Keeping a clean house doesn’t need to feel like a full-time job. With a little organization and a few handy hacks, you’ll have a sparkling clean home in no time. Save time with these quick-and-easy cleaning tips for your entire home.
The living room is one of the highest-trafficked rooms in the house. From kids’ toys to movie nights, it’s always in use. The key to cleaning up your living room is to have an easy-to-use storage system in place. Use items such as seagrass baskets to store electronics, toys, and more. Keep bookshelves tidy by getting rid of a book every time you find yourself purchasing a new one. With clutter at bay, it’s easier to zoom through with a vacuum, fluff pillows, and fold throw blankets. Dust down shelving and then clean the floors to efficiently get rid of dust and dirt.
The best way to keep your kitchen clean is to avoid buildup. Try to wipe down surfaces every day and tackle cleaning the stove once a week. Wipe down high-touch surfaces like handles, knobs, and buttons once a week, too. If you can, try to keep your kitchen gadgets off the counter, since dust collects around them and makes them tough to clean. Give your kitchen a once-over and get rid of any unused utensils to free up cabinet space. When you upgrade, get rid of an old gadget to avoid having over-stuffed cabinets.
Keep your bathroom looking shiny and inviting with these quick maintenance tips. First, don’t let hair and gunk build up in your sink. Try to clean the sink after each use, especially if it’s messy. Scrub your tub and shower weekly to avoid mineral build-up.
Shower curtains stay clean if they’re spread out as opposed to bunched up. You’ll get less mildew and they last far longer. Give your bath mat a quick swipe with your vacuum every other week for a fresh feel. Spritz mirrors with window cleaner, then wipe down countertops for a sparkly clean feel.
Kids’ rooms are always messy. Even though it’s their space to play, instill healthy habits by encouraging your kids to clean up their room. Use allowance money or special privileges to entice them to keep their rooms clean. Change kids' bedding often, and don't forget the waterproof mattress pad. Be sure to provide laundry hampers and plenty of toy storage. Once the storage fills up, it’s time to get rid of old toys. De-cluttering your kid’s room is the key to keeping things neat and tidy.
Your bedroom should feel like a peaceful retreat. Start by decluttering your space. Give your closet an honest once-over and toss any clothes you no longer wear. Chances are, if you haven’t worn it in a year, you won’t wear it again. As you make new purchases, create a donate pile in a one-for-one exchange. Next, make your bed and fold up your comforters. You’ll feel less stressed with a clean and tidy bedroom. Plus, without the extra clutter, you won’t be frantically looking for your favorite shirt and create a mess all over again.
If you have houseplants, be sure to keep them clean, too. Some houseplants need a good dusting, while others appreciate a fresh spritz of water a few times a week. Clip all dead parts of the plant. This not only keeps the plant healthy, but it encourages new growth.
For hallways, laundry rooms, and closets, dust is your biggest culprit, since these areas tend not to see permanent residents. A dryer sheet along the baseboards not only picks up dust but also protects the edges from dust build-up. When you open a closet, it should be easy to identify what’s inside. If clutter builds up, take the time to organize and go through your belongings. Don’t be shy about getting rid of items you don’t use. Overall, your house will feel cleaner with less stuff in it.
When it comes to cleaning your home, the first step is to declutter your living space. Create thoughtful organization schemes. The result is less stuff strewn about, which makes cleaning much quicker and hassle-free. Keep a good daily regimen in place so that when it comes time to vacuum, dust, and sweep, there’s less to do. The result is more free time to spend doing the things you love the most.