|But here's the thing: it takes more than a few deep cleanings to achieve this status of cleaning goddess. It takes daily work and preparation to keep your house in a constant state of near perfection. Read on to discover the nine habits people with clean uncluttered houses do every day, and how you can adopt them to get out of the disaster zone you've been living in. |
- Make Their Bed Before you leave the house in the morning (or better yet, before you leave the bedroom), make your bed. If you're in a rush, pull the comforter up to the pillows, and smooth it out to create the semblance of a made bed. This simple act creates a sense of order in your bedroom and sets your day off on a productive note that's likely to carry through.
- Empty the Dishwasher in the Morning Get the dishwasher emptied and ready to go for the day. Doing this in the morning lays the groundwork for an easy dinner cleanup at night and keeps dishes from stacking up in the sink throughout the day.
- Do a Load of Laundry Every Day Washing clothes on a regular schedule keeps the dirty pile from becoming overwhelming (not to mention, ensures that you'll never run out of clean underpants). Whether you're a big family and you prefer doing it every morning, or if you live alone, doing laundry a couple of predetermined days a week should suffice.
- Use Baskets to Organize Things When there's a place for everything to go, it's easier to keep everything in its place. Scatter stylish baskets throughout the house to corral your things. And while you're at it, assign each family member a basket. At the end of each day, collect the 'stuff' you randomly left 'thoughout' the house in your basket, and put it where it belongs.
- Don't Procrastinate When a box is delivered, unpack the goodies inside, and discard the packaging immediately. When you arrive home with a new purchase, do the same. We see loads of unpacked retail bags in our clients' homes! The same goes for dealing with spills or messes. The longer you wait, the harder they become to deal with.
- Put Away Their Clothes From the Day As tempting as it is to drop your clothes on the floor after a long day's work before slipping into your sweats, tidy people take the time to fold, hang, or place them in the hamper, as necessary. Do this, and your clothes and floor will both look better for it.
- Clean as They Go You can dramatically minimize your mess by cleaning as you go. If you rinse the cutting board while the pasta is boiling or start loading the dishwasher while the chicken is baking, the bulk of the work will be done by the time you serve dinner.
- Never Go to Bed With a Dirty Kitchen Resist the urge to climb directly into bed after a big meal. Take care of any and all kitchen cleanup that night, clean pots and pans, wipe down counters, etc. Not only will the mess harden the next day, making it more challenging to clean, but waiting means that you'll have to spend your morning backtracking to make up for what you neglected the night before, instead of getting a head start on the day ahead.
Plan ahead, always. Whether it's picking out your outfit the night before or reviewing what cleaning products you need to restock before tackling the bathrooms that weekend, you can give yourself a jump on the day by planning ahead. ~ Kim and Sandra
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