Want to know the secrets to keep your home looking pristine every day? Just follow the habits of people whose homes are spotless. Keep reading to learn their secrets.
10. They Make Cleaning Fun
Lots of people hate cleaning, but it’s something that needs to be done. To make things go a bit easier, try to make cleaning fun. You can do this by, “listening to your favorite podcast,” Tisha Morris, author of Clutter Intervention: How Your Stuff Is Keeping You Stuck, told Reader’s Digest. “Get wireless Bluetooth headphones to give you the freedom to move all around the house. You might even get enough steps in on your Fitbit for it to count as a workout.”
9. They Delegate Chores
Making sure your home is clean should definitely be a group effort. “Everyone should have weekly chores (dusting, emptying trash, vacuuming, sweeping, etc) that not only build responsible adults out of kids but also makes it easier to keep the home clean — something everyone in the home should care about,” Mary Gagliardi, Clorox’s in-house cleaning and laundry expert, says, according to an article published by Reader’s Digest.
TIP: To keep kids’ messes small, “remind them to put away the paints before they get out the glue and glitter, or stock up on some cute storage bins (shaped like a whale or giraffe, perhaps?) that will make pick-up feel way more fun,” HGTV said on its website.
8. They Hire Help
Speaking of delegating weekly chores, people with very clean homes sometimes hire a professional cleaning service to keep up with daily maintenance. “It’s a good motivator to get things put away or moved along into the recycling bin when you know tomorrow is cleaning day and your house won’t get as clean if the cleaning service has to clean around all your stuff,” Gagliardi says, according to an article published by Reader’s Digest. Keep in mind that you should only hire help if your household budget allows it.
7. They Keep High-Touch Surfaces Germ-Free
Disinfecting high-touch surfaces is all the talk nowadays with the coronavirus making its way around the world. But, it’s important to make sure you do that anyway. Also, disinfecting wipes made by Lysol and Clorox make sanitizing high-touch surfaces a breeze. HGTV recommends keeping a container of wipes handy to use once a week — daily if it’s during flu season — for high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, banisters, and drawer pulls.
6. They Clean While They Cook
Have you ever prepared a big meal for a large gathering only to be too tired to tackle the dishes after dining? We’ve all been there. And, unfortunately, that big pile of dirty dishes isn’t going to clean itself. It’s also not something you want lying around in your kitchen if you’re trying to keep your home spotless. That’s why HGTV recommends cleaning up while you’re cooking, not after you’ve finished eating. Not only will it prevent a big mess in your kitchen, but it will also make clean-up easier.
5. They Make Their Bed Everyday
As kids, we tried to reason with our parents about the unimportance of making the bed each day. After all, you’re just gonna get back in it and mess it up all over again, right? But, starting your day by making the bed can actually lead to a cleaner home. How, you ask? Well, according to Southern Living magazine, making your bed at the start of each day, “sets your day up for success.”
“Even if it’s just a hurried smoothing out of the comforter, making your bed helps you start your day with a sense of productivity and order that’s likely to carry through to the next thing you do,” the magazine added.
4. They Prioritize Pet Grooming
If your pets live indoors, it’s very important that you get in the habit of brushing and shampooing them on a regular basis. You can even schedule routine trips to the spa for them. After all, it’s a whole lot easier to keep your home clean when your pet is clean. But, don’t just stop at grooming. You should also create designated spots for all their supplies (i.e. water bowls, litter boxes, crates, leashes, etc.). This will help keep the clutter at bay. HGTV also recommends keeping a broom and a bottle of pet-safe spray nearby to clean up spills before they turn into stains.
3. They Don’t Hoard
We know how important some stuff is, so it makes sense that you’d want to hang on to it. But, you don’t need to hang on to everything. It just makes for one big mess. And, the less mess there is, the less you’ll have to clean and organize. To make sure you don’t have too much clutter, Realtor.com recommends following professional organizer Paloma Baillie’s “three-bucket method.” This is when you keep buckets or bins handy to deal with items on an ongoing basis. “Trash it if it’s worn out or broken; donate it if you no longer need it, but it’s otherwise usable; sell it if it’s in good condition,” she told Realtor.com.
2. They Run the Dishwasher at Night
People with immaculate homes run the dishwasher at night — even if it’s not full. That way they can empty it first thing in the morning so it’s ready for that day’s dishes. Don’t worry about wasting water or running up your energy bills. If you have a high-efficiency dishwasher, it’ll make running it each night more economical. Not only that, but many dishwashers have a half-load setting that targets the top rack and uses up to 30% less water.
-Make a habit of loading the dishwasher and running it every night after dinner.
–Teach your family to put dishes directly in the dishwasher, keeping the sink clean and free from clutter. This also makes less work for you since you don’t have to go around collecting everyone’s dirty dishes and loading them into the dishwasher.
1. They Clean the Fridge Each Week
According to Good Housekeeping, one of the nine things people with sparkling clean homes do every Sunday is empty the fridge of last week’s leftovers. “If you haven’t eaten them yet, you’re probably not going to. So instead of letting the chicken from Tuesday sit in your fridge until it goes bad, use Sunday afternoon to ditch it before restocking again,” the magazine said in an article published on its website. And, that’s exactly what Amy Bates, owner of Merry Maids Tulsa Metro, does. “I love starting the week with everything ready to go,” she told Good Housekeeping.
Your turn! What do you do to keep your home sparkling clean? Let us know in the comments section below.