Keeping the house clean on a daily basis is challenging. Even more so if we throw kids into the mix. Sometimes it’s hard to stop your little ones from making a huge mess: between kids’ toys, dirty shoe marks on the floor, and everyone’s belongings scattered around the house, cleaning up seems much more daunting than it is in reality. In order to achieve the impossible, here are 5 tips on how to keep your home tidy and clean in the long run.
Adopt good habits
This is the easiest and most obvious thing to do if you want to keep your home clean for a long time. All you need to do is teach your little ones to clean and tidy up whenever necessary.
Has your child put the toys back in the box? Teach them to tidy up as soon as they’re finished playing. If it becomes a habit, they’ll only become more tidy and careful with their things as they get older. If you get a work area into a mess, make a habit of cleaning up immediately. Do the same after rummaging in a closet or wardrobe: make a habit of immediately returning things to where they should be, instead of leaving them out on a chair, for example.
To adopt good habits, even when it comes to household chores, you need to stop procrastinating and putting everything off until tomorrow, and start doing things now. Wash the dishes at least once a day and put them away the minute they’re dry. Don’t put off doing the laundry and ironing unless you want a huge pile of clothes to build up in the laundry basket.
A few good habits will go a long way to creating the impression of living in a visually tidy home, one which it is pleasant to live in.
Do a monthly deep clean
Although you have chosen to adopt good habits in terms of the daily maintenance of your home, this not enough to keep it clean every day. If you just carry out small daily tasks such as those mentioned above, you’ll be keeping the house superficially clean only.
For good housekeeping, plan a monthly deep clean day where you tackle every room in the house. This is when your home will feel refreshed and new. If you live with your children, ask them to help. You can divvy up the chores so that cleaning can be completed faster.
The kitchen, bathroom, toilet, living room, bedroom…every room in the house has to be spick and span. Thus the small daily chores are really only for upkeep in between times.
Get rid of things you don’t need
This monthly deep clean is also the perfect time to get the family to sort through all of their belongings. Get rid of anything that’s no longer used, wanted or is cluttering up the house. If you want to achieve a perfectly tidy house, we do not recommend holding on to things you no longer need or use.
Regularly sorting through everyone’s stuff helps to declutter the living space and make it more open. Give the things you don’t want but which are still in good condition to charity, after all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Use organised storage spaces
Everything has its place! This is essential if you hope to keep the home neat and tidy. You must therefore create a storage space for each type of item.
Many furniture shops offer great storage solutions that are both inexpensive and attractive, for every room in the house. Such storage solutions will help you to better organise your living space. Give everything a home and make sure it stays there. Teach your kids to put things back where they found them.
Firstly, this means that things won’t be lying all over the bedroom, and the house will be tidier; but above all, it makes things easier to find when you need them.
If you’re creative and a handy DIYer, why not make your own storage solutions? To do so, check out tutorials on YouTube or on home design blogs. Here you can find innumerable ideas and techniques to create attractive, practical storage units for your home by upcycling old pieces of furniture or scavenged items.
Whether you live with family or room mates, household chores have to be shared from the second you live in the same house. There’s no reason for you to do everything by yourself.
Make a list of chores and divide them up between the people you live with. Once done, you can create a weekly housekeeping rota and hang it up in plain sight so that no-one forgets what to do. By sharing household chores, it is much faster and less of a burden to complete the small daily cleaning and tidying tasks. If everyone participates, the house will stay tidier for longer.
If you have young children, you can familiarise them with completing chores by teaching them to tidy away their toys when they’re finished playing with them. They can also help to move things when you’re dusting, for example.
So that it doesn’t become too much of a drag for everyone, try to make these chores more fun by creating a little game for the kids. For the sake of balance, remember to change the cleaning rota regularly so that everyone is on an equal footing. This will prevent conflicts within your family or with your room mates.
So, now you’re armed with simple but essential tricks to keep your house tidy on a daily basis. Why not share your own storage tips with us.