Christine Lindemer's Blog
After a move, everything feels fresh and energizing. This is, of course, in part because of the energy that comes with a big change. But it also comes from having a neatly, organized home. In the jumble of packing and unpacking, junk gets tossed and items get new homes. Everything gets a new dedicated area where it belongs. Everything is tidy, as it should be.
So how then can you maintain this wonderful feeling and continue to keep things neat and tidy?
First, you need to make a daily habit of doing a quick clean sweep every day. Whether you do it in the morning, afternoon or before bed isn’t important. What is important is that you do it every day.
Go through the house to make to corral up stray dishes, put items back into their dedicated places, and give homes to those who don’t have one yet.
And if you can’t think of somewhere to put it? Question its purpose and consider either donating or tossing it.
Aim to keep your surfaces clear of items. Allowing things to accumulate is one of the fastest for clutter to quickly take over. Stop it in its track by tidying up when you’re done using this “station” of your home.
Practice not being “lazy”. If you bring your tea to sip on the couch when you leave the room take your mug with you straight to the dishwasher. If you finished the last of the chips put the clip away where it belongs instead of leaving it out on the counter. Put pens back away after using them to jot out notes. Recycle magazines when you're done reading them.
If you find things are building up as clutter quickly you might have too much stuff. Which is okay, it happens!
Decluttering isn’t a one and done process. We need to consistently be assessing the things that collect in our homes and what benefit they are adding to your life. Sometimes we once used all the time have fallen out of favor or need to be repaired/replaced.
Make time once a month for a quick declutter session and once a season for a more detailed one.
And the best way to avoid clutter is to closely monitor what you’re allowing to come into your home in the first place. If you find you love to take things home just because they were free or on sale, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself why.
After all, the less stuff we have in our homes the less there is to manage. Which means more time spent doing what you enjoy doing, like spending time with your family, and less time organizing it all.
- Scrub grout in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Wash pillow and mattress protectors as well as duvet covers.
- Discard any food in the freezer that has become freezer burnt or is past its time.
- Wax any wood floors your home may have.
- Dust fans you have throughout your home. Don’t forget to do this in the winter when they are not in use to avoid build-up.
- Wipe down and disinfect light switch plates and door knobs.
- Wipe down and disinfect your home phones and your family’s cell phones.
- Flush drains. Try a natural solution by pouring baking soda down drains and allowing to sit overnight to deodorize. In the morning pour hot water down the drain to rinse the baking soda out and flush the drain.
- Wipe down walls, doors and baseboards.
- Check the fire alarms throughout your home and replace any batteries when necessary.
- Dust each room in your home.
- Empty all trash bins throughout your home. Don’t forget smaller, less used baskets like in your child’s room or in the office.
- Clean sinks, toilets, and bath of any soap scum or buildup.
- Vacuum and mop the floors throughout your home.
- Wipe down surfaces like tables and counters.
- Clean mirrors and windows.
- Wash sheets and pillowcases.
- Sort through your mail and email inbox. Pay any upcoming bill and file paperwork as necessary.
- Clean fridge out of any food that has gone past its expiration.
- Wipe down appliances in the kitchen such as the microwave, stove, and toaster.
- Wipe down and deodorize trashcans and recycling bins.
- Put out fresh towels in your bathrooms and kitchen
- Tidy up. Keep on top of clutter by putting items away when they are no longer in use.
- Make the beds and if your children are old enough encourage them to make theirs.
- Sort out mail. File and discard as necessary.
- Clean up as you prepare meals to leave time to relax after dinner time instead of spending another hour in the kitchen.
- Wipe up any spills as they happen to avoid having to use elbow grease to clean up later.
- Sweep the kitchen floor and any other high traffic areas.
- Throw in a load of laundry. If you have a large family make laundry more manageable by doing a load a day.
Cleaning your home can always seem like an ever daunting task, but it truly doesn’t have to be. If you spend the time to keep up with your home in small chunks and keep your cleaning routine organized, cleaning can be a breeze. Take a peek at the tips laid out below to discover how to make cleaning an easy task around your home.
Keep All The Tools You Need In One Place
It’s a good idea to keep everything that you’ll need to clean your home within one place. Use a bucket or caddy to help you tote your essentials around the house. This way, it will be easier to bring your cleaning supplies with you from room to room. You could even keep a cleaning tote on each level of your home for an even smoother cleaning process.
Skip The Small Stuff
If you take out time during every cleaning to dust small collections and care for them, you’re wasting your time. Small knick-knacks and other hidden details of the home can stand to be dusted about once a month.
Have A Storage System
It’s much easier to clean your house if you have a storage system. Having an organizational system in place means that everything has a place. Be sure you have shelving, cubbies, racks, and everything else you’ll need to help your family put everything away as they use it. Keeping things neat and organized is half the battle when it comes to keeping your home clean.
Use Your Vacuum Wisely
You have a vacuum to make cleaning easier, so use it! Get an extension cord to make every area of the house easy to reach. Although a broom or dust mop can sometimes be helpful in the cleaning process, a vacuum makes it much easier to get every piece of dirt and dust up off of the floors.
Have A Plan
Beginning to clean your home without any rhyme or reason can be a recipe for disaster. If you only have time to do one room on one day, keep your cleaning schedule short but consistent. This way, the entire house will get done, but you won’t be overwhelmed. Focusing on one room at a time can help you to make your home shine.
Use The Cleaning Supplies That Will Be A Help To You
There are many more things you can use in your home than conventional cleaning supplies. Use whatever works for you. Everything from vinegar to toothbrushes is fair game to use for your cleaning supplies.