The definition of a clean home may vary from one homemaker to another. For some, it may mean a completely spic and span home while for another, it may simply mean a reasonable sense of tidiness with things organized while for yet someone else, it could be just getting the floors cleaned and the laundry done. For me, it means things in their place, laundry done, floors swept and mopped and rooms dusted. However, in every case, I’ve found that there is one simple way to get it clean, organized and tidy – Do It Now! The inspiration for this came from Tsh at The Simple Mom. I’ve been a long time reader and one of her earlier posts shared how cleaning things right away was the easiest way to keep a clean home. I so agree!
Procrastination is the number one reason my home looks truly untidy. Picking up things as you go along, putting things back once you’ve finished using them and basically, tidying up after you is the simplest and easiest way to keep the house looking neat and clean. It also helps if you have only a few things to keep and take care of but am sure that even if you have a lot of stuff, it will be easier to get the house looking neat and clean if you do it as you go along.
Here are two scenes to illustrate this simple rule.
Scene 1: Drink a glass of juice. Leave the bottle out on the table. the glass where you were sitting last. Repeat this a few times with other things. You have an untidy house at the end of the day.
Scene 2: Drink a glass of juice, put back the bottle, rinse the glass, put it back in the rack or cabinet. Do this every time you take out or use something and you have a clean home at the end of the day.
A regular, though flexible, cleaning schedule helps to keep things organized and neat. Here is mine. (It is part of my home management binder.)
Everyday: Sweeping, mopping and dusting. I try to get a load of laundry in depending upon the weather outside.
Once a week: Change linen –bed, bath and table. Wash and clean the bathroom. Organize dresser, cabinet and desk drawers.
Monthly: Heavy-duty and thorough cleaning of rooms – wipe clean windows and fans, dust walls and ceilings, organize closets and cabinets.
Nothing complicated. Simple and easy. I may not get everything done all the time, but then that’s alright. As long as I follow the simple rule of “Doing It Now”, my home looks clean, inviting and welcoming. It may still have a little dust on the dresser and my toddler’s toys in the living room but for me, that’s alright. Like I said, the definition of a clean home varies from home to home. Here are a few more simple, practical and yet, effective cleaning schedules from blogs of moms that I admire.
Rachel at The Small Notebook has two secrets for cleaner floors.
Lindsay from Passionate Homemaking shares her simple housecleaning routine .
What about you? What defines a clean home for you? And what is your simple rule for keeping it that way? Do share!
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