Many people have asked us how to keep home clean and clutter-free. Well, the secret is that there is no secret. You need to follow a few simple cleanings and organizing habits which will make your life easy and most importantly stress-free. Some of you must be already following these habits. If not then try these habits and see for yourself if they make your life easy or not. So, let’s get started…
1. No Shoe Rule
The first and most important habit is to make a no-shoe rule at home. We know most of you already following this habit but we could not stop to include this very important point which can really help you keep your home clean.
Keep a shoe rack at the entrance or at the foyer of the home. If you’re a person who finds it difficult to stare barefoot then always keep a separate clean slipper for strictly home usage which you should not wear outside place.
2. Use Foot Mats
3. Dusting Routine
A very simple easy to follow habit is a dusting routine to keep the house clean. One tip we would like to add here is to use microfiber glove to easy dusting efforts. Try to follow the dusting routine at least twice a week.
4. Use Liners in Drawers and Cabinets
Use table mats or drawer liners in all the drawers and cabinets to keep them clean and dust-free. It makes a cleaning routine easy and protects the surface from any accidental spillage or leakage.
Also, use them in your fridge to keep it clean. This way your fridge won’t get dirty frequently, and any stains and spillages can be cleaned by just removing and then wiping the mats.
5. Use Dustbins
Keep dustbins all around the house. Place dustbins in all the bedrooms and bathrooms to avoid littering. This is especially important for those who have kids as they tend to throw wrappers everywhere. By just placing a few extra bins you can really save your time and cleaning efforts.
6. Organize Paper Clutter
Paper clutter is the most annoying thing every one of us struggles to deal with it, especially with grocery and shopping bills as we keep them for at least a month in case we need them for exchange or return.
So, to avoid the mess make a proper place to collect all the receipts and bills that can be one of the drawers in your shoe rack or kitchen trolley, take a zipper bag and label it properly and start storing the bills in it. This not only makes the place cleaner and tidier but also makes it easy to find any bills in the future.
7. Use Coasters
8. Clean Spillages Immediately
Clean up the mess immediately. If you see any spillages anywhere in the house, especially on the dining or coffee table clean immediately before it gets dry. Again, dry stains are difficult to clean and waste your lot of time. So, spending 30-40 seconds instantly can save you hours later.
9. Use Storage Baskets
Use storage baskets in your home. By placing a few baskets here and there, you can clean up and organize the mess in minutes. Beautiful baskets also make the place look organized. Use them to keep remotes to organize stuff on the foyer or to store dining essentials.
Also, keep one empty basket on the corner of the living room and use it when winding up for the day to transfer the items which do not belong to this place.
10. Organize Cleaning Tools
Allocate space for cleaning tools like brooms, wipers, mops, dustpans, etc. They are equally important and need good care. They look messy and get dirty if left on the floor. So, use cloth hanging hook or broom gripper to organize your cleaning tools.
11. Keep Things Back to Their Designated Places
Keep things back to their designated places after coming back home from shopping. Leaving things as it is, will just start adding clutter. So when you come home after shopping empty your shopping bags instantly and keep your handbag at their designated place.
12. Use Vacuum Cleaner
Keep a small vacuum cleaner handy. It really helps. Removing dust and cleaning your rugs, carpets, curtains, mattresses and so forth. They can reach hard to clean areas and can clean up small particles accumulated in the corners, which otherwise can be difficult to clean by hands. Vacuum cleaner is a great tool for a clean home.
13. One Minute Bathroom Cleaning Routine
To keep your bathroom always clean, keep a small wiper handy. After taking a shower, just wipe off all the water from the glass partition and you’re good to go. By doing this you can avoid water stains on the glass which becomes stubborn and hard to clean after some time.
Also, always keep a small cleaning spray and microfiber cloth inside the bathroom to give the counter space a quick wipe after using it. By calling this one-minute rule, your bathroom will always stay clean without much effort.
14. Make a Cleaning Routine
Make a cleaning routine and write down the tasks which you want to do daily, weekly and monthly, and place it somewhere in the kitchen so that you don’t miss seeing it. If you follow a proper cleaning routine and do not wait for Diwali to clean the entire house, you will never have the need to deep clean.
Also, this can be helpful for people who have house helps. By seeing this routine, you can instruct them what needs to be done on which day. And if you do it yourself, in just a few months, it becomes a habit and then you don’t need any checklist. You can also read our another article on 10 Useful Products for Home and Kitchen Cleaning.
15. Make an Organizing System
Last but not least create an organizing system. Cleaning up things from outside is not actually cleaning. Strive to organize to make them user-friendly and easy to use. Create a system that can give you a breathing space, which can make your life easy.
Start organizing things section by section. Organized spaces need less effort and time to clean. Also, if you have a system, organizing things back can be really quick.
Discipline and creating a system are the main keys for an organized and clean home. By following a few simple habits on a daily basis, you can save you a lot of time and effort, which in the end, reduces your stress and generate more time for family and other activities.