Between work, kids, events, and everyday life learning how to keep a clean home can be one of the toughest things to stay on top of. Lives are hectic and with multiple activities throughout the week, it can sometimes seem impossible to manage everything on your plate. It’s smart to make a list of your household needs, or take a blank calendar and fill it in with daily tasks so you can track the progress of your goals.
There are some easy tips on how to keep a clean home by maintaining a regular cleaning schedule. Whether it’s daily, weekly, or in some cases, monthly upkeep, this is a timeline to help keep you tidy:
The first rule of order every morning: make your bed. An unmade bed makes the whole room look messy. Before you even leave the room in the morning, get into the habit of making your bed.
As you go about your morning from bedroom to bathroom, or to the kitchen first for breakfast and then throughout the house, you will make messes along the way. Stay on top of trash, clutter, splatter, and dishes by simply cleaning up after yourself as you use them. Things like wiping off counters after washing, rinsing out the sink and cleaning the mirror after brushing your teeth, and putting away the coffee cup in the empty dishwasher when you’re done will keep the mess to a minimum.
Ever hear the phrase “laundry day”? This is often used by people who don’t keep up with laundry regularly. Instead of devoting a whole day to dirty laundry, try to do a load a day simply by throwing in a load in the morning before school or work, and then switching it over to the dryer when you get home in the afternoon.
Also in the morning as part of your daily ritual, make sure the empty the dishwasher from the night before. This really is an easy task that literally only takes about 5 minutes to do while the coffee is brewing or as you’re in the kitchen making breakfast or packing lunches for school.
In a perfect world, you would vacuum your carpets and floors daily, but in the real world, we know this isn’t always an option. Make it a habit to assess your floor situation as soon as you get home from work or school every day. Take 5-10 minutes to either pick up dog hair and debris from the floors or run your sweeper on carpets, and use a broom to sweep up your kitchen.
After dinner or before going to bed, make sure the dishes are loaded into the dishwasher. Run your dirty dishes every night so they are clean for you the next morning. If you don’t use a dishwasher, make it a habit to wash your dishes after dinner or in the evenings.
Lastly, you’ll want to dust bookshelves, tv stands, coffee tables, and knick-knacks on a regular basis. This isn’t a task that necessarily needs to be done daily, but it can definitely be done weekly. Take 20-30 minutes to walk around your home to dust dressers, woodwork, desktops, and anything else that collects dust throughout the week.
You can’t do everything at once, but even when time seems short, if you can manage one task a day, things can begin to work themselves out.