Everyone is so busy these days – whether it be work, family, side hustles or even a social media addiction (100% real by the way) – its’ no wonder that cleaning the house is often last on the list of things to-do.
What’s crazy is I know you want and, more importantly, deserve a clean house. Who seriously wants to walk into an unkept, disorganized house after a hard day of work? Absolutely no one.
So guess what? If you stick with me, I’m going to show you what you need to do in order to keep your house clean and tidy.
But before I tell you how to get a clean house, I’m going to tell you what the number one issue is that’s keeping you from having a clean house. Are you ready?
What I’ve learned is that if you struggle to keep your home clean, the actual problem is – take a deep breath – you.
I know that sounds harsh but let me explain — you are simply working against yourself by not doing little things along the way. With anything, you want to work smarter not harder right? Of course you do!
By making simple swaps, implementing quick chores and stopping certain bad habits, you’ll be amazed by how easy it is to keep a clean house!
So without further delay, let’s run through this super-duper, handy-dandy, mega list of actionable ideas you can use to get a cleaner house today!
If you’ve ever moved, then you know what it’s like to start going through your stuff and realize how much of it is actually random crap that should have been thrown away a long time ago.
The true spirit of minimalism is simply having what brings value to your life — not trash and junk. Some people have made it technical & centered it on having a specific number of items in your home which is unnatural and in theory impossible – in my opinion.
Think of it this way – the fewer areas you use, the less you have to keep clean. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a one bedroom apartment or an eight bedroom mini mansion, the same principle applies.
You get what you pay for people! If you buy the cheapest broom possible, you are going to not only hate sweeping even more but spend more time cleaning the floor than if you had bought a better quality broom.
ITEMS YOU SHOULD INVEST IN INCLUDE:
BUYING TIP: Make sure you are buying floor tools that are appropriate for the size of your home. And be sure to have the right tools based on the condition of the floors you’re cleaning!
The commercials are cute but a Swiffer mop will not deep clean a floor that hasn’t been touched in months. (You’re gonna need a good old fashioned mop and a bucket if it’s been that long!)
Let’s face it, if you keep your toothbrush in the laundry room, would you really brush your teeth twice a day? I seriously doubt it. It would be too far away — a total inconvenience. Location (or accessibility) is everything!
MAKE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES:
Supercharge your cleaning efforts by building mini cleaning routines into your day. The more small routines you have, the easier it’ll be to keep the whole house together.
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A ROUTINE WORK FOR YOU:
If you have a family, this is a powerful idea that will change your home — everyone that lives in the space cleans! No exceptions!
No amount of activities, homework or attitude changes this requirement. These days, everyone is busy but by working as a unit, you can accomplish more with less effort.
IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED:
You’ve heard this before and it’s a smart – buy furniture that does more than just look good. You want it to double as hidden storage or serve another useful purpose around the house. The key here is to do more with less. Just remember extra storage is not for junk.
MORE IDEAS FOR FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE
Keys, mail, random papers – where do they all go – create one designated area for these items to be temporarily stored.
LANDING ZONE 101
After you brush your teeth, wipe out the sink – it takes 5 seconds. Just finished eating? Go ahead and wash your bowl and spoon. You get it right?
The more you clean after yourself, the less you have to do later.
HOW TO MAKE IT WORK
Wash, fold & put away in one day – no exceptions guys. Now on the bright side, you don’t have to do all of the laundry in one sitting. If you can only handle one load, then one load it is.
You never want to leave dishes in the sink overnight. Dried, stuck on food is hard to clean, and it leaves your sink smelly.
Oh, and bugs will eventually become hip to the fact that they can always find food in your sink – that’s not the kind of company you want to keep.
If you’re not already doing this, what are you waiting for!?!
THIS RULE IS FOR EVERYONE
If you let your children have free reigns to your house, you will pay for it later. Just think of the amount of time you waste having to clean crayon off the sofa or gathering toys from all over the house.
IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED:
From food to diapers to lady products, trash cans are an obvious source of major odors.
Anyone that comes to your home will get a good strong whiff of whatever you’ve left brewing in your trash cans as soon as you open the front door if you’re not emptying trash cans on a daily basis. #Embarrassing
THINGS TO DO
I am guilty of indulging in a bowl of ice cream on the couch only to have the special moment ruined when I look down and see a big chocolate ice cream stain looking back at me. #BuzzKill
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
You’ll be stopping dirt, sand, and grime from being tracked all over the house which will shave minutes off your cleaning time and extend the life of your floors and carpets.
A FEW TIPS
When you see fresh carpet lines, the room immediately screams clean! For an instant pick me up, set aside 20-30 minutes to vacuum your carpets and rugs.
A FEW TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED
Grab a basket or a box and collect everything that is somewhere it doesn’t belong! Think of this as an intensely rapid decluttering session.
Take the pillows on your sofas and beat them together like tambourines! This will put a little life back into worn down pillows and make the sofa more inviting.
WHERE TO START
Wherever your guest will be going are the floors you’ll want to target. Either sweep or vacuum thoroughly. Mop if you have time.
WHERE TO START
It’s super quick and easy to do yet makes a lasting impression!
Again, this is to tackle the odors you have gone nose blind to. The hot spots will be the kitchen and guest bathroom.
Now is the time to have a plan in mind and stick to it! You only have one-hour so you want to make sure you tend to the areas that need that most attention.
Out of place objects can really be what’s keeping your home from looking put together. Grab a laundry basket or box to temporarily store the items you find. Now hunt down every misplaced item like a tiger on the prowl!
KEEP IT MOVING
Don’t worry about finding proper homes for all of the misplaced items right now — you’ll do that later when you have more time.
You’ll need a high-duster in addition to furniture cleaner and cleaning cloths for this one.
You’ll be surprised at how much dust you’ll see when you look up! Once those high areas are done, you can concentrate on the furniture.
Alright, now is the time to make sure everything looks picture perfect! As mentioned before, when things are out of place your house will never be put together, but it’s not always clutter!
WHERE TO START
Collect trash from around the entire house. Do not forget to carry replacement liners.
Grab paper towel, cleaner, and a toilet bowl brush – spray that baby down from top to bottom, inside and out, and then proceed to wipe her clean!
When you clean the floors, start in the corners and along the baseboards.
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE THIS STEP
You always want to have a time limit & a plan so that you can pace yourself.
I’ve seen so many people spend the day cleaning only to realize they didn’t actually clean anything – that’s demotivating for anyone!
Because there is an endless number of tasks you can complete when cleaning, you need to make a hit list of the things you want to clean. And then pick a task and stick to it!
Music. Bet you weren’t expecting that were you?
Seriously, a little music will supercharge your cleaning session so that the time literally flies by and you’ll be done cleaning before you know it.
You’ll be dusting and twisting and dipping and before you know it, you’re all done – it works like magic. Trust me!
I’d recommend wireless headphones or a blue-tooth speaker for this one. The wired headphones become a nuisance after a while and may slow you down.
Now you won’t believe this but you don’t actually have to make the bed if you don’t want to.
WHAT TO DO
The night-stand has a tendency to turn into the upside-down if we don’t keep it clean. Remove trash, take dishes to the kitchen and straighten the other items on the night-stand surface.
If your room looks like a tornado came through, but really it was just that you were looking for an outfit, this is for you.
HOW TO TACKLE THIS
Coming home to wet towels on the floor is not very welcoming. Hang your towel in the morning after you shower so that it can dry properly and keep the floor clutter-free.
WHEN IS A DRYING TOWEL DIRTY
Don’t huff – it has to be done at some point. While you’re making coffee, start unloading the dishwasher. When you come home in the evening, you’ll be so glad it’s already done!
Ok, get your game face on! Everything goes straight from the stove into glassware or plasticware. And yes you heard me right! This means you will be washing the pot not sitting it in the fridge!
HOW TO DO IT
Ok so how often should you really vacuum? To answer that question, I have to ask you another question.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU VACUUM
It is very easy to forget to start the dishwasher so make it a point to always start the dishwasher at the same time every day.
Make sure you are not putting dishes with food on them in the dishwasher! That’s a one-way ticket to a clog and Stinkville!
Ok, this is a tip you’ve heard but it’s a powerful one a lot of people don’t make use of for some reason.
Planning in the evening gives you the early morning win you need to coast throughout the day!
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR A MORNING WIN
I know you’re tired after a long day at work but when you take off your work clothes, put them in the appropriate place – not the floor.
Once it’s time to shut the house down for the evening, let’s take the trash out so that we can start fresh in the morning.
Something must be cleaned in the bathroom each day in order to keep it from going to sugar honey iced tea…
No more towels left on the floors or on the sinks. If it needs to be washed, place it in a hamper, otherwise, hang it up.
A lot goes on in this spot – it only takes 10 seconds to scrub away any evidence you were ever there. Plus a fresh bowl really freshens up the entire bathroom.
If you have unsightly rings in the toilet, a pumice stone is the secret weapon you didn’t know you needed. Easy to use and non-toxic, it’s full of surprising uses for around the house!
If it’s in the shower, you can easily spray and wipe down surfaces when you hop in!
If you won’t clean the shower even with the shower cleaner in the shower, you might be a lost cause. I’m sorry.
Hair is like a gift and a curse! And while we’d all prefer to keep our hair on our heads, unfortunately, quite a bit can be found on the bathroom floor graveyard.
THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Shake them out regularly, vacuum them if possible and replace them when needed.
You’ll free up so much space by getting rid of old and expired products.
Plus you get a chance to take inventory of what you have and I’ll be you have some great anti-wrinkle creams that have been waiting to kiss your face!
If you use bar soap, you’re making your life harder than it has to be! If you wonder where the thick film in your shower is coming from, that’s the main culprit.
Ditch the bar for liquid ASAP! You’ll thank me later.
Hair in the bottom of the shower is not only unsightly but leads to clogs which are no fun! Hair traps are super affordable and an easy way to collect and remove hair.
Tip: If you have kiddos in college, this is a dorm room must-have!
No matter how clean you are, mold and mildew do not discriminate – it loves warm, wet places and unfortunately, your shower is the perfect escape!
HOW TO STOP IT
Yes, I know you will be rushing in the morning, but if you can take just 5 seconds, grab a paper towel and wipe excess toothpaste out of the sink. Doing this on a daily basis will help keep your sink from turning into a bowl of grossness.
If your counters have lots of loose items, there’s a strong possibility that things can get a little unsightly from time to time. Plus, it can make cleanup difficult.
Remember from earlier, we no longer leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight – right? Come on, stick with me.
Unless you’re in a college frat house, you should not be leaving food and dirty dishes in the sink overnight. It’s unsightly, it leads to odors, critters, and extra elbow grease when you finally do decide to clean the dishes.
The contents of your fridge are like an expression of your life. If you look inside and realize it’s a mess, you’ve got some work to do my friend!
Keeping your fridge clean will reduce random odors and waste, help you stay on your food plan and make you feel good in general.
Do not leave dirty dish towels or sponges filled with food and grease balled up on your sink.
Rinse them out so that they are clean, fold them and hang them on the sink to dry – or just place in the hamper if they are too far gone.
Another major source of odor is the garbage disposal. Simply rinsing dirty dishes is how a lot of the food ends up just sitting there, so be sure to run the disposal regularly.
A FEW GREAT TIPS TO FOLLOW
When you clean dishes off in the sink, give the entire area a good rinsing to ensure food does not have the chance to become hardened and stuck to the sides of the sink. It’s ridiculously difficult to clean and can become smelly!
Carpeted surfaces in a kitchen hold on to everything from grease to odors. The best way to clean them is to wash them regularly.
But most of us don’t have time to do that so let’s just swap the carpeted mats for a rubber mat that can easily be wiped clean.
So much happens the kitchen! Just look at the floor – every time someone goes in the kitchen, a crumb is left to commemorate the experience!
ADVICE FROM A PRO
One of my secrets to keeping a clean oven is a pumice stone.
When I need to do a light cleaning, I just use that stone and in 1-2 minutes, the oven is perfectly clean without the use of heavy fumes or lots of scrubbing.
Whether you’re going to do all of the laundry on Saturdays or dedicate Tuesdays & Thursdays to this task, having a routine will definitely keep your laundry under control.
Towels are bulky so they take up a lot of space in the hamper!
Keep a separate hamper just for towels because even though they take up a lot of space, they are super easy to wash, fold and put away compared to clothing.
Let’s have a moment of truth here – have you ever smelled your workout clothes? Do it once and you’ll never wait to wash your gym clothes again.
Wash workout clothing or sports uniforms as soon as possible because the longer you wait, the stronger they’ll smell.
Dryer sheets, the lint from the lint trap and all the other weird little things you find in the laundry room need to be placed in the trash can.
If it’s normal to have powder spilled everywhere in your laundry room, you have a few choices: live with powder spilled everywhere or you can switch to pods which are 100% mess free.
ANOTHER SWAP YOU CAN TRY
When you clean the kitchen, take a detour to the laundry room and wipe off your appliances from time to time.
When you take time to actually look at the doors of your washer and dryer, you’ll probably be shocked at how dirty they really are.
Very few people take time to make sure the laundry room floor is cleaned and maintained but do not forget this area.
Often, people do not think to clean this area until the home is listed for sale.
But after years and years of neglect, it’s often so difficult to clean that sellers have to make concessions for it.
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