How To Keep Your Home Clean And Organized

Keeping up with daily housekeeping can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to take up all your time. Keeping your home clean is less about the time involved, and more about creating good habits. The more you do these things, the easier it will be, and you can keep your home in a Marie Kondo-like state of order, without needing a clearout every few months.

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After a spring clean, a move, or moving unwanted things to storage facilities, use these tips to keep things looking good.

Start By Making The Bed

Some people think that making the bed is a waste of time, but it does make a big difference in how tidy your room looks and only takes a couple of minutes. It also starts the day well, and it’s lovely to climb into a nicely made bed at the end of the day. To make making your bed easier, make it as simple as possible. You could cut out your top sheets, which always just end up in a puddle at the end of the bed anyway, and just use a duvet and a washable cover. If you do love your top sheets and aren’t willing to give them up, you could look at minimizing how many pillows you keep on the bed, and use a large enough comforter or duvet that you don’t need to tuck in the sheets.

Do One Load Of Laundry Per Day

Depending on how many loads of laundry you usually do a week, you might not need to do this every day, but for many families, getting through seven loads of laundry a week is not uncommon. Get in the habit of putting in one load of laundry first thing in the morning. If you work away from the home and won’t be able to dry it until you get home, you could put your washing machine on a delay it has this feature, so the laundry will be ready to put into the dryer when you get home. Alternatively, you can put the load in the machine in the morning and just turn it on when you get home. Make sure you same some time somewhere in the day to complete this load, including putting it away.

Be Happy With Clean Enough

This one might be hard if you’re a perfectionist. You want your house to be relatively clean and tidy, but that doesn’t mean that every single thing in there has to be perfect. Try to follow the 80/20 rule. If you are happy with 80% of the cleaning being done, then you’re good to go. Getting caught up in all of the little details that make up the last 20%, like making sure every speck if cleaned off the floor or getting into those hard to reach corners to dust, is a huge drain on your time and are probably details that nobody but you will notice anyway. It’s not that these areas should never be cleaned, but you can make them part of your deep cleaning routine rather than your daily or weekly cleaning schedule.

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