Ever walked into someone’s immaculate home and wondered how they maintain such cleanliness consistently? Do you aspire to keep your house just as pristine? You’re in the right place! I’ve created a daily clean house checklist to help you adopt the 9 best habits of individuals who consistently maintain tidy homes.
Often, when we witness a spotless home, we might assume the residents have ample free time or employ cleaning services. However, the truth is, it largely boils down to the habits we cultivate or neglect. By establishing a straightforward and efficient house cleaning routine, you can achieve the same results!
Cleaning is a task most people find daunting, but usually, it’s because the mess has become overwhelming. We don’t know where to start! Here’s a valuable tip I’ve picked up, mostly from my Mom: tackling cleaning in small increments makes it far more manageable. Consider this – you can either wash dishes that have accumulated over four days or just wash one day’s worth. The quantity of dishes remains the same; it’s all about when you choose to address them.
Staying on top of daily messes is pivotal to maintaining a clean home.
The best part is, it doesn’t consume much time. It’s a realistic, straightforward, and swift approach. As we discussed, the volume of mess remains constant; it’s just a matter of when you decide to address it!
Make Your Bed
Consistently making your bed each morning can significantly enhance the overall ambiance of your bedroom. This simple act can foster a sense of accomplishment at the start of your day and has the added benefit of elevating the visual appeal of your room. Remarkably, even if the rest of your bedroom is cluttered with unwashed garments, a neatly made bed can create the illusion of a much tidier space.
Wipe Down the Bathroom
In just 30 seconds to a minute, you can complete this task effortlessly. I want to share my top choice for cleaning rags, a recommendation I extend to everyone! These rags are not only 10 times more affordable than Norwex, but they also outperform them (I’ve tried both). The reason I adore them is that, most of the time, I can clean using just water, eliminating the need for harsh cleaning chemicals.
Now, let’s get back to the topic at hand. I take my microfiber cloth and dampen it with water. A quick wipe with a drying cloth, and it’s as good as new! This whole process usually takes me around 30 seconds, and I often do it right after my morning routine to remove any hairspray residue from styling my hair.
Do One Load of Laundry
Managing laundry can be a daunting task, but you can simplify it by adopting a daily one-load routine. Many people find washing and drying their clothes easy, but struggle when it comes to folding.
By committing to a single daily laundry load and promptly putting away your clean clothes, you can streamline your laundry routine. Some modern washers even offer a time scheduling feature, which is incredibly convenient!
At times, I set my washer to start its cycle eight hours later before going to bed. When I wake up in the morning, I discover my clothes freshly washed, needing only a quick transfer to the dryer and a swift folding session. The convenience is truly remarkable!
Do the Dishes
All you have to do is blink and dishes can be sky-high to the ceiling. Start a habit of putting your dishes in the dishwasher after each meal. The amount of dishes you use doesn’t change, it’s just a matter of getting into the habit of doing them right away. So much less painful than washing 30 dishes at a time.
Make sure that your family is contributing as well so that you aren’t doing it all yourself. It’s just like any other habit, it takes time to teach your kids but I promise, if you keep teaching them this habit day after day, it will stick!
I am finally getting to the stage where my kids will put their dishes into the dishwasher without having to be asked. Hallelujah!
I also start my dishwasher every single night after we finish dinner. That way my kids can unload the dishwasher in the morning as a part of their morning chores. If I forget to start the dishwasher, the dishes always pile up so this one is a really important one to remember.
Wipe the Counters
Many people dislike having to remove dried spaghetti sauce stains from their kitchen countertop. Scraping off the remnants of yesterday’s dinner is not a pleasant task. It is advisable to develop a routine of promptly cleaning up any spills. After finishing a meal and tidying up, make sure to thoroughly wipe down every surface of your kitchen counter. You’ll find this especially valuable when your child brings home an art project from school, ensuring it stays mess-free.
Sweep and Vacuum Floors
One thing I have learned about myself is that dirty floors are one of my stress triggers. If I feel like my house is falling apart, my floors are usually covered in crumbs for my kids who have left popcorn all over the family room during last night’s movie.
Depending on your family’s circumstances, sweeping the floor once a day is super important for keeping a clean and tidy home. If you have little kids, more than once a day might be necessary.
I don’t vacuum my entire house every day, I don’t have time for that. But I do vacuum my family room area most days. That’s the room that gets the messiest and gets the most traffic. I typically only vacuum upstairs once a week, but for the main living areas, I vacuum a lot more.
Go Through the Mail
Going through the mail each day is the best way to prevent a huge paper pile from building up on your kitchen counter. If I know I don’t have time to go through the mail, sometimes I will leave it in the mailbox until the following day!
Even better than going through the mail daily is to make sure that you are signing up for paperless billing options for all of your utility and medical bills. It’s so much better on the environment and it’s one less thing you have to go through!
Do a 10-Minute Pick Up of the House
Every night before bed, I go around the house and pick up stray items that need to be put away. When I go to bed my house is generally clutter-free and it makes a HUGE difference in how I start the next day. Instead of feeling like you are already behind on your tasks, you wake up to a clutter-free house! It’s amazing!
Don’t Leave a Room Empty-Handed
This is a habit that takes some time to develop if you are not used to it. But I have been doing this one for years and it makes a big difference in my productivity.
For example, if you are upstairs and you see an empty cup that is supposed to go in the kitchen, don’t just walk past it! Pick it up and take it down when you are already going downstairs! If you notice your son’s blanket, that he’ll need for bed, sitting in the family room, save yourself a trip at bedtime and bring it upstairs with you while you go!
Free Printable Daily Clean House Schedule Checklist
If you are interested in transforming your house in the small day to day habits, don’t forget to download your free checklist! This easy, quick clean house schedule will help you achieve the clean house you’ve always envied! Get your freebie above!
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