The spring cleaning season is upon us as the weather gets warmer and folks are out and about. If you find yourself wanting to be like the obsessive compulsive people that constantly have their house spotless, this season can be the season you start cultivating those habits! Whether it’s something as simple as making the bed or getting your papers organized, it’s easy to start having a cleaner home when you do a little something every day. Here are 15 habits of people who always have their house super clean and how you can keep up with them.
1 . Take shoes off at the door.
Create a landing strip for rain boots, tennis shoes and other things that might dirty up the floors. Hang up some hooks for keys and lanyards so they don’t end up being strung around the house. You’ll have an easier time trying to find them if you keep them in the same place every day!
2. Make the bed.
This simple task can go a long way. If you’re in a hurry, making the bed can make the room look tidy without taking up too much time. You can get into it so much that you can’t leave the house without tidying the beds a bit.
3. Clean as you go.
It helps if you put a few things away while you’re going about the house. Clean up the kitchen as you cook dinner or put a few clothes away as you’re going to bed. If you’ve got something in the oven, wipe down the counters or wash the dishes while it’s cooking.
4. Keep papers organized.
The cluttered desk that you keep avoiding could use some TLC. Create a good filing system to keep the papers you really need and recycle the rest. Use paperweights and stylish file folders to keep your documents organized and looking good.
5. Dust & vacuum.
The two things that people always say they’re going to do but never do consistently are dusting and vacuuming. When you start making these into rituals, your house will see a ton of improvement. Doing this once or twice a week can save you from a weekend deep clean and you’ll have more time to relax.
6. Don’t own extras of anything.
Minimal living is becoming more popular and there’s good reason for it. What use do you have for five pairs of kitchen scissors or dozens of sheet sets? If you don’t need it, get rid of it or donate it. You’ll save so much space and there will be less things around to clean up.
7. Never let dishes pile up.
This is pretty much a given. It’s much easier to do two or three dishes here and there instead of a giant pile at the end of the week. Either hand wash as you go or put in the dishwasher after using them.
8. Clean the bathroom sink.
This is a place people often forget to clean, even though they use it every day. Keep a container of baby wipes near your sink area so you can make it easy for yourself to do a quick swipe every once in awhile. Your family and your house guests will thank you!
9. Tidy up a little something everyday.
Don’t try to clean your house all in one day like some sort of binge cleaning day. You’ll leave exhausted and unmotivated for the rest of the day. Cleaning as you go saves time and is a great habit to start.
10. Wipe the counters.
While you’re cooking or even after you’re all finished, don’t forget to wipe down the counters. A great homemade cleaning solution is one part vinegar, three parts water and a squirt of almond oil dish soap. The vinegar will cut through grease and leave stainless appliances looking brand new.
11. Deal with mail on a daily basis.
Everyday when you check the mail, get rid of the junk mail you know you won’t do anything with immediately and sort the mail you will need. Don’t let it pile up! The longer you wait, the harder it will be to deal with later on.
12. Fold laundry.
Nothing is worse that stuffing fresh laundry into your laundry basket only to realize you’ve forgotten to fold it 3 hours later and then everything comes out wrinkled. Be sure to fold it as soon as you can and you won’t have to get out the iron and ironing board as often.
13. Use baskets to store cluttered items.
Sometimes, just stacking your stuff doesn’t make it look more organized. Grab a nice basket or organizational tool from your favorite container store and put away your things neatly so the clutter is concealed.
14. Play some tunes while you clean.
How many times have you actually had fun while cleaning? Put on your favorite pump up playlist and get to work! It will make the tasks so much more enjoyable and will keep you on your toes while trying to get things done.
15. Prepare for the next day.
You can give yourself a jump on the next day by doing little things like laying out your clothes for tomorrow or laying out the cereal for breakfast. Check your cleaning product stock and see if any need replacements or refills.