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What’s the Secret to an Effortlessly Clean Home?by Carla Ditzel, Mar 2018
The secret is to create habits that become part of your everyday routine. We’re all busy, right? But these are habits that will ensure you have a clean home, every day – and not just when your Well Polished cleaner has been.
Here are 12 super simple habits that you can start using today to keep your home clean with ease: –
1. WIPE AS YOU GO
Finished in the bathroom? Wipe down the sink before you go out of the room.
Finished making some food in the kitchen? Make sure the surfaces are crumb and dirt free.
Just get into the habit of wiping surfaces down as you use them.
2. TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES
Super simple – but means that floors stay cleaner, for longer without any extra work – perfect!
3. CLEAN AS YOU COOK
It’s all too easy to start cooking and create a mess as you go without really thinking about it. And chances are once you’ve eaten you won’t want to tackle the clear-up, so it may stay put for a while afterwards.
If you get into the habit of clearing as you cook, there should be much fewer things left to clean after you’ve eaten.
Try and wash up items as you go as you are waiting for things to cook – and make it your mission to only be left with what you are eating from to sort out afterwards!
4. SORT THE DISHES EVERY EVENING, BEFORE BED
Make sure you come downstairs to a clean kitchen every morning by sorting out the dishes the night before.
Either load and run the dishwasher, or wash everything up.
Being able to use whatever you need the following day (and not having to face a pile of dirty dishes) will give you a head start in the morning (if you have a dishwasher you can start loading as soon as breakfast has finished so your kitchen stays tidy all day).
5. KEEP ON TOP OF YOUR LAUNDRY
Whether it’s a load (or two) a day, or folding, or drying, or ironing – keep your clothes moving through the laundry so that things don’t build up, and you can then be assured that everything will be clean when you need it.
6. VACUUM AND SWEEP REGULARLY
Nothing makes a home feel cleaner than having clean floors – so do these as often as you can to stop things building up (it will also give you more of a push to create the habit of keeping the floor areas clear and tidy so that you don’t have to move things every time you do it).
7. WIPE THE SHOWER DOWN AFTER USE
Cleaning the shower down with a squeegee after every use means that water stains don’t have time to build up, and your shower looks as good as new as soon as you’re finished.
Not only does it look clean – but it saves so much cleaning time than if you had to scrub it each week.
8. OPEN THE WINDOWS
Nothing is cleaner than fresh air – and a really quick trick to a cleaner feeling home is to ensure that stale air doesn’t build up.
Whether it’s summer or winter, open the windows as much as you can to allow lots of fresh, clean air inside.
9. CREATE A ROUTINE FOR WASHING CERTAIN THINGS
Washing bedding/towels/bathroom mats etc. on the same day each, and every week (i.e. towels on a Tuesday, bedding on a Saturday) makes things so much easier for you to keep things clean.
That way you will know you will clean them regularly and they will be done on a day(s) that you have time to do them (hopefully from start to finish).
10. FOCUS ON A ROOM A WEEK
The great ‘overwhelm’ sets in when you feel you have to clean throughout the house every week.
The trick is to tackle the ‘quick’ jobs every week throughout the house, but only one (or two) rooms a week for deep cleaning.
That way you will stay on top of the basics and all rooms will look great, but you will know that every couple of months each room will be tackled in detail so nothing will get a chance to build up too much.
By ‘quick’ jobs I mean a quick hoover and polish, and tidy of all the surfaces you can see – but the more detailed jobs would be to move everything so you hoover and polish every surface completely, and wipe down all skirting boards, wash cushion covers etc.
My kitchen gets a lot of natural light, which is lovely, but nothing makes it feel dirty more than seeing handprints/splashes of water etc. on the cupboard doors and windows.
11. KEEP THE WINDOWS CLEAN
Keeping the windows clean will automatically make your home feel cleaner and fresher.
So why not take the focus off it a little by doing other stuff at the same time?
There are lots of things that may be possible for you to try while sorting a few things out around the house, so you are cleaning but not spending extra time to do so: –
- Let your kids read to you
- Chat with your children/partner about their day
- Listen to an audiobook
- Listen to music – turn it into a workout!
- Make a phone call to a friend/family member (handsfree, obviously)
- Cooking (while things are in the oven you can be using that time to clean the kitchen up)
- Bathing kids (obviously not babies or toddlers, but kids who are old enough and quite capable in the bath and don’t need you to be completely focused on them can be bathing while you clean the mirror or wipe surfaces down)
That’s all 12 habits done and dusted – tackling pretty much every area of your home.