Recently one of my close girlfriends had a facebook status that caught my attention. It was an exasperated plea for how to keep her house clean. This friend of mine has a beautiful home, but like a lot of us falls victim to the overwhelming chore of cleaning for hours on the weekend in order to rectify a week’s worth of clutter.
I don’t live in a constant state of cleanliness but I as I have gotten older, having a clean and organized home has become more of a priority than ever before. I have tried a bunch of different routines and tips to try and keep my house clean, but ultimately I think it’s about looking at your own individual bad habits and finding ways to avoid them. Through trial and error my own list has formed that I thought I’d share with you (and her) today in hopes that it helps free up some of those man hours spent on your hands and knees on a weekend when what we all should really be doing is recharging.
1.) I am a big advocate of making your bed in the morning. It literally takes less than 2 minutes and it helps to keep habits in check throughout the day. I’m more likely to put away my shoes, throw my clothes in the hamper instead of on the floor and hang up anything that doesn’t need to be cleaned when I see a freshly made bed.
2.) Wipe down your counters. This goes for the morning and night. I wipe down my bathroom counters every morning. I keep Clorox wipes under the sink and once I’m done w/ my makeup, a few swipes takes seconds and keeps the bathroom clean and smelling good all week long. I also practice this in the evening in the kitchen. It’s such a nice feeling in the morning when I’m making my smoothie or packing my lunch that my kitchen is squeaky clean.
3.) I learned this next tip from Fly Lady! Making sure my sink is clean every night has revolutionized how tidy my home stays. Here is my theory: My kitchen sink is the nucleus of how a dirty house can start. If I allow dishes to be left in the sink, then they can grow to being acceptable on the counter, then the kitchen can just get messy. Once the kitchen is messy, for some reason I have less motivation to keep up with the rest of the house and it just grows from there. At night I make sure to have a clean sink and it has helped tremendously.
4.) I empty the dishwasher every morning. I know it sounds like a pain and granted there are days when I’m running late and can’t but I usually run it at night (when it’s full!) and so to avoid the sink clutter, I need to make sure it’s emptied at the beginning of the day. It takes just a few minutes and makes doing the dinner dishes at the end of the night so much easier since it’s already done.
5.) The 15:00 minute clean up is probably the most effective step, even if you can’t follow the other steps, this one can help revive a home fast. Every night I spend 15 minutes picking up. Not deep cleaning. I try not to get focused on one room or getting down to the bare bones, I just sweep the house of items like mail, keys, shoes, bathroom toiletries, etc. and put away anything and everything I see. You’d be amazed at what 15 minutes of pure, focused attention can do!
Hope these handy tips that work for me, will work for you! It makes doing the bigger jobs like dusting, sweeping and organizing on the weekends so much easier if you just keep it up throughout the week.
How do you keep a clean house?