Getting your home clean can be a total pain when it’s not organized. In fact the National Soap and Detergent Association states that, “Cleaning professionals say that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in an average home.” That statistic alone is motivation to get cleaning! If you think that you’ve got it all down, take this quiz from Good Housekeeping and think again.
So how do you get a clean home easily? Adopt a cleaning schedule instead of just cleaning it when you notice the dirt. Pinterest is a great resource for cleaning schedule printouts, but the trick is to find one, print it out, and actually follow it! We have an example cleaning schedule here on Pinterest that you can try out. It calls for deep cleaning of one thing in your home each day, along with the everyday quick chores – make the bed, put away the dishes, wipe the dining table, put dirty clothes in the hamper, etc. There are lots of other options, so search online until you find one that speaks to you.
Once you’ve found your cleaning schedule, how to implement it? We are visual people and like to have reminders front and center so no one in the house ignores, ahem, forgets what to do. Tack up your schedule on the fridge, put it next to your family calendar, or find a place for it in the mudroom/entryway by the mail, coats, and shoes.
Now, how do you make it easier to get with the actual cleaning? Think of the excuses you normally make when cleaning – the cleaner is on the other side of the house, I don’t know where the vacuum attachments are, or it’s too messy to even start cleaning and I’d have to declutter first. Solve those problems now!
Make a cleaning kit for each bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or even for each floor of the house so you always have supplies handy.
Create a permanent home for the vacuum, mop, broom, etc and containerize and label all the loose parts.
Do a 5 minute daily pick up (at night or in the morning) of all toys, cups, papers, and anything around the house that’s not in its rightful place.
Pretend your in-laws, co-workers, or the President just might pop by at any minute, so always leave the house tidy when you leave. It doesn’t have to be deep cleaned, but if you are able to clean at a moment’s notice (without having to do a big pick up first), then you are more likely to.
When all else fails, recruit! Assign chores to all family members. Create a family night where everyone pitches in and deep cleans a different area to get the whole house done fast. Do one load of laundry each day (so you don’t have to spend an entire Saturday catching up) and tell everyone they are responsible for claiming their basket of clothes and putting them away. Go non-toxic with all of your cleaners so there’s no worries when you ask the kids to help out – we love The Honest Company products, now available right in Target. Their multi-surface cleaner just smells amazing - like grapefruit!
Don’t give up. Keeping your home clean is a never-ending task and so is keeping it organized. But they really do go hand in hand, and complement each other and so it makes sense to do both. You never really know when company is going to come a knocking…