6 Things to Do Daily to Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy
It Took Two Decades to Learn This
It took me two decades to learn how to keep my home clean and tidy. I read books, I followed cleaning experts, I listened to anyone that had a remotely clean and tidy home. But to no avail, I was still a slob and I could not keep up to save my life. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, I mean I must have tried every trick in the book and more. Plus, it didn’t help that I also have ADHD and feeling overwhelmed seemed just part of the package.
As I look back, I have no idea why it was hard to keep my home tidy. But it nearly did me in. It all finally fell into place as I become more in tune with my inner self and began to work on my habits. After years of failing, I finally know how to keep my home clean and tidy. With my daily schedule, I work way less than I used to. I now put things back, my laundry is no longer a monster, I keep my kids involved and I know when to let go. Here are my six must do’s for keeping your home clean and tidy without hassle.
De-clutter Your Home
One, it’s the beast you can’t ignore, your STUFF. You must get rid of anything you don’t use. I never questioned the amount of stuff I had until I read the Marie Kondo book on keeping your home tidy. I read her book the month it came out and started her techniques right away. Yikes, I must have gotten rid of 16-20 bags of things that I needlessly kept around. Things like old t-shirts with wholes, shoes from my teen years, baby toys my 7-year-old did not need. All these things had been useful at one point in my life, but they no longer fit into it, yet I still clung to them.
How many things do you still keep? I have not met a single person who has regretted de-cluttering their home. Give yourself a break from seeing all that crap, clean out your closets and let go of shirts you will never be caught dead in.
Read my post on De-Cluttering
Create a Cleaning Schedule
Two, set up a cleaning schedule of your choosing. I have a couple of examples from bloggers down below. Check them out and see which one suits you best. I fought setting up a routine for cleaning. Life was already complicated and I felt a schedule just added to the list of impossible tasks. But boy was I wrong, a schedule is the opposite of a battle, it’s a way to get more in but with less pressure. When you commit to doing things when they need to, you find the bathroom is always clean, the towels always available, and you are always a step ahead.
Printable Cleaning Schedule for Busy Moms by Melissa Fitzhugh. Hers has a great checklist and is easy to read.
Pinterest Cleaning Calendar Roundup by Jessica from Pig and Duc. A selection of different cleaning calendars.
But by far my favorite cleaning calendar is the one I found on Pinterest below. I tried finding out who created but could not for the life of me find it. If you know who please let me know so I can give them credit. I have been using this one for a while now, and yes I do fallow it. It has a monthly and yearly section which allows you to add things that you might forget to do.
Put Things Back
Three, don’t add to your problem, pick up after yourself. You can’t control your partner or kids but you can control your actions. Put your shoes away, hang your coat, wash your dish. If you take care of one person’s mess preëmptively, you decrease your load by one offender.
One load of Laundry Per Day
Four, get one load of laundry done per day. Laundry used to pile up so high, I didn’t want laundry day to get here. I remember it was an all-day chore that would spill into day two and then three, as I avoided folding it and putting it all away. This was one of the first habits I finally listened to from the housekeeping experts.
It was the best choice ever, now my laundry gets done every day, I put things back in one easy trip, and I can always count on my favorite pair of pants being clean. Do yourself a huge favor and get one load of laundry done per day. Have your kids fold it and just get it out-of-the-way, it will be the biggest chore hack.
Share The Chores
Five, don’t do it all on your own. If your partner takes out the garbage, that’s one less thing for you to worry. Get your kids involved in doing small tasks like picking up toys or folding hand towels. For teens, they can get the laundry going and then put it into the drier for folding after work or school.
Know When a Little Mess is Okay
Six, some days you will not finish your house chores. Let things go and have fun with your friends, family, or cat. We put so much worth on keeping up appearances that we forget the important things. Don’t let a little mess steal your ability to enjoy your home and the things you love. Keeping your home clean and tidy is a great goal, but don’t always make it a priority.
Finally, let me assure you, you can change anything with enough practice. It just takes a bit of planning and tenacity.
Begin by doing a much-needed de-clutter session, get in touch with your inner KonMarie. Next, work on a schedule, it relieves you of thinking too hard and keeps you on top of overlooked tasks. After practice putting things back, cleaning as you go really keeps things tidy. Also, remember that a load a day keeps the laundry monster away. And, do get your family involved, they live there too. Last, Let it go, life is too short, don’t get caught up trying to keep things so clean. I hope you try these six must do’s for keeping your home clean and tidy.
Do you have a home chore task that you are a champ at? What is your least favorite home task?
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