Sick and tired of living cluttered and messy? Skip the cookie-cutter tips and get straight to these 10 super easy tips that’ll show you how to keep your house clean and organized. All. The. Time.
Let’s kick things off with a big, fresh dose of truth…
Getting your house clean and keeping it clean will take a little upfront work. But once you get into a good rhythm, you’ll feel as if your house is working with you to stay clean & organized. And speaking of help, if you’ve got a family, setting up your house so that it’s EASY for them to know where what goes, where they can leave stuff and where they can’t, who needs to do what and when, is also a biggggggg factor in getting your family on board with keeping the house clean. And there is a way to do it without acting like a psycho drill sergeant from the Upside Down lol. We’ll talk a litte more about this further down the post.
Since you’re reading this, I’ll bet your house doesn’t stay clean for very long because you’ve been focusing on the wrong things. And it’s time to switch things up a bit my friend.
Detox your brain of all your old thinking so you can make room for some very practical tips used by people that pretty much always have a clean house. Skim the list. See what resonates with you. And give it a try.
To break through the constant cycle of mess, stop focusing on your messy house as a whole and shift gears a bit.
Turn your attention to smaller things that I’ll admit, don’t seem helpful, but are insanely impactful: like putting what you use away. Mind-blowingly small right?
You already know you should do this but obviously, it’s not as simple as it seems. Whether you’re naturally unorganized, have ADHD or dealing with an illness of some sort, putting things away neatly can be as perplexing as Game of Thrones.
So forget about making things cute and instead go the route of zero resistance if you want to keep your home clean and organized. Basically, rig your house so that it’s literally messy-proof for lazy people!
Think no lids on plastic containers or open baskets in all the right places so you can just toss stuff in. Genius right?
One of my favorite examples of this at play is using a spice basket.
I have a gazillion spices, but seriously only have 3-4 regulars. Eh, I’m a pretty boring cook. But anytime I need my roasted garlic or sea salt, I destroy the entire spice cabinet trying to pull them out.
And it’s totally not necessary… Ready for the mess-eliminating secret?
All you need is a small basket on your kitchen counter where you can keep your VIP spices. It’s also where you’ll toss them back when you’re done.
No messy spice cabinet. No cluttered counters. Ahh, what a relief…
Get more ideas – perfect for naturally unorganized people – in this post: 5 Ideas You Can Use To Keep Your House Clean & Organized All The Time!
Laundry sucks. There I said it.
When we talk about keeping the house cleaner, laundry is usually seen as a separate situation from the house. But that’s so not true. When it comes to getting your home clean, laundry is very much a part of the deal.
Point is, if you can keep the laundry managed, you can keep your house clean or under control. It’s like a gateway skill that opens the doors to wondrous magic in your life. Or something like that.
Here are a few quick tips to keep your laundry under control (painlessly):
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 that bring value to your life & discarding what no longer serves a purpose in your life. Yes, you can still keep your crazy Harry Potter mug collection – you just don’t need twenty!
I like to think of minimalism in terms of my spending habits. It helped me curb my impulse spending. My weaknesses? Food & beauty products. Now, instead of buying whatever catches my eye on a whim, I only buy a new product once I’m officially done with my current one. (Err, most of the time lol.) Can this approach help you too?
The real benefit of minimalism is that having less stuff means less cleaning. Pow! So even if you don’t want to be a *minimalist per se*, chunking crap more often will only help you keep your house clean in the long run.
YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO READ // The Smart Girl’s Guide To A Clean & Organized House – 5 Drool-Worthy, Must-Have Things You Need To Get Now! Who should read this? Anyone that wants to learn smart ways to set up their home so that it stays clean.
If you hate cleaning, prepare to hate it less! Having cleaning products you feel good about using – whether you’re into the non-toxic scene or just whatever works – will help you overcome the feeling of doom and gloom you feel whenever you think about doing some hardcore cleaning.
CREATE AN EPIC FAIL-PROOF CLEANING CADDY // all-purpose cleaner + apron + bucket + caddy + disposable gloves + extension cord + floor cleaner + furniture polish + glass towel + high duster + microfiber towels + mold & mildew remover + mop + pumice stone + scour sponges + small trash bags + soft scrub + tile & grout brush + vacuum
Remember, the key to having a clean and organized house is building good habits. Following routines are the intentional way to do that – basically, you’re setting aside time to do something over and over again until eventually, it becomes a habit.
Set aside 30 minutes a day to clean something in the house. Set aside 30 minutes a day to make sure everything is still organized in a particular area of the house – like your desk. Mine get’s crazy so I have to stay on top of it!
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).
MAKING CLEANING ROUTINES WORK FOR YOU
READ | 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 virtually 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 four ideas for furniture & decor that are both beautiful & functional!
To keep a clean & organized house requires time. If you’re not organized – I’m talking about your life here – you probably feel like you never have enough time to do anything, but you do.
HERE ARE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN PREP TO HELP BALANCE WORK + LIFE + HOME FOR BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT
Getting outfits ready for the week, meal prepping, gathering everything you’ll need in the morning at night and planning out your days more precisely with time blocking are excellent ways to prep. Doing these things give you more time to balance work, life & home which is absolutely necessary for a clean house.
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!
TIP | PREVENT STAINS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN
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:
Creating new habits to create a clean & organized house is exciting & fun – until you get busy, start to forget, lose enthusiasm, forget it was even a goal, and then wake up one day with the goal to get your house clean & organized once and for all – again lol.
Regardless of what anyone else says, the #1 key to keeping a clean and organized house is labels – oh and signs too.
WHY YOU NEED LABELS ASAP
When you see that label, not only will it stop you from dropping an item in the wrong place, you’re going to want to find the perfect home for it. Thus a spot will be picked & a new label will be created just for that item.
If you want to get in the habit of turning on the dishwasher every evening at 7pm, make a sign & plaster it everywhere. Want to get into the habit of making the bed every morning? Make signs & you guessed it – plaster them everywhere! Labels and signs are powerful hacks that will help you keep your house clean & organized all the time.
IDEAS FOR USING LABELS & SIGNS TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE CLEAN & ORGANIZED
Use a paint pen to quickly & easily label containers – this is so cute!
Who would think that one of the wildest places in the house, the linen closet, could be tamed with chalkboard labels + baskets!
This is a fabulous example of doing more with less! You don’t need a ton of baskets & containers to tame your wild spaces. To pull off a look this look, all you need are chalkboard labels + small square baskets + large square baskets + a hamper + an over-the-door hook!
If you want an idea of how to use signs, boom! Create attention-getting signs anywhere in the house with chalkboard or dry erase boards. I’ll do this when we move into our new house.
What I love about chalkboard signs is that they go with almost any decor & they have a way of making your house really feel like home. If you want to recreate this look you can try chalkboard paper so that you turn any surface into a sign or just grab a chalkboard sign – oh, and don’t forget to get chalk markers!
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