You probably know someone whose home is always visitor-worthy and who doesn’t have a sense of panic if the doorbell rings unexpectedly. Consistently clean and tidy homes are about having good habits. Make the most of your regular weekly clean by copying what neat people do.
1. Make your bed
The simple act of making your bed is the perfect way to start the day. Not only does it look attractive, you know that even if you have the worst day ever you have a fresh and comfortable bed waiting for you at the end of it! Here is how professionals do it:
2. Wipe down the bathroom after your shower
Don’t let soap scum build up. Give your shower walls and doors a quick wipe with a squeegee or microfibre cloth after your shower.
3. Batch cooking
Why cook and clean every night? It takes the same amount of time to clean up after doubling a recipe as it does for cooking it once, so double up and freeze a portion and save yourself time both cooking and cleaning.
4. Clean as You Go
Whatever you’re doing that’s making a mess, whether it’s cooking or bringing in clean washing, clean as you go. Put rubbish in the bin, wipe down surfaces, and sort and put away laundry as it comes off the line.
5. 10-minute blitzes
Get stuck in! You can get an enormous amount done in ten minutes.
6. Define responsibilities
Allocate chores and have a schedule. For example, everyone makes their bed before breakfast. It’s one child’s job to hang out the washing, and another child’s to bring it in and sort it. Having a clear chore chart may not mean everything gets done, but it does mean nothing will get neglected because “I didn’t know I had to do it”.
7. Have a place for everything
It’s impossible to tidy something away when there’s nowhere for it to go.
8. Keep baskets in each room
Have a pretty basket or tub in your main living areas so when you find something that belongs in another room you can chuck it in. At the end of the day grab the basket and return any items in it to their rightful place.
9. Don’t let the washing pile up
Little and often is the secret to staying on top of your laundry and dishes. As soon as you have enough for a load wash, dry, and put away.
10. Clean out your fridge and bins
Avoid nasty smells by cleaning out leftovers and spills in your fridge every week before you do your main shop. Give your bins a clean and wipe every week as well.
11. Have an empty dishwasher in the morning
Whether you do it first thing, or take care of it the night before, having an empty dishwasher in the morning will stop dirty dishes piling up during the day.
12. Do one task at a time
Start one job and finish it before moving on to the next. It’s better to do something well than stress yourself trying to do too much at once.
13. Have an organised evening and morning routine
Get your clothes and lunch ready the night before, and have a quick tidy before you go to bed. In the morning, empty the dishwasher and clear breakfast detritus so you come home to a tidy house after work.
14. Get ready for the following week
The more organised you are, the cleaner your home will be. Meal planning not only makes weeknight dinners easier, it reduces waste as you know exactly what food you’ll need for the coming week. Having all your clothes clean on Sunday means you won’t be frantically drying your shirt with the hairdryer on Thursday morning. Get your kids in the habit of this too, sorting their school uniform and equipment so they know where everything and won’t be ransacking their room looking for things in a rush.
The only difference between you and someone who always has a clean home is that they do, if not all, at least some of these things consistently. You can do it too!