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You’ve just finished Spring cleaning and already your hamper is overflowing, there are dishes in the sink, and you feel like your recently spotless house is trashed. What if you could keep your freshly deep cleaned home cleaner longer?
Today I’m going over effective cleaning habits that will keep your house cleaner after deep cleans, all month long, and all week long.
The first thing you should do is identify where the clutter spots are in your home. Clutter spots are those places in your home where things just get dropped off at. These could be a staircase, a dresser top, a bathroom counter, or a kitchen counter.
I haven’t always been great about controlling clutter. Even right now, my desk has some major clutter issues that need to be addressed and will be after today.
Growing up I was notorious about leaving water glasses in my room. Even as an adult bottles of water would collect on my nightstand. Mail on my kitchen table or countertops, extra papers on shelving. It was a BIG problem.
Then I had a kid and he got mobile. As soon as he started crawling I knew clutter spots in the home would need to be addressed. This meant forming better habits so things would be put away, recycled, or thrown out instead of stashed somewhere it didn’t belong.
Take a quick look around your home and look for your clutter spots. Clutter spots are spots filled with items that don’t belong. It could be paperwork, beauty items, kids toys, office supplies, or anything.
When you identify the clutter spots next you will identify what usually ends up in these spots. Is it junk mail? Maybe bills? School work? Other items that don’t belong there?
Getting Rid Of Clutter Spots
Now you can start working towards making these clutter spots disappear. Would a mail holder hung near the spot help to stop the mail from ending up on the counter? Do you need better organization or lighting in the bathroom to stop makeup from ending up in your bedroom?
Small changes can lead to big results in helping to reduce clutter.
Good Cleaning Habit #1: Put It Away Right Away
You will start taking the extra 30 seconds to put things where they belong after use. Starting this habit will save you up to 30 minutes of time spent tidying your home before doing your actual cleaning.
Pro-Tip: Leave little post it notes throughout your home till it becomes a habit to put everything away where it belongs and to remind your family to do it too.
Keep That Kitchen Clean
There are two things in the home that never ending, laundry and dishes. It never fails that the moment my kitchen is cleaned someone will come downstairs and put a dirty dish into the sink.
Furthermore, I get a little jealous scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram and seeing perfect kitchens. I feel like no one can possibly live or eat in those homes.
In my quest to have a perfect kitchen I realized that sometimes just having it tidy is good enough. That’s the purpose here. Have a tidy home so that big cleaning projects don’t take as much time.
Declutter and Organize Your Kitchen
Keeping a Pinterest or Instagram perfect kitchen can be a lot of work and almost impossible unless you are organized.
First, take a look around your kitchen for unnecessary items and double products. While you don’t want to get rid of all double products it might be helpful to get rid of some of them.
Use your discretion and really think about which products you use the most, which ones you use sometimes, and which ones are completely unnecessary. Go ahead and get rid of any of your unnecessary items.
Put Small Appliances Away
It’s not uncommon for us to put all of our small appliances on our counters. The problem with this is – in most kitchens – counter space is at a premium and small appliances make your kitchen look cluttered.
To avoid this you will want to put away most of your small appliances. For instance, the only small appliances I leave out are used daily or weekly. My blender, Instant Pot, Toaster, Coffee Maker, and stand mixer are all I have on my counters.
At one point in a smaller apartment that didn’t have as much counter space I only had my coffee maker, blender, and toaster out.
So make a list of the daily used small appliances on your counters and put the rest away based on how often they are used. Big roasters can go in your garage. Crock Pots, Instant Pots, or other items might go on top of a fridge.
These small changes will free up loads of space on your counters making them look cleaner and less cluttered.
Good Cleaning Habit #2: Load and Unload Your Dishwasher Daily
Now that you have an organized and clutter free kitchen we can start some of the small habits that make a huge difference.
The first habit and probably the most important one for the kitchen is loading and unloading the dishwasher every day. Take 5 minutes every morning to unload your dishwasher from the night before.
Along with unloading your dishes every morning you should be loading your dishwasher throughout the day instead of dropping dishes off in the sink.
I highly recommend working with your family to train them on doing this too.
Good Cleaning Habit #3: Wipe Down Your Counters After Every Use
The next habit is the counter wipe down a couple times a day. With a dishcloth wipe down your counters in the afternoon, after dinner, or anytime you use them to prepare food. This will help your kitchen to look cleaner all day long.
Good Cleaning Habit #4: Clean While You Cook
The final habit is to clean while you cook. Try cleaning up and loading all your prep dishes into the dishwasher as you are cooking your food. This makes the final clean up of the day all that much easier and keeps your kitchen tidy too.
Faster Ways To Do Laundry
Laundry is the second chore that never seems to end. Just as you think you are finished in comes more dirty laundry from your kids, husband, or even yourself.
I learned something when I started building my own good cleaning habits. While keeping the kitchen clean or doing laundry seem to be never ending chores they don’t have to take so much time.
Good Cleaning Habit #5: Put Your Dirty Clothes In The Hamper
Buying a two section hamper is all I needed to make sure I stayed on top of my laundry.
However you do your laundry is up to you. So if you separate out your laundry into two, three, four, or five piles get that many hampers and line them up in your room.
Then put your dirty clothes into the correct hamper. Now you don’t need to worry about spending time separating your clothing because it’s already done. This could save you 10-20 minutes every week.
Good Cleaning Habit #6: Start A Load Of Laundry Every Morning
The next habit is to do a load of laundry as soon as your hamper is full. So if you get a hamper that fits the capacity of your washing machine, like I did, it makes it super easy to tell when a load of laundry needs to be done.
I start my laundry every morning, dry it in the afternoon, and fold it sometime after dinner and before bed. I end up doing a load of laundry about every two days or so. I find that if I don’t have laundry to do one day I might wash sheets or extra blankets instead.
Now if you live in an apartment where you have a shared laundry facility it might be worth it for you to wait, do all your laundry at once. Try to pick a day or time when your laundry room isn’t busy so you can do up to 4 or more loads at once.
This made my life extremely easy when I was living in an apartment. If you feel like being nice to your neighbors try to leave a couple of machines open, if possible.
Good Cleaning Habit #7: Make Your Bed Every Morning
My mentality about making the bed has changed over the last couple of months. I used to believe there was no point to making a bed that would just get messed up again within 12-16 hours.
After moving our office space into our bedroom though that mentality has completely switched. We now make our bed as soon as we get out of it. Our room looks more tidy and it’s more inviting.
Keep Your Bathroom Tidy
My bathroom used to be a cluttered mess because I had a bit of a beauty product hoarding problem. I love collecting great smelling lotions, hair products, and even a bit of makeup.
For a long time the bathroom would look like a cluttered mess after applying my lotions, makeup, and doing my hair. Just like with making the bed my mentality was along the lines of – why bother, it’s going to be pulled out again in less than 24 hours.
This thinking led to a messy looking bathroom and it needed to change. So I decluttered my bathroom products and got organized.
Organizing a bathroom is pretty simple. I personally use three small baskets. One holds lotions, extra body wash, face wash, and other similar items. One holds makeup products and brushes. The final basket holds hair products and equipment.
Being organized helped to keep my bathroom clean while still providing the efficiency I needed to get ready for the day.
Good Cleaning Habit #8: Put Away Beauty Products
The first habit that you will want to create is to not walk away from your bathroom after getting ready. Putting away your beauty products after use goes a long way to keeping it clean.
The three baskets help provide order in your routine while also helping you to keep things put away. Once you are done with one basket you can put it away in your cabinets or on a shelf.
Good Cleaning Habit #9: Remove Dirty Clothes From Your Bathroom
This one has always been a weakness for me. I used to be terrible about it. Taking your dirty clothes from the bathroom and putting them in the hamper is one of the best ways to keep your bathroom looking clean.
This also helps you to be aware of the state of your hamper so you know if you should start a load of laundry.
Good Cleaning Habit #10: Wipe Down Your Sink, Counter, and Mirror
Take 20 seconds before you leave the bathroom to take a rag and remove splash marks off your mirror, remove powder or makeup from your counter, and wipe out the inside of your sink.
This simple act keeps your bathroom looking spotless and makes your actual bathroom cleaning easier and faster.
Quick Tidy Your Living Room
We call it our living room for a reason. It’s usually where we do all our living. We play, eat, watch TV, read, browse social media, and bond in this room. It’s only natural that this room would collect clutter.
My living room used to be a workspace and a playroom for my son. It would look completely trashed every single day with blocks, letters, puzzle pieces, and other miscellaneous toys.
It was completely overwhelming until one day I had a shift of thinking. My living room didn’t need to be perfect, it just needed to be tidy.
I got creative with storage, toy rotations, and workspace organization. I also learned to ignore the mess that was being made and worked with my son on learning how to clean up.
The biggest change happened when we moved our office space to our bedroom and all L’s toys to his bedroom. This made a drastic difference in keeping our living area clean.
Good Cleaning Habit #11: Pick Up The Toys
I tried to make this fun for L and I both. I would start cleaning and he would help. Once the room was clean it would usually stay clean for the remainder of the afternoon and evening.
When you have creative storage in the living room the toys can be easily hidden away. This gives the space a grown up look even though there was a kid in the home.
Good Cleaning Habit #12: Fluff The Pillows
Kids often play with throw pillows and leave them all over your living room floor or in the wrong spot. Taking a little bit of time to put the pillows in the right spot and fluffing them makes the room feel loads cleaner.
Keep It Quick
It was around this time that I realized big daily cleanings were completely unnecessary. The small habits that I was creating allowed for me to keep my home clean without needing to also vacuum, dust, and scrub the floors.
I could do small little quick clean ups throughout the house as I used each room in order to have a clean home.
These small daily cleaning habits suddenly had my home looking cleaner longer. The mindset shift of focusing on tidy not perfect turned me from a frazzled messy mom into the mom with the clean home.
Keep It Realistic
My home is NOT perfect. Any home that is lived in, played in, and worked in will never be perfect.
Luckily perfect is not the goal. I’m going to say that again, Perfect Is Not The Goal.
The goal is to have a tidy home but still have time to enjoy your kids, your life, and your downtime. If you are going for perfect you will miss the big picture.
Do you have any daily habits that help make you bigger chores easier? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your favorite cleaning boards.
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