You can cast a spell with your magic eraser and make red wine stains disappear, but even wizards of washing are desperate for tips to keep the house clean. You know how to spray, sweep and scrub, but why do cleaning duties seem to build up like that ring around your toilet?
Do little chores now before a mountain of mess reaches Everest-like elevation. Here are 4 tidying tips to keep the house clean:
Make a list of daily, weekly and monthly tasks. For example, emptying the sink and making your bed are chores you do nearly every day, while vacuuming the basement and changing your sheets occur every week or so. Aim to accomplish 1-2 major monthly cleaning project(s) per week (Saturdays and Sundays tend to work best).
Need a visual? Here’s a template to get you started:
If you break up tasks into a schedule, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and have a consistently cleaner house.
Chore charts aren’t just for families with kids. Make a recurring list—yes, another one—and assign tasks to different people in the house. If you make cleaning a habit, you’ll be more likely to follow through. Plus, alternating tasks between family members will ease the dread of doing THAT chore you hate.
We see you rolling your eyes through this blog post. Look, it won’t be as fun as binging on your favorite Netflix show, but you can increase your cleaning enjoyment level. Here are some ideas:
Procrastination is real. According to procrastination researchers (yes, they exist), the more you dread a task, the more you’ll resist it. But if you push those negative thoughts to the side and get started, you’ll be more likely to accomplish the chore. Take cleaning your kitchen, for instance: You only need to be motivated for a few minutes—the time it takes to transition from what you’re currently doing to starting the task.
Unless you’re Monica Geller (who’s a fictional character, by the way), few get pumped up to spruce up. But by following the above tips to keep your house clean, you’ll dread the deed less.