Keeping a house clean isn’t the easiest of tasks that you face as a homeowner, especially if you have a family. Many people, however, want to know hacks for making sure that their homes are clean all of the time, not just on a Sunday afternoon after the weekly tidy up.
A perpetually clean home is a kind of holy grail, but with the right approach, you can make it happen. Here’s how.
Never Leave A Room Empty-Handed
When it comes to keeping your house clean all the time, clutter is your number one enemy. Disused and discarded bowls, plates, cups, clothes, and other items all tend to build up if you don’t stay on top of them.
The trick is never to leave a room empty-handed if you can help it. Always look for something to clean up and tidy away whenever you get up. Once you get into the habit, you’ll be amazed and just how much cleaner your home looks.
Always Start With The Bed
Making your bed might talk all of 30 seconds, but you’d be surprised how much of a difference it can make to your bedroom and your attitude towards cleaning. It’s a small act, but one that can have profound psychological effects throughout the day. A neat, tidy duvet with fluffed pillows puts you in the mood for cleanliness and will, hopefully, set the scene for the rest of your home.
Do Laundry Once Per Day
Laundry can build and build until you end up with no fresh clothes in your wardrobe. Then you suddenly find yourself having to do three loads at once, sapping your time and energy.
Avoiding this, however, is easy. Just put on one load per day and make it a part of your routine.
Accept A “Good Enough” Cleaning
Cleaning doesn’t have to be perfect: it just has to be good enough. Taking this approach is yet another essential psychological approach. If you believe that your home has to be spotless all the time, cleaning it can feel like a monumental undertaking. When something feels challenging, then the instinct is to put it off and ignore it, instead of getting on with it. This procrastination then leads to more mess, making your home less livable over time.
Learn Your Problem Areas
All homes have problem areas: places where mess, clutter, and dirt tend to accumulate. If this is the kitchen sink for you, then get into the habit of immediately placing items in the dishwasher at the end of a meal. If it’s the hallway, try using bins and racks for shoes, coats, and umbrellas.
Get Into A Nightly Cleaning Routine
Many people with spotless homes have a short sharp 10-minute routine at the end of the day where they clean their problem areas, mainly in the kitchen. Get into this habit for a cleaner home.
Always Have Supplies In Hand
You never quite know when the mood to clean will strike. Thus you want to have cleaning equipment available and ready to go the moment that it does.
Always having cleaning supplies in hand is easy. Just stock up on the essentials, like cleaning sprays, sponges, cloths, paper towels, and even wood polish.
Organize Your Stuff
One of the keys ensuring that you always have a tidy home is for everything in it to have a proper place. What you don’t want is a situation where you forever have to leave stuff out on display because there’s nowhere to put any of it.
The most organized homes always have drawers, cupboards, and containers for all household items so that everything is neat and tidy once you’ve finished cleaning.
Buy A Robot Vacuum
Since the 1960s, people have dreamed of robots that clean their homes. Today, that’s slowly becoming a reality, thanks to the robot vacuum. These robots automatically wander around your home without your direction, sucking up dust from your floors and carpets, keeping everything crumb-free, even while you’re not there. These robots will also find their way back to their charging station once they’ve finished vacuuming, meaning that there’s practically zero intervention required on your behalf.
Create A Cleaning Rota
The final secret of people who always have a clean house is that they have a cleaning schedule. It’s just as much a part of their day as brushing their teeth or walking the dog. A cleaning rota sets out what needs to be done on which day to keep the house looking clean and smelling fresh. You can arrange it daily, weekly, or even monthly for some bigger jobs.