7 Things You Should Do Everyday to Keep a Clean House
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Our homes should be our sanctuaries, the place you look forward to going to at the end of a long day at work. Somewhere where you can walk through the front door [or side door in Maine], leave all of the day’s worries behind and feel happy, warm and cozy.
Reality check Emilie? I’m sure there’s many of you out there that dread going home at the end of the day because you know there’s that mess you left behind. That’s right, the dishes in the sink, the load[s] of laundry you neglected to do or the kiddo’s toys spread from one end of the house to the other. Well, you’re not alone.
Before having my almost one year old, I used to make sure I left the house everyday with all of my basic cleaning tasks checked off and I always came home at the end of the day to that clean and cozy house. Yes, I’ll admit it, I do have a bit of OCD, but going back to the beginning, who wants to come home to a mess after a long day at work? I didn’t think twice about being able to keep up with it all once I added a baby into the equation but I’ll tell you what, I was defeated, hard.
Trying to do everything I was used to doing every morning before leaving for work plus keeping an infant happy, entertained, feed, clean [I could go on] was my newest challenge. I’m still not back to having a sparkling clean home every day but with some time management and perseverance, I now manage.
So let’s talk about the basic tasks that will keep your home looking presentable, anytime. They’re not difficult tasks, just a daily list of seven items that will allow you to maintain. Yes, there are some other items that should be done at other frequencies but for today, we’ll focus on daily tasks.
- Keep dishes and laundry cycles going all of the time. If you let your dishes and laundry get ahead of you, piles start to accumulate and the mess begins. For laundry, start to take an extra 10 minutes every morning [before the baby wakes up]. Get a load going, switch a load over or fold a load– or do all three! If you dedicate just 10 minutes a day to keep that cycle going, your laundry piles will never build up and never haunt you.
As for the dishes, don’t ever go to bed at night with dishes in the sink and don’t ever leave for work in the morning with dishes in the sink. There might be a few exceptions to this rule but if you can keep a clean sink those two times a day, you should be able to keep ahead of it.
- Clean your floors. Whether it’s a quick sweep to get away the day’s dirt or invest in a iRobot Roomba vacuum to do the work for you. I must say, I invested in the Roomba a couple of years ago and it has paid for itself time and time again.
- Wipe down surfaces. Once you’re done with your dishes in the morning and at night, take 30 more seconds to wipe down your countertops. That’s all it takes, 30 seconds. Whether it’s with the sponge you already have in your hand from doing dishes, or with all-purpose cleaner and a paper towel, make those countertops sparkle.
And make sure you get that bathroom countertop too. Do it while you’re brushing your teeth– keep a wash cloth or wipes handy and give it a quick swipe every morning and every evening.
- Make your bed. Not only does a made up bed look good when you walk into your room, it feels so much better to crawl into a made bed at the end of the day rather than a wrinkled pile of blankets and sheets. You know, studies show you sleep better at night too if you sleep in a bed that was made versus a messy nest.
- Keep an eye on what’s in the refrigerator. Leftovers and expired foods in the fridge are the worst, and no one likes throwing out food! Make sure you don’t accumulate more Tupperware containers of half eaten meals and keep that fresh produce to the front. Let’s face it, are you really going to eat those extra two bites of last nights dinner? Once those foods start getting pushed to the back, the fridge jam begins.
- Take the trash out. Make this your other half’s job to take the load off. There’s nothing worse than a stinky garbage pail in a clean kitchen. If you compost, take that out everyday too. A clean kitchen should smell good too.
- Pick up toys. If you’ve got kiddos around, or even furry friends, make sure toys are picked up at the end of the day! If you’re little one is old enough, recruit them to help out. If they’re not, they will be soon, and you can do it mama. There’s nothing worse than tripping over that baby rattle in the middle of the night.
With a little bit of self-motivation, you can conquer these tasks each and every day, making your house neat and tidy. Keep a strong mind and think about the end result. From time to time, a missed task won’t be the end of the world but remember, once your daily list is done, it’s time to relax in your clean home!
Keep tuned for my future blog post on other house cleaning tips you should be doing on a regular basis, just a little less frequently than every day. I’ll plan on doing a Part II and Part III to this post. Chores of a Clean Homeowner Part II will explore weekly tasks and Chores of a Clean Homeowner will explore monthly tasks.