Are you wondering what the secret is to always having a clean home? Creating simple habits will help you avoid the clutter and mess. Check out these 14 Daily Habits to Keep Your House Clean.
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Do you have a family member or friend whose house is always clean? It doesn’t matter what time of day you stop by, their home is tidy and spotless.
You may assume that they spend all day, every day cleaning their house from top to bottom. I mean how else could they keep up with everything?
But, actually, it’s that they have put systems in place to make sure their home runs smoothly which allows them to get more done.
It’s all about “working smarter and not harder”. In this case, by staying on top of their cleaning every day they are able to avoid the mess and clutter that can build up over time.
By using simple daily habits you can keep your house clean too. Remember consistency is key when it comes to cleaning. Once you have established these routines, you will begin to notice how much easier it is to keep up with your everyday cleaning tasks.
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14 Daily Habits to Keep Your House Clean
1. Be prepared
Before you start building habits to keep your house clean, you should make sure you are prepared with the proper tools and cleaning products to set yourself up for success. Start by assembling a cleaning caddy with all your favorite cleaning products. A few things that I keep in my cleaning caddy are:
- an all-purpose cleaner
- microfiber cloth
- toilet cleaner
- glass cleaner (I use vinegar to clean my mirrors/glass)
Fill your cleaning caddy with the cleaning products that you use frequently so that when you are cleaning you always have the products handy.
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2. Have a morning routine
One of the best ways to keep your house clean on a consistent basis is to have a quick and easy morning cleaning routine. It doesn’t have to be complicated or take hours. My morning cleaning routine takes less than 20 minutes every day.
A morning cleaning routine helps you focus on areas that should be cleaned daily like the kitchen and bathroom. It can be as simple as making sure the kitchen and bathroom counters are wiped off, the toilet is scrubbed and the floor is swept.
3. Make your bed
You may wonder why this even matters. I used to hear this from my boys time and time again. “Why do I have to make my bed when it’s just going to get messed up again tonight?” But, if you stop and think about it, it’s just like anything you use. Can you imagine the mess you would have if everything was left out and never put away because you were going to use it again later?
Making your bed can have such a huge impact on your day without you even realizing it. It makes you feel like you have accomplished something and are ready to start your day. Not, to mention how good it feels getting into a nicely made bed at night without having to deal with messy and tangled sheets.
4. Use a weekly schedule to keep your house clean
Just as important as a morning cleaning routine, a weekly cleaning schedule is necessary to keep your house clean. A weekly cleaning schedule prevents overwhelm and clutter-build up because you are staying on top of your cleaning tasks daily.
My weekly cleaning schedule consists of designating a certain day of the week for a specific room in my home. So, for example, Tuesdays are my bathroom day. That is the day that I will only concentrate on bathroom tasks such as cleaning the shower or mopping the bathroom floor.
Let’s face it, no one really wants to spend their entire weekend catching up on cleaning. A weekly cleaning schedule helps you avoid that.
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5. Stay on top of the laundry
Laundry is a never-ending task and can get completely out of control if it’s not kept up. Eliminate the huge piles by having a laundry routine.
If doing one small load every day is more manageable for you than that is what you should do. I prefer to pick one day a week to concentrate on my laundry so I can get it done and not have to worry about it for the rest of the week.
Either way, as long as you are staying on top of the laundry that is all that matters. Just make sure that it’s also being folded and put away by the end of the day as well.
6. Put everything back in its place
One of the best tips to keep your house clean is to make sure that there is a designated spot for everything. It makes less work for you and everyone in your family if things have a place to go back to.
When you take something out, put it back where it belongs. Remind your family to do the same. Before leaving a room, do a quick scan and take something out as you are leaving. Don’t leave things to pile up because that is how things get out of control leaving you with a huge mess to deal with.
- Have a hamper for dirty clothes to go in so they don’t end up all over the floor.
- Put out a basket to collect toys.
- Keep a bookshelf or bin for books to go in.
- Place hooks in the bathroom for towels to go so they don’t end up on the floor. You can buy chalkboard tags and put names above the hooks to encourage family members to pick up after themselves.
- Utilize baskets and storage bins to create a home for items so everyone knows where they belong.
These are just a few ideas and of course just because these systems exist it doesn’t mean your kids are always going to remember to use them. But, they will be much more likely to put things back if they know where things go.
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7. Keep shoes and coats by the door
So, you can discourage dirt from being tracked into the house make sure coats and shoes are by the door. If you don’t have a mudroom, you can use a coat rack. We have a basket by the door to hold shoes but you can also use a shoe storage rack.
Encourage family members and guests to take their shoes off when entering the home to stop the spread of dirt and germs.
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8. Go through your fridge weekly
This can be as simple as pulling out old leftovers and giving it a quick wipe. By keeping up with the fridge weekly you can save time. It will eliminate the need to spend an entire day dealing with food spills and clutter later on.
9. Clean up while you are cooking
While you are cooking dinner, make a point to clean up as you go. Throw away or recycle any containers, put spices back in the pantry, and extra food back in the fridge.
You can also take this time to rinse any bowls or dishes you’ve used and put them in the dishwasher. Or, fill up your sink with hot soapy water so the dishes are ready to be quickly washed after dinner.
Cleaning up as you go, will help to avoid overwhelm and procrastination after dinner. Less time cleaning equals more quality time spent with your family.
10. Deal with mail and papers right away
Mail and papers can accumulate quickly if you let it. They clutter countertops, tables, and desks. An easy way to remedy this is to deal with mail the second it comes into the house. Don’t throw it on the table and tell yourself you will take care of it later.
Set up a command center in your home, so that important papers, schedules, and bills have a place to go. Recycle what you don’t need or want.
What to include in a command center:
- A calendar so that everyone can see important events or activities at a glance. We have a dry erase calendar that we keep on the front of the refrigerator.
- Mail organizer for mail you want to keep, and bills you need to pay.
- Also, a binder to store your child’s school papers and any important papers you want to keep. I picked up an inexpensive binder at Walmart and purchased 3 folders to put inside. One is for the household and the other two are for each of my children.
- Lastly, a menu planner and a notepad with a shopping list to keep track of dinner and items you need to buy.
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A command center will help you stay organized by giving mail and papers that come into the home a place to go so they are not left out creating clutter.
11. Declutter when you can
It’s much easier to keep your house clean when there is less stuff to deal with. It may be helpful to start a 30 Day Decluttering Challenge. This is a quick way to help you focus on places in your home that you could start to declutter.
If you don’t have time to devote an entire month to declutter your home, then you can add in a few decluttering tasks to your weekly cleaning routine. At the beginning of each month, I will make a list of the different places in my house that could use a little decluttering. A couple of times a week, I will look over the list and tackle one or two of the tasks.
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If you are overwhelmed at the thought of decluttering, start small. It can be very stressful when looking at the overall picture (the huge mess in front of you). That is why it’s better to break up the tasks into small manageable chunks.
12. Keep up with the dishes to keep your house clean
There is nothing that looks messier in a kitchen than a sink full of dirty dishes. Your floors could be mopped, your counters picked up, and clutter-free but if your sink is overflowing with dishes then none of the other stuff really matters.
So, to stay on top of the dishes make sure you have some kind of routine. I fill my dishwasher in the morning and start it if needed and then take care of the dishes while I am making dinner. However, it may work better for you to start the dishwasher (or wash dishes) in the evening and take care of them in the morning.
Either way, the goal is to keep up with the dishes so your kitchen looks sparkling clean.
13. Use a Nightly Cleaning Routine
A nightly cleaning routine has been one of the best things I have implemented to make sure that my mornings are less stressful and more productive. I don’t have to worry about clutter or a mess when I wake up since I have dealt with it the night before.
You only have to do what is necessary so that you are not waking up to a messy house. I keep my nightly cleaning routine short and sweet by concentrating on wiping counters after dinner, sweeping and loading dinner dishes in the dishwasher.
14. Quick pickup before bed
Before I head to bed at night, I take a quick 5-10 minutes to pick up any clutter that has accumulated throughout the evening. I will straighten pillows, fold blankets, and take care of any cups or plates that were left out.
If you have younger children, it may be helpful to keep a toy bin in the living room (this one is perfect because it keeps toys hidden) and start a nightly routine with them. Have them pick up 5 items and put them in the basket before bed. If there is a lot of toys left out, then have them pick up 5 more items and so on until the mess is put away.
The counting will give them something else to focus on instead of the mess.
There you go, 14 habits daily habits to keep your house clean. Hopefully, this list will inspire you to start making these small changes for a cleaner home. Keep in mind that it may take some time to build habits, so it’s probably best to pick a couple of things to work on at a time and gradually add more.
Your home doesn’t need to be kept perfectly clean. It’s unrealistic to expect that. Life happens. The ultimate goal is to create a space that you can feel content being in. These simple daily habits will help keep your home consistently clean (enough) so you are not spending all day cleaning on the weekends. Instead, you can spend your time doing the things you love and being with those who mean the most.
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