We all know how it is. You spend so much time cleaning your house, only for it to end up dusty and messy ten minutes later.
You might think that it’s better to just leave it be and hope for the best.
But there are benefits to be had in having a clean home: health-wise, stress-wise, even social benefits (because who would want to have friends over if your house is dirty). And while keeping it clean can seem like hard work, it probably only feels that way because you usually wait until it’s dirty before you start cleaning.
The good news is, there’s an easier, more manageable way to keep your house tidy. It involves sticking to some easy habits and doing small, consistent tasks every day. All of these will add up to a well-maintained home.
Remember that there’s a place for everything
If there isn’t, you might want to spend some time planning your organization and storage. The reason that this is important is that it’s so easy for things to pile up, and this usually happens if they aren’t put away properly.
So the next time you’re tempted to throw your dirty clothes on the floor, remember that you might have a hamper especially for that. When you’re compelled to leave your keys on any available surface when you get home, remember that there’s a proper place for them.
Another advantage of putting things away consistently and immediately is you are less likely to lose stuff and forget where they are. You know that you have a dedicated place for things, and so that’s the first place that you will look.
Keep supplies close where needed
This is another area where organization and storage plays a big role. Ultimately, you want to make your life easier as you clean, so make sure that the supplies you need for certain rooms are just within easy reach.
You don’t want to lose momentum by running to the next room in the middle of a cleaning session. So for instance, if you need to clean the bathroom, make sure the hot tub cleaner is easy to access and find.
Clean as you go
Small, incremental changes can potentially make a big impact. In this case, if you make an effort to clean as you go while you’re in the house, you could lessen the need for regular chores or make your general cleaning session a lot easier.
For example, it’s easy to make a mess in the kitchen when you’re cooking or baking. And it’s just as easy to get overwhelmed by the things you need to clean when you’re done. But if you are clean as you cook, messes would be much more manageable.
So wipe up messes as they happen, pick things up if they fall, and return cooking utensils and implements to their proper places. You could use this same line of thinking for the rest of your house as well.
Of course, doing all these things won’t eliminate the need for a deep clean session every now and then, but these habits will definitely help you maintain the cleanliness of your home. Maintaining these tasks could also mean less stress and less pressure to clean.