I have 6 Daily Habits that will Keep Your Home Clean. The good thing about this list is that these aren’t hard or time consuming. I have a lot of other things I want to do with my time besides clean – how about you?
These habits will make the biggest difference in making your home feel clean. If you have to choose between these or your Cleaning Routine on any given day, do these first. Theseare the key to making everything else work.
Take time every day to put things where they belong. There are tips and trips to make the Super Tidy more effective in the blog post HERE, but simply put – take 10 minutes every day to involve your family and focus solely on putting things where they belong. A Magical thing starts to happen when you are truly consistent with this habit, you start to put things away before the official “super tidy” time. It’s as if you know you’ll have to put it away anyway, so you just start to do it right away. Amazing how that works. ;)
Keep Up A Weekly Cleaning Schedule
Doing a little cleaning and a little laundry every day goes a long way! Don’t wait for the build-up, just do what you can!
Basically – A Cleaning Schedule is where you choose a day to vacuum or a day to dust or a day to clean the bathrooms, and then you stick to those days each week to clean those things. Fore more info, read: How To Have A Perfectly Clean House All The Time … or something like that.
Leave the Kitchen Clean After Dinner (All hands on deck!)
Make it a family habit that after dinner everyone stays in the kitchen until it’s clean. This makes the rest of the night go so much more smoothly – you will wonder why you were not doing this all along. Do you ever put the kids to bed and then look at the dirty kitchen overwhelmed and exhausted? Many hands make the job go much faster. Have everyone help as soon as they stand up from the dinner table. If your children are still young, start this habit now and you will always be glad you did!
Utilize Your Inbox
One of the most common complaints I hear (and help clients deal with) is paper clutter. Piles of paper are a huge problem, but with some simple daily habits (and I mean SIMPLE), this problem can be solved forever.
The quick summary is that you pile mail and papers in your inbox all week long unless something is urgent, then you make make a weekly appointment with yourself to sit down and go through it all at once. It takes a lot less time to go through it at once like this than to nickel and dime your time all week.
What I see happen sometimes with clients is they will try this, but doubt themselves, so they will start forming piles around their inbox of “urgent” things, thereby guaranteeing that they make their inbox obsolete and proving their fear correct. Go all in. Trust the system and don’t self-sabotage.
Encourage Kid’s Chores
If you have kids, your home is going to get messier. I have good news, if you have kids and your home is messier, you also have kids that can also help you clean it! Of course, to get to the point where children’s help is helpful, it requires a lot of time with the parent training. Start off with adjusted expectations, but you have to start somewhere. There are difficult moments, but it is so hard. I have so much to say about this topic that I am completely updating my main blog post about Kids Chores. Look for a fresh update … THIS WEEK!!! ***When this link isn’t 2014 anymore, you know you’re looking at the latest update!***
Take the Kitchen Garbage Out Daily and Others As Needed
At our house, the kitchen garbage goes out every day whether it is full or not. Other garbages go out when they are full.
- When the system works perfectly: the children are supposed to notice when they do their daily chores. Our children”tidy” different areas of the house as part of their chores, and I explain to them that “tidying” includes checking to see if the garbage needs to be changed.
- In reality: I notice when the garbage is full and then remind the child responsible for that area when they are working on their chores that day.
- Either way, the little garbages around the house get changed and it isn’t that big of a deal.