Some people think that cleaning is something to be saved for the weekend and then you need to take all day to get it done. However, that’s rarely a way that works very well. While deep cleaning every day is impossible, busy people know that doing small things consistently is much easier than a whole day of cleaning. Here are some things that you can do on a daily basis to maintain a clean house.
Make the Bed
Starting your day off by making your bed will set the spirit of order and organization that you need to carry throughout the rest of your day. It’s quick and simple, and both puts you in the clean mood and also makes your bedroom look much better.
When everything has a place, things rarely stay on the floor for too long. Get organized and add some cubbies
or boxes to store things around the house so that, when it comes time to put things away, everything has a home.
Unload the Dishwasher
While it may be tempting to just leave the clean dishes in the dishwasher and just pull whatever you need out of it, that’s not a good idea. If you get into the habit of, every morning, putting away the clean dishes, then when they get used, they won’t pile up in the sink but go right back into the dishwasher!
Don’t ever tell yourself, “Oh, I’ll get that later”, especially if it’s an easy clean up. Don’t let spills settle or packaging just sit around. Clean up spills, throw away packing, and sweep up crumbs right away so a mess doesn’t build up or harden on.
Shoes, especially in the winter, are one of the most common items to get your house dirty. Get yourself and your family in the habit of removing shoes right when you step through the door. This will prevent shoes from being thrown all over the living room and also stop mud and dirt from being tracked inside.
Clean as You Go
Don’t save all your cleanup for at the end of dinner or something else. If you put a pan in the oven, take that time to clean the counters and dishes you’ve already used. If you just put the cookies away, clean the cookie tray instead of just throwing it in the sink.
Quick Cleanup before Bed
Take five minutes before you go to bed and tidy up the house. Get your whole family involved and make sure to put away toys, pick up pillows, stow away shoes, etc. If needed, do a quick sweep or run with the vacuum for small messes; don’t worry about deep cleaning.
This may seem like a small idea, but taking a few minutes every day to open the doors or windows will really help air out your home. You may not smell it, but funky odors can sometimes spring up right under your nose pretty quickly. Keeping the doors open can help get that smell out.
Specific Day for Laundry
Don’t just wait until your hamper is overflowing with dirty clothes or you’re down to your last pair of pants. Set a specific day to do laundry each week and stick to it! You’ll always have clothes to wear and never have to worry about the hamper becoming a dirty laundry mountain!
Clean out the Fridge
This is a good idea to do about once a week. Throw out any leftovers that have gone bad and check all the condiments to see if they’re still good. Wipe up any spills or stains before they have even more time to settle in. Consider buying some refrigerator shelf liners
to prevent any stains.