Let’s face it, it’s not always fun to spend your day cleaning your entire house. But at the same time, you don’t want your home to be a complete mess. So how can you keep things tidy while managing your time effectively? Well, it’s all about the little things when it comes to cleaning.
Keeping things tidy as you go throughout your day is a great way to reduce the amount of “Spring Cleaning” that you have to do and can minimize larger chores that may take a longer time to complete.
Let’s look at a few great habits to keep your home nice and tidy.
Use organizers for small personal items
If you find that you’re constantly shoveling personal items and other products your home, it may be time to get an organizer. Not only can an organizer save you space, but it can also help you keep things tidy in areas such as the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen.
Wash dishes immediately
One of the best ways to prevent pests from harboring in your kitchen is to immediately wash any used dishes and utensils. If you have pests such as fruit flies, roaches, or ants, it could be due to the pile of dirty dishes in your sink (in addition to trance are holes in your home’s foundation or walls). So after you eat a meal, take a quick 2 to 5 minutes to clean those dirty dishes and set them out to dry.
Straighten your bed before you head out
The first thing you can do in the morning is tidy up your bedroom. Start your day by getting up and making your bed every morning. A nice tidy bed can make your room look cleaner and more organized.
Do a little bit each day
You might be able to do a lot of cleaning in a shorter time than spending all day cleaning–try cleaning one room (or performing one main chore) a day. It can feel less daunting to do a small amount each day. One day you could vacuum, clean the bathrooms another day and then mop the next. You may be more likely to stick to a routine if you don’t overwork yourself.
Always wipe up spills immediately
Here is a habit that you may want to start as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter whether you spilled water on the floor, knocked over glasses on the table, or messed up the kitchen counter while cooking dinner. It doesn’t matter if you spilled water in the bathroom, knocked over a glass on the dining table or messed up while making dinner. Be sure to clean it all up as you go. This will also prevent stains from setting into your countertops, floors, and upholstery.
Clean up refrigerator spills
When cleaning your house, it can be easy to overlook your refrigerator. There can be a lot of bacteria and other debris in the fridge, especially if it has been damaged. People who have a clean home know it’s important to clean out the fridge on a weekly basis and to get rid of any food that has passed its best-by date. You can even turn this into a quick daily tasks by simply wiping down the cabinet when you remove something from the refrigerator (which’ll prevent the stains from hardening).
Keep those cleaning brushes and tools clean
Always clean your vacuum, brooms, cleaning rags ,and mops. After vacuuming, it is important to empty the dust compartment and remove any lint from the brushes. And after sweeping, be sure to grab any extra debris stuck to the bottom of the straws.
And when mopping, be sure to thoroughly rinse your mop with hot water and a tablespoon of cleaner or bleach to disinfect it. Afterward, dry it before using it again. This will prevent fruit flies and other pests from hovering around it.
Don’t let dirty laundry sit
It is tempting to just leave your laundry out in your room on the floor (leaving it on the floor can cause the carpet to harbor odor) or in the hamper. Perhaps you have difficulty moving it from your hamper to the machine. However, one of the most common reasons for foul bedroom orders is the presence of dirty laundry (and God forbid that it’s wet workout gear).
Be sure to immediately tossed any damp or wet laundry in the washer or let it dry before tossing it in the hamper. Also, try to wash your laundry at least once every 7 to 10 days to keep it from piling up. If you run into an issue with smells from smells, try to use a deodorizer in the room or at the bottom of the hamper.