It finally happened, I got my house clean. It’s not spotless and there is still messes that happen all the time but cleaning it up is not such a chore anymore. I managed to get the whole house cleaned and ready for the week with only four hours of work yesterday and it usually takes me all weekend. That is a win so I am sharing 10 tips to get your house clean and keep it that way so you can get back to the things that bring you joy, like Netflix, family and maybe even some gardening.
10 Tips To Get Your House Clean and Keep It That Way
Deep Clean Your Space. Pick a room, closet, space and deep clean it. Go through everything in the space and honestly think about whether it is still of use to you. Put what you want to keep back in the space if it belongs there. Donate and trash everything else. Keep in mind that the more you trash and donate the less you will ultimately need to clean down the line. This may take place over a few weekends if it is the only time you can do it but it needs to get done. Everything needs a place.
Purge Multiples. You don’t need 12 bottles of sunscreen just because you got a great deal on them. Same goes for toothbrushes, almost empty bottles/jars/containers of anything in your possession, and the 8 ‘other’ lipsticks that came in that box set that you will never wear.
There is no “What If”. The biggest thing for me getting rid of anything was the ‘what if’. What if we need this particular cream that we haven’t used in two years but may need next month. Forget about what may happen and get rid of it. If you really do need it you can purchase again but the odds are that if you haven’t used it for that long you won’t need it.
Kids Space. Go through all of your kid’s toys, stuffies, books and throw out anything that is either broken or missing pieces. If a toy is in good condition but your kids don’t play with it, either donate or sell. I brought most of the toys from the main floor upstairs into the kids own rooms. Although some make it down weekly, each Saturday morning we pack them all up and bring them back upstairs where they belong. If there isn’t enough space to neatly store your kid’s toys than you need to either purge more or get more storage. I recommend this set from Ikea to store toys.
Clothes. Go through everyone’s closets and get rid of anything with stains, rips, or that doesn’t fit anymore. This will cut down on the number of clothes that are taken out of the closet only to be dropped on the floor or stuffed into the back of the closet because they are unwearable.
Roll The Socks. This is completely new to me and I have always had baskets of socks in each kids room so that they grabbed what the wanted. Last month I was binging on a show on Netflix and needed something to do while I hid in my room. Cue rolling of all the socks in the house and although the first time took a couple of hours (there are 6 of us) now when I do laundry I almost always just get the pairs of socks so it’s easy to roll them up. I also have a basket where I keep the socks that have no pairs until I find their significant others. The benefit of this is it also makes mornings easier as there isn’t a mad rush to find matching socks.
Sort Your Laundry. Get 3 or 4 baskets and keep your dirty laundry sorted as it happens. Pairs of socks will go into baskets together, make sure clothes are not inside out, and once a basket gets full wash it. It makes doing laundry not such a chore and can be done quickly. Also, make sure you wash your sports gear before you store it, that stuff stinks (instructions here).
Throw Out Broken Items. We are the type of people who like to fix things but after finding the parts of 5 broken blenders in my cabinets last year I went on a HUGE purge of broken things in my kitchen. If something breaks either fix it right away or throw it out.
Buy Smarter. Over the years I realized that by buying better quality products less break. For all of the blenders that broke that cost us less than $50 we could have bought a better quality good blender. We finally got the Vitamix and use the Breville Boss to Go for small jobs. Both are used almost daily for years and are still in perfect condition.
Touch It Once. This is life changing. Once everything has a place when you pick something up that is out of place pick it up once and put it in its place. Think about how much time you waste putting things somewhere only to put it in its proper place later. If you have two floors and you spend most of your time on the main floor make a basket to take upstairs each day and put it away then. Stop doing things multiple times. It’s causing clutter and making life harder for you.
Do you have any tips to add?