Nothing is more annoying than spending hours cleaning your home to then see it messed up hours later. I remember when I was younger, I used to spend time cleaning the home while everyone was out the house and then when everyone came home I felt like no one appreciated my work! Crumbs would be left on the table, dishes in the sink, chairs not pushed into the table. I'm sure it could've been me obsessing over having the house clean, but still - my feelings were real! Being able to keep your home clean is just as valuable as taking the time to actually clean it.
Being able to keep your home clean is just as valuable as taking the time to actually clean it. Looking at a messy home can become quite overwhelming. However, by implementing small changes in your overall behaviors, you'll find keeping your home clean to be very simple and easy.
1. IF IT TAKES LESS THAN 1 MINUTE, DO IT
I cannot begin to tell you guys how much of a difference this rule has made in my life! If the task will take you less than one minute, do it right there on the spot. So for example, as soon as you come home - take the one minute to put your shoes in the closet and hang your jacket up. This rule will not only help you get in the habit of doing things immediately, but it'll also cut down on clutter dramatically!
Speaking of minutes - what I like to do as well is do task while I'm waiting for my food to heat in the microwave! You'd be amazed by how much you can get done in 2-3 minutes. While waiting for your food to warm up, you can unload the dishwasher, throw mail away, wipe down countertops, etc. This rule has literally done wonders in my life!
2. FOLLOW A CLEANING ROUTINE
Having a cleaning routine will solve about 75% of the issue you may be having in keeping your home clean. By having a daily/weekly cleaning routine, you'll stay on top of your daily task and your home will not be neglected. I like to have a cleaning routine for both the morning and the evening. The morning cleaning routine takes about 15 minutes and the evening routine takes about 15 minutes as well.
I find that my evening cleaning routine benefits me the most because I wake up to a clean home. When you wake up to a clean home, your morning routine will go by a lot faster. Trust me, I've had many mornings where I've had to face a messy home.
Everyone's cleaning routine is different so I highly recommend downloading my free printable that will show you how to make your own custom cleaning routine.
3. DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
This my friends is it. The less you have to clean and put away, is the less you have to clean and put away. 🙂 Decluttering your home can be a process, but it is so worth it. Developing simplicity in your home will result in simple cleaning and maintenance. I recommend taking some time to donate, sell, or give away items that you are no longer using.
When I'm going through my home I like to ask myself, "Does this item bring me joy?" If I'm hesitant or the answer is no, I instantly get rid of it. I'd rather fill my home and life with things that bring me joy. You'll also find that when you have things in your home that you love, you tend to take better care of it.
4. DISTRIBUTE TASKS
It feels so good to be in a home where everyone is willing to pull some weight. Maintaining a clean home is a lot easier when you have many hands contributing. Being that it's only me and my husband (Judah doesn't have chores at this time), we both have certain responsibilities. By us distributing responsibilities between the both of us, we're able to get more done in a shorter time.
It can't just be one person picking up after everyone in the home, but everyone has to make sure that they're picking up after themselves as well. If you have children who are old enough to do chores, I highly recommend getting them on board as well! Children love to feel involved and grow from having responsibility over certain areas. Get those little hands involved and show them the value of keeping a clean home!
5. PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME
I instantly get images of me running through my house on Sunday morning trying to get myself and Judah ready for church. If I don't prepare the night before, usually the house will look like a tornado ran through it. I've found that if I just take about 10 minutes the night before to take our clothes out or pack his diaper I save a lot of "searching and tossing" the next day.
Do whatever you can to make your life easy the next morning. Some ideas include prepping breakfast the night before, prepping your clothes, packing your lunch bag, putting important items by the door, etc. By doing this you'll leave fewer opportunities for things to get out of control!
These 5 simple ways to keep your home clean will have you at peace and truly allow you to enjoy your home! What are some ways that you keep your home clean? Post your tips below. I'd love to read them!