It starts with a spoon. Then, a cereal bowl. A plate is next, followed by a pan. Before you know it, the kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes. It doesn’t stop there. A load of laundry needs folding. The floor needs sweeping, and the bathroom could use your attention too. With everything else going on in your life, keeping your home clean can be challenging. Before the messes overwhelm you, here are a few clean habits for homeowners.
Make Your Bed Every Day
If you’re anything like me, you may be a little groggy in the morning. Without that first couple of cups of coffee, I’m barely functioning. Once I’ve made my bed, though, I’ve accomplished my first task of the day. It’s a little act indeed but one that sets the tone for getting things done. Making your bed right when you get up helps build momentum for the rest of your day, creates a cleaner look for your room, and provides you a welcoming place to return to when your day is done.
Wipe High Touch Spots
Door knobs, remote controls, light switches, glass surfaces… there are plenty of items in your home that are touched frequently by several people each day. Stash disinfect wipes in easy to access spots around your home so that you can wipe clean some of those highly trafficked surfaces. This will help remove a few dirty finger prints, built up grime, and cold-causing germs.
Remove Your Shoes
Speaking of germs, removing your shoes when entering your home cuts down on a great deal of what you may track in. Unless you look down with every step you take, you have no idea what you are bringing into your home via the bottoms of your shoes. While you may not directly be touching your floor, your four-legged family members do as do those still getting around by crawling. Taking off your shoes when arriving home will help keep the floors clean longer, treats them more kindly, and reduces outside contaminants to your home.
Put Away Kitchen Appliances
Imagine your kitchen counters without the blender, the toaster and the coffee maker on display. Finding space in the cabinets for common appliances will de-clutter the space and remove additional items requiring surface cleaning. Additionally, it will provide you more room in your kitchen to create new and delicious dishes!
Clean Shelves Pre-Grocery Store
When you take inventory of your pantry and refrigerator before a trip to the grocery store, use the time to rid yourself of canned goods that have either expired or would be best donated to a charity. Also, with a damp rag, wipe down the refrigerator shelves when they are less full. It will help clear space of unneeded items and also prevent build up of residue in your refrigerator.
Organize Daily Mail
Often we pick up the mail at the end of the day when our energy level may be low and there are a few hundred household duties that need to be accomplished. Going through your mail may not get done right away, and it’s easy to get backed up. If you’re not able to devote a few minutes each day to shift through your mail, keep the important things and recycle the others, then commit one space on a shelf or in your home office where the mail is kept until you can get to it. Getting pieces of mail or catalogues that you no longer want to receive? Look for contact information to unsubscribe. It will save trees and lighten your load when mail sorting.
Much like evaluating your food inventory before going to the grocery store, regularly take stock of your clothes. From shoes to hats and everything in between, decide if what deserves real estate in your closet or drawers. You can ask if it brings you joy or if it has been over a year since you last wore it. However you decide if its worth keeping, try to purge once a month or once a quarter. It will help to have a nearby bag or bin you use to store soon-to-be donated items.
These habits don’t have to take a lot of time. The key is just working them into your routine. Once you do, you may find where you live is not only cleaner but feels even more like home.
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