Keeping your home clean and tidy can feel like an impossible task sometimes. This is especially true if you’re first striking out on your own, adjusting to new family members, or learning to live in a new place. However, there are a few things you can do to avoid spending whole weekends picking up from the week before. Small daily tasks have a lot to do with it. If you can spend 20 minutes every day tidying it can prevent hours of work adding up. Sure, even with daily tidying things can still get crazy. However, creating good habits can help you figure out how to keep your home tidy.
Keep your hands full
One habit that makes a world of difference is never leaving a room empty handed. It’s super easy to build into your routine as it doesn’t actually involve any extra time or effort.
For instance, when you leave your bedroom in the morning, take down laundry and any mugs and glasses. When you leave the living room, put away any shoes that might have been kicked off when a member of the family wanted to put their feet up.
Only take what you’ve got time to put away though. If there’s a big pile of stuff in one room then shifting it to another room isn’t going to help. Always keep in mind the “one touch rule”, meaning that you ideally only want to touch items one time before they are put away. Every time you touch an object to move it from one place to another you are using up precious time and energy so make that extra little effort to put it directly away.
Clean as you go to keep your home tidy
This one seems painfully obvious but is so often overlooked in an effort to save time. Truthfully though, cleaning as you go only saves you time in the long run. For instance, stacking dishes in the kitchen on the sideboard will take the same amount of time as just loading dishes straight into the dishwasher. Doing one before the other just doubles the amount of time you’ll actually be doing chores for.
The same goes for things like putting laundry away. Folding laundry into neat piles and taking them up to where they’re supposed to live without putting them away is only half the job. Getting laundry done as soon as you have enough for a full load is also a biggie. If you’ve got a big family and can make up a load each day, then build a daily load of laundry into your routine so at the weekend you’re not constantly running between your washing machine and washing line trying to get it all done.
Making all these tiny changes may seem a little pointless, but being intentional about cleaning as you go will go a long way to helping you keep your house tidy.
If you have a lot of trouble keeping things tidy and cleaning as you go feels impossible, it’s very likely that actually you’ve got too much stuff and not enough space. Taking the time to declutter and organise will hugely cut down on cleaning and tidying time in the long run.
Having an easily accessible spot for everything makes it so much easier to tidy up – for both you and the rest of your family. Less items out on the counters and surface tops cuts down on dusting and makes cleaning a lot quicker. Go room by room and do a big (and ruthless) sweep of your house and see what items you can sell, pass on to friends or donate to charity.
If there are that you don’t need at the moment, but will in future see if you can store them. These might be things like baby and toddler items that your child has grown out of but you plan to use again. You might be able to stash these away in the attic, or you could look into self storage. Here at Magenta Self Storage, we can give you both short and long term storage options to suit you, so you can keep your stuff tucked away for as long as you need. Contact us today to find out how we can help you on your journey to a tidy house!
Keep your home tidy by being happy with “clean enough”
Unless you have the time to really dedicate yourself to a perfect house, it’s unlikely that you’ll have an instagram worthy interior 100% of the time. This is especially true if you’ve got a large family or young kids! With more than half of the UK feeling too busy to keep their homes clean, you’re not alone. Try to allow yourself to see 80% clean as the new 100% clean. Don’t get caught up in the details like specks of dust on skirting boards. Instead, make sure the big jobs are done. Sure, the skirting boards need a clean every once and a while. But trying to keep everything at 100% all the time is a recipe for stress and mess!
Not all cleaning is created equal. Make a list of what you would like to get done and then prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait until the next day or two. Write down your top 2 or 3 tidying goals. Keep in mind the amount of time you have to get things done.
Keep your bathrooms stocked up with basic cleaning supplies. This means you’ll be able to do quick jobs like wiping down toothpaste marks or stray hairs. Staying on top of little cleaning jobs that only take a couple of minutes a pop will greatly cut down on how often you feel like you need to do a full clean and tidy.
What are some tidying tips that have changed your cleaning routine?