Want To Always Keep A Clean House? These Are The Easiest Ways
The best ways to keep your house clean include getting organized, making a chore chart to keep yourself and other families accountable, and separating tasks by day or week to make them more digestible.
If you read this headline and thought, “step 1, get rid of children and spouse,” you’re probably not wrong. But, doing so is perhaps a lot more hassle than it’s worth to have a clean house. You could get a robot butler to help you, but that doesn’t seem possible. And don’t fret, you don’t even need a suite of fancy chemicals. Just some discipline and microfiber cloths (baking soda is your best friend). Let’s break it down.
According to NPR, it starts with a vision. (Just like anything else, right?). If you identify ahead of time, what spaces you would really like tidied up consistently, you’re ahead of the game. Also, think about the way you live and design your house around you.
For example, if you spend a lot of time in your office, you’ll want to make sure that spot is always organized. So, just organize it and discipline yourself to keep it that way. Remember the adage “a place for everything and everything in its place”? Well, you’re now going to live by that in your clean house.
Another way to keep a clean house is to get everyone in your family on board with your new plan. Call a family meeting and declare your war against grime! Ok, a bit dramatic, but let your housemates know you want a cleaner home and you need their help. Also, remember chore charts? Yeah, they are popular for a reason.
If you give people specific jobs in the house or rooms they are responsible for on a daily basis, it will bring accountability. The goal is to change behavior, not just clean the kitchen. For a clean house, think about where you spend a lot of time. Is it the kitchen? If it is, make sure dishes are put away at the end of the night. Yes, even if you’re tired. You’ll be happy in the morning and you’ll just get more used to it.
People look at spring cleaning as a time to purge the home of unwanted or unused items. You can make this a continual process for a clean house. Put out donation bins around the home and designate them to go to Goodwill. As you fill it up, take it and drive the box directly to the donation center. Do not, I repeat, do not drive around with the box for weeks on end. Take yourself out for a coffee after you’ve dropped it off.
Once you’ve decluttered and kept your clean home clutter-free, it will be a lot easier to clean. Here are some quick tips for consistent (easy) cleaning.
- Use a sock for light dusting. Easy peasy. Use one that lost its mate.
- Microfiber cloths. They are your best friends and work perfectly well for wiping down the front of your fridge and kitchen countertops.
- Move around your room clockwise. It’s nice to have order and we are creatures of habit. This will help train your brain.
- Go top to bottom. You wouldn’t want to clean your ceiling fan after you’ve just run the vacuum!
- Differentiate between weekly and daily tasks. For example, daily tasks would be wiping your kitchen counters down. Weekly would be the bathrooms and the blinds.
If you keep up a routine, know what to expect of yourself and others in your house, you’ll soon have an ahhhhhhhhhh clean home. And peace. Ok, maybe not peace. But your house will be your oasis. Go on and treat your clean bedroom to a new pillow to rest your tired head on at night.