Do you find yourself feigning excuses for why your friend can’t pop up to your place to use the loo before a film?
Ever turn beetroot red with embarrassment when unexpected guests enter your home? It sounds like you have a messy house.
Imagine how much more enjoyable life would be if you were one of those perpetually tidy people whose homes could be company-ready with 15 minutes’ notice.
We wanted to turn our clean fantasies into a reality, so we researched the daily habits of people with clean houses — note the word “habits.”
What we learned is that it takes more than a few deep cleanings to achieve this status of cleaning goddess/god.
It takes daily work and preparation to keep your house in a constant state of near perfection.
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Why should you form daily habits for a clean home?
You want to make it a habit because decluttering only once in a while will not keep your home tidy.
Keeping your home tidy should be an ongoing daily process.
Making it a daily habit works, because we want our homes to always look tidy, not once in a month when you do the purging.
Implement daily habits saves you time and effort in the long run.
What are the benefits of having a clutter-free home?
- Living in a clean home reduces stress for you and your family
- More focus and concentration for all (proven by research)
- Reduces workload because you don’t have to do it all at once “later”
- Saves time because you no longer have to look for lost items
- Saves money by not buying unnecessary items because you start to become aware of the clutter it can cause
I hope I have convinced you that daily decluttering is not hard and in fact really beneficial
Read on to discover the 12 habits of people who always have clean homes, and how you can adopt them to get out of the disaster zone you’ve been living in.
12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes
Start by making the bed
I know some people think that making the bed is a waste of time, but it really makes a big difference in how tidy the room looks and only takes a couple of minutes.
Plus, I think it starts off the day well, and I love climbing into a made bed at the end of the day.
To make things easier, simplify your bedding as much as possible. We ended up cutting out our top sheets (as they always just ended up in a big puddle at the end of the bed anyways) and just use a duvet and washable cover.
If you love your top sheets though, you can look at minimising the number of pillows on your bed or using a large enough comforter or duvet that you don’t need to tuck in your sheets.
They’re constantly offloading clutter
“Clutter is like a magnet, clutter attracts clutter,” says Amy Revell and Kirsty Farrugia, hosts of The Art of Decluttering podcast, and founder of the professional home organisation service of the same name.
“A home that has less stuff is so much easier to keep tidy,” says Amy and Kirsty. “Each day consider what items you no longer need that could leave your home.”
There are plenty decluttering methods out there – from the quasi-spiritual KonMari method to the everyday, practical approach taken by Amy and Kirsty.
Listen to their podcast on Acast to discover solutions to real-world sources of clutter including sentimental papers, sports equipment, Tupperware and more.
They don’t shove things into a junk drawer of cupboard
So, you’ve done a quick clean-up, only to blink your eyes and find that your home is again in a state of ruin.
Jo Carmichael, professional organiser and founder of All Sorted Out says hurried, ad hoc tidy-ups just don’t work.
“What often happens with the ‘fast clean” scenario is that the items strewn around on furniture and the floor are simply shoved into a wardrobe or drawer, she says. “It quickly tumbles back into an unrecognisable pile of clutter once the family returns home and starts living.”
They store like with ‘like’
The solution is to seek out spaces where clutter hides and start storing like with like.
Keeping like with like, means it’s easier to put things away and find them, because t-shirts are together – not mixed up with jeans or socks.
This will allow you to get ready quicker, and put your hands on the item you need without having to look twice.
Clean the shower while you’re in it
One handy tip is to give the shower a little scrub while you’re already showering.
It can be a huge pain to scrub down all of the soap scum at once, so why not do a quick once-over of the shower walls and floor while you’re rinsing your hair?
One of the best products for keeping the shower clean is natural dish soap because it is designed to fight grease—which is mostly what’s in the soap scum lining your shower walls!
Clean as you cook
This is the best way to avoid a massive headache at the end of a meal, which you know you’re going to want to walk away and leave until tomorrow.
Even if you need to keep both eyes on the burners, at least wash any easy dishes and utensils, and fill up your sink to help soak those greasy pots and pans.
Before you go to bed, start the dishwasher (if you have one that is), so you can empty it first thing in the morning, freeing up dishwasher space for when you cook again next! It’s all about the habit!
Keep surfaces clear
Flat surfaces collect clutter like none other. Flat surfaces are also what you see as you scan the room, so when you have clutter on flat surfaces, it seems like every space in your home is cluttered.
The more you can keep tables, floors, beds, and countertops clear, the cleaner and more spacious these areas feel.
The biggest clutter culprit is paper, so don’t let it pile up. Recycle unnecessary mail the minute it comes in and create a filing system for the rest of your important documents and to-do reminders.
Keep cleaning supplies handy where you use them
Keep small batches of needed cleaning supplies in key places around the home (kitchen, bathrooms, and cleaning closets) to give yourself more opportunities to find what you need.
A spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner and a stack of cleaning cloths under all of your sinks could be the difference between quickly wiping up a little spot or spill, and forgetting about it until the next time you have to deep-clean the house. This will save you lots of time in the end.
Wipe it down before you walk away
A quick wipe down can do wonders. If you wipe down the surface you’ve used after each use, you’ll keep counters and glass surfaces clean and ready to be used each time.
From wiping down your glass shower door to swiping your sink after washing the dishes, a quick clean can prevent grime build up and keep your surfaces spotless.
Tackle a load of laundry/washing each day
Avoid overflowing hampers by giving your washer a work out each day. It’s an unavoidable task (keeping your family clothed is kind of necessary), so if you do it on a consistent basis, it won’t pile up and take over your entire Sunday.
Clean your fridge on a weekly basis
Seeing some scary goop under your groceries in the corner of your fridge? You’re not doing it right.
Give your refrigerator a weekly refresh. Not only will cleaning your fridge help you keep things spick-and-span, but it will also help you create an accurate list of what you need on your next run to the store.
Finish the day with a 10-minute tidying session
For all of those things that got left behind, make a nightly pick-up part of your routine.
Set aside just 10 to 15 minutes every night—put on music if it makes the process more fun—and return everything to its “home, or designated spot”, from toys to magazines.
If you have a few minutes left over, run a cleaning cloth over counters, or do a quick sweep, devoting five minutes to a different area every night.
One of the best things to wake up to in the morning is a clean home.
12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes – Final thought
Most of these habits are super quick actions that take less than a minute or two.
When you master these habits, your home will become tidy and clutter-free.
But don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember, habit change takes time. So, give yourself time to adopt these habits one or two at a time.
Go make your habit reminder notes right away and get started today!
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