Cleaning a dirty home from scratch can be an unimaginably difficult task. Between vacuuming, dusting, organizing, and polishing, cleaning a dirty home can be a nightmare of time and effort. The best and quickest way to get a clean home is through small, daily tasks designed for quick completion yet thorough cleaning. Maintaining a clean home leads to better overall health and sanitation, greater organization and ease of finding misplaced objects around the house, and a boosted prolonged enjoyment thanks to your clean space.
We understand the struggles of having a home that seems to be constantly getting more and more grimy and the feeling of hopelessness from watching your clean home fade into a dirty chaos. These five daily cleaning tasks can lead to fewer days wasted in total home overhaul, leading to less overall stress and a cleaner, prettier space to come home to every day.
1. Clean Your Shower While You Shower
If you have glass doors on your shower, you know how easily water droplets can create unsightly stains. This is one of the quickest daily to-dos on our list: each time you shower, use a shower squeegee or dry towel to quickly wipe down the door to prevent water droplets from accumulating into dirty stains that take lots of time, elbow grease, and special products to clean.
2. Make an “Extras” Basket
An Extras basket is a neat basket in a centralized living room, family room, or kitchen where you can toss items that aren’t where they belong but you don’t have the time (or energy) to put them back at the moment. This prevents items from being scattered throughout a home with no trace or way to easily find them—if they’re not where they’re supposed to be, they should be in the Extras basket. Either at the end of the week or whenever the basket is full, take the time to return each item to its designated space to maintain an organized home.
3. Put Away the Dishes
The dishwasher doesn’t only have to be filled when it’s about to be washed. Each day (or preferably, after each meal), all dishes sitting in the sink should be quickly washed out then put into the dishwasher to sit until it’s full. A dishwasher can double as a storage container, and can make a kitchen cleaner and more organized. Whenever the dishwasher is out of space to store more plates and utensils, quickly run the dishwasher and replace the newly cleaned dishes with the dirty dishes.
While sweeping every day may seem laborious, quickly sweeping up any dirt, hair, or wrappers left on the floor can be a quick way to prevent a needlessly time-consuming task in the future. A quick sweep in main rooms can prevent grime build up and keep floors looking and feeling clean.
5. Put Away Clothes
Don’t leave spare socks lying by the foot of the bed, even after a long day. Being sure to quickly throw all dirty clothes into a laundry hamper rather than leaving them scattered around leads to a cleaner room, less lost clothes, and a better-looking space. This doubly applies to putting away clean clothes after they’re washed; don’t leave them to sit in the hamper rather than being organized neatly into drawers and closets. Putting away clothes creates a cleaner and more open bedroom to enjoy.
BONUS: Make Your Bed
While making your bed doesn’t necessarily correlate to cleanliness, it certainly makes a bedroom seem more neat and organized. Even if you don’t make the sheets, preparing your comforter to lay neatly over the mattress will pull together an otherwise messy looking room. Plus, there’s no greater comfort on cold nights after long days of work than slipping into a tucked in bed.