Do you feel like you’re constantly cleaning your house? Picking up toys? Washing the dishes? I know cleaning can sometimes feel like a never ending battle!
Thankfully there are a few habits we can incorporate into our routine to keep the mess at a minimum and keep our home tidy.
6 Habits That Keep Your Home Clean
1. Go to sleep every night with a clean kitchen.
That last think you probably want to do after a long day is clean the kitchen. It’s tempting to just call it a night and wait until the sun rises.
But think about the last time you woke up from a good night’s sleep and walked into your disaster of a kitchen? Were you cheerful? Ready to cook a healthy breakfast for your kids? Or did it put a damper on your mood?
More than likely, you wished you had cleaned it the night before! Start your day off right by making it habit to clean your kitchen each night.
2. Make up the bed every morning.
You may think it’s silly to make up the bed every day. I mean, you’re just going get back in bed tonight so what’s the point?
I used to feel the exact same way. That is, until I actually tried it.
You know what I found? When I make up the bed every morning, it actually makes me more productive for the rest of the day. Maybe it’s because the day starts with crossing something off the do to list (even if it’s an imaginary one). Or maybe it’s the flat surface it provides for things like folding laundry. Who knows?
Either way, I bet you find that your productivity skyrockets if you implement this one tip at the start of every day.
3. When you leave a room, take something with you.
Do your kids leave toys in your bedroom? Do you have empty drinking glasses on your coffee table? What about dirty socks on the floor?
There doesn’t seem to be a way around it. Something is always out of place.
When you leave one room for another, take a quick look around to see what you can pick up and drop off on the way. It’s a great habit to implement and teach your children early.
4. Straighten on the go.
When you walk though the living room and pass the couch, fluff and straighten the cushins along the way. When you pass through the kitchen, put that dirty dish in the dishwasher. When you see that handprint on the fridge, just wipe it off as you clean your kitchen.
When you tidy on the go, it makes big cleaning jobs that much easier. The little things make a BIG difference when it comes to keeping your house clean.
5. Throw trash away.
This should go without saying, right? But how many times have you opened a package and put it on the counter instead of walking over to the trash can? Or cut a tag off of a new shirt only to leave the tag sitting on your dresser? Surely, I’m not the only one! Make it a habit to put trash where it belongs.Your house will automatically be cleaner.
6. Get your family involved in a 5 minute pick up.
Taking 5 minutes to clean any area of your home will do wonders for keeping your house neat and tidy. You can do it by yourself or get the family involved. I highly recommend the latter.
The entire family helps to make the mess, so it only seems fair that they help clean the mess. Right?
The best thing about a 5 minute pick up is that it’s a short! Setting a timer when you clean will make you and your family work FAST because there’s a hard and fast stopping point. It’s short. It ends. Now that’s a habit your kids can be happy about!
Of course there are other habits you could implement into your cleaning routine, but these six are a good starting point. I’d love to hear from you, though. What cleaning habits have you implemented into your routine?
Get more awesome tips from Christine at her blog iDream of Clean.