There’s something so inspiring about those moms who have a spotless home full of kids. Seems like an oxymoron, right? A lot of people struggle with keeping their house cleaned and organized throughout the week, no matter whether they have kids or not. If that’s something you tend to struggle with, don’t worry; below you’ll find some fool-proof hacks on how to keep your house cleaned and organized. Try adding just a few or implement them all, just make sure to take the first step to a clutter-free home by reading on!
Do One Load of Laundry a Day
This is one of the biggest tips for those of you who hate laundry—do one load a day. Sure, you have to seemingly do more of it, but it actually keeps you from spending all Sunday long in the laundry room. Sticking to one load a day will ensure clean clothes and sheets, and it makes the stress of folding and putting it away much more manageable.
Make a Place for Everything
A big mistake a lot of people make in their homes is that items simply get placed, rather than put away. Do your best to ensure that every item in your home has a place so that when it’s out of place you can put it back in its true spot. This will also help you recognize when you have too much stuff—if you run out of room for items to go, then in the donation bin they go.
Keep a Donate Bag Handy
To continue, that donation bin, bag, or box should be a staple item in your home. Especially as you get your space cleaner and more organized, the bag should get used more often. Those items that you hardly use, those closets that are too full, and those counter tops with “decorations”? Almost all of that is something that you should put in a bag. Schedule a donation pick-up that supports your chosen charity, like the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The more you donate, the cleaner and less cluttered your home will become.
Never Leave a Room Empty-Handed
This is a habit that can incredibly benefit your clean home goals. As you move from one room or floor to the next, do a quick scan to see if there’s anything you can take with you that belongs where you’re going. However, make sure that you only take what you have time to put away. Moving a pile of clothes from the laundry room to your bed doesn’t really help.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
If you really want your home to get and stay clean, then you need to create a cleaning schedule. Each day there should be a few tasks to do that keep your home clean. Set bathroom cleaning schedules, sweeping and mopping schedules, and more. The sooner you set the schedule, the easier it will be to get in the rhythm of it.
Go One Room at a Time
When it comes to your cleaning schedule—especially in the beginning stages—try to go one room at a time. If you bounce from room to room, you’ll have trouble getting to the root of your clutter. Stick to cleaning and organizing one whole area before you move on to the next.
Declutter Your Surfaces
Using the tips from above, make sure that you pay attention to your home’s surfaces as you clean. One of the parts that makes a home look so clean is empty surfaces. Get rid of papers from desks, and put away items on the kitchen counter. If you clean and declutter your surfaces, you’ll be on your way to a fresh home!