Learn how to keep your house clean with one daily task. These house cleaning tips will help you rethink how you clean your house! You won’t spend hours at a time cleaning with these home cleaning tips.
How to keep your house clean.
I struggle with this everyday. No matter what I do, I can’t find the time to get it all done. Then the house gets REALLY bad and our entire life goes on hold while we clean up the entire house. We recover for a day or two. Then we find ourselves 3 weeks later back the the same situation. It’s a vicious cycle and so exhausting! Who else has been there or maybe is there currently?
One day I asked myself, How do I learn to be neat and tidy?
I wasn’t happy struggling every day and knew there was a better way. Our home was always a mess and we all felt the chaos. It was stressful and I cleaned all the time only for things to stay messy. If you are in the same place, keep reading to learn how I got my house in order…….
Trying to keep your house clean and organized is hard work… Trust me I know.
I decided that I needed someone to come clean my house. I work a lot now on the blog, so I am just going to have to admit that I need help – until I got the quote. It was a lot of money. Our house is bigger now, so it isn’t cheap to pay someone to clean our house. Plus they would only be cleaning our house every other week. I just could not fathom spending that sort of money to have someone could clean my house. That is a lot of money to spend the reality is, it would likely be dirty in between cleanings!
Then the light bulb went on once I learned these house cleaning tips!
Why is it ok to pay someone for them to clean my house every two weeks, but I think I have to clean EVERYTHING every single week. I then become overwhelmed and I give up.
So to solve this dilemma I decided that I would clean my house every other week. This keeps everything clean and tidy. But instead of doing it all in one trip, I would do one small task every single day (with weekends off most of the time). That way my house always looks clean and I can prevent myself from getting overwhelmed.
The problem starts when we feel like we have to do it all at once. The all or nothing mentality. Don’t get caught in this trap. It’s a vicious cycle and one that will leave you overwhelmed. The key is to do a little each day. It’s just like taking a goal and breaking it down into bite size pieces. If you look at the bigger picture, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and quit before you even started. This method of cleaning I’m going to show you never requires anyone spend an entire day or even hours cleaning. Each day you have an assigned task and that is what you do for that day. Simple! Focus on what that day says to do and don’t worry about anything else. The next day, tackle that task and so forth.
Here are my top home cleaning tips
First, I printed off these really cute calendars . You can also find 13 Free Printable Calendars here for more options. You can also print off upcoming years if you like to plan in advance. 🙂 I printed them off and then started writing in my duties. That way after it is completed I can put a big FAT X on top. 😉 It feels great to put that X on there! Get the kids involved and assign then tasks as well. They can help!
You can also use your cell phone calendar to keep track of it if you prefer. It will also serve as reminder if you are more prone to use your phone for calendars and planning purposes. You might also like to download cleaning apps to stay on track. This one from BrightNest also helps to keep up with home maintenance! Goodness knows that’s another area that can be tough to tackle.
Now I am old school and like to use pencil and paper. There is something so rewarding to me about crossing something off my list and marking thru that task! Everyone is different so do what works for YOU! What works for someone may not work for the next person. It’s all about finding what works for each individual and their household.
However, I do use an app to tackle my children’s artwork. Learn how to reduce mom guilt with these 5 Amazing Apps for Kids Art Storage. These apps really help cut down on clutter and piles of paper everywhere. It can be hard to know what to do with all the little creations our precious kids come home with. Utilize these apps and get rid of the clutter!
If toys are out of control. try these Easy Kids toy storage ideas. I like to go through toys frequently and give away what we can and toss broken toys. It really helps to do a little here and there. The solution isn’t to just buy more storage bins and baskets but to use what you have. 🙂 It’s so easy to just grab another basket to throw the toys in. But truly, we all need less stuff and not more storage bins!
Once you tackle the kitchen, try these 21 Easy Dollar Store Kitchen Organization Ideas. There are some really clever ideas! I grabbed the stacking shelves and it has made such a difference in my pantry. It has literally doubled my storage and I can see all my cans now instead of having to move stuff around each time. Not bad for a $1! I love solutions that are inexpensive and actually work. So many storage ideas seem like they will make you go broke. If I can find ideas at the dollar store, I’m all about that! 🙂
Or if you prefer something you can hang, try this washable calendar from Amazon. I also like this Framed Dry Erase Calendar. So pretty! Just wipe and reuse every month! Some families like to have a grand central station of sorts where they keep track of activities, homework and more. This would be a good place to put your calendar.
How to Keep Your House Clean
How can I clean my house fast?
Let’s face it. We don’t have enough hours in the day. So cleaning can’t take all day every day. Use these tips to clean your house quickly. You will love having your house in order every day. This will eliminate so much stress in your family. No arguing or scrambling to get things clean for company. Your house will be ready at any given time. It truly is exhilarating and dare I say life changing!
Here is my two week schedule I use to clean my house:
This is what works for me and my household. Feel free to play with the schedule to make it work for you. Maybe you would rather dust on Monday and do bathrooms on Tuesday? Just switch them to suit what works for you. There is no right or wrong.
Monday – Bathrooms (Toilets, mirrors, sinks, Tub and shower) – no floors
Tuesday – Dust (light dusting – only what you see)
Wednesday – Upstairs (Dust, vacuum, and toilets) – If you don’t have an upstairs this can be an off day – or maybe you have a playroom that you can tidy up every week)
Thursday – Vacuum – Wipe down appliances – check inside of Fridge (throw away food – whip down any spills)
Friday – Sweep and mop (do a good job) – Spot clean windows
Saturday – Wipe down cabinets in kitchen (then in two weeks wipe down baseboards) that way you are only doing one of these once a month
Sunday – off
Monday – Bathrooms (Toilets, mirrors, sinks, sweep and mop) – no shower or tub
Tuesday – Dust – Do a good job this time like get on the chair and clean that top shelf (check if ceiling fans need to be dusted)
Wednesday – Upstairs (only clean the entire bathrooms including the tubs) – Remember, find another spot to clean if you don’t have an upstairs, or take the day off
Thursday – Vacuum – Quickly wipe down appliances
Friday – Sweep and touch up mop (only spot clean and do it fast) – clean any windows or doors with fabulous kids fingerprints
Saturday – off
Sunday – Off
How do I keep my house clean and organized?
We also have a free Spring Cleaning Checklist you can download for free for more tips on how to keep house clean. These are really great tips! I think you will find them all very useful. I use this every Spring to help keep my house clean and organized. The entire family gets involved and it’s so rewarding to cross things off the list. The kids help and it really doesn’t take that long. You might even want to tackle the Spring Cleaning List first and then start the new cleaning system. Whatever you think will work best for your family.
That is it – It is that easy and everything stays clean!
I wanted to share this with you to hopefully inspire some of you who may be struggling with keeping up with your house. I really feel that taking a few minutes each day is really going to make a difference in your house. We have been doing this for about a year and it has really helped. We no longer spend Saturday cleaning. Ugh! Who wants to do that. Family days are rare so it’s not any fun to spend an entire day cleaning. In fact, I typically just spend a few minutes cleaning Monday – Friday. I take off Saturday and Sunday. Yeah!
Plus staying organized is going to save you some money. 😉 It’s a good habit to start. If you have a hard time keeping things clean, try this cleaning routine to keep things in order. You will be amazed what a quick wipe a few times a day can do for your home. Things will be clean and organized. I’m certain this will change your daily routine and provide more time for fun and things you enjoyu!
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think you are going to give this a try? What do you do to help stay on top of your house? I’m always looking for new tips and tricks. The struggle is real. 🙂 But we can do it!!! Let’s get started!
Good luck! You will be so happy you did this! Leave a comment and let us know how do you clean a house?
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It’s so nice not to have to buy a ton of cleaning supplies! Plus, I love knowing what I’m putting in my house. So many of the store bought cleaners are not only pricey but full of chemicals. Most of these homemade cleaners only require a few ingredients to make. It’s simple and easy and saves money. I can definitely get on board with that. 🙂
Plus with it being all natural I don’t worry about the kids helping me clean the house. What are your favorite all natural cleaners to use? Is there one that you find yourself using all the time?