Now, before I share my tips for a consistently clean home, I must be up front and say that I don’t always do these! My house isn’t always picked up and my floors aren’t always shiny. The rug in my den sheds worse than a dog, my children leave toys EVERYWHERE, and there are approximately 300 baskets of dirty clothes in my laundry room. I just want to share these tips because not only do they work when they’re in play, but they are an encouragement to me. I of course what them to be an encouragement to you too!
I have always been a naturally cluttered person. As of late, I have come to learn that keeping a clean home helps me keep my sanity. No lie. When I put my house on the market in the Spring, I formed a habit of constantly cleaning and picking up the house for 3 months. Since we moved almost 2 months ago, I must say that I am keeping up with what I started 5 months ago. Go me!
I still have my mess-ups and messes, and like I said above, I am far from perfect! But, I want to share with you the tips that help me each and every day (and week, and month) to strive for a clean home. They help, trust me.
Tips for a Consistently Clean Home
1. Declutter. Believe me when I say this: You cannot organize clutter! You may think, “If I could just get this hoard organized, this place would be much cleaner. Well, that may be a little bit true, but the clean won’t last. Having tons of stuff gets overwhelming, and when it gets messed up, it’s more of a challenge to keep it organized and looking nice. Having less things is much easier to manage when you’re cleaning and living in your home. Just think about it this way– it’s less to have to clean up!
Before we put our old house on the market, I did a major purge. About 1/3 of the house belongings were donated. When we moved, I found even more things to donate or sell. If you don’t use it, why are you hanging onto it? Purge your stuff and make room for your sanity. It will thank you!
2. Make a plan, and stick to it. Come up with a daily/weekly/monthly cleaning plan! This will also help you to get into the habit of cleaning. I created a chore list printable a few years ago and it has been wildly popular. I love how chore list is divided in to smaller tasks so it won’t feel so overwhelming. Feel free to download it and use it in your own home!
3. Just say NO to Shoes! This is a rule that I can’t say I take credit for. My sister-in-law has always been very adamant about no shoes in the house. I always thought that rule was kind of silly, but now that I have seen what a pair of greasy work and muddy kid boots can drag through the house and ruin perfectly good carpet and rugs; I am a believer! Now, my husband has been trained in the new house to take his work boots off in the garage, and I make the kids (and myself) take shoes off at the door. I especially do not allow shoes on our brand new carpet in the new house. That’s a big no-no around here!
4. Routinely care for your floors! Speaking of carpet, if you see a stain or spill something on the carpet, be sure to attend to it right away! I also recommend giving the carpets a good scrubbing with a great carpet cleaner a few times a year. Since the majority of my new house is carpet, I wanted to make sure I got a great cleaner that I could have on hand for messes, spills and those few times a year where I give all the carpets a good scrubbing. When the floors are vacuumed, swept and scrub regularly, it extends its life! The more you care for your flooring, the longer it lasts. That’s pretty much the same philosophy for everything else in life! Imagine that. 🙂
In case you were wondering, I got this Bissell ProHeat2X Revolution Pet 1548. This thing is so awesome, yo! It’s great for daily wear and traffic, for those pesky pet messes, and those routine deep cleanings. It has been tested and proved to outclean the leading carpet rental cleaner. I have used many rental carpet cleaners in my life (I used to shampoo my grandma’s carpets all the time!), so it makes me very excited to have this thing on hand in my new home for my new carpet. Plus, when you use this baby, the carpet dries in about an hour. Mind blown! I have never used a carpet cleaner that would cause the carpet to dry so fast. That’s awesome!
This Holiday season, there is a ton of hosting going on over here, so I want to make sure I keep my house consistently clean using these tips and this fabulous cleaner. Cleaning consistently is also a money maker. Like I said before, it extends the life of everything you own in your home!
5. Enlist Help! If things get too overwhelming, recruit help! Assign your spouse and kids chores that they can do to help you. Laminate my chore list and write down the name of the person next to the chore that you’ve assigned the task to with a dry erase marker. If it’s in the budget– hire a housekeeper to help you a few times a month. There’s nothing wrong with asking for someone to chip in and help you keep things consistently clean. Sometimes it really does take a village, so don’t be afraid to have people join in. It gets things done quicker than if you did it on your own!
Well, those are the tips I have for now. If I think of anymore, I will be sure to add them to this list. If you have any great ideas when it comes to keeping your home consistently clean, let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear your ideas!