Have you ever spent an entire day washing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, mopping the floors, straightening up…basically cleaning your entire house top to bottom? At the end of the day, you sit down with a sigh of relief. It feels good to live in a clean house, so you vow to never let your house get that messy again.
The next morning, you walk into the kitchen to make your morning coffee and as soon as you see your spotless kitchen, you get a little pep in your step.
Your kids wake up, you make breakfast, you rush through the house making sure everyone is dressed for the day and leave in a hurry so you’re not late.
When you walk in the door that night, your house looks as if you didn’t clean a thing over the weekend. You’re back to square one.
I’m guessing this senario is familiar to almost every single one of us.
But you know what? There’s something we can do about it. It really is possible to stop the cycle and actually keep our home clean and organized.
Keep your house clean with these two tips.
After you complete one of your all day cleaning sessions, there are several things you can do keep your house clean throughout the week.
First, you want to develop good cleaning habits. Make up the bed each morning, clean your kitchen each night before going to bed, and pick up as you go are just a few. Of course, if you have other family members around, especially those little ones, teach them to do the same.
Second, tackle one extra cleaning task each day. This is actually easier than you think. Just tack on a few minutes to whatever task you’re doing at the moment.
- As you clean up the kitchen each night, take a few extra minutes to straighten one of the cabinets.
- Every time you enter your closet, hang something up or straighten a pile.
- As you apply your makeup and brush your teeth each morning, take 60 seconds to clear off the counter and wipe it down.
If you apply these two principles, it may seem at first like you’re straightening up more often. But as you implement the habits, you’ll notice the time savings in a big way. The need for an all day cleaning session will be rare, so that means you’ll actually be able to enjoy your weekends!
I’d love to hear from you. Do you spend your weekends cleaning or do you try to clean a little each day?