I won’t lie, the biggest reason behind our downsize was because I got so sick of cleaning a big house. See the full story on our family’s downsize. When we moved into our smaller home I was determined to make this house feel like a home in every possible way. Because I feel better in a clean, crisp, clutter-free environment, that meant doing my best to make sure my home was well maintained at all times. Like any flawed human beings, I’m not always perfect at this, but I have created 5 really simple habits that help keep a clean house every day and I want to share them with you.
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Simple Habit #1: Make your bed.
Remember that thing your parents always told you to do and you never listened?! Turns out they were on to something.
Getting your day started by making your bed is a great and very simple way to set yourself up for success for the rest of the day! No matter what happens, no matter what goes wrong, you will always have one thing that you did right. You made your bed.
It is so satisfying to walk into your room at the end of the day and see a clean, white, well-made bed.
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The bedroom is supposed to be a place of peace, where you go to relax. You can’t do that if you’re sleeping on 3 mismatched blankets or grimy ones with holes in them. Believe me, I tried.
You’re a lot more likely to not only make your bed but feel at peace in your room if you absolutely love your bedding. Check out my tips on how to turn your master bedroom into a hotel suite and get inspired by some of my favorite bedding must-haves.
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Simple Habit #2: Use your hamper.
A funny thing just might happen right after you make your bed. You may start picking up other things that you see lying around!
Let your clothes be one of those things that you pick up. Doing this will only help you maintain your clean house every day and it only takes 2 minutes.
Hide those jammies
It’s so easy to leave last night’s pajamas discarded on the floor, but I encourage you to scoop them up and toss them in the hamper. Maybe you’re like our family and you’ll wear pajamas a few nights in a row. If that’s the case, here are some other great quick fix places to store your jammies:
- Place them under your pillow
- Have a specific “PJ basket”
- Fold them on your bathroom counter
- Toss them back in your dresser drawer
No matter what solution works for you, stick to it. Making a habit of cleaning up clothes before they hit the floor is a great way to make sure you’re not left with a heaping mess at the end of the week.
Here are some cute “jammie hamper” ideas that will fit in with your bedroom decor:
Other organizational posts:
- Minimalist Mom Cleaning Hacks
- How to Get Cash with Decluttr
- Minimalist Tips from Simple Living Cultures Around the World
- The Best Ways to Create Space in a Tiny Home
Simple Habit #3: Shift the dishes.
Nothing feels more defeating than a messy kitchen sink filled with dishes. As much as you may not want to, getting in the habit of loading the dishes into the dishwasher immediately after use is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to keep your kitchen counters clean.
Simple Habit #4: Clear the counters.
As you clear the sink, chances are you’ll notice the counters. The simple solution to this problem is to make sure the counters are cleared off at the end of every night.
If you want to make sure that your counters remain clutter-free at the end of the night, a good idea is to create a convenient “command station.” Some people will dedicate an entire wall to this. I personally choose to use a magazine holder to store all of our upcoming bills and important papers.
Keeping everything out of sight and out of mind not only get you a little more organized but helps you maintain that clean house every day.
Here are some ideas for clutter-free command centers:
Simple Habit #5: Automate What You Can
We are so blessed to live in a day and age where we can get so much help with our daily cleaning! Sure, there are washers and dryers so we’re not beating out clothes with sticks in the river. That’s nice. But what else is there?
Floor cleaners, my friend! If you are living in a house with kids and/or animals you are probably hyper-aware of your current crumb and fur situation. Sweeping and vacuuming every single day sometimes doesn’t even feel like enough.
One of the best investments you can make for your time and sanity is to get an set-it-and-forget-it floor cleaner. Here are some great and affordable options:
Downsizing and clutter clearing posts:
- How to Downsize Your Life but Keep Your Stuff
- Plan a Big Downsize WITHOUT Moving
- Downsize Your Closet 333 Challenge
Keep at it
Pick one or two of these habits to stick with, and slowly you will start to a clean house seems more and more doable.
I suggest starting with your bed. It’s an easy, mindless task to do first thing in the morning and it tends to have that ripple effect. It’s amazing what a simply made bed can do to your happiness and energy levels first thing in the morning. Starting a day out with a state of peace and accomplishment (no matter how small) can only lead to better things throughout your day.
Continue to add to the rolling stone and keep gathering that moss. Before you know it, you have a house that is easier to manage and requires much less time to clean up when you have last-minute company knocking at the door.