These 4 Habits Will Help You Keep Your Home Clean
Finding the time and energy to keep a home tidy is a task that’s proven to be difficult for people at every stage of life—whether in school and busy studying, building a career, or trying to maintain a hectic social schedule, so it should come as no surprise the housekeeping industry generates billions of dollars in revenue every year.
For some, this type of service makes sense, whether it’s having a maid come by monthly to help tackle big cleaning chores or more frequently to keep on top of day-to-day operations, but if you’re not quite ready to pull the trigger, try getting into these four habits to make your mess more manageable.
Make your bed every day
Something as simple as making your bed may not seem like it would make much of an impact on helping keep your home clean but, once you’re in the habit, the results can be life-changing. Not only is it nice to come home to after an exhausting day, but it can fundamentally transform how you see your space and your desire to keep it clean. Try it out for yourself and you’ll soon see why this seemingly innocuous task is included on countless life-hack lists across the net—it’s even been said: “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
Sort your mail
Sorting through your mail—keeping only the essentials and recycling the rest—after every trip to the mailbox helps prevent piles of paper from building up into mountains of chaotic clutter. Plus, it makes it easier to dust and shine the surfaces in your space when the occasion calls for a deeper clean. So, before your home requires a Marie-Kondo-style makeover, stop stacking and start sorting.
Do your dishes daily
Staring down at a sink full of dirty dishes can be discouraging. Instead of allowing them to stack up, try doing them daily, and the task will be less daunting. If your apartment has a dishwasher, start it before bed and unload in the morning while you make coffee/breakfast. Aside from the obvious benefit of always having clean dishes at your disposal, it will also help keep bugs and unpleasant smells at bay.
Put your clothes away where they belong
Believe it or not, your floor is not a very large drawer—though we all know someone who might beg to differ. It’s tempting to take your clothes off after a long day—or freshly clean from the dryer—and toss them on the table, your bed, or yes, even the floor. Resist the urge, and take the time to put them away properly. It’s not the most enjoyable process, but you’ll never have to dig through a giant pile to find a clean pair of socks or show up to work dressed exclusively in wrinkles.
Good housekeeping habits can feel difficult to establish and maintain, but if you spend a few minutes a day on these routines you’ll be setting yourself up for some really positive rewards—it will be easier to find the things you need, you can relax more easily in your space, and you’ll even be healthier. There’s no better time to start, so go make your bed!