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10 Habits For A Clean House
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Once you have gone through all the effort to clean your home, wouldn’t you love for your home to stay clean? I would and there are tips to help you keep it that way. With a few new habits, you can keep your home sparkling clean.
1. Pick up after yourself. Much of the mess in your home is likely self-inflicted. Do you set things down with a quiet promise that you will get to them later? Instead of adding extra work for yourself or letting the clutter accumulate, put things where they belong the first time. Trust me, it is easier that way. It will cut your mess in at least half.
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2. Make your bed. It seems like such a simple thing but making your bed can set the standard for the day. And you do not have to set hospital corners (although they are beautiful) when you make your bed. You can simply straighten the covers and fluff the pillows. You will be glad you did when you enter your bedroom at the end of a busy day.
3. Clean as you go. For example, when you are making something in the kitchen do you leave the mess to clean up later? Or do you clean as you go? Cleaning as you go helps you control mess. It also means you do not have an overwhelming clean-up job when your meal is done. When my daughter was young and the resident dishwasher, she loved the fact that I clean up as I cooked. Generally, she only had the dished and silverware used for the meal and that was it. Counters, stove, pots and pans, and other dishes were washed as I cooked.
4. Coral clutter. Many organization experts recommend a clutter coral. This is generally a box or attractive basket where items can be placed throughout the day. Then, at the end of the day, you put those items where they belong. If you live with others or have a family this is a good job for them to tackle. Let your children and spouse put things away before they go to bed.
5. Go to bed clean. Generally, there is a room in the house where clutter gathers. Spend ten minutes at the beginning or end of each day and pick up that space. Make it part of your day and you can wake up knowing your home is clean and clutter-free.
6. Enlist help. Make your family responsible for tasks and rooms. They can spend ten minutes each night straightening a room. It is a fast way to make sure your home stays clean and clutter-free. It is also a great teaching moment for the young ones. Trust me, they will take that with them.
7. Assign a day. Give each room in your home a day for cleaning. While straightening is done every day, the deep cleaning should not need more than once a week deep cleaning. And if you are enlisting help from your family then they can each tackle a room.
8. Keep cleaning products handy. Find or buy a tote bag or bin for each room. Place the cleaners for that room in the tote. Then tuck the tote away. For example, your kitchen cleaners can be stored under your sink. Your bathroom cleaners can be stored in your linen closet and so on.
9. Make it part of the routine. Make cleaning and straightening part of your routine. Each night, for example, load and run the dishwasher. Hand-wash any dishes that are not dishwasher safe. Set the coffee pot to brew ten minutes before you wake and then go to bed. It will only take you ten to fifteen minutes each night and it can become part of your bedtime routine. You will have the joy of waking each day to a fresh pot of coffee and a clean kitchen.
10. Simplify. The less stuff you have, the less you have to clean. Look around your home and see where you can simplify your life.
These ten habits can change the way you clean your home. They save you energy. They eliminate the stress of a messy home and they help you include the entire family in the household responsibilities. Most importantly, they help you spend less time cleaning and more time on life’s more important tasks and joys.
I realize a lot of folks spring clean and begin organizing and decluttering in January, but would it not be great to be ahead of the game? I think so. Hugs.
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