A clean, uncluttered home is a sign of a well-managed life. It’s also a great way to start your day. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by clutter, it may help to reduce the amount of stuff you have around the house.
Try these tips for keeping your home neat and tidy:
Make your bed
Make your bed every morning. If you’re short on time, just pull up the sheets and fluff the pillows. If you have more time, take it a step further and make it look nice.
Sort the mail
Sort the mail and get rid of any pieces of paper you no longer need. You’ll find this helpful at tax time if you decide to keep every scrap of paper in a big envelope or box all year long.
One load of laundry per day
Do one load of laundry every day to keep up with dirty clothes. Start a load before leaving for work or school in the morning, then transfer it to the dryer when you get home. Or, if you prefer, put everything in the dryer when you get home so it’s ready for folding the next day.
Get the family or roommates involved
Get family or roommates involved in daily chores. The more people involved in keeping things neat, the less work for everyone. (It’s a good idea to assign chores that are age-appropriate.)
Don’t put it down, put it away
Get in the habit of cleaning up as you go. This way no messes will accumulate while you’re gone. For example, don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink when you go to bed at night; instead, wash them right away so they don’t pile up. If you are going to eat your favorite snacks on the couch, don’t just put them down on your coffee table; put them back into the drawer or wherever they belong when you’re done eating.
Keep everything organized
Organization is at the heart of any good cleaning system. Your organizational skills will be put to the test when coming up with your own system, but it’s worth it in the long run.
*To make your pantry look nicer consider getting rid of plastic containers and buy glass jars, or nice-looking organization units instead.
Keep to the schedule
Having a schedule to stick to every week might sound a bit much, but you’ll soon realize it’s there to make your life simpler. You’ll know what needs to be done and when, so there are no surprises or forgotten chores.
Bring in the fresh air
Fresh air and sunshine are the best cleaners. Not only does opening your windows and blinds let in natural cleaning elements but it also allows stale, stuffy air to escape. If your window treatments are looking dingy, take them down and wash or replace them.
Lit a candle
Now that your home is looking nice and clean, you should make it smell nice too! Lit your favorite candle and enjoy your tidy home.