It doesn’t take much for the home to become cluttered and disorganized; this is especially true if children and/or pets are a part of the household. A living environment in a consistently disorderly state can easily overwhelm you and cause stress. Thankfully, there are easy habits practiced by individuals with organized homes that can be implemented in your own home. If you feel consistently overwhelmed with keeping a clean and organized home, then you should consider implementing the habits below:
1. They Make a Daily To-Do List
By creating a list of daily organizing and cleaning tasks, you’ll be better able to remain on track and decrease the chances of overlooking some of the things that should be accomplished to achieve an organized home. If creating paper lists is not your style, there are list-making apps designed for your electronic devices that you can use or my Declutter Binder Kit Printables to assist with keeping you on target.
2. They Make the Bed
It is important to make your bed every day and teach your children to do the same. Developing the habit of making the beds daily can be helped by keeping the bedding simple and doing it as soon as you get out of bed in the mornings. You will find that it instantly makes the space look neater and it actually takes under a minute to achieve this.
3. They Keep the Floors Clean
In a neat and organized home, things are not scattered on the floor. Therefore, to make sure things are kept tidy, you should find a proper place to put them rather than tossing them on the floor.
4. They Do One Load of Laundry Each Day
If you have a large family and the laundry piles up every week, get into the habit of putting in a load of laundry in the morning. If you have a job outside your home and will not get to use the dryer before you leave, put the machine on delay and your laundry will be ready to put in the dryer when you get back home. If the washer doesn’t have this feature, you can opt to load the machine in the morning and simply start the cycle when you get home. Ensure you find some time during your day to complete the load and this should include putting it away.
5. They Load the Dishwasher Overnight
There is no denying that one of the best parts of waking up every morning is awakening to a kitchen with a sink that does not have any dirty dishes in it. As such, it is a great idea to load the dishwasher before going to bed so you will be greeted with clean dishes in the morning.
6. They Deal With Mail on a Daily Basis
It is important to figure out a method that works for your family; however, stacks of mail, kids’ papers and other paperwork play a huge role in a disorderly home. Get rid of unnecessary mail, open and file unpaid bills and figure out how you will deal with your kids’ papers. You can recycle most of the worksheets and keep special papers and artwork.
7. They Clear & Wipe Down Counters Each Day
Starting with the kitchen counters, you should clean them off after each meal or at least after dinner. Once that task has been taken care of, you should do the same for the bathroom counters. Put the toiletries back in their rightful place and put the toothpaste tube away. If necessary, give the sink and counters a quick wipe.
8. They Clean the Fridge Weekly
A weekly cleaning of your fridge will decrease clutter, make room for groceries and lessen the likelihood of stinky odors. When liquids spill in the fridge, ensure you clean them up as fast as you can. Cleaning spills right away will help to make it easier to keep the fridge clean. The best time to clean is the day before trash day as this will prevent the discarded items to create an unpleasant odor around the home.
9. They Do A Little Something Each Day
Do a little bit of something every day instead of trying to do it ‘all’ in just one day. By tackling a particular chore each day, you will quickly get over the feeling of wanting to clean your house all at once. By establishing a simple cleaning regimen, you will realize that maintaining the basics each day is actually the secret to a clean, neat and organized home.
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10. They Don’t Hang on to Garbage
If you immediately throw out your old junk mail, empty boxes and receipts, you will be able to stop the accumulation of clutter and reduce garbage.
11. They Keep Cleaning Supplies Handy
Stock your bathrooms with basic cleaning supplies like a polishing cloth, a toilet scrub brush, microfiber cloths and your preferred multi-purpose cleaner. Rather than having to go track down cleaning supplies, doing this will make it a lot quicker and easier to give the toilet a swipe or wipe the nasty-looking toothpaste spit from off the mirror. As you see the need, try to carry out these simple tasks; it takes only a minute or two to do most of them. This will really decrease how frequently you will need to clean the bathroom from top to bottom.
12. They Do a 15-Minute Nightly Cleanup
Adding a 15-minute family nightly clean-up to your routine is a great way to achieve an organized home. It usually doesn’t seem so bad to clean up when it is an activity in which everyone else is participating. You can put on the timer and ensure you stick with only top cleaning priorities. Children can do small household chores or clean their rooms while the adults clean up the kitchen or fold and put the laundry away. Start off with things that are creating a lot of clutter or making the biggest mess or any other chore that needs to be done before going to sleep. This could include vacuuming in high traffic areas.
13. They Get the Whole Family Involved
You can start by having your children pick up after themselves by doing tasks like putting their shoes and coats away after coming in the house, cleaning their rooms and putting dishes in the dishwasher. As they get older, you can add more chores. The amount of difference that can be made in the overall neatness of the house by doing these simple things is nothing short of amazing.
In the first few weeks this is implemented, it is likely you need to constantly remind your children about their responsibilities; however, over time a habit will begin to form and you will find that these chores will get done with minimal reminders.