Keep Your House Clean with These 4 Tips

February 7, 2019

The best tips to keep the house clean

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:

Set up a schedule.

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.

Hold yourself (and others) accountable.

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.

Make it fun.

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:

  • Turn it up. Channel your inner Beyoncé and crank up the music. Music is scientifically proven to decrease fatigue and increase stimulation.
  • Treat yourself. At the end of a long cleaning session, reward yourself so you have something to look forward to. It can be as simple as pouring a glass of your favorite white wine or ordering Chinese takeout.
  • Splurge on supplies. You can also treat yourself in the form of high-tech cleaning gear. Some of our favorites include robotic vacuums, toilet bowl cleaning systems and dual-compartment trash cans.

Just do it.

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.

For more cleaning “fun”, learn how to organize your garage on a tight budget or transform your basement laundry space.

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