Habits to have a clean home
The secret to an effortless clean home is to create habits that become part of your everyday routine.
Don’t forget – these are for everyone in the house, so you all have to keep on top of things as best as you can. This can be a hard ask for some families, but get your kids to try one at at a time as part of their routines each morning or evening, give them time to master it, and it will be habit before they know it!
WIPE AS YOU GO
Finished in the bathroom? Wipe down the sink before you go out of the room. Finished making some food in the kitchen? Make sure the surfaces are crumb and dirt free. Just get into the habit of wiping surfaces down as you use them.
CLEAN UP AS YOU COOK
It’s all too easy to start cooking and create mess as you go without really thinking about it. And chances are once you’ve eaten you won’t want to tackle the clear up so it may stay put for a while afterwards. If you get into the habit of clearing as you cook, there should be much fewer things left to clean after you’ve eaten. Try and wash up items as you go as you are waiting for things to cook – and make it your mission to only be left with what you are eating from to sort out afterwards!
ONLY KEEP THE THINGS YOU NEED
One thing to do when you’re trying to build better cleaning habits is to go through everything you have and organize. Make sure you only keep the things you absolutely need and discard the things you don’t need.
MAKE YOUR BED EVERYDAY
Another great way to help you maintain a clean home is to get up and make your bed every single day. Making your bed is a good habit to adopt not just for the cleaning aspect of it but also for the mental aspect of it. When you get up and make your bed in the morning, there’s a feeling of accomplishment that comes with it. A feeling of content and peace washes over you. It makes you feel like your life is together even when it’s not.
OPEN THE WINDOWS
Nothing is cleaner than fresh air – and a really quick trick to a cleaner feeling home is to ensure that stale air doesn’t build up. Whether it’s summer or winter, open the windows as much as you can to allow lots of fresh, clean air inside.
FOCUS ON A ROOM EVERY WEEK
You will have quite a few rooms in your home – and the overwhelm sets in when you feel you have to do them all perfectly every week. The trick that people with clean homes have is that they tackle the quick jobs every week throughout the house, but only one (or two) rooms a week for deep cleaning.
HAVE A DESIGNATED PLACE FOR SHOES AND COATS
A lot of times when we come home from a long day at work, we get in the door toss our shoes to the side and throw our coat on the first couch we see. But taking just two extra seconds to put your shoes in a designated spot and hanging your coat in the closet or on a coat rack goes a long way. A good thing to remember here is aces in their places. When you put things in their place it doesn’t leave room for clutter.
By adopting some of these habits you will be able to maintain a clean home. But not only will you be able to do that but you will also be able to reduce your daily stress level and increase your happiness. Studies show that having a clean house put you in a better mood and elevates feelings of depression.