We all lead a busy lifestyle these days and you know the drill. Keeping up with your work and daily housekeeping can be a tedious process. You start your week with a mostly clean and tidy house but by the end of the week your realize that your house is a big mess with unfolded laundry, dirty dishes in the sink, a used gym bag by the door, shoes all over the place and your dressing table looks like a bomb just exploded. I feel that keeping a house clean is less about the time tidying up takes and more about good habits that you follow as a daily routine. There are times when things get crazy when I don’t get the time to follow my daily cleaning routine but most of the times I try to follow these habits to keep my house clean and tidy. I promise – the more you follow these habits on a daily basis, the easier it gets! Do yourself a favor and adapt to these daily housekeeping habits so you never have to worry about spending your weekends over deep cleaning of your house.
(1) Start your day with making your bed as soon as you wake up. It really makes a big difference in how neat and tidy the room looks if the bed is made and it only takes a couple of minutes to do so. Making the bed as soon as you wake up will help kick start your productivity levels for throughout the day. This way it would be hard to crawl back into bed. Also, it’s a great feeling to jump right into a made bed at the end of the day.
2. Get into the habit of rehanging your clothes. Don’t just throw your clothes on the chair if they can be worn again before laundry day- hang them. For the ones that are dirty and need to be washed, put them in a separate laundry basket. Keep items for dry cleaning in a separate section in your wardrobe.
3 . Do your laundry wash at least two to three times a week (depending on the clothes load) as soon as you have enough clothes for one load of washing machine.Don’t ever let unfolded laundry make it into your bedroom. Keep a folding area near your washer/dryer, and be ruthless about folding/ironing as soon as the drying cycle is done.
4. Keep your kitchen counters clean by rearranging washed dishes to where they belong. Once your dishwashing is complete, make sure you dry all utensils and put them in their respective cabinets. Always make sure you wipe down your kitchen counters right after cooking.
5. Try to keep dustbins in every room (including bathrooms) and every morning just do a quick walkthrough of each space. Collect all the clutter and garbage from all rooms and kitchen and leave it by the door for the garbage person to take away. This will prevent from garbage pile up at home.
6. Don’t leave your gym nag unattended at the doorway. Sort dirty clothes and put them away for washing and store away the rest.
7. Get into the habit of cleaning as you cook. Start with your meal prep and cleaning before you start cooking. Once your meal is ready quickly rinse utensils before sitting down to eat. This makes it much easier to clean up after a meal.
8. Make it a habit to do a 15 minutes night time clean up like cleaning the kitchen countertops, putting clean dishes away or fold and put away laundry. Start with the things that are making the biggest mess or creating a lot of clutter.
9. This one habit that has made a huge difference in my life to keep my house neat and tidy is never leave a room empty handed. As you move from one room to another just do a quick scan to see if there is anything that you can take with you that belongs where you are going. For instance, empty water bottles or dirty dishes. Always keep in mind the “one touch rule” meaning that you ideally only want to touch items one time before they are put away. Every time you touch an object to move it from one place to another you are using up precious time and energy so make that extra little effort to put it directly away. Moving piles from one room to another and not putting them away does not solve the purpose. So make sure you pick up things that you are going to put away. This again is more about a habit than having time on you.
10. Make sure you have cleaning supplies close to where you use them. I have all our bathrooms stacked with cleaning supplies and anti-bacterial wipes for surface cleaning. My Kitchen is loaded with dust cloths and garbage bags. Another important tip is clean as you go. Putting things away right after using them does not take up much time and makes a huge difference to keep your house neat and tidy. Get your family members involved in keeping the house clean and follow the same things.
I hope the above tips would be helpful to you in keeping your house clean and tidy. All of these things are just habits that can be inculcated in our daily lives and can make our housekeeping life much easier. Obviously there may be times when doing these things is not possible, but try to follow these habits whenever you can and you will save yourself a ton of cleaning time at the end of the week!