1. Start with one thing that is bothering you most
This might be the room people see when they come to the door or maybe your bedroom so you have a peaceful retreat.
Rather than trying to tackle the whole house at once, just pick up one small area in the morning. Seeing improvement in one area might motivate you to do more, but even if you stop there, you’ve made progress!
2. Clean as you go
Wouldn’t it be easier if your house never got messy in the first place? While that might not be totally realistic (especially if there are kids involved), you can give yourself a break by cleaning as you go.
Drop clothes in the hamper when you take them off, put cooking ingredients away, and drop dirty dishes right into the dishwasher as you cook. Wipe off counters when you spill, and grab things to take upstairs as you’re running up.
Cleaning as you go makes your house feel like it’s magically cleaning itself. This is possibly the next best thing to a fairy godmother!
3. Empty the dishwasher right away
This one simple change can transform the state of your kitchen. When you empty the dishwasher as soon as it’s run, you and the fam can drop dirty dishes right into the now empty dishwasher meaning—no stacks of dirty dishes in the sink! Isn’t that an awesome thought?
4. Make it a party
Set a timer for 15 minutes, turn on some upbeat party music, and clean as much as you can until the timer rings! Get the whole family in on these quick cleaning parties.
Celebrate afterwards with a small special treat- like a few minutes with a good book, or throwing a ball around in the yard.
5. Get storage containers
The one exception to getting rid of stuff is storage containers. Having a place to put things away means you can put things away.
Clear plastic bins, cardboard boxes covered in pretty paper, or shelves, all give you a place to put things away. Get a few simple, affordable places to put things and you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to clean!
6. Use dirt-trapping doormats
Stopping dirt and mud before they get tracked into the house saves you from having to sweep, mop and vacuum later. Have everyone take off their shoes at the door to stop dirt in its tracks.
7. Clean the shower while you shower
Keep a scrubber in the shower and every few days, take a minute while your conditioner soaks in to wash under the shampoo bottles and scrub down the walls.
If you have shower doors, keep a squeegee in the shower to get the water off them before you get out.
Do the same thing with the toilet. Once every couple of days, after you flush, grab the toilet brush and clean the bowl. Take a couple of pieces of toilet paper and wipe under the seat. Another piece will clean the back and those little places near the floor, and voila! You never have to set aside time to clean the bathroom!
8. Light a candle, diffuse an essential oil, or use lemon furniture polish
When you need a quick sense of a clean house, a fresh clean scent can trick our brains into thinking the house has just been scrubbed!
9. Have the whole family help
We all make messes, and we all need to help clean up.
If your family is resistant to helping clean up, start with a talk about how much you love doing fun things as a family, and how much more time you’ll have to spend with them if they help out.
Ask for and expect help getting the kitchen clean after breakfast and dinner, folding laundry, and doing other family chores.
It makes everything better- even when cleaning.