When life gets busy, it’s frequently tough to keep up with the housework. This is particularly true if you have young children or pets. Both are good at causing messes but not so great at cleaning them up. Still, it is feasible to keep your house clean from day to day by creating a few basic housework habits. These five habits can help maintain your Norristown home tidy and your life more organized than it has ever been.
#1: Develop a Routine
Several basic housework tasks can be greatly simplified if you do them at the same time every day. It is essential to develop both a morning and an evening routine to keep things neat all day long. For example, start the day by unloading the dishwasher. You can then put dirty dishes directly inside the dishwasher throughout the day. You may take a couple of minutes tidying up your living area just before dinnertime in the evening. This will help you have a much more relaxing evening at home.
#2: Leave Shoes by the Door
Wearing shoes in the house will dirty up your floors and require extra cleaning time. Therefore, cut down on both by just leaving your shoes by the door. Your floors will remain clean much longer, and you won’t need to go hunting for your shoes each morning.
#3: Put Things Away as you Go
One of the greatest reasons clutter builds up so easily is because we frequently get things out or bring things into the house without immediately putting them away. One habit you can develop for a cleaner home is to put items away as you go through your day. If you get something out, put it back after you’re done with it. If you bring mail or purchases home, put them in their respective areas. You could even keep a small shredder accessible for junk mail so that it doesn’t pile up on you.
#4: Get Rid of Items You Don’t Need
Apart from putting things away, you can keep your house cleaner by educating yourself to let go of things you just don’t want or need anymore. We hold on to things for several reasons, but sometimes those items are just taking up space. As you tidy up your home, question yourself whether you need and use each thing as you put it away. If you don’t have a definite answer to why you’re keeping it, it may be best to give it away. Place a box in a closet or in the garage to store things you can later donate to a local charity or thrift shop or arrange a yard sale to clean stuff out.
#5: Deep Clean Once a Week
It might be a challenge to clean the house every day, but if you allot time to deep clean each room at least once a week, keeping those rooms clean becomes easier. If you don’t have time to clean the entire house in one day, consider cleaning just one room each day of the week. Or recruit family members or housemates to assist you. Try making an event out of it with upbeat music or providing a prize (like a fun outing or game night) to promote participation.
Keeping up with the housework can be a struggle, but it can become much more manageable by adopting these five habits.
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