Tired of being stuck indoors? Maybe you just need to clean up! These seven cleaning habits will make your home a more enjoyable place to spend time.
For most of us, cleaning isn’t a chore we look forward to, but it’s an unavoidable part of life. When your home is clean, you feel better about your surroundings. When you feel better about your surroundings, you feel better on the inside.
Looking to improve your life with a few simple cleaning tips? Here are seven cleaning habits to make you happier in your home!
Declutter on a Regular Basis
A decluttered home equals a decluttered mind. If you’re looking for a way to be more productive and live a simpler life, it’s time to get rid of clutter and organize your home.
From the clothing in your closet to the dishes in your kitchen cabinets, the less you have, the easier it is to organize. The more organized you are, the less time you’ll spend looking for things. The time you save searching for everyday items is time you can spend doing things that make you happier.
Decluttering is not a one-time project, it’s something that you need to do on a regular basis. Your first attempt to declutter may take a weekend or an entire week, so once you do it, keep up with it to make it easier going forward.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
Tired of wasting an entire Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning cleaning your home? We don’t enjoy that either.
Instead of spending five or six hours at a time cleaning your entire place, create a schedule where you spend 30-45 minutes a day cleaning a specific room.
Set a cleaning schedule where you scrub your bathroom on Monday, organize your bedroom on Tuesday, clean your living room on Wednesday, etc. By breaking your cleaning tasks into smaller tasks, it’s much more manageable. Plus, it can free up your entire weekend to do something fun!
Clean Up After Every Task
If you want to be happier in your home, make it a point to clean up after yourself throughout the day.
Whether you’re playing with toys with your kids, tossing chew toys to your puppy, or cooking dinner, spend a few minutes after each task to clean up and put things away.
When your laundry comes out of the dryer, fold it immediately and put it where it belongs. When you’re done brushing your teeth, wipe the toothpaste residue out of the sink.
By straightening up after every task, nothing will ever look like it’s out of place.
Do Dishes Immediately After Eating
Never ever let dishes pile up.
After you cook and eat a meal, devote a few minutes to cleaning up and making your kitchen look as though you didn’t cook at all.
If you have a dishwasher, you have no excuses. Just rinse your plates and utensils and load them into your dishwasher — even if you don’t intend to run it right away.
If you need to do dishes by hand, be even more diligent about this. There’s nothing appealing or satisfying about having a sink filled with dirty plates and bowls!
When you do run your dishwasher, empty it as soon as the cycle finishes. If you don’t, you could end up with a pile of dirty dishes that need to be loaded in once the clean ones are emptied out.
Make Your Bed Every Day
Making the bed is a simple chore that only takes a few minutes, yet it can make a massive difference in your day and affect your entire outlook on life.
A well-made bed with a smooth comforter and fluffed pillows can instantly put you in a clear state of mind. It can help you feel ready to tackle the day. It can make you feel like you’ve accomplished something at the very start. And that feeling can carry over into making you feel more productive throughout the day.
Making your bed in the morning has an added benefit: it can also help you sleep. According to a study from the Sleep Foundation, people who make their beds at night are 19% more likely to get a good night’s rest.
Don’t Let Laundry Pile Up
We don’t know anyone who enjoys doing laundry, but it’s something that we all have to do. The more you let it pile up, the worse it is.
It’s always easier to do small loads of laundry here and there than to do three or four loads in the same day.
Get in the habit of doing smaller loads throughout the week and make it a point to fold it and put it away as soon as it’s dry. Having clean clothes, sheets, and towels will make you much happier than looking at overflowing laundry baskets filled with dirty gear!
Spend Ten Minutes Cleaning Up Before You Go To Bed
It always feels better to wake up to a clean, organized home than to a dirty, messy one. And you can do so simply by spending ten minutes at the end of the day putting your home back in order.
Those snacks and beverages you enjoyed while watching TV at the end of the day? Take the time to clean those dishes and put things back in the kitchen where they belong.
Did you leave your coat and shoes by the door? It only takes a few seconds to put them in the closet.
Do you sometimes leave your junk mail or bills on the coffee table? Open mail every day and put it where it belongs so you don’t have to look at it in the morning.
The more time you can devote to cleaning and organizing before you go to bed, the better you’ll feel in the morning.
Lots of people would rather do anything but clean their house, but a clean home can make you happier. With these simple rules, you can improve the look and feel of your home:
- Declutter every week
- Create a cleaning schedule
- Clean up after every task
- Do dishes immediately after eating
- Make your bed every day
- Keep up with laundry
- Spend ten minutes straightening up at the end of the night
If you can put even a few of these practices into place, your home (and your outlook on life) can be a whole lot better!
Caitlin Sinclair is the property manager at The Charlie OC, a luxury apartment community in Santa Ana, CA.