Tis the season for spring cleaning (groan). While a heavy-duty clean-out might be needed once a year, it can be easier to handle if you regularly keep things tidy along the way. Sometimes taking on quick duties weekly or even daily can make bigger clean-ups easier to tackle. Read on for our daily & weekly tips on how to keep a tidy home.
1. Always make the bed.
It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s true: Making the bed every day really makes a difference in how tidy your bedroom looks. And bonus: It only takes a few minutes to do. To make things even easier & quicker, simplify your bedding. Keep only the necessities you need for the current season, and put other blankets or pillows in the guest room or in storage. And yep, you can even have a chic-looking master bed without all those throw pillows!
2. Make dedicated laundry days.
Depending on how many loads you typically do per week, you might only need one laundry day each week. Or if you’re overloaded, you can spread it out and do a quick load each day. If you only have a load or two to do during the week, try to get in the habit of putting in one load of laundry first thing in the morning, then switch it to the dryer before you head off to work (or once you’re back in the evening). Whenever you do laundry, make sure you save some time to fold and put items away, so they don’t occupy the dryer or the top of your dresser for days (or weeks) to come.
3. Do a quick nightly clean-up each evening.
This is a great way to get the whole family involved! Make it part of your routine to do a quick family nightly clean-up each evening. Make sure everyone knows their duties, then set a time for 15 minutes for the top cleaning priorities. Have the kiddos clean their rooms, pet areas or other small household chores while you wipe down the kitchen, sweep up or finish the laundry. Start with the things that are making the biggest mess or creating a lot of clutter (like clearing off flat surfaces) or any “must dos” that need to be done before bed. Once the timer goes off, hopefully your most-needed tasks are finished, and you can get back to family time.
4. Keep cleaning supplies where they’re needed.
You probably have all your cleaning supplies in one spot, like vacuums and carpet cleaners in the hall closet and all other cleaners under the kitchen sink. Instead, try spreading them out around the house so you always have tools within arm’s reach. Stock each bathroom with basic supplies (like toilet brush and cleaner, window spray, paper towels or microfiber cloths, etc.). If you have more than one story, make sure you have dusting tools on both floors – and even consider investing in a second vacuum so you don’t have to lug one up and down the stairs. The easier it is to reach cleaning items, the more likely you’ll be to clean up in a pinch.
5. Mark your calendar.
Live and die by your Google calendar? Or maybe your family is in-tune with the white board on your fridge. However your family calendar works, why not include your daily/weekly cleaning plans so everyone knows what to expect? Whether you’re cleaning one room daily or scheduling a bigger tidying up on the weekends, mark it in the calendar so all can pitch in – and so it doesn’t get put off.
Not everything needs to be cleaned as often – and some tasks take much longer than others. If you’re cleaning for a specific event or reason, make a list of what you’d like to get done … and then prioritize what needs to get done versus what can wait a few days.