6 Easy Steps to Keeping Your Home Clean

Jun 10 2020
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Every now and again I run into that Facebook meme that asks which would you rather have? Never have to cook, or clean, or do laundry or go shopping again. The vast majority (including myself) always picks the never having to clean the house again option. My dream is to be wealthy enough someday to hire someone to clean my house but, honestly, no matter how much money is my account I’m probably way too frugal for that!

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Keeping your house squeaky clean amidst a busy schedule might seem impossible, especially if you have children and pets. According to the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends one hour a day cleaning their house. But you don’t always need a clean-a-thon to keep your home tidy. Read on to find simple hacks that will help you keep your home clean without much hassle. 

Make Your Bed Each Morning

Cleaning is much easier when you’ve built habits that make you dislike disorder. And what better habit than making your bed each morning? Although it may only take a couple of minutes, making your bed is an excellent way of starting each day. 

As simple as this tip sounds, it is an essential step to keeping a house tidy. Once you straighten the sheets, you are likely to be more motivated to clean other parts of your home. On the other hand, if you’re not able to convince yourself to make your bed, you may not have the discipline to tidy up other places.  

Organize Your Home

A disorganized house breeds clutter. And the more the clutter, the harder it is to keep a home clean. If you’re going to keep your home mess-free, start by organizing. Use shelves, drawers, trays, hooks, crates amongst others to keep every item you own in its place. 

Always remember that less is more. If there’s no use for an item in your home, give it away or discard it. For instance, clothes you don’t wear anymore only pile up and occupy space, create more room by giving them away. If you want more ideas on how to organize your home on a room by room basis, read this article

Hire a Cleaning Service

Let’s face it – cleaning is not what comes to mind when you think of fun. But it has to be done every day. However, you don’t always have to be the one poking for dirt and clutter in a bid to keep your home clean. 

You can hire a cleaning maid service to do the job for you. These cleaning services are experts at making your home feel and smell brand new. Even if you don’t want to hire them on a daily or weekly basis, you can contact them to give your home a thorough cleaning once a while. 

Never Walk Out of a Room with Empty Hands

As a rule of thumb, never step out of any room in your house without picking up something that needs to be discarded. It could be as small as a piece of paper or as big as a trashcan, but it would make a world of difference. 

This practice is a foolproof way to reduce the amount of clutter you have to deal with each day. 

Clean as You Cook

Cooking can be a thrilling experience. Cleaning the kitchen and doing dishes after preparing a meal? Not quite. 

Instead of waiting until you’re done cooking to clean up, you can wipe, wash, and organize the kitchen as you cook. This strategy saves time and reduces the amount of work you have to do afterward. 

Involve the Whole Family

Have you ever cleaned your home only for your kids to turn the whole house upside down in just minutes? Well, that can be a frustrating experience.  To ensure such a scenario doesn’t happen, develop a homemaking routine, and assign tasks to each child daily. There should be no confusion as to who does what. To motivate them to do more, you can add rewards or incentives. 

Between a busy job schedule, the kids, and all the clutter, keeping your home clean all the time is a big ask. Thankfully there are simple ways to keep your home squeaky clean as often as possible. In this article, we have explored six of those ways. Apply them to your home, and soon enough, you’ll see the results.

Every now and again I run into that Facebook meme that asks which would you rather have? Never have to cook, or clean, or do laundry
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Comments

  1. nancy
    June 10, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I will say, given the times, I don’t think anyone is hiring a cleaning service. I know people who did that for a living, their jobs were put on hold. No one wants strangers in their house. And that’s assuming you can afford one. This must have been written pre-covid?

    • June 10, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Nancy, no mostly I just wrote it as a “dreaming” idea for one day that will probably never come lol. I’m far too frugal to hire someone to come clean my house and, nowadays, its not even possible anyway!

  2. June 11, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Tarah,
    Great tips that are easy to follow. In response to Nancy, I think there are plenty of people who use a cleaning service, especially the elderly who may need help with things that they can’t do any longer. My brother and his wife work full time and own several businesses. They have someone to come in and do the cleaning because they just don’t have the time to do it themselves. They are working hard and get more value out of their time spent working than spending their own time cleaning. I have never had a cleaning service but if my business picks up to the point that I have less time to clean (and more money to pay for hiring someone), then I think it is a great idea.
    Enjoy your day.
    Kathy

    • June 11, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks Kathy I totally agree! Lodi and I are getting the house picked up and cleaned so far but neglect seriously happens. The idea of coming home after the day job, tackling the blog and then NOT having to clean the house is a real dream of mine. I think in the future it may well be very worth it for us!

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