A clean house is a happy house and when you live tidy, you thrive. In fact, studies have found that clean homes lead to healthier and happier residents.
Cleaning your house is never a once a week or once a month thing. We always should clean as we go and focus on parts of our home that we keep pristine. But of course, we don't want to spend all our time cleaning and we want to find ways to do it as quick as possible.
If you clean right, you can actually save more valuable time and enjoy life to the fullest. Here are 10 tips for cleaning your house that will let you enjoy your weekends without worry.
1. Wash as You Go
One of the best ways to keep your home clean and tidy without lots of work is to tidy as you go. It sounds simple and that's because it is!
It's tempting to leave our dishes for later after we use them or to leave that item of clothing on the floor. But it all adds up and before you know it, you've got a sink full of dirty dishes and you can't see your bedroom floor!
Instead, try to clean your dishes right away and hang up your clothes as soon as you can. These little actions are so easy to do within seconds and they help you save a lot of time and energy in the long run.
2. Make the Bed
Another small action that makes a big difference to the cleanliness of your house is to make up your bed. As soon as you get up in the morning, take a minute to straighten it up neat and tidy.
Also, try to change your sheets every week. A lot of dust and dead skin gets into your sheets and is unhygienic if left too long. Plan for a day of the week to put your sheets in the laundry and change to clean ones.
There are a lot of reasons to do this, but most notably it helps you keep your skin clear and allergies at bay.
3. Take Out the Garbage
The garbage can pile up pretty quickly and it is something a lot of us are guilty of neglecting for too long. We tell ourselves we'll do it later and before we know it, we have an overflowing garbage can.
Instead, find a way to sort your garbage well. Use recycling bins and sort your trash as you go about the day. Whenever you have papers or boxes lying around the house, put them into recycling. Then when it gets too full, take it out right away.
When you leave trash lying around, it can cause a stink and attract insects and rodents. Sorting the trash right away keeps your home from getting cluttered and infested.
4. Clear Away the Clutter
Clutter can make even the cleanest home look like a huge mess. It can affect your mood and make you less productive when you have lots of clutter, so it's best to avoid it.
The first step for getting rid of clutter in your home is so simple – stop collecting it. When you stop collecting clutter, you reduce the amount a lot. Only buy things you will actually use and forget about anything else – you don't need it.
Then, you can use this approach with the things you already have. Sort through your things and documents to figure out what's important and what isn't. Let it all go and you'll have a lot more space and your home will look and feel much more welcoming.
5. Focus on the Floors
The floors of your home can get pretty dusty fast so it's important to keep them clean too. Try to run the vacuum over each day to keep the dust and hairs away.
A carpet cleaner can be a great thing to invest in or hire if you have a lot of carpet space. You can also use floor cleaners if you have wooden floors to disinfect them and keep them clean as possible.
The best way to get your floors squeaky clean is to get down to the floor with some cleaner and microfiber cloth. This ensures that you get into all the corners and don't miss a bit. You can also put floor mats down by the door to keep dust and dirt off the floors for longer.
6. Don't Forget to Dust
Dust can build up pretty fast and if you don't dust often enough, and it can exacerbate any allergies a lot. Try to dust at least once per week and go over surfaces with a duster and spray polish.
The best technique for dusting is to start off high. Dust the highest points of the room and move across the room from left to right. It means you avoid knocking dust to the lower levels and you don't miss crucial spots.
Not only does this make your house look and feel a lot more fresh and inviting, but it can help keep your home healthy.
7. Outside Is Important Too
The outside of your house is as important as the inside, but it can be super easy to forget about cleaning it. Before you know it, you've got weeds and your driveway looks gross and dirty.
Using a pressure washer is a quick and effective way to keep the exterior of your house looking fresh. LaborPanes recommend getting a professional for hard-to-reach places. This helps you avoid injury and ensure that everywhere gets a proper clean.
Also, make sure to keep garbage or compost as far as possible from your home. This makes it less likely for rodents getting into your house and causing a whole host of new problems.
8. Remove Pet Hairs
If you've got pets, you know how much pet hair gets absolutely everywhere in your home. It's all over the couch, on your clothes and pretty much everywhere you can think of.
You love the little guy(s), but the hair can make your house look messy and be unhygienic. Use lint rollers on the couch and clothing to remove the pet hairs, and make sure to vacuum.
Pets can also cause a stink so it's important to clean the areas they use most. Wash their beds often and deodorize the places they sit with baking soda (remember to vacuum afterward).
9. Make an All Purpose Cleaner
A lot of cleaners you can buy for your house have a lot of dangerous chemicals in them. While they may be cheap and convenient, they could cause damage in the long run. Instead, you can try to go natural and make your own all-purpose cleaner.
There are a lot of great recipes for these online that use ingredients you may already have in the home. They can do a great job of cleaning glass and wood around the home and serve as a great anti-bacterial.
They are super easy to make and won't cost you much either. Try to use them at least once per week to keep your surfaces clean and make your house smell fresh too.
10. Do Laundry More Often
Doing laundry can pile up pretty fast if left all week and it can take a lot of time to get done. Of course, you don't want to spend your weekend doing laundry, you've got better things to do!
Instead of leaving it all to do in one day, try to get small amounts of laundry done each day. It's much easier to manage when you put in small amounts and by the time the weekend comes, you've got a clean wardrobe!
Also, make sure to invest in a laundry hamper if you don't already have one. Not only does it make it easier to transport your laundry to the washing machine, but it keeps your room tidy too.
These Tips Will Help You Get a Clean House in No Time
Having a clean house can make us feel much more relaxed and calm in our homes at the end of the day. We don't have to come back to a messy or cluttered place and we can unwind without stressing. These are a few simple ways for you to keep your home in check so you can spend more time doing what you love instead.
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Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.