Have you ever walked into someone’s house that just feels clean?
The toys are put away, everything seems to have a place, and the kitchen isn’t overflowing with dishes, and you can’t find piles of laundry anywhere you look.
It feels peaceful, calm, and just plain nice, right?
But… it also can also feel a little unfair. I mean, you work so hard to clean your house, but no one would know that if they came over without giving you plenty of notice.
Do they know something that you don’t? Is there some sort of secret, or is it just that they got lucky with an easy-to-clean house and kids that pick up after themselves? Maybe they are in some sort of time warp and have more hours in their day than you do?
Well, as someone who manages to keep my house clean almost all the time while running a business for 40-50 hours a week with a two-year-old and a five-year-old at home with me full time, I going to spill the beans for you!
And in case you were wondering, it has nothing to do with having lots of extra time on my hands or being so bored at home with my kids that I can’t think of anything else to do all day but clean (just thought I’d clear that up since I’ve been asked those questions many times before by people who are curious how I keep my house so clean!)
I’m able to keep my house clean because I know 7 Secrets that make it Easy for me to keep my home neat and tidy.
7 Secrets of People Who Have Clean Houses
Before we get started, I just wanted to clarify that the real secret to all of this is in the power of easy, small habits that make keeping the house clean a simple part of my daily and weekly rhythm.
And if you put these habits into practice, I promise that your house will be clean all the time too!
1) They Make Their Beds Every Day
I know it seems simple. But let me tell you, it makes a huge difference.
Making your bed in the morning makes your room feel so much cleaner, makes it less likely that you will pile things on your bed through the day, teaches your kids to make their beds, and helps you check something off your list as soon as you get up!
Making my bed is the one part of My Morning Routine that I do every. single. day… even on the weekends or days that I sleep in a little longer… because I love the way that it makes my room feel.
If you aren’t in the habit of making your bed every day, give try it out and see if it makes a difference in making your house feel cleaner.
If you want to see how to create effective morning and evening routines for yourself and your children, check out this post!
2) They Stay On Top Of the Laundry
People who have clean houses all the time have a simple, predictable laundry routine.
Whether the piles of clothes in your house are dirty, clean, or folded and waiting to be put away… it adds to the clutter in your home.
Keeping your laundry under control will make a huge difference in how clean your house feels.
The biggest thing to remember when you are setting up your laundry routine is to do one load, from start to completely finished, every day instead of trying to do all of your laundry on one day each week.
When you do all of your laundry on the same day, the dirty pile of clothes just morphs into a clean pile of clothes waiting to be folded.
But when you do one smaller load every day, it is a much more manageable amount of laundry to fold and you are much more likely to complete the task instead of just leaving the mountain of clean laundry sitting there for everyone to search through all week long.
For all of my tips on setting up your own simple, weekly laundry routine check out How to Solve the Laundry Problem.
3) They Keep Their Kitchen Clean
If you want to have a house that feels clean whenever you walk into it, keep your kitchen clean!
Nothing else can make your house look dirtier than a kitchen that is out of control… and nothing else is more visible to other people if they come over.
Keeping your kitchen clean doesn’t mean that you just clean up the kitchen at the end of the day, it means keeping the kitchen clean after every meal.
If you feel like you have a hard time keeping your kitchen clean, let me show you the fastest way to clean your kitchen in The Busy Mom’s Guide to Cleaning Your Kitchen the Easy Way.
4) They Have a Weekly Cleaning Routine
People who have clean houses all the time, don’t actually clean their house every single day.
But they also don’t just clean their house once a week and expect it to stay clean the rest of the time.
Instead, they have a simple weekly cleaning routine that allows them to chip away at their weekly cleaning tasks all through the week… while spending the least amount of time possible actually cleaning.
If you’d like to see my weekly cleaning schedule, check out My Simple Weekly Cleaning Routine.
And learn how to create your own with 5 Steps to Creating a Weekly Cleaning Schedule.
5) They Make Time for Cleaning In Their Daily Schedule
Setting aside a small amount of time to clean every day will make sure that everything gets clean every week… without having to clean all the time.
The best way to be sure that you set aside time for your weekly cleaning tasks is to create a Daily Block Schedule and have a specific block that you get your cleaning done in.
Since I am a Work-at-Home mom, I use my morning block to get my daily cleaning done.
If you work outside the home, you may need to either get up early if you want to get your cleaning done in the morning, or you may need to do your cleaning routine in your evening or nighttime block.
Figure out what will work best for your family and your lifestyle as you set a predictable time every day to clean.
If you want a step-by-step guide for setting up your Daily Block Schedule check out How to Create a Daily Routine.
6) They Don’t Have a Cluttered House
The biggest thing that you can do to make your house feel clean all the time is to Declutter it.
Only having the things in your home that you use on a consistent basis and love will help your home feel clean and tidy all the time!
If decluttering would help your home feel cleaner and happier, check out How to Declutter Your Home and Where to Start With Decluttering: 5 Simple Steps for Getting Started Today.
7) They Put Things Back Where They Belong
One of the fastest ways to make your house dirty again after you clean it is to not put things back where they belong.
Putting things back where they go immediately when you are done with them will save you time and energy when it’s time to clean.
Bonus Tip! They Don’t Do It Alone
People who have clean houses all the time enlist the help of everyone else in their house to help it stay clean too… at least if they don’t want to go crazy trying to do it all themselves.
Trying to keep your house clean when everyone else is messing it up will only make you… and everyone else… really frustrated.
Teach everyone in your house to put things back when they are finished with them and your house will instantly feel cleaner!
Ready to Start Easily Managing Your Home?
If you are ready to get organized and make a plan that will help you run your home without stress, check out my course Put Your Home on Autopilot!
This course walks you through the steps to get your home practically running itself!
In Put Your Home on Autopilot, you will learn how to set up effective cleaning systems, set up your day for success, and start making time for the things that matter most.
In just one month you will go from feeling overwhelmed to in control. And if you have any questions along the way, I’m only an email away!
I hope to see you inside the course!
(Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, you can just grab the Autopilot Workbook and work through it yourself. 🙂
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