Secrets of People Whose Homes are Always Clean – 13 Super Simple Steps to a Sparkling Home
Have you ever wondered how certain people always seem to have an incredibly clean home? Here are simple habits of people who always have a clean home.
If you have kids, those clean and tidy homes can easily make you feel as if you’re doing something wrong.
It can make you question why your home doesn’t look like that. Honestly, it can be maddening and really ding your self esteem if you allow it to.
You want to make your home look the same, but you obviously don’t know how to do that, right? Well. I’m here to help you solve the mystery.
One of the reasons those people always have a clean home is that over the years they have built a few habits to help along the way.
That is the key to their clean home, which means if you want to have the same, you will need to build the same habits. Once you do, your home will be clean with very little work.
13 Simple Habits of People Who Always Have a Clean Home
#1. They Take Pride in their Home
One thing people who always have a clean home all have in common is the amount of pride they take in their home.
After all, our homes and how they look reflect directly on the people who live there. If you’re not feeling pride in your home, this is the perfect time to figure out what you need to do to gain some.
Once you build that pride, you will be far more motivated to keep things as clean as possible.
#2. They Make their Bed
An unmade bed can make a room look untidy even when every other part of the room is clean. So forming the habit of making your bed first thing in the morning can help keep your home clean and tidy.
In addition, you will have a comfortable bed that is already made to sleep on at the end of the day.
#3. They Don’t Allow Clutter to Build Up
Clutter will make your home look dirty even after cleaning. Not only does clutter make your home look untidy, but it also makes it look smaller.
So, if you really want your house to always look clean you will heave to get rid of clutter. (You may also want to read this article about how to start decluttering your home).
#4. They Clean as they Go
It can be easy to get into a habit of not cleaning as you cook or changing the trash bag as you go through your day, but those things can build up quickly.
And once you’re out of the habit of cleaning up messes as they’re made, you’re going to have to be intentional about rebuilding the habit of doing so.
#5. They Don’t Leave Dirty Dishes in the Sink
Dirty dishes are an eyesore and will always make your house look dirty and smell bad. Load your dishes in the dishwasher and run it before going to bed (wash any dirty pots and pans too). Bring the plates out and store them away in the morning.
#6. They Always Dust their Home
When dust accumulates, it can make your furniture, appliances and flat surfaces look dull and dirty. Dust your house at least once a week and take measures to keep dust away from your home.
#7. They Put Things Where They Belong
One of the biggest reasons your home may look dirty and untidy even after cleaning is because items don’t have a permanent home. They lay scattered all over the house.
As you’re picking up and cleaning your home, be sure you put away any item you come across in a spot where it can live for good. Then, when you use it, make sure it gets put back in its home.
#8. They Take their Shoes Off
Our shoes pick up sand, dust and other debris that are brought into our homes.
To avoid bringing dirt into your home you should always take your shoes off (and tell others to do the same) at the door. This way, you won’t be transferring the dirt from the soles of your shoes onto the floors of your home.
You can keep shoe trays by the door/entryway to help organize the shoes properly and keep everything tidy.
#9. They Take the Trash Out Nightly
One thing about people who always seem to have clean homes is that they don’t leave trash sitting out in the trash bags.
The reasoning behind this is that trash can create odors and an odor will always make your home seem dirty even if it is not.
It also gives a cluttered look to a room even if the rest of the room is clean. To fix these issues, always make sure you change your trash bag when it is full.
It can also be helpful to keep your trash can in a spot where it is not easily seen.
#10. They Spot Sweep and Mop Daily
Going along with the idea of cleaning up messes as they happen is spot sweeping and mopping.
It may not seem as if it won’t affect much, but a floor that is full of crumbs and other dirt will make your whole home seem dirty. The same is true for spills.
Once a week do a deep sweep and mop but during the rest of the week, a spot clean and spot mop will keep your home looking great.
A Swiffer WetJet or something like it is perfect for this type of spot cleaning.
Spot cleaning is also a great way to keep your kitchen counters and stove areas clean too.
#11. They Don’t Allow Laundry to Pile Up
People who seem to always have a clean home don’t allow their laundry to pile up. This is because dirty laundry makes the home look untidy. Dirty laundry can also produce a foul odor.
So, if you want your home to look clean all the time, one of the habits you should strive for is to do your laundry often and not let it pile up.
#12. They Tend to Keep Foul Odors at Bay
The truth is that people associate foul odors with dirtiness and amazing smells with cleanness. And people who always have clean homes tend to keep fouls odors at bay and make their home smell heavenly.
So, if you really want to make your home smell amazing all the time, you should definitely get rid of kitchen smells and if you have pets, you can get rid of pet smells without getting rid of your pets.
#13. They Keep a Schedule
Most of your cleaning tasks can be done quickly each day; in under 10 minutes each. For instance, spot cleaning your kitchen counters will take you less than 2 minutes.
However, there are certain tasks that will take longer; such as laundry. For these tasks, a cleaning schedule can be a lifesaver in making sure they get done.
It can be helpful in building a good habit to have a specific day or time of day you do these things.
For instance, laundry day could be Wednesday or you could do one load a day. Either way, you will tame those bigger chores in a manner that is easier to manage for you.
Keeping your home clean in under an hour a day may seem as if it is an unattainable goal, however, with a little intention and good habit building, it is doable. If you are finding that you’re having trouble building the habits, starting small can make it easier for you. Like any habit building, starting with one or two new goals and building up to all of your cleaning goals is an almost surefire way to be successful.
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Now that you know the habits of people who always have a clean house, which one do you want to start building first?