Keeping up with cleaning care routine can be quite tedious, but it does not have to be. Keeping your home clean tends to be more about creating good habits that should be added to your daily routine almost instinctively than about the time involved in carrying them out. There might be sometimes when following your daily cleaning routine might be a hassle, but for the most part try to follow habits that are most important to you. We have gathered some habits that will help you keep your house clean and tidy. The more you try to do them, the easier it will get. Your checklist might seem overwhelming but try to take it one step at a time.
Make your bed
Some people think that making the bed equates to wasting your time, but it really makes a huge difference in how tidy the room looks. Plus, it only takes a few minutes and at the end of the day you can come back home to a neat and comfortable bed. To make things easier, you can simplify your bedding as much as you can like for instance getting only a duvet and washable cover.
One load of Laundry each day
Depending on how many loads you typically do per week, you can distribute the amount of loads you have to do per day. Try to get in the habit of putting in one load of laundry when you wake up, first thing in the morning. Make sure you save some time somewhere in your day to complete the load – including putting it away. If you go to work very early in the morning and have no time to dry your load, just leave it ready for when you come back from work.
Create a list of priorities
Not all cleaning is equal. Make a list and prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait until the next day or two. Given the time that you have available, write down your top two cleaning goals and stick with these before attempting to do other things. This will save you time as well as unnecessary stress.
Do a clean-up every night
Make it a routine to do a 20-minute nightly clean-up. It is definitely easier to clean when everyone else is doing the same thing. Put on the timer and just stick with your defined cleaning priorities. You can tell your kids to clean their rooms or do small household chores. Meanwhile you can finish up the cleaning the kitchen, living room or folding the laundry. Start with the things that are making the biggest mess and that need to be done before bed. If you have a robotic vacuum, which we really recommend, you can make it run in your living room or bedroom while you do other stuff. Try to focus on highly trafficked areas.
This one may take some more time but taking the time to declutter and organize your home will cut down on the amount of time needed to clean. Having a spot for everything that is accessible and easy to put away makes it very easy to tidy up. Less items out on the counters and surface tops cuts down on dusting and makes cleaning a lot quicker. If you are unsure of where to start, you can start by making a checklist or looking for one online and modifying to satisfy your needs.
Clean along as you go
This one may seem a bit on the nose, but it is something we tend to ignore or not do. Putting things away as you go does not take up much time, and it also makes the difference between a tidy and a messy house. Have an idea of where everything goes and put it away accordingly. When you take off your clothes do it by your closet and either hang them up or put them directly in the laundry. Load the dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of placing them on the counter or properly wash them right away. You can also have your family help you out cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. Avoid a messy kitchen. All of these little things are just habits that can help you daily in your nightly cleanups. Prevent waste of efforts or waste of time. Obviously, there will be times when this is not possible, but do it when you can, and you will save yourself lost of cleaning up in the end. Try to make the process less tedious and less time consuming.
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