Keeping your house clean may seem impossible – especially if you have a full-time job, a family, a pet, or all of the above. You start your week with a clutter-free home (after spending an entire day cleaning it), but by the week’s end, your laundry pile is falling over, and, as it turns out, those dishes didn’t do themselves! We have some tips that will break this vicious cycle.
Make Your Bed Every Morning
Making your bed every morning will instantly change how tidy or disheveled your bedroom looks. To simplify this everyday task, streamline your bedding by ditching the top sheet or minimizing the number of throw pillows.
Edit Your Closet As You Go
You may have experienced the letdown of putting on an outfit you thought would be perfect, only to find last year’s jeans don’t hug those curves like they used to. Hey, out of sight, out of mind, right? Instead of putting them back in your closet, place them in a donation bag. Do this with every piece of clothing you try on that you don’t love anymore, and your closet can stay more organized.
Spray Clean Your Shower After Every Use
Soap scum and other shower gunk seemingly come out of nowhere, and by the time you see it, it can be tough to get rid of. So, stop shower buildup before it even has the chance to form by using a spray-and-go cleaner like Method Daily Shower Spray ($4.29, shop here) on your shower after each use.
Establish a 15-Minute Tidy-Up Routine
Set an alert on your phone for a time that works, and when that alarm goes off, tidy up for 15 minutes. This is the perfect time to wipe down countertops and other surfaces, sweep the kitchen floor, or put away laundry. You may be surprised by what you can do in 15 minutes. Get the entire household involved to cover more surface area.
Skincare Routine, But Also Clean the Toilet
Since we all make our way to the bathroom at some point, you might as well clean the toilet while you’re in there. In fact, the time that it takes you to wash your face is about equal to the time your toilet cleaner needs to sit before wiping down.
Keep Supplies Close to Where You Use Them
If you need to dust the downstairs end tables, but the Pledge and the rags are in the upstairs closet, you’re less inclined to wipe them. This is why you should keep cleaning supplies close to where you need them. For instance, keep bathroom cleaning supplies in a bin or basket under the bathroom sink – not down the hall in a storage closet…provided you don’t have young kids around.
Clean As You Cook
It’s easy to get in the zone while you’re cooking, and before you know it, every pot, pan, and utensil is in the sink, and sticky spots are all over the countertops. Avoid this mess by having some Clorox and a dish towel on hand to clean up spills immediately – and never turn down the opportunity to load a few dishes in the dishwasher while you wait for something to come to a boil.
Do you have any tips for keeping your home clean? Share them with us in the comments below!