Organizing And Cleaning Tips To Keep Your Home Tidy Everyday
Having a tidy home is vital for better focus and bringing positive energy into a home and these easy to follow Organizing And Cleaning Tips are sure to help you on your way to a cleaner more functional home.
My track record for home organization is pretty appalling. That is until I realized I just CAN NOT function without some sort of structure and discipline in my life and home. Particularly when you have children, having a home to store everything in your house is absolutely necessary in order for your day and life to function a lot smoother.
I love and enjoy a clean home and tidy home and want my children to live in a clean environment. My house is never dirty, I refuse to have a dirty, unsanitary home. But boy can it get messy if I allow it to.
My aim is not to make you feel like the only human on earth that can not keep a tidy house, you’re not. Trust me. As mums, we ALL struggle to keep organized homes and it is just not always possible or realistic depending on our circumstances. The goal is to help guide you with these organizing and cleaning tips so that you can introduce them into your daily routine. It becomes second nature and life is much easier when you keep on top of the daily workload.
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1 – MAKE THAT BED
If nothing else, make your bed every morning. There really is nothing nicer than getting into a clean and tidy bed after a long, hard day at work or taking care of kids (or both). The easiest way to accomplish this is to make is as soon as you’re out of bed. Let it be the first thing you do before you continue with your morning.
2 – SUCK UP ALL THAT DIRT!
I know this seems like a chore and a half but hear me out. I have a two-storey house with 5 bedrooms. Of course, I do not vacuum the entire house daily, that would be ridiculous and I just couldn’t keep up with that! What I do is vacuum our most used areas in the house on a daily basis. This is made easier by using my amazing vacuum cleaner which I love. The kitchen, dining and living areas tend to end up filthy by the end of the day, particularly the kitchen and dining. By vacuuming daily, your floors will feel fairly clean most of the time and the next time you do it, it wont be such a big job.
A stick vacuum is a great tool for daily vacuuming. It’s light weight and helps with giving the floors a quick clean.
Vacuuming later in the day is ideal because you can clean the mess from the day and enjoy nice clean floor as you relax of an evening. It’s also another chore you don’t have to worry about doing in the morning.
3 – CLEAN THAT KITCHEN BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP
This is a MUST. A clean kitchen just makes you feel happy and content. I do not like leaving dirty dishes overnight. Not only does it cause your house to develop funny smells but it minimizes the workload the following morning. My morning routine does not allow for cleaning the kitchen in the morning. The only thing I do in the kitchen of a morning is prepare breakfast and quickly wash the dishes from the morning.
It’s very simple to get into this routine if you don’t already do this. Even if you rinse your dishes the night before, it doesn’t take much more effort to load your dishwasher and turn it on for the night or give those last few dishes a quick wash. I don’t always put the dishes away during the evening, I usually do this the following day but at least all the dishes are clean and my countertops are clean and tidy. I promise you, this will make your life much easier!
Make it a point to clear your kitchen countertops and put everything back in its place. Give them a good wipe down with all-purpose cleaner or cleaning vinegar. You will feel much better at the end of the day knowing you have left your kitchen clean and tidy.
If your dishwasher is in need of some serious TLC and you feel it needs a good clean, I have the perfect tutorial for How To Clean A Dishwasher the right way!
4 – PUT EVERYTHING BACK IN ITS PLACE BY THE TIME KIDS GO TO BED
This is a huge one for home organization. Make sure to put everything away at the end of the day once the kids are ready to go to bed. If need be, invest in some extra cupboards or storage cubes (I have this one in my living room and love it!), shelves, bins or boxes for storage. Having a lot of storage spaces in your house will help give every item you own a home.
Having allocated storage for kids toys is vital to keep the house tidy.
When you have a messy home you find you lack in concentration and do not enjoy your environment as much. I like to have the kids toys back in their allocated spots so that it’s “out of sight, out of mind”. Ok, so they’re not totally out of sight, but at least we don’t have toys taking over the entire house. Invest 5-10 minutes each night either before or after your kids go to sleep to put away all of their toys and put items like throw rugs and cushions back in their place.
Get the kids involved and make it a game! Do whatever you need to do but get it all tidy again. You’ll have a far more relaxing night and will be far more productive the following day.
My last tip for putting things away and finding a home for everything is to DECLUTTER! YES! I find most of us have way more than we need. We hold on to items we no longer need or use and clutter soon takes over our homes. Here are some fabulous tips on How To Tackle Clutter that will help you on your way to getting rid of items you no longer need and achieving a more organized and tidy home.
5 – WIPE DOWN SURFACE AREAS AND COUNTERS THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Another must-do tip I have for you is to wipe down surfaces and countertops throughout the day. I said this above, and I will say it again; my kitchen benches NEED to be clean, wiped down and cleared before the kids are in bed. I can not have it any other way. It literally takes a minute or two to spay down your surface areas and wipe, wipe, wipe. It keeps your house clean and hygienic and reminds you put back the items that don’t belong there.
6 – WASH, FOLD, PUT AWAY
I will admit this is my least favorite task ever and the hardest for me achieve. I really do struggle with this but I’m working on it as it makes a huge difference.
The moment you take your washing off the line or out of the dryer fold it and put it away! I know this is particularly hard if you have multiple children at home with you but it will help you to avoid huge piles of creased clothes that can sit there for days (yes… I’m one of those people… terrible I know)! But if you stick to it, it will save you time and ironing!
Whenever I stick to these organizing and cleaning tips I have gone through I find my days flow much better and I tend to enjoy my home more, be in a better and less stressed mood and tend to find I am far more productive. It takes time and discipline but once you adapt yourself to doing these things in your daily routine, it really does make a huge difference to your home and life.
I hope these tips have been helpful to you. What other fabulous daily tips do you have to add to my list?