is also a great idea.

A GREAT TIP

  • Have a spare laundry basket ready for items that need to be “washed now.”  This is typically going to be your workout clothing, the kids’ team uniforms for soccer or whatever, or super soiled clothing in general – you get the point.  Basically, anything that can get a little funky if left sitting for too long should be washed immediately.  This will keep odors at bay & laundry from getting out of control. 

AN AWESOME TIP

  • Your jeans really don’t need to be washed after every wear.  Unless they are terribly smelly, spray them with a fabric refresher & hang them up – you can get at least 2-3 wears between washes.  Not only are you unnecessarily adding to the laundry, but you’re shortening the life of your jeans.  Another item that can be used a few times before washing – bath towels. 

 3. MINIMALISM

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. 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  • If you struggle with keeping your home clean and organized, consider that your habits are the true issue.  That may sound harsh, but seriously, until you change your relationship with “stuff”, you’ll continue to find yourself in a home that you’re unhappy with. 

 4. BUY CLEANING PRODUCTS YOU’LL ENJOY USING

Whether you hate or love to clean, having nice tools will certainly make cleaning wildly enjoyable! Spend a few extra dollars on a better vacuum and you’ll see what you’ve been missing out on.

PURCHASING POINTERS

  • Your vacuum cleaner should be able to bring a smile to your face.  Splurge a little and you won’t regret it. Never buy the cheapest!
  • There are a lot of great non-toxic cleaners available these days but, they can be on the pricey side.  Always check the manufacturers site for coupons so that you can save a few bucks!
  • The Shark vs Dyson debate has a clear answer – in my humble opinion.  If your home is mostly carpeted, get a Shark.  If it’s mostly hardwoods, get a Dyson.  Just be sure to shop around because prices for these bad boys vary wildly from store to store.     

5. CLEANING ROUTINES WORK

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. 

FRIENDLY REMINDER

  • When following a routine, try it as-is a few times and see how everything flows.  From there, mold and tweak that routine until it’s a perfect fit for you. 
  • Don’t overload yourself with too many routines at once!  In your quest to get your house (life) together, take it one step or routine at a time.  If you take on too much, you’ll run the risk of not making any of your routines stick or worse, abandoning all the routines and making zero progress.  
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6. DÉCOR & FUNCTIONALITY

It’s always recommended 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.

PRO TIPS

  • Storage benches and ottomans are an absolute must-have.  Luckily there are plenty of trendy options available which means you can really have fun with this one!

 7. MEAL PREP

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.

HOW MEAL PREPPING CAN SAVE YOUR HANDS

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! 

 8. A STAIN REMOVER IS A MUST

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 wherever, be ready by always having a stain remover ready to grab.  Stains scream dirty so lets make sure we don’t let stains hang around! 

PRO TIP

  • Do yourself a huge favor and pretreat upholstered furniture in the home with a stain repellant so that stains don’t get a chance to stick!  The application process is usually pretty straightforward and will greatly extend the life of your furniture or carpets.  A mega win in my book!

9. HOUSERULES NEED TO BE SET

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 HOUSERULES

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:

Rule #1: Do not wear outdoor shoes in the house.

Rule #2: Limit eating & drinking to designated areas.

Rule #3: Do not leave dishes in the sink overnight.

10. UNPLUG

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 — dedicating uninterrupted time to “focus”.

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 ON CLEANING

  • You don’t have to work in silence.  Music makes everything sweeter!  Grab a pair of wireless headphones and put on your favorite throwbacks.   Oh, podcasts are another great option as well. 
  • Airplane mode will make sure you stay dedicated to cleaning.  Trust me when I say it totally works.  Set a timer for however much time you need to clean, turn on airplane mode, and get to work! 
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