Losing the will to live when you think about the five loads of laundry nagging at you?
Keeping your house clean can seem like an uphill battle most of the time and you probably feel like no one in your home appreciates the effort it takes!
Although you might be tempted to tear your hair out when the dog leaves muddy paw prints on the carpet, or when your kids just won’t clean up after themselves, there’s no need to panic! Here are 20 habits you need to get into to keep the house tidy.
1. Do a Load of Washing Every Morning
Is your dirty laundry piling up? Be proactive! Put a load of clothes in the wash first thing in the morning, and once you’ve had breakfast, pop them into the dryer. Having a regular time every day when you do your laundry will make washing clothes much less of a chore!
2. Take Your Shoes Off!
Dirty, muddy carpets? Slippery wet floors? There’s a simple solution: take your shoes off as soon as you enter your home and pop on a pair of slippers instead. Encourage everyone in the home to do this – it could save you HOURS of cleaning time every month!
3. Wipe Down Worktops Every Evening
A quick wipe down of your kitchen worktops will prevent food, dirt and grime from sticking to the surfaces. Simple!
4. Get Rid of Stuff You Don’t Need
Keeping the house tidy can suddenly become complicated if you have a load of clutter that you need to dust, wipe, or spray down. Do yourself a favour: get rid of anything you don’t need and give it to charity. Not only will this make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but you’ll have a lot less mess when trying to keep the house clean.
5. Use Vinegar to Clean Sinks and Toilets
Vinegar is a powerful cleaning substance that won’t break the bank, so use it to keep sinks and toilets bright and shiny! This quick cleaning hack won’t cost you more than a few dollars.
6. Shoe Polish Your Sofas
Although it sounds crazy, it surprisingly works! Wipe down your leather sofas every day with a tiny bit of shoe polish. The result? A cleaner, shinier seating area!
7. Organise Your Ironing
If you have a mountain of ironing to do, put it in different piles depending on the type of fabric. A little bit of organisation will go a long way, and you won’t have to keep adjusting the settings on your iron.
8. Banish Oven Grease for Good
Fill up a bowl with half-a-cup of ammonia and place into an oven (it needs to be completely cold for this to work!). Let it do its thing overnight and then wipe the oven clean the next morning. Sounds pretty easy, right?
9. Wash Up After Meals
Instead of letting cutlery and crockery pile up and become greasy, do your washing up as you go. You’ll thank yourself for it later!
10. Protect Carpets with Newspaper
This one might sound obvious, but you’ll be surprised at how many people let dirty, muddy shoes dry on the carpet. Always place down some old newspaper first to protect the floor surface.
11. Use an Air Freshener
Keep your home feeling good every day with a good air freshener, which can help mask any nasty odours throughout the house.
12. Banish Coffee Mug Stains
Coffee mug stains causing you drama? Don’t worry – use baking soda to get rid of the mess!
13. Storage Solutions
Storage boxes can be a great way to keep the house tidy on a daily basis. Keep newspapers, DVDs, toys, and other bits and pieces in them instead of cluttering your home. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
14. Sanitise Sponges
Placing your cleaning sponges in the dishwasher can get rid of the vast majority of germs. Give it a try!
15. Encourage Your Little Ones to Clean Their Mess
Inspiring your kids to keep their rooms clean might sound like a hassle – but it’s a lot easier than you think. Organise daily bedroom inspections where you award a small prize if your children have kept their rooms nice and clean. Not only is this less work for you, but it will teach your little ones some essential life skills!
16. Buy a Dirty Washing Basket
Need more practical tips? How about this one? Throwing dirty clothes into a dirty washing basket will save you time if you’re used to searching the home for old socks and pants!
17. Rearrange the Sofa Cushions
Quickly arranging the cushions on your sofa won’t take you more than a few seconds, but is a sure-fire way to keep your lounge looking tidy every single day.
18. Spray Down Your Shower
Use a cleaning spray to keep your shower clean every day; you can do a proper clean every few weeks.
19. Remove Water Rings
If you have any unsightly water rings on a wooden table, use a hairdryer to suck up the excess moisture. It won’t take you more than a few minutes.
20. Invest in a Decent Vacuum Cleaner
Although you might not want to shell out on a brand new vacuum cleaner, doing so could save you a lot more time in the future. Choose a brand that’s quicker to clean carpet surfaces and has a good suction. Go for it!