It’s time to stop saying, “I can’t keep my house clean; what’s wrong with me?”
We know you’re beating yourself up because your living room looks more like a disaster movie instead of an interior design magazine.
Guess what? Nobody cares as much as you do.
That may be why you’re tired of cleaning up after everyone.
Instead of telling you how to inspire your children or significant other to pick up after themselves, we’re going to help you help yourself.
How Do You Keep Your House Clean and Tidy?
First off, we know it’s hard to keep the house clean if you work full-time.
But you don’t need to spend as much time cleaning as you think.
Think about your typical day. Could you squeeze in five minutes to do a little cleaning?
In five minutes, you can:
- load the dishwasher and sweep the kitchen floor
- OR vacuum the living room
- OR scrub the toilet and the sink
- OR dust the top of your dresser, your headboard, and bedside tables
You’re getting the idea, right?
Although you won’t have the satisfaction of cleaning an entire room at once, you’ll be making the house better bit by bit.
The trick is to tackle one part each day. Do it at the same time if you can so you form a habit. Then you won’t have to do a holy war on dirt all day on Saturday.
Another Secret to Keeping a Clean House
Besides breaking up the cleaning into manageable moments, you need the right tools to make efficient use of your time.
For example, select a vacuum cleaner that can help you do more than maintain your carpet.
Many of the best vacuums for carpet have attachments for vacuuming upholstery and dusting blinds.
Several of the top vacuums for hardwood also do a great job on tile and stairs.
Of course, if you get a robotic vacuum, it can clean your floors without your supervision.
It may cost a little more to get the tools you need, but you’ll benefit from being able to clean faster with less effort.
Tricks to Get Others to Help You Without Realizing It
Bribery may be effective in convincing your family to help clean the house.
One friend of ours hides money in her kids’ rooms. It’s not much, but it’s enough to motivate them to pick up after themselves to find the cash.
Plus, there are other sneaky tricks you can employ besides that one.
To illustrate, think about basketball. It’s fun if you can shoot the ball through the hoop, isn’t it?
Set up laundry bags or baskets underneath hoops to encourage kids to put their dirty clothes in the proper place for washing. Keeping them off the floor cuts down on the time it takes to vacuum.
Next, mount a cordless vacuum in your kitchen. If it’s super easy to clean up crumbs, you’ll hear fewer groans when you ask someone else to do it.
Finally, make places to store things so that it’s simple to put them away. Some extra shelving can make all the difference. And praising your loved ones for picking up may help train them to do it again in the future.
How to save Time Cleaning Floors and Shower Doors
Did you ever visit a home where someone covered the furniture or the carpet in plastic to protect it? That’s not what we’re suggesting, but it’s kind of the idea.
Deep-clean your hardwood or laminate floors once a month with a manufacturer-approved mopping liquid. The renewed shine will protect them from grit and damage.
If they look great, chances are others in your home will respect that and try to keep them clean.
At any rate, you’ll feel satisfied that they’re shiny.
As for shower doors, they attract water spots like crazy, don’t they? But you can put a stop to that. Scrub them to perfection, then apply Rain-X or a similar product that repels water. Ta-da!
Stop Worrying about Cleaning
If you hate to do something, you’re gonna put it off. Stop worrying about the cleaning because it’s not helping. It’s making you grumpy and stressing you out.
You have the power to solve this problem.
Break up the cleaning into manageable chunks. Enlist the aid of others. Get the right tools.
And let us know any other cleaning tips you’ve discovered by posting in the comments below.