Our home is usually fairly tidy. It is all about habits. Today, I thought I would share some of my shortcuts and habits that help to keep my home in tidy and in order.
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Make the Beds
I wanted to start here because it is the best way to set the tone for your day. Your bedroom has little chance of looking clean and tidy if the bed is messy. Plus, you are far more likely to straighten the remainder of your home if you straighten your bed just after you wake up.
Try making your bed every day for a week. It should start to become a habit and could even help you be more productive the rest of the day!
At the end of the day, climbing into a bed with well straightened sheets and blankets is wonderful too!
Have a Place for Everything
Each and every item you own should have a home. If not, tackle this first…you won’t regret it. It is quite gratifying to be able to find your belongings quickly and easily.
Store items near their area of intended use.
Take the time to put things back where they belong. Even if you are running late, make yourself do this task. It too will become a habit and will save you time in the long run.
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I use it daily in order to keep our floors clean. It has been such a helpful tool and huge time saver. I definitely encourage you to save up and get a robot vacuum when you can. Daily vacuuming is great for pet owners, but 3 times weekly may be enough if you don’t have pets. I also have a Dyson cordless for quick jobs and this Shark is the vacuum I’ve had for several years. They are all wonderful products.
Do the Dishes
I know, few of you enjoy this task. I don’t love to do the dishes either, but I LOVE a clean sink and I HATE waking up to dirty dishes. Most people feel the same as I do once they get into the habit of keeping up with this task.
Try washing pots and cooking utensils while you cook. Everything else, wash as soon as possible after each meal and definitely make sure to leave your sink clean and empty before you go to bed. And enlist the help of your family! (This goes for all of the tasks I included today)!
Wipe Down the Counters
Nothing makes your home seem cleaner than a beautiful reflection on a clean surface. Countertops are such a big surface and when they are not clean, your whole kitchen suffers. In an open concept home, this is especially important.
Wiping my counters are the first thing I do after any type of food prep or other kitchen activity. It is a very quick task that makes a big impact on the cleanliness and beauty of your kitchen and beyond, especially if your home is open.
Create a laundry schedule that works for you, whether it is daily, several days a week, or once a week. Finding a consistent time to wash clothing, towels, and bedding will keep it from piling up and overwhelming you.
Never Walk Past a Pile…
…or an item which is out of its place. If I am walking to my kitchen, and an out of place glass is in my path, I pick it up and take it to the dishwasher. I’ve trained myself to do a quick scan of rooms as I walk through.
Try doing this each time you move from one area to the next. It’s a big timesaver and can make an even bigger impact on the overall tidiness of your home.
Purge as Needed
This is SO important. If you don’t use it, get rid of it. The more clutter you have, the more difficult it will be to keep your home clean and tidy.
Straighten Throughout the Day
Using those extra minutes can be very helpful. If you open a cabinet and see a few things out of order, take a second to straighten them. Fold a load of laundry while you wait for your little one to wake up or put clean dishes away while you wait for water to boil.
Have an Open Door Policy
Let’s face it, there are few better motivators for keeping a clean home than having guests!
A couple of additional notes……
The more tidying tasks that become habits for you, the easier it will be to have a clean home.
If you can afford to hire help, go for it! Having someone once a week, twice a month, or even occasionally when your budget allows can be extremely helpful.
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