If you’ve ever looked around at your messy house, Googled “house cleaning services near me,” and then let out a heavy sigh, you are certainly not alone. Especially if you have children, grandkids, or pets, it may seem like they walk right behind you as you clean, joyfully undoing all your work. And while you can’t make the cat magically stop shedding or ship the whole family off to live in a hotel, we do have some life hacks for how to clean your home and keep it that way. Ish.
1. Keep your cleaning products within reach.
Messes are less likely to get picked up right away when they happen far away from your cleaning products. Set up storage areas all around your house to keep your cleaning products and relevant supplies (sponges, gloves, etc.) in quick reach. Bathroom cleaners and supplies near the bathrooms. Kitchen cleaners near the kitchen. Paper towels, well, everywhere. Especially when you’re already busy with other things, convenience can be a powerful motivator.
2. Use entryway rugs.
And get in the habit of wiping your paws. More dirt on the rugs means less dirt tracked through the house, and the smaller surface areas are a lot quicker to clean. Just take them outside and beat them against the house, old-school. (This also doubles as a great stress reliever!) Start outside with a rough-surface welcome mat that really lets you scrape the dirt off. Then finish the job inside with soft, decorative rugs that add character or a pop of color to your space.
3. Power clean for 15 minutes a day.
Set a timer for 15 minutes, and enlist everyone who lives with you to clean like a whirlwind until time’s up. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish on a deadline — and it’s even better when you know it’ll be over as soon as you hear that beep. To take it a step further, assign each room of your house a day and focus your power clean. Bedrooms on Mondays, living room on Tuesdays, bathrooms Wednesdays, and so on. It’s an easy way to break down what can seem like an overwhelming task.
4. Make the beds.
This morning ritual may seem like it’s unnecessary or going out of fashion, but a made bed not only looks tidy, it puts you in the right mindset for keeping up the rest of the house. That doesn’t mean you need to spend every morning making every bed. Unless your kids or grandkids are still in a crib, use the rule “You sleep in it, you make it.” Motivate kids by offering rewards on a chore chart, or make it fun and have a bed-making race.
5. Clean as you go.
Get in the habit of always picking up, and don’t take shortcuts. A few examples: Put dirty dishes into the dishwasher instead of the sink. Take the extra second to put your laundry inside the hamper instead of on the floor in front of it. Throw the junk mail straight into the trash can. Never go up or down the stairs empty-handed — always take items back to their proper homes as you go. Staying on top of the little things goes a long way to keep them from turning into big things.
6. Make room for the misc.
Designate several junk drawers or baskets to collect the stuff you just don’t know where to put anywhere else, like single socks, random gadgets, or that key you found that doesn’t seem to fit any locks. Then, once they are full, take time to go through them and either find permanent homes for things or throw them out.
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