If you’re tired of spending hours washing dishes and sorting laundry, then you need to make some changes. Nobody has time to clean their house when dishes, clothes, and clutter have taken over every room. Furthermore, this takes away from family time after a long day of work.
In addition, cleaning can actually cause stress in your relationships. According to research, 51 percent of women will do housework daily compared to 20 percent of men. As a result, 47 percent of cohabiting couples argue about cleaning.
Whether you want to stop the arguments or avoid a hefty bill when it comes to white glove cleaning in your apartment, the solution is to keep your home constantly clean.
Here are some ways to do just that.
1. Put Your Clothes Away at Night
Get rid of the clothes hamper that collects piles of dirty clothes in your room. Instead, put away clothes that don’t need to be washed, and take dirty items straight to the laundry room to be sorted. Yes, it adds a few extra steps to your nightly routine, but it’ll save you hours of sorting later on.
2. Keep the Dishwasher Empty
Empty the dishwasher before breakfast so you can fill it with dishes all day long. Run it at night, and start the process over again the next morning.
3. Make the Bed
Your room will look incredibly different when you make the bed every morning. For starters, you won’t have pillows scattered all over the floor, and clothing and other debris from your daily activities won’t get lost in the sheets. Additionally, a put together bed makes you want to clean your room too.
4. Get Rid of Junk
If you get rid of things you never use, you’ll have a lot less clutter. Pretty simple! People with immaculately clean houses don’t have a dozen sets of sheets and a closet full of scrapbooking stuff that they never use.
5. Pick Up Five Things Every Time You Leave a Room
This is an especially good practice for those with kids who leave trails of stuff wherever they go. When you get up from the living room sofa to get a drink of water, gather five items with you and put them away as you make your way to the sink.
6. Schedule Deep Cleaning
Create a cleaning calendar in which you aim to do at least one heavy cleaning project per week. One week you might tackle all the blinds in the house, for example, and another week you’ll organize your storage room. It’s much easier to motivate yourself to do it when it’s only one thing per week.
7. Get a Self-Cleaning Toilet
Some toilets clean themselves, or you can purchase toilet bowl inserts that keep your toilets odor-free and relatively clean. Then, you only have to clean it every once in awhile instead of every day.
8. Set the Dining Table
When you put settings on your dining table, people stop putting mail, keys, shoes, and other random items on its surface, eliminating clutter. It’s a win-win!
9. Keep Cleaning Supplies Nearby
You’ll have an easier time cleaning up after yourself when cleaning supplies are in the same room. Scatter some sanitizing wipes and all-purpose spray throughout the house to make cleaning quick.
10. Wipe Surfaces After Use
Don’t butter your toast and leave the crumbs on the countertop. Grab one of those wipes you’ve stowed in a nearby cupboard and clean up after yourself.
11. Vacuum and Dust Every Day
Your carpets won’t get dingy if you vacuum every day, and your surfaces will stay looking bright and polished if you run a soft cloth over them daily. This might take 15 minutes, but it will keep your house looking immaculate.