10 Steps to a Clean House
If you follow these 10 simple steps then you will notice a clean, clutter free house every day of the week.
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1. Do the dishes. . .now
It is so tempting to put that sink full of dishes off until tomorrow. Especially if I have worked all day, cooked a delicious meal, and need to wash a load of laundry. Thank the Lord for dishwashers, but not everything can go inside a dishwasher.
We try to NOT ever leave any dishes in the sink (if at all possible). That may simply mean putting the dishes in the dishwasher, or it may mean washing/drying large pots and pans. I always breathe a sigh of relief when I go to bed with a clean kitchen.
2. Make the bed. . .every morning
This advice was given to me at my bridal shower by my sweet mother-in-law. I took it to heart. There hasn’t been one day that our bed has gone unmade (unless I was washing sheets or sick in the bed). It may sound like the simplest task, that’s because it is! Our bedroom always looks clean and put together with bed made.
3. Do small loads of laundry. . .daily
Laundry is one of the easiest chores to put off, mainly because ours is hidden in baskets in the linen closet and laundry room. Out of sight, out of mind!
I have learned over the last few years that it is less daunting to do small loads every day (or two) to keep the laundry from piling up. Gain is my product of choice. The Island Fresh scent makes me dream of Hawaii while I wash the laundry. ha!
Now if I could just get in the habit of folding the clothes and putting them away daily as well. :/ I’m a work in progress.
4. Dust mop the non-carpeted areas
We recently redid the flooring in our living room, foyer, and kitchen. I have a lot less that I have to vacuum now so I am in LOVE with the dust mop. I dust mop the non-carpeted areas in the house twice a week or as needed. This quick step will make a world of difference.
5. Vacuum. . .once a week
You read that right. I only vacuum once a week. I used to vacuum twice a week when we had more carpet. Now I can get by with dust mopping as needed and vacuuming once a week. This task usually takes about 15 minutes to vacuum the entire house.
6. Wipe down counters. . .daily
This is another step that only takes a few minutes, but it makes a huge difference in the cleanliness of your home. I love using lemon scented products in the kitchen. I also make sure that the cleaning product is antibacterial, not just a deodorizer.
One product that I use in the kitchen a lot is the lemon scented Lysol spray. I cook a lot so I have to make sure that there are no germs or bacteria lingering on my counter tops.
7. Pick up clutter. . .daily
This is a task that is too easy to avoid until it’s too late. My main problem area for clutter is the kitchen table. I have to make it a point to clean it off, and put each item in its place, or it will quickly “pile up”.
It helps to have an organizer for your mail, pens, etc. We have one on the wall in the kitchen, and one in my craft room where I budget and plan.
The coffee table, our bedroom dressers, and the bathroom vanity are some other “problem areas” for clutter. Just a few minutes a day can prevent your home from becoming cluttered.
8. Dust exposed surfaces. . .weekly
Dusting is one of my LEAST favorite chores to do. IT makes me sneeze, and I just don’t like it! The main areas that I have to dust each week are the living room, bathrooms, and our bedroom. We use a cool mist humidifier so our bedroom gets super dusty. (yuck)
I think part of my dust loathing comes from not having a good duster. I have tried several over the years. Even some really nice name brand ones, but I haven’t found one that I love. I usually have to use a spray of some kind to get all of the dust off of the surfaces. If y’all have any dusting tips/tricks then let me know!
9. Clean toilets and shower
Toilets are so gross, but I don’t loathe this chore as much as I used to. I found this great product that really gets the toilets clean (and we have hard water). Clorox has a clinging bleach gel that gets in all the hard to reach areas. I just squeeze it on, scrub with a toilet brush, let it sit 15 minutes, and then flush it. It smells great and really cleans! I usually clean the toilets 1-2 times a week.
For the shower, I keep a refillable scrubber in the shower at all times. The scrubber is filled with distilled white vinegar and Dawn dish washing liquid. This is the BEST combination that I have found to fight soap scum. I just scrub the shower when I wash my hair while I’m showering. I wash my hair twice a week so the shower is cleaned twice a week (usually).
10. Clean mirrors. . .weekly
Nothing is worse than toothpaste spots all over your bathroom mirrors. Gross! Take a paper towel and wipe down your mirrors with a glass cleaner once a week. This will keep your glass surfaces nice and clean It’s amazing what a clean mirror will do to a bathroom!
Bonus. . .scents
I love walking into a room that smells good. If it smells pleasant then it will look better too! Light a scented candle or melt a wax melt to make your home smell clean and fresh. This will also set the atmosphere for your home.
Here are some of my favorite cleaning products that make cleaning the house a little more fun and easy!
bristled dish scrubber
Bar Keeper’s Friend-soft cleaner
Dawn Dish washing Liquid (blue)
lemon Lysol spray cleaner
foaming glass cleaner (Dollar Tree)
distilled white vinegar
Clorox clinging bleach gel (toilet)
Mrs. Meyers all-purpose spray (Rosemary)
Gain Island Fresh
Need some help organizing a cleaning calendar? Print out my cleaning calendar to get you started. Thanks to Little Coffee Fox for the bullet journal cleaning calendar inspiration!
Do you have any cleaning tips that you would like to share? I’m especially curious about dusting tips. 😉 Let me know how you clean in the comments below! Don’t forget to subscribe LDL for updates and exclusives. I can’t wait to hear from you!