Want Your Home to Be Clean All the Time?
In a perfect world we would all have a maid who did the cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, laundry, all the things. But if you’re like me, that’s just a dream. So, let’s get serious about having a clean house. There are lots of reasons to clean on a regular basis.
It’s a Matter of Health
The health benefits of having a clean home are the best motivators to keep your home clean.
- You’ll be more active. Simple, but true. Your body is moving and that’s a lot more physically involved that sitting on the sofa watching Netflix.
- You’ll feel less stressed. Visual clutter causes mental clutter. This time of year, we all want to declutter our lives, yes? Getting your house in order can help you manage stress you may be feeling.
- You’ll be more productive. How much time did you spend looking for that paperwork that you just KNEW you’d put around here somewhere? Save time and energy by not having to look for things. Disorganization prompts procrastination.
- You may eat healthier. Ever notice that when you’re stressed, you reach for junk food? Eliminate clutter and you’re more apt to reach for an apple.
- You’ll sleep better. With no to-do’s nagging at your mind, you can fall asleep more easily.
- You’ll get sick less frequently. Bacteria and germs have no place to hide when your home is clean. Dust and allergens build up in carpeting, bedding, and upholster over time. To keep yourself and your family healthy, clean your home on a regular basis.
Clean Every Day
It took me years to realize that I’d rather do a few easy things every day than spend an entire day cleaning. I don’t know anyone who WANTS to spend their time cleaning their house. When it comes to keeping your home tidy, easy and consistent routines are the key.
Here are six things you can do every day to help your home stay clean.
- Run the dishwasher every night and empty it every morning. Whether the dishwasher is full or not, get into the habit of running it daily before bedtime. That way instead of all the dirty dishes piling up in the kitchen sink, you can load them into the dishwasher as you have time. If you live alone or have a small family, you can run it every other day and still get the same benefits. Approximate time needed: 5 minutes
- 2. Process your mail as soon as you bring it in. (Full disclosure: this one is hard for me. I struggle with this one.) Paper clutter is one of the biggest distractions when trying to keep things tidy, and it’s a huge source of messiness in many homes. As soon as you bring in the mail, deal with everything. If you still get paper bills, put them in a place designated for bill paying. Private or sensitive information gets shredded. Designate a basket or bin where all the junk mail goes, and then add to your recycling once per week. Approximate time needed: 5 minutes
- 3. Wash, dry and put away one load of laundry every day. In our household I don’t need to do this every day, but at least 2-3 times per week. When I was working full time in the corporate world it seemed like every Sunday was spent doing 47 loads of laundry. That is NOT how I want to spend my Sundays. Now, by doing laundry throughout the week, I don’t have to spend weekend time doing ALL the laundry in one or two days. I do my husband’s laundry one day, my laundry another day, and towels a third day. Bedding gets washed weekly. Approximate time needed: 10-15 minutes
4. Make your bed. If you incorporate making the bed into your morning getting ready routine, it becomes easy. I apply my facial moisturizer, and while it’s soaking into my skin, I pull up the covers and arrange the pillows. It is not perfect, but good enough to pass inspection. Bonus: a mini-facial for me, and a mini-facelift for the bedroom. Approximate time needed: 5 minutes or less
5. Tidy and wipe down the kitchen counters. This is seriously one of the easiest things. While you’re waiting for the water to boil for pasta, or the dish in the oven isn’t quite finished, just wipe down all the kitchen counters. I use disinfectant wipes from the dollar store, but any cleaning product will work. Tidy up and put away anything you’ve finished with, and voila! Counters clean and organized. Bonus: it makes kitchen clean up after the meal that much quicker. Once this has become a habit for you, go ahead and clean those bathroom counters too.
6. Clean one small area or one room. Imagine cleaning one room or area every day and how that adds up! The area could be your shower or dusting the bedroom. Maybe it’s just shining the faucets and shower heads in the bathroom. Whatever you think needs your attention that day. Approximate time needed: 10-15 minutes
In under an hour per day, you can have a clean and tidy home all the time. Isn’t that better than spending all day Saturday cleaning? Sound like too much change all at once? Just implement one at a time. Do that one chore daily for 2-3 weeks until it’s become routine and then add another one. Before you know it, you’ve achieved something huge: a quick, daily routine to keep your home clean and tidy.
BONUS CLEANING HACK: Use vinegar and cotton balls around faucets. Hard water stains can make faucets look awful. And hard water stains are stubborn. Try soaking some cotton balls with vinegar and place them around the stained faucets. Let sit for about 15 minutes. You’re welcome!
Helping you create a beautiful home is what @Home with Sunflower Designs is all about. Each week we offer suggestions on ways to add beauty and simplicity to your surroundings, so that you and your family can enjoy your home. Until next time… #livecreatively!
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