The weekend is a convenient time to do chores and clean up the house.
Unfortunately, before you know it, the clutter has piled up again and by midweek, you’re left with an untidy home that makes it seem like all the effort over the weekend was for nothing.
But what can you do to keep the clutter from piling up on you and adding to your tasks over the weekend? Here are 15 easy shortcuts and hacks that you can easily do daily to keep your house tidy throughout the week.
Tips For The Morning
Make Your Bed.To get a head start on productively keeping your house tidy, you can start right where you begin your day: your bedroom. Making up your bed the moment you get out of it in the morning will help set your mind on keeping a tidy house. It also lessens the chances of you crawling back in because you’ve already made the bed until the next use, which is that night.
Empty Your Dishwasher.If making your bed is the first thing that you should do in the bedroom, emptying your dishwasher may be the one for your kitchen apart from brewing that morning’s coffee. If you empty your dishwasher at this point in the day, your breakfast dishes will be the only ones occupying it, ensuring that there is no unnecessary pile up of dishes in it.
Pick Up Clutter
Go through the rooms in your house and pick up the clutter that is lying around. You can put them in baskets that are left in every room, and then put the items where they belong at night or when you get home.
Clean Your Closet
Sort through the items in your closet by setting aside pieces of clothing that don’t fit you anymore or don’t look as good as they used to be. You can put them in a container that’s conveniently placed in your closet then you can look through that container at the end of each month to determine the fates of these articles of clothing: should they be disposed of, donated to people who have use for them, or are they still good enough to be sold?
Hang Your Towels Properly
Used towels need to be air dried properly before they can be used again (up to three times), so you have to ensure that they are hung properly after being used in the morning. This means using the bars in your bathroom to get them properly dried. Similarly, bathrobes should be hung up on hooks to allow sufficient air drying. It also gives your bathroom a hotel-like feel to it, so that’s a plus.
Keep Your Stuff Organized
Put your keys, bag, and coat near the front door. Keep them organized so that you always know where to find them and you’ll avoid leaving your home late because you had to search for your keys right before leaving.
Tips For Night Time
Hang Your Clothes
It can become a habit to simply throw clothes that you will wear again before laundry day on the back of a chair or the end of your bed, but in keeping with your new tidying habits, you should rehang them properly back in your closet. That way, you avoid getting these clothes wrinkled before the next time that you’ll be using them.
Set Up The Dishwasher
No matter how tempting it may be to put your feet up and relax at the end of the day, don’t skip out on filling your dishwasher and starting it with the things you used for dinner in order for them to get cleaned overnight.
You can relax, but prioritize doing this so that you won’t have to do it in the morning.
Wipe Down In The Kitchen
Wipe the surfaces in your kitchen before you go to bed. This includes the countertops and the floors. You should also clean the microwave after every use to avoid getting any built up gunk and smells in it. Why settle for a dirty kitchen when you can ensure its cleanliness?
Fluff Up Your Pillows
Make it a habit to fluff up the pillows in your living room after each day, and you’ll feel more comfortable using them the next time you settle down on the couch to watch some television.
Before you turn in for the night, it’s good to use a toilet cleaner before scrubbing your toilet clean. It helps keep your toilet cleaner for longer before you have to engage in another deep cleaning session. Wipe down the seat with wipes to ensure that it’s fresh for use in the morning.
Clean Your Bathroom Countertop
After your beauty regimen is all done for the night, make it a point to wipe down your countertop to avoid the messes from accumulating and getting harder to clean over time. You can have some cleaning products handy to make this part of your routine more convenient and quickly so that you can still do it at the end of a long day.
Every time Hacks
Clean Spills As They Happen
Don’t let the task of cleaning up a new spill be put aside for later. Do it immediately and it will save you the effort of cleaning a mess that has already settled, dried up, or worse, stained your floors or counters. It’s definitely easier and more efficient than if you let it settle for cleaning at a later time. Cleaning any kind of messes, not just spills, as they happen is a good start to keeping a tidier and cleaner home. Make a habit of it.
Allot Hampers For Everyone
Your current hamper setup may be one for the entire household, but that’s not enough if there are quite a number of you at home. Also, laziness can affect the efficiency at which people make the trip to wherever the hamper is located to throw in their laundry. It’s better to allot one hamper for each occupant or one for each bedroom so that it is more accessible to everyone. Then, if you’re interested in further efficiency, you can have hampers with a partition so that the colored and whites are separated long before laundry comes.
Put A Hamper In The Bathroom
Put your used towels and robes in a hamper specially put in the bathroom. Once again, the placement is all about convenience. And towels and robes usually get more dirt and bacteria on them so it’s wise to keep them separate from the rest of your laundry until it’s laundry day.
Keeping a tidy house every day is beneficial in more ways than just enjoying a clean home. You will also have the benefit of having a clear mind with the clear environment, and more time to relax during the weekend.