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Ever wonder how some people always have clean homes (even if they have kids and pets?!) No it’s not superpowers, it’s small, simple habits employed each and every day that make a big difference in the long run.
Here are 7 of the top habits of people who always have clean homes. I’ve also included a quick speed cleaning checklist at the end of this post too.
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1. They Put Their Clothes Away Every Day
When you take your clothes off when you get into the house, what do you do? Throw them over a chair or sort and organise them into their proper place?
People who always have clean homes don’t have the ‘chair’, you know the one where stacks of clothes pile up for days and days on end before they finally get put away? Instead, they put their clothes away at the end of the day or even straight away.
If you struggle with this, take a look at your closet organization system. Maybe it’s either non-existent or too overwhelming for you.
Studies have shown that clothes that aren’t put away usually means closet space is crowded, not well lit or there are no storage boxes available.
Take a look at this closet organizing system by Closet Maid as an example. These come in all different shapes and sizes.
These handy storage containers are perfect for storing away clothes and underwear.
2. Wipe Down Surfaces Immediately After Use
Wiping down surfaces immediately after use prevents clutter, stains and dirt to build up.
Instead of having to devote hours and hours to cleaning at the end of the week, you can clean as you go along.
This saves so much time in the long run and helps keep the home consistently clean. Plus, it only takes a few seconds to wipe down an area.
3. Put Things Away After Use
It’s very tempting to want to keep everything out after using it, but people who have clean and organized homes typically put things away straight away.
If you have kids, it’s a good idea to teach them this responsibility at a young age so you’re not the one picking up after them all the time.
Plus, the next time you need those items you will know exactly where everything is.
4. Establish a Regular Cleaning Schedule
Depending on the number of people in your house and whether you have kids/pets, your cleaning schedule will be different to someone who lives on their own. The same applies if you welcome a lot of guests into your home.
The general rule of thumb is to vacuum twice a week, and dust once a week. Some people with allergies etc may need to vacuum daily.
The tools we love to accomplish this are;
Shark Navigator Lift Away Vaccum Cleaner (Removes 99.9% of allergens and dust!)
Try to get into the habit of a routine. It takes around 30 days to establish one and to get it to stick.
5. Speed Clean As You Work
As you’re cooking dinner, put away ingredients and food items straight away after using them.
As you’re doing laundry, put away the detergents, soaps and powders after loading the machine. This would be a good time to fold the laundry and put it away too.
As you get more into the habit of cleaning as you go along, the easier it will become. Soon, it will be a part of your everyday routine.
RELATED: Ultimate Speed Cleaning Checklist To Save Oodles Of Time
6. Keep On Top Of The Laundry
Whether you dedicate a day to laundry or do it as you go along, it’s a good idea to keep on top of it (as laundry can quickly build up!).
If you struggle to deal with your laundry before it mounts up, you can use these laundry room sorters which can help you sort loads super quickly!
7. Keep Files And Papers Organized
If you work with a lot of papers or have files around the house in an office, you might want to consider adopting this habit!
Group important papers together i.e. you might want to have a separate file for bills and things which need monthly payments.
You might then want a ‘sorting’ folder for coupons, flyers, menus, mail etc (basically anything that comes through the mail).
These handy paper storage and organization holders will help you to achieve this;
BONUS: Quick Speed Cleaning Checklist For Super Busy Days
I’ve put together a quick speed cleaning checklist for those days when you want a clean home, but don’t have time to do a full clean.
This is designed to take only 30 minutes to do a basic clean of the four main rooms in the home. Don’t worry if you can’t do it all in one go, you can break up tasks during the day.
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