Trying to juggle life and keep your house clean isn’t always easy, but when you implement some easy cleaning habits into your daily life, it makes the whole process of keeping a clean home easier.
Cleaning is one of those chores that most people dread, but everyone does.
Why? Because we don’t want to raise our families in messy, disgusting homes.
But, what if you could keep your house clean with doing less of the thing you hate to do? (Cleaning.)
What if instead of having to spend 2 hours cleaning your house every week, you could just do small things every day to keep it clean, so you don’t have to do a big deep clean once a week?
What if there was a way to make your house stay clean, without having to spend all day cleaning it?
That is exactly what I want to share with you today – how to keep your house clean every day without spending hours cleaning it.
And it’s easy, many people have learned the art of keeping their homes (mostly) clean day in and day out by creating daily habits to clean little areas of their homes that they fit into their daily routine and don’t take much time at all to do, so that they aren’t creating any extra work for themselves, but they’re still getting the results they’re after.
(It IS possible!)
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Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s address one thing:
There’s a difference between having a clean home and having an organized home.
See, your house can be absolutely SPOTLESS with not one speck of dirt to be found anywhere and not one cobweb in the rafters…
…but it can still be disorganized.
Your house may be clean, but your belongings could be disorganized and in all the places that they don’t belong.
And on the flip side…
Your house can be organized, but filthy.
Just because your belongings all have a designated home in your house and they are always in place, doesn’t mean your house is clean.
Cleaning and organizing are two completely separate ideas, but they need to go hand in hand if you plan on having the house you’re desiring.
Habits of people with organized homes would be things like:
- Having a place for paper clutter
- Making the bed every morning
- Putting toys away when they’re no longer being used
- Using baskets to contain miscellaneous items
And so on. This post is all about keeping your house CLEAN; not organized. If you need inspiration for how to keep your house organized, check this out.
If you don’t, no one else will
Have you ever tried experimenting with your home?
Have you ever tried leaving a sinkful of dishes sitting for a week to see if someone else in the house will lift a finger to get them done?
Have you ever hinted at what a mess the house is, to see if one of your kids will start cleaning up?
Have you ever left spills on the floor to see if the sticky socks drive anyone else nuts (and will perhaps persuade them into grabbing the mop and cleaning it up)?
If you have, it’s safe to say you’ve probably come to this realization:
It’s up to you.
You’re the keeper of the home, which means if you don’t clean it, no one will clean it.
(Of course, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes husbands and children will step into action as soon as they see a mess. If yours do, give them a big kiss and thank them for it. If yours don’t, read on…)
I’m not trying to tell you that keeping the house looking clean and organized is solely up to you and that you can have no help doing it.
You can, but chances are, no one is going to volunteer, or make the first move.
So it’s up to you to orchestrate and delegate tasks onto the members of your family to get everyone pitching in and lending a hand.
What are the secrets to keeping a clean house?
If you struggle to keep your house clean when your friend over there has 5 kids running around, works, runs all the errands, AND her house is always spotless, it can definitely spark something in you that convinces you there must be some kind of secret that you’re missing.
How can SHE keep her house spotless with such a busy life with you can’t even seem to keep the kitchen counters clean for an hour?
Here’s the secret…
There isn’t much of a secret at all.
The “secrets to keeping a house clean” are simply a list of cleaning habits that get done on a daily basis to keep your house… clean.
When you see someone with a chaotic life but a completely peaceful and clean home, chances are they’ve learned the art of creating healthy cleaning habits that they’ve been able to fit into their day-to-day to keep their home presentable. (That, or they hire a house cleaner…)
(Unfortunately, there’s no magic wand that will swoosh and suddenly cause your house to be spotless. That’d be nice though. These habits for a clean home are simply a cleaning habits list of things to do on a daily basis to keep your house clean.)
Habits of people with clean homes
Everyone with effortlessly clean homes (I’m not talking spending 5 hours on a Friday evening relentlessly cleaning… I’m talking about the people who have so much going on already, yet they still manage to keep their house clean, and they certainly don’t do it by spending 5 hours cleaning in a day.) has learned, one way or another, habits to implement that work to keep their house clean, neat, and tidy.
Here are some of the habits for a clean home that even you can implement to make keeping your messy house clean an effortless task:
1. Do the dishes after each meal
When you let your dishes pile up all day and do one big dishwashing session in the evening, you’ll often have about 30 minutes to an hour of scrubbing a counter full of dishes ahead of you, some with food particles cemented to them because they’ve been sitting out all day.
To spend less time scrubbing at stubborn dishes – and to keep your house clean all day – get into the habit of cleaning dishes after each meal.
After breakfast, load all the dishwasher safe dishes into the dishwasher and start a sinkful of hot, soapy water, then scrub at the rest of the dishes and set them out to dry,
Then after lunch, do the same thing (but before you wash the dishes, be sure to put away the sinkful of clean dishes you acquired from breakfast).
And dinner, the same.
Now you won’t have dishes piled up on your countertops throughout the day, making your kitchen look messy, and you’ll cut down on the amount of time post-dinner that gets spent scrubbing at dishes, which will give you more time in the evening to spend relaxing.
2. Wipe down the kitchen counters, stovetop, and sink
The kitchen is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to the cleanliness of a house.
Taking a couple of minutes each day after dinner to wipe down the kitchen countertops, the table, the stovetop, and the sink will eliminate the mess and allow you to wake up the next morning to a clean slate – a clean kitchen ready to be used.
If you have substances cemented onto the stovetop, Weiman’s cooktop cleaner is the BEST cleaner I’ve come across, by far. Just make sure it’s this heavy-duty stuff or else it won’t work as well. (It’s the only brand I’ve found to work to make my cooktop look brand new.)
If you can find time…
I like to wipe up the kitchen table and countertops after every meal throughout the day rather than just once in the evening to keep my house looking clean all throughout the day. If you can find the time to do this, try to make a habit out of it.
3. Wipe the toilet seat
This is especially important to do every day if you have boys and men in your house…
Splatters are just going to be a part of life.
Take a moment each evening to wipe off the toilet seat and the base of the toilet to remove any urine that has found its way outside the toilet bowl.
(If you don’t want to make a clean cloth dirty every day, you can store these underneath your bathroom sink and use them to wipe the toilet down each evening.)
Wiping the toilet down will keep it clean in between your whole-bathroom cleans and will eliminate the musky smell that comes along with urine.
4. Wipe the mirror
This isn’t a daily cleaning chore, it’s more of a do-when-needed chore. If you notice the bathroom mirrors acquiring splatters on them in between bathroom cleanings, grab your mirror rag and give it a quick polish to remove the splatters.
I use these two rags for my mirror and they come out completely clean every time. (Again, only do this chore as needed, not nightly.)
5. Use a shoe rack
If your family wears their shoes in the house, you’ll likely find yourself vacuuming or sweeping (or needing to, not necessarily actually doing it) on a daily basis, which sucks up a LOT of time.
6. Sweep the kitchen floor
Other than dirt that gets dragged in on shoes, crumbs from the kitchen can stick to feet and wind up all over the house, which makes your house feel and look dirtier than it really should be.
Which means you end up having to vacuum it far more than necessary.
To keep crumbs at bay, set a minute or two apart each evening to sweep the kitchen floor and keep crumbs from getting dragged to other areas of the house. (Or you can splurge and use one of these if you don’t have time to sweep every night.)
7. Change out your kitchen linens
Kitchens are surprisingly the dirtiest room in a house (even dirtier than the bathroom). One of the top contributing factors to the filth in a kitchen is the linens.
When you’ve been using your dishrag for a couple of days, it stops actually cleaning and just starts spreading germs.
Moral of the story: wash your linens.
Every evening you should be switching out your dishcloth and hand towels for fresh ones. (This is more of a behind-the-scenes cleaning habit, because people won’t actually see the difference, but it’s one of the most important ones.)
I talk more about cleaning the kitchen and how to keep harmful germs out, here.
8. Keep on top of the laundry
Laundry is one of those things that piles up faster than you can do it – most days. Whether you decide to designate certain days of the week to be laundry-doing days, or you just do the laundry anytime the basket it full, is up to you.
All that matters is that you keep on top of it and don’t let the laundry hampers overflow.
If you struggle to do your laundry before it becomes an overwhelming pile half the height of Mount Everest, you can use these laundry room sorters to make doing laundry 10x easier.
9. Unload every morning
Load the dishwasher throughout the day and turn it on in the evening. Then, in the morning when you’re brewing your coffee, use that time to unload the dishwasher so that it’s empty and ready to be filled up right after breakfast.
10. Wipe up immediately
If a spill happens, stop what you’re doing and wipe it up immediately – don’t leave it to set, and stick to people’s feet if they step in it.
11. Clean where you are
As you’re cooking dinner, put ingredients away as soon as you’re done with them and wash as many dishes as you can when you get a spare minute or two of just waiting.
In the mornings after getting ready in the bathroom, quickly wipe the countertop down.
When you’re playing in the living room with your kids midday, fold the laundry as you play.
As you get into the habit of cleaning as you go, you’ll find it becoming more and more a part of your day. At first, chances are you’ll have to be intentional about making yourself think of ways you can clean up at what you’re doing, but as you continue to do this, over time you’ll train yourself to naturally clean up without even having to think about it.
Cleaning where you are, as you go, is one of the most powerful habits that you can use to achieve a super clean house.
Now that you’ve gone over the completely clean habits list, it’s time to delegate.
There’s no reason why you should be responsible for doing all these tasks on your own, thus comes in the importance of having everyone chip in.
But remember what we talked about earlier – you can’t wait for someone to volunteer. It’s up to you to get the job done, so you get to decide how you want to split the tasks up and which members of the family are responsible for specific tasks.
Bonus Tip: Keep a package of paper towels on hand at all times to quickly clean up spills as they happen.
Daily habits to keep your house clean: conclusion…
And there you have it, the 12 top habits of people with clean homes all day every day.
The most important habit out of this cleaning habits list is learning the art of cleaning as you go – once you can do this, you’ll be able to do ALL these other habits on the list effortlessly and without setting any time apart throughout the day to do them.
For example, when you’re in the bathroom washing your face and brushing your teeth in the evening, you can quickly grab a disposable disinfectant cloth and wipe up the toilet. When you’re making dinner, you can clean up the ingredients and wash some of the dishes while waiting for the pasta water to boil.
Use cleaning as you go to make your life easier and create more time for you to spend doing things that you love, like spending an evening snuggled up on the couch watching a movie with your family, rather than an evening spent scrubbing dishes while everyone else watches a movie.
These are the best habits of people with clean homes that I’ve learned to implement into my daily life to make keeping my house presentable so much easier. But there’s always more to learn… what are YOUR favorite daily house cleaning habits to keep your house clean that you use?
I’d love to hear from you!