I've had a lot of people ask me if my house is always as clean as my pictures portray- and the answer is (usually) yes. If we're friends outside of social media you know how much I love a clean house! My motto is a little a day goes a long way! As we all know kids, animals, and life can easily get in the way of keeping a tidy house. I wanted to share a few tips and tricks that help me stay on top of everything around here! I'm definitely not saying this is the only way to do things. We all live different lives and have different things going on, and some of this stuff might not work for you, but maybe you can modify a few of my tips to better suite your lifestyle 🙂
Everything Has a Spot: Declutter & Organize
My first tip for keeping a tidy house is giving every item in your house a "home". This prevents clutter from building up in random spots in the house! If you have children, create a designated spot for their backpacks, coats, etc. Weather that is in their room or somewhere else, make sure they know where their stuff belongs. As a teacher and a mom, I think It's SO important for children to learn at a young age to take responablity for their belongings. I know that sometimes it's just easier to do things for your kids (or students) but I promise if you take the time to teach them, they learn what you expect from them, and it will pay off in the long run!
I'd highly recommend taking the time to go through your things and donate or trash the items that aren't needed or no longer used. This helps make more space for the items you use on a regular basis. It's no fun digging through a drawer filled with clothes you don't wear anymore or searching for that specific utensil you can't seem to find. If you have Netflix, there is a show called Tidying Up With Marie Kondo that I recommend to everyone. She's great at explaining how to beat the clutter in your house!
Tidy As You Go
This one is huge. It goes hand in hand with "everything has a spot". When you take your clothes off, put them back in their spot or right into the dirty clothes hamper. When you take your shoes off, put them in their spot. When you get out of bed, pull up your sheets and leave it looking nice (even you don't fully make your bed, it can still look better than sheets and pillows piled everywhere!). After you eat a meal, put your dirty dishes in the dish washer or hand wash them real quick. Don't let them sit in the sink. This usually causes a ripple effect and then the dishes just pile. This could be a lot to do if you have a large family, and if that's your situation, I'd recommend just not going to bed until the dishes are done. That way when you wake up in the morning to do it all over again, at least you have a clean slate to start with!
Tidying as you go is an easy way to avoid big intimidating messes that become overwhemling to deal with. I promise you won't regret taking the extra minute or two to do this!
Oh laundry. The job that never ends! This can be tricky. What works best for me is to do multiple smaller loads a week. This prevents laundry from building up into an unmanageable pile. I can't do laundry during the day because my night shift working husband sleeps in the basement (where our laundry room is), so I usually throw in a load after he wakes up or when I put Kynlee down for bed, and make sure it gets in the dryer before I go to bed, then fold it with Kynlee in the morning. Sometimes I will let the dryer run again for 10 mintues or so to help get the wrinkles out of the clothes after sitting in the dryer all night. I air dry all of my hangup clothes, so a few wrinkles in my t shirts or pajamas don't bother me.
If you have a hard time remembering to put your clothes in the dryer or remembering to take them out, I'd recommend setting a timer on your phone or a reminder that won't clear off your lock screen until you mark it finished! This has helped me a lot.
Space Out Your Cleaning
Choosing one day to clean your entire house can be super overwhemling. I find it easier to do a few things a day (remember, a little a day goes a long way!), so I created a basic weekly cleaning list to keep myself on track throughout the week. I'm a super scheduled person, and I like lists and reminders. You better believe all my weekly plans are written on my fridge calender 😉
Here is a look at what mine looks like:
Do I kick myself if I don't get to everything each day? No! This is just something that helps me stay on top of my cleaning game. During the week if I find I have some extra time and motivation I'll check out the "other" box and see what needs to be done.
All of this might seem like a ton of work, but I promise you, once it becomes part of your daily routine, you'll be doing it without even thinking about it! If you really think about it, how long does it actually take to clean a bathroom that was cleaned the week before? Maybe 10 mintues tops. Cleaning things that are a little dirty is way easier than cleaning things that are really dirty 🙂
I hope you found some of these tips helpful. Like I stated above, we all live different lives and can't all do the same things each week. That's ok! I know it must be a lot harder to keep a house clean with multiple children running around. But I totally recommend being intentional about testing out different ways of doing things around the house and finding what works best for you and your family 🙂