Sometimes it can be hard keeping your home tidy with all that life has going on. With work, kids and other day to day stuff, often the daily tasks can get left behind creating bigger mounds to climb down the line.
Our home is the place we spend the most time. Having a tidy home is just one of the ways we can feel better on a day to day basis. The things around us (i.e. mess) do affect the way we feel. It’s proven that a clutter free home has a more positive impact on ourselves.
Tidying up your home can take a lot of energy. But with simple tasks and little things done daily it doesn’t feel like it takes much of our time to keep a neat home.
A big organization home haul can take at least a couple of days (when done properly) and can take a lot of energy. In the meantime, there are a few things we can tackle on a daily basis that will keep your house clean. And save you from being stressed and overwhelmed with the housework. Because sometimes it can seem like it’s never-ending.
Here are the best tips for keeping your house clean, in less time.
Daily Tasks To Keep House Organized
1. Make Your Bed Everyday
Making the bed should be one of the first things. if not the very first thing to do in your day. Having your bed made as soon as you get up sets the tone for the day. It’s a simple task and is always a good part of your daily routine. Plus a made bed just instantly makes your bedroom look prettier.
Plus it really is the worst feeling coming back to go to an unmade bed! Even worse if you have to sleep in it. Especially when you’re tired at the end of the day.
2. Pick Up The Post
Even if you’re expecting just bills (which nobody really likes), pick up your post straight away. And open them. Paper clutter can mount up quickly and then it’s even more of a hassle sorting through what’s important and what’s not.
Creating a drop zone too is a good idea, a place to put all letters and other items for easy access. You’ll see the letters often and it will remind you to get them sorted. Throw the junk mail and flyers straight into the recycling or into the bin.
All the other letters and bills that are important leave in a place you know you won’t forget about. A drop zone just as you enter your front door will also give you a designated spot to put your everyday items. But it also sets the tone for the whole house and eliminates some more of the everyday clutter that builds in homes.
3. Plan Your Meals
One way to minimize a busy schedule is to plan your meals in advance. Creating a monthly or weekly schedule will save you so much time. Just even thinking about what to cook saves a whole heap of time and energy.
Cooking a few batch meals in advance means you don’t need to think about what to eat. Just grab it from the fridge and heat it up. So no big clean up everyday from the saucepans and pots from preparation. A few days without cooking can be a welcome break! And frees you up to do other activities that might be helpful.
4. Wash Up The Dishes
Washing up the dishes can be another chore. Cleaning up as you’re cooking is the easiest way of avoiding a huge dish pile-up. Whether you have a rota system in your home with your family members. Or use a dishwasher, it’s a lot easier to wash up the dirty dishes straight after use.
A 5-minute washing-up job versus a 40-minute or more? And who’s going to want to do a full-on kitchen cleanup after dinner? Take your pick…
5. Wipe Down The Kitchen Counters
Having clutter on the kitchen counters doubles the work before you even begin to do anything. A quick wipe down of the kitchen counters straight after use so they’re clean and you’ll be ready to go in the kitchen and cook any time. I feel it’s always worse when you have to clean the kitchen before cooking and then clean again. The best way is to start off with a clean kitchen!
6. Wipe The Bathroom Counters
Cleaning the bathroom counter is a quick task that will make a difference. Keep your bathroom cleaning products in your bathroom so it’s easier to keep the bathroom nice and tidy.
7. Vacuum Or Sweep The Floors
Dust and dirt build up quickly over the floors, so vacuuming and sweeping the floors is a good daily cleaning task to put on the list.
Choosing to vacuum according to different rooms for each day of the week will make cleaning a lot easier. As some spaces like the hallway, kitchen and living room will probably need more attention than other rooms in the home.
To save even more time, set a vacuum robot to work!
8. Put Your Clothes Away
It’s so easy to leave your clothes on the bedroom floor or flung on a chair after wearing them! But it’s just another job you’re going to have to do later or the next day.
Organize your clothes, hang it up in the closet or fold them away in the drawers. Make sure you do have a designated area for your dirty clothes in a laundry basket or someplace out of sight in your bedroom.
9. Re-fluff The Sofa Cushions
After relaxing on the sofa reading or watching tv you’re probably heading straight up to bed. Before leaving the living room give your sofa cushions a quick smooth over and pat down. Give a quick fluff of your throw cushions as well.
It’s going to look and feel a lot better when you come down in the morning to a neat sofa. No bum imprints from the night before. You can fold blankets and sofa throws too. Re-fluffing the sofa cushions is a good habit as part of your nightly organization routine. This will give you a good head start of your daily cleaning routine too.
Your sofa will look brand new and last a few years longer if you fluff it often enough too. Buying a good sofa is expensive so look after it!
10. Pick Your Laundry Day
Putting your washing machine on a cycle is probably (and hopefully) not an everyday task. But washing your clothes should definitely be part of your weekly cleaning routine. Because dirty laundry can take over the house pretty quickly!
Choose your laundry day so drying, ironing, folding and putting the clothes away can be broken up as part of your daily tasks.
So laundry day might be a Tuesday, drying the clothes Wednesday. Ironing and putting away the clean clothes would be a Thursday. In order to not feel overwhelmed by your load of laundry!
11. Cleaning Mirrors & Surfaces
Wiping the mirrors from smudges, fingerprints and watermarks only takes a few minutes.
12. Put The Shoes Away
Removing shoes from open areas can instantly make your space feel tidier. Put your shoes away in a closet or in a basket organizer to keep your space looking neat.
13. Create A Cleaning Schedule
Creating a small daily to-do list will help you keep a tidy house during the week. Decide and put together a few of the most important cleaning tasks for your daily schedule from the list.
Having a daily cleaning checklist will save you time and prioritize your time. Instead of trying to complete a whole house clean every day. Keep it to the small tasks and put a time limit on it so you can get on to doing other things.
Tips For Cleaning And Organizing Your Home
- Decide if you’re going to base your daily cleaning routine based by the room eg. cleaning the bathroom Monday, the bedroom Tuesday etc. Or on general cleaning tasks and create your mini cleaning schedule with small tasks that take a few minutes of time each.
- Everything that’s in your house should have a home, a proper place. And when you’ve finished using the items, put them straight back where they belong. What’s their designated spot? Good daily habits like this will make it easier to keep a clean home.
- Declutter when you can. Do a quick scan of your home on a regular basis to see if there’s anything that is no longer serving you. Keeping on top of what you use will make it even easier in the long run for organizing the home properly.
- Plan ahead when you can. The earlier the better. Having monthly cleaning routines and weekly cleaning schedules will make sure you complete your whole cleaning process for your home the way you like it done.
- Split your daily house cleaning schedule into two. A morning cleaning schedule and a nighttime cleaning schedule. The tasks you choose for each time are personal and up to you. By splitting it into two makes it much more time manageable. Two 20-minute cleaning sessions, 30-minute sessions or an hour each it’s up to you.
- Get your cleaning supplies in order and ready to go.
- For your daily cleaning routine, focus on the high-traffic areas of your home. Places like the kitchen, hallway and the family room as these areas get used the most and will get messy much more quickly.
- Make your cleaning sessions enjoyable. Listen to some music, a favourite podcast or put an audible book on and put in your headphones. This will make the cleaning go by way quicker and you’ll be killing two birds with one stone. Doing this actually makes me look forward to cleaning!
Simple habits in your daily cleaning routine will help you keep a cleaner home and will make a big difference in your life. Meaning more quality time with your family instead of spending hours a day cleaning. Our homes will never be perfect but it’s always a great idea to build in some good habits to make a happier home.