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09Jul

How To Get a Clean House For Life:  71 Super Easy, Actionable Ideas!

Written by in Cleaning Products, Cleaning Tips, Lifestyle

Truth is, it can be challenging to keep a clean house.  

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!

SIMPLE LIFESTYLE HACKS

A clean house starts with you
Change starts from within…

1.  Purge (#Declutter)

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.

ACTION PLAN:

  • Every 3-4 months, make it a point to go from room to room looking for items to give away or trash. 
  • This includes items that are broken or simply no longer work.
  • Do not forget to declutter drawers, closets and kitchen cabinets.

2.  Embrace The Spirit Of Minimalism

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.

Tips for living an intentionally minimalistic life

 

3.  Don’t Live In The Entire House 

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.  

ACTION PLAN

  • Create dedicated spaces that you enjoy for everything from eating to crafts & hobbies. 
  • Make some areas off limits or only allow certain activities to take place in designated areas. 

4.  Buy Tools You Actually Enjoy Using

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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!)

Recommendation for a vacuum cleaner

5.  Keep Your Cleaning Supplies Close

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:

  • Keep cleaning supplies for a specific area in that area.
  • For example, store your bathroom cleaning products in the bathroom.  Make things easy on yourself & keep a toilet bowl brush in each bathroom.  
  • Keep extra trash bags in small trash cans so that you can quickly remove trash & replace the liner without extra effort.   

6.  Cleaning Routines Actually Work

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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: 

  • Stick to a schedule!  You read that right.  You need to plan out when you want to perform your routine & stick to it!  
  • Think about how long your routine should take from start to finish.  Remember that when you first start, you’ll probably take a bit longer that you want until you get the hang of it.  
  • 30 days makes a habit!  Practice makes perfect!  You get the idea!  Perform your routine as often as possible so that eventually it becomes second nature and not a chore.  

 

7.  Get Everyone Involved 

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: 

  • If there are 4 people in the home and everyone spends 15 minutes cleaning, that’s literally an hour worth of cleaning done in 15 minutes!
  • A great time to try this technique is when it’s time to clean the kitchen!  (You can actually use this technique in any community area.)
  • Grab a timer and really put the pressure on & make things kinda fun! 

8.  Mix Style With Functionality

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.

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Hidden storage never looked so stylish!

MORE IDEAS FOR FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE

9.  Create Landing Zones 

Keys, mail, random papers – where do they all go – create one designated area for these items to be temporarily stored. 

LANDING ZONE 101

  • It can’t be a drawer!  Drawers have a tendency to turn into the upside down (junk drawers) and that’s not what we want in our lives. 
  • A cute basket or some sort of shelving system to place in a convenient location will be perfect for these random items.  
  • Return to the landing zone regularly to sort through all the items you dropped off.  The last thing you want is for this area to become cluttered!
This or even a simple basket make great landing zone options!

 

10. Clean As You Go

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

  • Encourage everyone in the house to do the same whenever possible.  
  • Dedicate 10-15 minutes a day to cleaning and tidying the house.  It may not seem like a lot but it will be a game changer! 

HOUSE RULES THAT YOU MUST FOLLOW

11.  Don’t Half-A** Laundry

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.

ACTION PLAN

  • Not everything needs to be washed after one wear or use.  This is especially true for jeans, pajamas & outer wear.  
  • Bath towels should be used 3-7 days, but you must be sure to hang your towel after use so that it dries properly between uses.  

12.  Do Not Leave Dirty Dishes In The Sink Over Night

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 hand wash your dishes, make sure you have a dish rack that is stylish yet tough enough to handle the load.

 

13.  Clean Spills Immediately

If you’re not already doing this, what are you waiting for!?!

THIS RULE IS FOR EVERYONE

  • Even if you have small children, when they spill something, grab a cloth or some paper towel and sing the cleanup song.  They’ll love it and become responsible human beings at the same time.

 

14.  Children & Toys Stay In Certain Areas

Toys are only allowed in certain areas of the house. They’ll understand.

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:

  • Not only are boundaries good for them, they are good for you.  
  • Young children should have designated areas for sleeping (of course), playing and eating. 
  • Toys don’t go to the dinner table and food doesn’t go to the bedroom. 

15.  Empty All Trash Cans Daily To Prevent Odors

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

  • Keep trash bag liners in all of your trash cans, not just the one in the kitchen!  Doing so will keep the actual trash can free of dirt and grime so that it looks clean as well as prevents odors from absorbing into the trash can’s surface.
  • When something spills in any of your trash cans, you must wipe it out!  Especially in the kitchen. 
  • If your current trash can is in bad shape, replace it with a new one but commit to keeping it clean inside and out.

16.  Eat In One Place

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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

  • Eat at the dinner table like mom taught you to do! 
  • If you are going to stray from the dining table, take precautions like using a place mat or even better, a small portable table.  
  • Use a fabric protector on your sofas and couches so that spills won’t make you sweat! 

17.  Shoes Come Off At The Door

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

  • Make sure the doorway does not turn into a mountain of shoes by either investing in a shoe rack or some other organization system.
  • Wear socks.  This will help cut down on those oily footprints.
  • A welcome mat on either side of the door will also help to contain dirt brought in on shoes. 

 

18.  Vacuum Floors Regularly

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

  • Vacuum high traffic areas daily if possible. 
  • Low traffic areas should be vacuumed weekly and unused areas of the home should be done on a monthly basis.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on carpets before vacuuming to absorb odors and amp your vacuuming game!

30-MINUTE CLEANING ROUTINE

19.  Throw It In A Basket (10 minutes)

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.

20.  Stage – Fluff Pillows, Fold Blankets, Straighten Objects (10 minutes)

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

  • Blankets in the living room make things cozy but they can make a room look messy if not placed properly.  Either hide your blankets or fold them when not being used.
  • If you are not the best decorator, simply straighten objects so that they are lined up – think of a military formation.  It’s pleasing to the eye.
  • If pillows are a little too deflated, simply replace them or stuff them with filling from any craft store.  

21.  Sweep/Vacuum Floors (10 minutes)

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

  • Living Room
  • Guest Bathroom 
  • Kitchen 

22.  Clean Toilet Bowls (5 minutes)

It’s super quick and easy to do yet makes a lasting impression!

HOW TO

  • Squirt some product.
  • Swish your toilet brush.
  • And you’re all done!  But if you have time, grab a cleaning towel and be sure to wipe off the seat and around the hinges.   

23.  Empty Trash Cans (2 minutes)

Again, this is to tackle the odors you have gone nose blind to.  The hot spots will be the kitchen and guest bathroom.

ONE- HOUR CLEANING ROUTINE

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24.  Focus On High-Traffic Areas

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. 

PRO TIP

  • Keep yourself from getting side-tracked by sticking to a routine and keeping a timer in hand to turn up the pressure!

25.  Find Objects That Are Out Of Place (10 minutes)

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. 

26.  Dust High & Low (15 minutes)

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.

27.  Make It Pretty (10 minutes)

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

  • Fluff pillows.
  • Position blinds so that they are uniform.
  • Tidy items on counters.
  • If you’re not a great decorator, straight lines always work.

28.  Empty Trash Cans (5 minutes)

Collect trash from around the entire house.  Do not forget to carry replacement liners.

29.  Clean Toilets (5 minutes)

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!

30.  Sweep Or Vacuum Floors (15 minutes)

When you clean the floors, start in the corners and along the baseboards.

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE THIS STEP

  • The eye is naturally drawn to corners meaning you’ll see dirt and dust there first.  And because those are often the most neglected areas of the floor, you should start there to ensure you don’t forget about them later. 

CLEAN THE WHOLE HOUSE IN ONE DAY

31.  Block Off 3-6 Hours

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!

GETTING STARTED

  • Set a timer for 30-minute intervals so that you push yourself to get in and out of the areas you are cleaning.  Yeh, you may sweat a little but who said you were supposed to be cute while cleaning.

32.  Work Task-By-Task Not Room-By-Room

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!

STAY FOCUSED

  • Do not jump back and forth from cleaning bathrooms to dusting and back to cleaning bathrooms for example.  Either dust all the rooms or clean all the bathrooms first.
  • The completion of one task in its entirety will be a huge morale booster which will help push you along to your next task.

 

33.  The One Essential You Need To Kick Your Cleaning Into Overdrive

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.

A SIMPLE MORNING CLEANING ROUTINE 

Morning cleaning routine

34.  Make Your Bed

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

  • Just straighten the blanket and top sheet out a bit and then fold them back towards the end of the bed. 
  • Smooth out the fitted sheet, fluff the pillows and be on your way.
  • Bonus!  Making your bed is one the habits of highly successful people so let’s get to it!

35.  Tidy Your Night-Stand

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.

36.  Place Clothing In One Area

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

  • Plan your outfit the night before.   I know sometimes this is easier said than done but it can be done! 
  • Try to plan all or most of your outfits for the week if you’re feeling up to it.  Do this a few times and it’ll become easier.  I promise.
  • If you know having clothes everywhere is inevitable, you have to force yourself to tidy up the losing outfits before you leave the house. 
  • Once you find your winning outfit, be sure to gather all of the clothing that didn’t make the cut and neatly place them in one area.  A bed, a chair or even a basket will work perfectly — the goal is simply to leave your room somewhat presentable.  
  1. Hang Your Towel After Your Shower

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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  

  • There’s much debate about when a towel is actually considered “dirty” but the general consensus appears to be that you should expect 3-5 uses out of your towel before it’s actually “dirty.”  Regardless, either hang it up or put it in a hamper when you’re done. 

37.  Empty The Dishwasher

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!

EVENING CLEANING ROUTINE
cleaning-routine

38. Clean While You Cook

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

  • While you’re waiting for your food to finish cooking, you should be at the sink washing the utensils and tools you’ve used.
  • Cleaning counters or even better, cleaning out the fridge to make room for this evening’s leftovers is a fantastic idea!
  • Oh and if you didn’t empty the dishwasher this morning, now’s the time to do it.

39.  Vacuum High-Traffic Areas

Ok so how often should you really vacuum?   To answer that question, I have to ask you another question.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU VACUUM

  • How many people are in the house? 
  • Whatever that number is tells you how many times per week you should vacuum high traffic areas.
  • If you have 4 people in your home, the high traffic areas should be vacuumed 4 times a week.
  • Low traffic areas only need to be vacuumed once per week or even every 2 weeks. 

40.  Run The Dishwasher

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! 

41.  Plan Your Outfits
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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

  • Even if you don’t have time to plan your outfits, at least do the following: 
  • Scrub your schedule to see what’s on the agenda for tomorrow,
  • Locate your purse, car keys and any other items you’ll need when you head off in the morning.
  • Meal prepping is always a bonafide win!  Plot your lunch & dinner if you have time.  

42.  Put Your Dirty Clothes In A Hamper

 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.  

43.  Take The Trash Out

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.

IN THE BATHROOM

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44.  Daily Attention Is A Must

Something must be cleaned in the bathroom each day in order to keep it from going to sugar honey iced tea…

45.  Hang Towels Up After Use

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.

46.  Clean The Toilet Bowl Daily

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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!  

47.  Keep A Non-Toxic Shower Cleaner In The Shower

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.

48.  Clean Hair Off The Bathroom Floor

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

  • Keep a small vacuum cleaner or broom close by to remove hair but here’s a mega tip.
  • vacuum the hair before you get into the shower or get the floor wet.  Wet hair is almost impossible to clean up!

49.  Wash Bath Mats Every 3 Months

Shake them out regularly, vacuum them if possible and replace them when needed.

50.  Get Rid Of All Of Your Old Make-Up & Beauty Products

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!

51.  Swap Bar Soap For Liquid

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.

52.  Get A Hair Trap For Your Shower

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! 

53.  Prevent Mold & Mildew In The Shower

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

  • Buy a mold inhibitor and treat your shower regularly. 
  • Another alternative:  if you have a few seconds to spare, wipe surfaces dry in the shower.
MOLD-AND-MILDEW

54.  Wipe Out The Sink After Brushing Teeth

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.

55.  Get a Basket To Store Excess Products & Items

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.

THE SOLUTION

  • Get a basket and throw that junk in there.  You can then store the basket on the counter if there’s space or under the sink.

IN THE KITCHEN

56.  Follow The Kitchen Rules

Remember from earlier, we no longer leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight – right?  Come on, stick with me.

57.  Do Not Leave Dirty Dishes In the Sink Without First Rinsing Them Clean

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.

58.  Empty Out The Fridge & Freezer Weekly

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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.

59.  Change Dish Towels

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.

60.  Regularly Run The Garbage Disposal

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

  • Be careful to keep silverware and other small objects from falling into the disposal so that you can avoid having to make costly repairs. 
  • I also like to use garbage disposal cleaners from time to time just to make sure things are nice and clean down there.   

61.  Rinse Out The Sink Every Time You Use It

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!

SIMPLE ADVICE

  • Keep a scour sponge close by to easily scrub the sink clean after use.

62.  Swap Carpeted Kitchen Mats For Rubber Ones

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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.

63.  The One Floor You Must Mop At Least Once Per Week

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

  • There is alot of crap on the kitchen floor so by not cleaning it regularly, you’re just spreading the crumbs & gunk throughout the entire house.
  • You should sweep the kitchen floor every day and mop it weekly at a minimum.

64.  Keep The Oven Clean – The Easy Way

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.

LET’S GET THE LAUNDRY DONE

Laundry Day Tips

65.  Establish A Laundry Routine

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.

66.  Keep A Separate Hamper Specifically For Towels

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.

67.  Wet Clothes Need To Be Washed ASAP

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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.

68.  Keep A Trash Can In The Laundry Room

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.

69.  Swap Powder For Pods

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

  • Liquid detergent works but you have to be sure to keep the outside of the bottle clean.

70.  Wipe Off The Washer & Dryer Weekly

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.

71.  Clean The Laundry Room Floor Weekly

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.

SUMMARY

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