We all want a clean home, and sometimes it takes a little work. But not too much work! There are some simple things you can do daily to seriously cut down on your cleaning time.
Keeping a clean home is actually GOOD FOR YOU, psychologically, and physically! A study led by associate professor NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D., research scientist and professor at Indiana University, determined the people with cleaner homes are happier than those with dirty ones. Go ahead and that article, it’s very interesting how they determined the house cleanliness was a bigger factor in healthcare than neighborhood walkability.
The important thing to keep in mind is that you’re doing these small cleaning tasks for you. For your happiness and peace of mind. You’re not cleaning up after other people in your family, you’re cleaning for you. You deserve to wake up to a tidy and clean home.
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The 4 Things You Should Do Daily For A Clean Home
With kids and pets, the floor in my home is the first thing that gets filthy every day. I don’t even know why the dirt and dust surprise me anymore, but it’s always enough to make me question where the heck all the dirt. However, it’s nothing a quick sweep can’t help. If the dust gets really bad, I’ll whip out the vacuum super quick, but most of the time it’s simple once over with the broom.
If the floor has a food stain or something sticky on it, a simple spot clean will help clear that dirt away. I’m not a big fan of daily mopping, I just don’t have the energy, do you?
The bathroom and kitchen countertops should be wiped down every evening. I do my dishes first thing after dinner so it’s quite simple to wipe down the countertops before I go for my snooze.
While you’re doing your nightly routine in the bathroom, be sure to give the countertop in there a quick wipe too. It takes seconds and makes a huge difference in keeping your home clean.
Putting Away Clutter
Sometimes one cup and a piece of paper sitting on the coffee table is enough to drive me bonkers. Living with children, the clutter is usually far worse and I simply cannot go to bed knowing there is clutter around the home. To clear the clutter, go over your surfaces and pick up anything that doesn’t belong. Put those items in a new home where they fit or throw it in the garbage. It shouldn’t take more than 15 to knock this task off your list. You can use this time to sort through your mail, kids’ school papers and whatever else is just seemingly out of control.
If you have a larger family, doing one load of laundry a day will help you keep up on top of that unpleasant task. Laundry is not my favorite thing at all. If you like, you can create a schedule for yourself such as Monday – kids’ clothing, Tuesday – adult clothing, etc. Or you can just gather all the laundry and wash it in one go daily. Don’t mix your whites and dark’s though, you can create some pretty yucky looking white clothes.
Be sure to finish folding and putting away the laundry you start every day, this will make life so much easier for you, and your kids will always have clothes in their drawers for their daily lives.
Putting It All Together
It shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes a day to complete these tasks and they are pretty simple too. what a great way to keep your home clean and not be so exhausted from overworking on your chores.