Just about everyone prefers living in a home that is neat and tidy. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to keep up with cleaning when our days are filled with work, kids’ sports, school, and other obligations. Life gets in the way, and we frequently find ourselves putting off cleaning until “tomorrow.” In many homes, though, it seems like that “tomorrow” never comes.
If you are struggling to keep your home clean, you are far from being alone. You share this struggle with plenty of other well-intentioned homeowners. The good news, though, is that you don’t have to stay stuck living in a messy home. With this expert’s guide to keeping your home clean, you can make tidying up a part of your day-to-day routine and maintain a home that is always guest-ready.
Make Sure You Always Have the Supplies You Need on Hand
Just like it’s impossible to cook a meal when your fridge and pantry are lacking ingredients, it’s impossible to clean your home when you don’t have the necessary supplies. Making sure you have everything you need ensures that cleaning won’t get put off until after your next shopping trip.
This doesn’t mean that you need to buy every cleaning product you can find. While it seems like there are products out there that are “specially formulated” to tackle all sorts of specific messes, there is no need to have a separate cleaner for every situation. If you look at the ingredients, you’ll find that many of them do the exact same thing.
You can also avoid those cleaning products altogether by embracing natural alternatives. If you have distilled white vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon, you have everything you need to tackle most of the messes in your home. There are tons of natural DIY cleaning products that are both safe and effective. Instead of loading your cupboards down with all sorts of cleaning products, invest in a few powerful natural cleaning agents. You’ll save space and money and have everything you need to whip up batches of cleansers for various tasks.
If you normally use paper towels when cleaning, make the switch to microfiber cloths or cotton tea towels. This way, you won’t have to worry about running out mid-cleaning session. Plus, you’ll be doing your part to cut down on waste.
Come Up with a Plan
Many people fail to maintain clean homes simply because they fail to plan how to keep them that way. Our homes, sadly, do not clean themselves, so we need to have plans in place to ensure that everything gets done. This means figuring out what you will clean on a daily basis, what you will clean on a monthly basis, which projects you will tackle every six months, and so on. Having a system in place prevents dirt, dishes, and laundry from piling up and becoming more difficult to manage.
Start by committing to tidying up a bit daily. When you finish using an item, put it away. Spend a few minutes each evening collecting and putting away anything that may have been left out. Wash your dishes or load them in the dishwasher, make sure all dirty clothes are in the hamper, and give your counters and sinks quick wipe-downs.
Schedule semi-regular tasks like doing laundry, vacuuming, and mopping. You might want to vacuum and mop on, say, Tuesdays and Saturdays and do a load of laundry every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Assign tasks to everyone in your home, and make sure it’s clear when they need to be completed. It will take some time to get used to but having a set schedule will make it much easier to stay on top of things.
Figure out how often and when other tasks should be completed, too. Things like washing windows, cleaning ceiling fans, conditioning your leather sofa, and scrubbing baseboards don’t need to be done nearly as often as tasks like washing dishes, but it’s still important not to fall behind. If you plan things out in advance, you can tackle larger and more difficult projects on a rotating schedule rather than trying to do it all during a huge “spring cleaning” session. Spreading big projects out is much less stressful and makes keeping your home sparkling clean much less daunting.
Make Decluttering a BIG Priority
If you have too much stuff and not enough storage space, your home will likely never look or feel as clean as you would like. Unfortunately, that is a problem that many of us face. If you are trying to get on top of keeping your home clean, though, you need to make decluttering a top priority.
Whether you embrace the KonMari method or come up with your own method of getting rid of the unnecessary excess stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, doing so makes keeping your home clean much easier. When there is a place for everything, you are much less likely to end up with bills piled on your dining room table or an armoire that is overflowing with unworn clothing.
Spending time cleaning your home every single day may seem like a bit of a drag, but the reward of a clean house is worth the effort. Plus, when you do a bit each day and have a schedule in place for keeping up with larger tasks, you avoid those situations where you find yourself needing to clean your entire home in preparation for an unexpected guest. Once you get in the habit, you will find that keeping your home clean is much easier than trying to clean it up after it’s gotten overwhelmingly messy. Keep the right products on hand so you always have what you need, and create a schedule that the entire family can stick to. Minimize clutter, as well, and you will be well on your way to being able to maintain the neat, tidy home you’ve always dreamed of!