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How to Help Keep a Clean House

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How to help keep a clean house
How to Help Keep a Clean House

I know keeping a house clean is not easy. Especially when you have kids, a job, or a life in general. I used to drive myself crazy just to have a clean house. When my untidy husband moved in it just made everything worse. I would try cramming all the housework into one day and everyone was miserable. I came up with a way to balance housework with fulltime jobs and it has really helped us keep a clean house while having sanity and time to enjoy activities we like.

Have a Chore Chart

Having a chore chart might seem childish but it can really help keep a house clean. I use a chore chart each week to keep track of all my tasks and it has made keeping up with housework so much easier. You don’t have to ask yourself ‘what needs done today?’ as the chore chart already has that answer. It is also a great way to keep track of who is in charge of each task. This can save a lot of arguments because you don’t have to constantly tell everyone else what they should be doing.

Break up Housework Across the Week

I used to try doing all my housework in one or two days to keep everything clean. With breaking everything into a more manageable week I feel less overwhelmed. Having set days to do tasks also cuts back on a lot of the guess work. Every Monday and Thursday, for example, are laundry days and are listed on my chart as such. I even put daily and monthly tasks on the list, so I know when I want everything done. Some weekly tasks I do are cleaning the bathroom, dusting, mopping, and vacuuming.

Make Sure You Always Do Your Daily Tasks

If you can’t get anything else done during the day at least do your daily tasks. These should be easy to accomplish tasks that make a big difference to how clean your house looks. One of my main daily tasks is doing the dishes. My whole house feels cleaner just by making sure I have a clean kitchen and doing the dishes is most of that. Waking up to a clean kitchen in the morning really helps motivate me to keep the rest of our house clean. Other great daily tasks that can make a house look clean even when you don’t have time to clean are making the bed, spot sweeping the floors, wiping down counters, and keeping clutter to a minimum.

Have Designated House Straightening Time

You can do this as often as you need. If no one is home all day, maybe you just go through at night and do a quick pick up. If you work from home, then maybe you want to pick up throughout the day. Regardless of how often you do it, have a set time where everyone goes through the house and puts their things away. This can also be a great time to work on cluttered areas.

Try to Avoid Clutter

I know this is easier said than done but doing small things, such as going through the mail as soon as you bring it in, can really help keep your house clean. Having piles of random items makes your house look messy, no matter how clean the rest of it is. I always think of the saying ‘everything has a place and everything in its place’. This means when you are done using something put it where it belongs. Make sure every item has a set place it belongs to make it easier. Making this an automatic practice can really help cut down on clutter and leaves less work to be done later.


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