I don’t have children or a husband so I understand my messes are my own. I do, however, have 3 pets and a life. I work, cook, dirty clothes, and have stuff-just like everyone else. There is tons of work to be done. Those who are blessed with families may have more people making messes than I do, but they also have some help.
My roommate once told me she hates to do any cleaning around the house because it looks exactly the same as it did before she started.
1. When buying things for your home-Only buy things you love.
So far, buying a house has been the biggest adventure of my life. I’m on Pinterest every day looking at home decor, and paint colors deciding what my next project will be. Over the last year I have slowly been decorating my house. Decorations are minimal but I love every single piece. Only having things you love, and a place for each thing helps to keep your house clean. Don’t waste money on junk just to fill your house with decorations.
Every closet, junk drawer, nook and cranny needs to be cleaned out. Get rid of anything broken. If you haven’t used it in a year, if you don’t love it, or it doesn’t have use get rid of it. Trash things that no one else would use or want, and donate everything else. Work on one room a week.
3. Wash dishes after every meal
Yes, I said it. After EVERY meal. It’s not as bad as you think. I would much rather take 5-10 minutes 3 times a day then to take 30 minutes at night when I’m tired and ready for bed. It makes such a difference in your kitchen when the dishes are done ALL DAY LONG.
4.Do laundry when you have enough for a full load
Don’t wait until there are mounds of laundry to do. When you have enough to fill a load of laundry, go ahead and do it. Your clothes will need washed more frequently now that you have de-cluttered your closet and have less clothes. You now don’t have to dread spending an entire day working on laundry.
5. Heavy traffic rooms need swept every day, and your entire house at least once a week.
My kitchen, downstairs bathroom, and living room get swept every single day. I have 2 dogs and 1 cat and that is where we hang out so it gets pretty hairy. One day a week I sweep the entire house.
6. Spot mop when needed and mop entire house once a week
If you spill something or your puppy has an accident, wipe it up. Don’t let anything sit there. Once a week I use a vinegar and a hot water mixture to mop after i’ve swept the whole house with a broom. (1 cup of white distilled vinegar and a full bucket of hot water)
7. “Do what you need to do and be done with it. What if someone stops by?”
I have coffee with my great grandma once a week. Her house is ALWAYS clean. Even if I stopped by without calling, the house would be clean. I asked her how she always kept her house so tidy and she responded “do what you need to and be done with it, what if someone stops by?”. She never liked chores, errands, or anything hanging over her head. If she has a list of things to do, it gets done that day. If there are things that you need to get done, don’t procrastinate. Get everything done so nothing weighs on your mind.
8.Everything has its place
Every. Single. Thing. If there is no place for it, then get rid of it. If you get something out, simply put it back where it belongs when you are done. Get into this habit and teach your children to do this.
9. Tidy up before bed
When I’m finally ready for bed, the only things that needs put away are dog toys, my computer, and a book. I might have a cup to clean, or a blanket to fold, but I do this every night. It’s nice to wake up to a clean home and to start your day off right.
10. Don’t wait to clean everything all in one day
I’ve tried this before . I’d wait to do everything on my day off. I learned quick that it took up my whole day, so my week consisted of zero days off. Clean as you go, as its needed. Maintain a clean house because it makes for a less stressful, and more organized life. Entire days off are spent not cleaning, and if someone stops by, you’ll just have a blanket to fold or a dog toy to put up. No big deal.