I really love a clean house, but I am not a neat freak. I actually wish I was more of a neat freak, but I am not. I don’t have the time. I realize we have time for the things that we make time for, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. A clean house makes me feel calmer and more organized (and being more organized is one of my 2018 goals).
I’ve read several things about keeping your house clean – things like clean a room each day or spend 30 minutes each day cleaning so you never have to do a big clean. But I don’t want to do that. As much as I don’t like dedicating 2 hours + of my Sunday to cleaning, I love the feeling of my entire house being clean at the same time. It feels so good.
So I’ve come up with some quick, easy ways to make your house feel cleaner throughout the week, without having to do a big clean every day. Some of these are a work in progress, but I am working on it.
Make the Bed Every Morning
I read a long time ago that people who make their beds first thing in the morning are more productive because they have already achieved something that morning (or something along those lines). But even that isn’t true, a room with an unmade bed feels less clean than a room with a nicely made bed. So start your day by making your bed. It only takes 2 minutes.
Don’t Leave Dirty Dishes in the Sink
I can’t stand going to bed with dirty dishes in the sink (unless something needs to soak, of course). An empty sink makes a house feel more in order and less messy. Cleaning those dirty dishes shouldn’t take too long, especially if you clean up as you cook.
Wipe Down the Kitchen Counters
After you eat dinner, wipe down the counters. It takes 3 minutes and suddenly your kitchen will feel much cleaner, especially combined with getting the dirty dishes out of the sink.
Do a Load of Laundry Every Day
I am 95% sure I got this tip from Emily Ley – do a load of laundry every day. In the morning before I leave for work, I start the washing machine. At night before I go to bed, I put the load in the dryer. It has taken all of the crazy “Get as much laundry done as possible” rush out of Sundays. And I love the fact that things are getting done around the house when I am not even there. Now, the second part of this is you are supposed to put that load away each day. I rarely get that done. But the first part is working out really well!
Run the Vacuum
Running the vacuum almost every day has become a key ingredient to my sanity. I have 2 hairy dogs. And they shed, especially Buddy our blue heeler. The hair makes me absolutely crazy. So the only thing I can do it run the vacuum. I get up just a little bit earlier, and before I leave for work, I quickly run the vacuum. I only hit the high traffic areas – our bedroom, the kitchen and the living room. It takes me about 10 minutes, and I do it almost every day. So if you have dogs, it is a great way to keep the hair under control. But even if you don’t, running the vacuum still makes the house feel cleaner, especially the rugs and carpet.
Pick Up As You Go
This is one that Charlie and I struggle with – picking up as you go. I’m not going to point fingers, but one of us struggles more with it and it might not be me… I hate that our kitchen table is a covered in stuff. However, in our defense, we are working on our kitchen and so a lot of our counter stuff is on the table. But, like I said, some of these are a work in progress, and this is one of them. It takes a lot less time to pick up as you go then to spend 20 minutes picking everything up.
So do you have any tips for making your house feel cleaner?