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Keeping a home clean is a constant struggle, especially if you have several people living in it. Things get dropped, laundry gets shoved in a corner, dust happens and dishes pile up. You could read books by cleanliness gurus and throw out everything that doesn’t bring you joy. Or you could hold onto your furniture and just follow a few simple steps to keep your house clean and tidy.
Keeping a clean house is not only a way to keep it looking nice and prevent illnesses from dust and allergies, it also calms you. Studies have shown that cleaner and less-cluttered homes kept their occupants healthy and mentally focused. Having clutter can actually make it more difficult to sleep at night, making you feel tired and sluggish the next day. Looking around at all the things you have to do can make you feel anxious and stressed.
Consider paying a cleaning service to clean your house from top to bottom. Having professionals clean your home will make you feel less stressed and allow you more quality time to do the things you like. Nationally, the average cost to hire maid service is $157. It’s a small price to pay for a clean home. Also, having a good base to work from will make the task of keeping it clean easier.
Tips to a tidy home:
- Make your bed. Many people think that an unmade bed is just fine — and it is. But making the bed takes just a minute, and it makes your room feel almost done. It starts the day off right and you don’t have to make it perfect, with 15 pillows and hospital corners. Just lay the sheets and blankets on straight and put your regular pillows back in place. You’re likely doing this before bed anyway, so why not enjoy it all day?
- Take care of the laundry. There are different schools of thought on when to do laundry. Some say do a load every day so that you don’t have to spend your weekend doing it. But if you have to carry it up and down stairs or go to a laundromat, that can be exhausting. Whenever you decide to do it, make sure you do it right. First, don’t let laundry pile up on the floor, bathroom and elsewhere. Train everyone in the house to put it in a hamper. If you can pre-sort clothing into colors and whites, all the better. When you finish laundry, fold it and put it away immediately. If you’re digging through a hamper of clean clothes to find what to wear, that adds stress to your morning. Plus, after a while you’ll forget which clothes are clean and which are dirty.
- Clean one room per day. When you get home from work, you never want to clean anything. The idea of starting a big task sounds awful. But if you just focus on one room, or one task, you can get it done in no time. Also, time yourself. You’d be amazed at how quickly things get done. Or set a timer to only clean for 15 minutes each evening. Get the whole family involved, too.
- Keep dishes at bay. Rinse and load dishes directly into the dishwasher as you use them. If you have to soak them for a while, don’t forget to come back and load them up. When the dishwasher is finished, unload all the dishes at once, making room for your dirties again. Remind family members not to just grab one dish from the machine, but to go ahead and put all the dishes away. It sounds like a big chore, but it really only takes about 5 minutes. Empty the sink and wash it out every night just before bed, and you’ll wake up to a clean kitchen, ready for your morning coffee.
Breaking house cleaning down into smaller daily tasks helps prevent the agony of cleaning your home. You won’t spend your whole weekend doing chores while everyone else is out playing. Plus, you’ll be ready for company at a moment’s notice or at least within a few minutes. It will ease stress and prevent illness and allergies. Work on finding the right system for your family’s cleaning needs.
Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.