Keeping a clean and clutter-free home is tough. My husband and I both work full-time jobs, have responsibilities after work, and also have social lives. There never seems to be any time to clean. Most of the “clean only 15 minutes a day” only worked until our busy schedules got in the way or I was too tired to mop the kitchen floors.
After searching what seems like every single way to keep the house clean, I started picking up a few habits that have drastically helped me keep my house both clean and tidy.
- Everything should have a place – I’ve mentioned before about how my kitchen sink can be a disaster area. But now that we have our sink organizer, there is rarely anything around the sink that doesn’t belong there. We keep our sponges and hand soap on top of the organizer, and keep extra sink stoppers, dish soaps, and sink cleaners below.
We also have special places to put spare change and outgoing mail. Why this helps so much, I couldn’t tell you. But since we started using this little thrift store bowl, we haven’t had to worry about a cluttered desk area in our dining room!
- Keep cleaning supplies together – The easiest way for me to clean is to have all my cleaning supplies together. In the tub that I can carry around the house, I keep all my rags, scrubbers, and every kind of cleaning solution that I use. This method helps me keep cleaning easy instead of the bottle of furniture oil sitting on my dresser for about a month. Yeah, that happens.
- Keep things separate – I’ve started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Condo. While I’m really taking my time reading it, I’ve learned so much about keeping every lightbulb in the house together, keeping all the ______ together. In our laundry room, we also house things like lightbulbs, batteries, and flashlights. I’ve begun to take spare boxes, wrap them in wrapping paper, and keep all of the like things together. In this wrapped box is all of the lightbulbs for inside and outside the house. I also have a jar just for clothespins (and I threw the extra 100 we had just laying there away). I’m working on doing this with supplies all around the house.
- Finish what you start – Doing dishes after dinner is one of the things I loathe (along with folding laundry). After dinner, I would prefer to just relax for the rest of the night, then carry myself into bed. Instead, finishing what I start by doing the dishes right after dinner keeps me from using the too tired excuse. This also helps with the shoes I take off right when I walk in the door, or when I throw my earbuds on the kitchen table right after a workout.
- Don’t beat yourself up – This one is a big one for me. I honestly don’t know how people keep their house clean 100% of the time because we’ve all got a life to live, and life just gets busy. When there’s smudges on my mirrors, or a pair of shoes on the floor – don’t beat yourself up. Just pick it up, clean it up and move on.
How do you keep a clean + clutter free home?