There’s something about having a clean home that brings a sense of solace. When our homes are clean and clutter-free, we’re able to think clearer and be more effective in our everyday lives. Many books on getting focused often start out with making sure that our surroundings are tidy. There seems to be a direct correlation between having an organized home and a manageable life. However, when you’re home is filled with people that actually live in it day to day, keeping it clean can prove to be a struggle. There are some passive ways on how to keep a house clean that you can implement on an everyday basis. This way, the bulk of your free time won’t be spent cleaning.
The bathroom is a room that receives plenty of traffic. Because we are constantly using it for various reasons throughout the day, it’s a room we really have to pay attention to.
One way to make sure your shower stays nice and clean is to make a mixture of 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup baking soda, 2 teaspoons dishwashing liquid and 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and add it into a spray bottle. You can add about 10 drops of lavender essential oil to minimize the smell of the vinegar if you choose. Since this mixture is mainly all natural, it’s fine to keep around the perimeter of the tub. After you step out the shower, take your natural cleaner and spray down the shower and tub. Run your shower again to get all the cleaner off and you’ve prolonged your time until you have to do a deep clean in your shower.
If everyone in the house makes a habit of this, you definitely won’t have to clean the shower as often. It’s also a great idea to keep a cleaning sponge or cloth under the sink. On your way out of the bathroom, you can quickly spray and wipe the counters to keep them pristine. Using unlit candles is a smart way to keep your bathroom smelling amazing. Just take the top off the candle and place it on the sink. Since the bathroom is an enclosed space, it gently scents the room without having to be lit.
Keeping bedrooms clean is all about having the right tools. Firstly, you must make your bed as soon as you get out of it. This sets the tone for your day and gives you an instant accomplishment that will give you a mental boost.
Also, invest in storage containers or baskets that can fit under your bed. This is especially useful if you’re short on space. Having a complete change of linens under your bed also makes it easier to change them while your other set is being washed. Picking the right nightstand helps to keep your room more organized as well. Store your journals, books and magazines in the drawers. If it’s large enough, it can double as a work desk for those of you that work from home.
Storage ottomans are another way to keep your bedroom organized in a functional way. Aesthetically, they look amazing and come in materials from rattan to leather. You can store your slippers, remote and any other things that you would most likely be left out in the room.
Dishes are usually the culprit in a messy kitchen, so preparing one side of your sink with water and few drops of dish detergent is very effective. If your family doesn’t wash the dishes immediately after using them, this is a great hack. Throughout the day, your family will add dishes to the soapy side and this will lift most of the grease and food off of the dishes and make sure that when you hand wash or put them in the dishwasher, they’ll be spotless.
As we get older, our knees aren’t what they once were, so the Cinderella style of scrubbing the floor isn’t a likely option. Mops are fine too, but there is another way to get your floors sparkly clean while remaining vertical. You can “mop,” your floor with your feet! Use old hand towels and your choice of cleaner and shimmy across your floor. Put on your favorite tunes to make it more fun, but be careful!
The Den is usually a more formal area of the home that is not as frequented as the living room. To keep this room tidy, opt for minimal furniture. Sometimes less is more. The den pictured here only has a few chairs in an intimate circle. You can always purchase magazine racks for the side of chairs to turn your den into an in-home escape.
The living room is also a place in the home that receives heavy traffic. If we’re not careful, it can easily become littered with an assortment of everyday items. A shoe closet is the first thing that’s needed to keep a living room tidy.
If your living room is carpeted, the constant foot traffic can wear your carpet down and make it appear soiled. Providing a place for your family and guest to store their shoes cuts down the amount you have to vacuum your carpet. This is another great place for a storage ottoman to keep board games, books and children’s toys.
A media console is also an easy way to store all your movies and unsightly cords. Having a small cordless vacuum nearby allows you to quickly vacuum up messes when they occur and perform daily maintenance seamlessly.
I’ve included a helpful checklist that outlines all the tips I’ve given here plus a few recipes to get you started. In maintaining a cleaner home, it’s truly about what habits you can make a part of your everyday life. Cleaning your home becomes effortless when you have the right tools that are incorporated into your everyday routine. Download your free home cleaning printable here for reference. Have any tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section!