Do you find that your home is always a mess? Do you spend a chunk of your free time cleaning? Following these pointers to keeping a tidy home can conserve your weekends! Who wouldn’t rather invest a Saturday relaxing and having fun, instead of scrubbing floorings and cleaning up bathrooms?
Doesn’t Sunday breakfast and an afternoon nap sound better than doing laundry? I definitely think so, and that’s why I’m sharing these suggestions to keeping a tidy house– so you can enjoy your weekends, too!
While these tips may not get your home completely clean, they will make it so you don’t have to deep clean quite as often. Do not feel like you need to be the one to perform them all, either: get kids involved in the routine of doing a little for your house every day and they’ll grow up to understand how to keep a tidy house, too.
- Make your bed
As the most visible surface area in most bedrooms, an unmade bed can make the entire room look unpleasant. If you’re not a fan of sheets, switch to a duvet with a detachable cover that you can wash each week– you have to pull it up and, boom, your bed’s tidy. Need more persuading? Learn how making your bed daily can alter your life.
- Get fussy with your carpet
We must vacuum high-traffic locations at least every other day, especially if you have high pile carpeting, but not everybody has the time or energy for that. Make a point to get little messes (feline hair, scraps of paper, and so on) between regular vacuuming, and it will look better all week. Bending over to do it counts as exercise!
- Clean up after each meal or snack
Filthy counter tops make your entire cooking area look horrible. Since you currently emptied your dishwasher, load dishes after each meal or treat and after that clean down your counters with a homemade all-purpose cleaner.
- Do a load of laundry daily.
You do not need to spend your whole weekend catching up on laundry if you do one load every day. Can’t choose what to wash? Use a laundry organizing basket and grab the one that has the most clothing. Start a load prior to heading to work or taking the kids to school and move it to the clothes dryer when you get home for the evening.
- Wipe down your sinks and faucets frequently
Everyone has the same issue, somehow your bathroom can get so dirty so quickly. Grab a disinfecting wipe and spend a minute spiffing up the sinks and faucets after you prepare you’re done getting ready for the day. For an added bonus, you can teach your kids to do this in their bathroom, too.
- Sort and recycle paper ASAP
Keep documents from piling up on the kitchen island and table by handling the mail as the first thing you do when you stroll in the door. Throw the junk mail out right away and put bills and letters in a mail sorter to help organize and reduce clutter.
- Use floor mats
Even if you can’t train your household not to use shoes in your home (which truly lowers household dirt), you can keep most of the dirt out by positioning flooring mats both inside and beyond each outside door. You can also use a vacuum or broom to clean these every so often.
- Tidy the counter tops before heading to bed
Before you head off to bed, give your kitchen a fast look and put away any clutter. In the bathroom, put away your toiletries and jewelry. The same goes for your table– don’t let it become a catch-all.
- Empty the dishwashing machine every day.
If you’ve ever timed yourself while doing this chore, then you know emptying even a packed dishwashing machine only takes around 5 minutes Do it while the coffee brews or while you wait for the kids to get ready for school. An empty dishwasher keeps dirty meals from piling up in the sink, making your kitchen area look like a mess.
- Run a kitchen sweeper at night
Brooms and dustpans are a hassle and, thanks to their cords, vacuums aren’t much better. Use a multi-surface sweeper each night to go over the kitchen floor. It’s simple enough to use that your kids can do it as part of their night regimen.
Performing these suggestions to keeping a clean home takes only a few minutes a day, but they’ll keep your home looking constantly tidy no matter how hectic life gets.